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Zbynek Hracek vs Alexey Shirov
Bundesliga (2003/04), Germany, rd 5, Dec-13
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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  sleepyirv: Perhaps you've heard the old joke about a patzer challenging to play two grandmasters at the same time in different rooms and then playing whatever one grandmaster did against the other one. According to Shirov, something similar happened here.

Shirov was playing 2nd board here with Anand playing 1st board against Luke McShane. And McShane was playing the exact same line as Shirov, replicating his moves after Shirov played them. Thus "ensuring" his team would win one game depending on what happened. All's well that ends well though, as Anand diverted from Hracek and scored a very nice win. Anand vs McShane, 2003

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  plang: In a Rapids game earlier in 2003 Kramnik had played 17..a5 against Anand and White had gone on to win; 17..f5 was new. According to Shirov (in both his book as well as Informant 89) White played 18 Ncb4 not 18 Ndb4, though as the game continued, this ended up making no difference. Prior to the game Shirov had analyzed the safe 20..Bf7! which would have been good enough for equality but at the board he chose the risky 20..Bxf5!? despite not having worked out the complications that ensued. Both players had missed that 23 Qf3 (subsequently played by Ganguly in 2004) is strong for White after 23..Kh8 24 Qd5. Shirov did not want to give up the two bishops so he played 29..fxg?!; 29..Bxc1 30 Rxc1..Rb5 31 Ne3..Rxb4 32 g3..Ra4 would have been more practical though Black would no longer have had an attack. 30 Qg4? was the decisive error; necessary was 30 Ne3..Qa7 when, for instance 31 Re1..Rxf2 32 Kxf2..Bxe3+ 33 Kxg2..Bxc1 34 Rxc1..Qe3 35 Rc2..Qd3 36 Bb3..Bf7 37 Qf4!..Bxb3 38 Qf6+..Kg8 39 Qg5+ results in perpetual check.

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