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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wojtklewicz - Shirov

Pin It Opening : D 13

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c6 3. c4 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 a6 7. Ne5

{The most testing.} ({Instead, after} 7. e3 Bg4 {Black seems to be well on the way to equality.}) 7... Qb6 $5 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9.Qd2 Bf5 10. f3 {Stopping any ideas of ...Ne4 with an eventual ...Bb4.} e6
11. e3 $6 ({Shirov suggests} 11. Rc1 Nd7 12. e4 dxe4 13. fxe4 Bg6
{with an unclear position.}) 11... Nd7 {Covering the c5-square.} 12. Rc1 Be7 13.Be2 O-O 14. O-O Rfc8 15. a3 Qb7 {
Black prepares to play the freeing move ...c6-c5.}
({Shirov avoided the immediate} 15... c5 {, as he then prefers White after}
16.e4 Bg6 ({better than} 16... dxe4 17. fxe4 Bg6 18. d5) ({, or} 16... cxd4 17.Na4) 17. exd5 {, though this looks about equal to me after} cxd4

18. Na4 Qb319. dxe6 Qxe6) 16. Na4
{Rather negative and not even holding Black's play back.} (16. e4 Bg6 17. Rfd1 {would be better, with balanced chances.}) 16... c5 17. dxc5 Bxc5 $5 18. Nxc5Nxc5 19. Qb4 {Exchanging queens and hoping that opposite-coloured bishopswill lead to a draw. However, this weakens the queenside majority
unnecessarily.} ({I suggest instead} 19. b4 Nb3 20. Rxc8+ Rxc8 21. Qb2 Rc2 22.Qxb3 Rxe2 23. Rc1 {with a balanced position. WARNING: Trying to exchangeeverything isn't the way to draw. Your opponent who will sense that you arescared!}) 19... Qxb4 20. axb4 Nd3 21. Rxc8+ {
Giving up the c-file up is another concession.} Rxc8 22. Bxd3 Bxd3 23. Rd1

Bb524. Be5 Rc2 25. Bc3 f6 26. Rd2 Rc1+ 27. Kf2 {White can't do a great deal asBlack tries to improve his position. The white queenside is devalued to theextent that he is in essence playing a pawn down.} Kf7 28. g4 Bc4 29. f4 Kg6 30. Kg2 h5 31. h3 h4 {Fixing the weakness on h3.} 32. Kf3 $6 ({
Shirov points out how Black is able to make progress against} 32. Kh2 {, i.e.}
Re1 33. Bd4 Be2 34. Kg2 Bf1+ 35. Kh2 (35. Kf2 {loses the h-pawn after} Rc1)
35... e5 (35... Kf7 36. Rc2 Ke8 37. Rc7 e5 38. fxe5 fxe5 39. Bc5 Re2+ 40. Kg1 Bxh3 {would be another try}) 36. fxe5 fxe5 37. Bxe5 Rxe3 38. Rxd5 Re2+ 39. Kg1 Bxh3 {with reasonable winning chances.}) 32... Bb3 {
Intending ...Bc2-e4, followed by picking up the h-pawn.} 33. e4 Rf1+ 34. Ke3 dxe4 35. Rf2 Rh1 36. Kxe4 Rxh3 37. Bd2 Rg3 38. g5 Bd5+ 39. Kd4 Kf5 40. gxf6 gxf6 0-1