(1) Kramnik,Vladimir (2710) - Shirov,Alexei (2705) [D11]
Linares 12th Linares (12), 1994
[Anand]



1.Sf3
Shirov Ftacnik Hertneck,G Bulletin

1...d5 2.d4 Lf5 3.c4 e6 4.Sc3
The "solid" line. In general White seems to keep a slight edge here and this game confirms this assessment [4.Db3 Sc6 ]

4...c6 5.Db3 Db6 6.c5 Dc7
[6...Dxb3 Hertneck,G 7.axb3 Sa6 8.Ta4 ! Shirov (8.e4 Sb4 9.exf5 (9.Ta4 Sc2+ 10.Kd1 dxe4 11.Sg5 (11.Sh4 Sxd4! 12.Txd4 Lxc5 13.Td2 Sf6=/+ Swidler,P) 11...Sxd4! 12.Txd4 Lxc5 13.Tc4 Lxf2 14.Sgxe4 Td8+ 15.Ke2 Lb6 (15...Ld4!? ) 16.Lf4 Ke7 17.Ke1+/= Swidler,P) 9...Sc2+ 10.Kd1 Sxa1 11.fxe6 fxe6 (11...Sxb3 12.exf7+ Kxf7 13.Le3 Sf6 14.Se5+ Ke8 (14...Ke6? 15.g3 (15.Kc2? Sxc5-/+ ) 15...a5 16.Lh3+ Ke7 17.Sa4!+- ) 15.Kc2 Sa1+ 16.Kb1 Sb3 17.Ka2 Sa5 18.b4 Sc4 19.Sxc4 dxc4 20.Lxc4 Shirov) 12.b4 a5?! (12...Sf6 13.Ld3 Sb3 14.Le3 a5 15.b5 a4~~ Shirov) 13.bxa5! Sb3 (13...Txa5 14.b4 Ta8 15.Lb2+/- >< a1) 14.a6! Sxc1 15.axb7 Tb8 16.Kxc1 Txb7 17.Ld3+/- >< e6; Shirov,A-Swidler,P/Gausdal/1991) 8...Lc2 9.e3 (9.Lf4!? Lxb3 10.Ta3 Lc4 (10...Lc2 11.Sa2! Sf6 12.e3 Sb8 13.Lxb8 Txb8 14.Txa7+/= ) 11.b3 Sxc5 (11...Sb4 12.Kd1! Lb5 (12...La6 13.Ta4+- ) 13.Sxb5 cxb5 14.e3 Sc6 15.Lxb5+/- ) 12.dxc5 Lxc5 13.Ta1 Lb4 14.Ld2 La6~~ ) 9...Sc7 (9...Lxb3 10.Ta3 Lc4 11.Lxc4 dxc4 12.Se5 Sb4 13.0-0+/= ) 10.Le2!+/= ]

7.Lf4 Dc8
[7...Dxf4 Ftacnik 8.Dxb7+/- ]

8.e3 Sf6 9.Da4
[9.Sh4 Hertneck,G 9...Lg6 10.Sxg6 hxg6 11.h3 Sbd7 12.Tc1?! Le7 13.Dc2 Ld8! 14.Ld3 Lc7= Dzhindzishashvili,R-Kuligowski,A/Lone Pine/1981]

9...Sbd7
[9...Sh5 10.Le5 Sd7 (10...f6 11.Lxb8 Dxb8 12.h3! ) 11.h3 Sxe5? 12.dxe5!+- ]

10.b4 a6
[10...Sh5 11.Le5 f6 12.Lg3 Sxg3 (12...Lg4 Shirov 13.b5 Lxf3 14.bxc6! ) 13.hxg3 e5 ; 10...Lg4 Hertneck,G 11.b5 Lxf3 12.bxc6!+/- Shirov]

11.h3 Le7 12.Db3 0-0 13.Le2 Le4!
The knight must be eliminated to achieve e5. [13...Ld8 Hertneck,G 14.0-0 Lc7 15.Lxc7 Dxc7 16.a4 Shirov 16...e5<=> ; 13...a5 Ftacnik 14.b5 b6 15.bxc6 Dxc6 16.Lb5 Dc8 17.c6 Lb4 18.0-0+/- ]

14.0-0
[14.Sxe4 Shirov 14...Sxe4 15.0-0 Ld8= ]

14...Lxf3 15.Lxf3 Ld8 16.a4 Lc7
[16...Te8! Shirov /\ e5 17.b5 La5! ]

17.Lg5
[17.b5 Ftacnik 17...Lxf4 18.exf4 axb5 19.axb5 Txa1 20.Txa1 b6= ]

17...h6 18.Lxf6 Sxf6 19.b5 e5
[19...axb5 20.axb5 b6 (20...Txa1 Ftacnik 21.Txa1 b6 22.bxc6 bxc5 23.Ta7+/- ) 21.cxb6 Lxb6 22.Sa4 ; 19...La5 20.Se2 ; 19...La5!= Shirov Karpov,An]

20.b6 Lb8
[20...exd4! 21.exd4 (21.Se2! Shirov 21...d3 22.Dxd3 Le5 23.Sd4+/- ) 21...Lf4 ; 20...e4 Shirov 21.bxc7 exf3 22.Tfb1! fxg2 23.Kxg2 Dxc7 24.Dxb7+/- ; 20...Ld8 Shirov 21.dxe5 Sd7 22.Lg4! ]

21.a5 exd4
[21...e4 22.Le2 ; 21...Te8! ]

22.exd4 Lf4 23.Dc2!
[23.g3 Dxh3 24.Lg2 Dh5 25.gxf4 Sg4 26.Tfd1 Dh2+ 27.Kf1 Dxf4 ]

23...Dd7?
White is a little better in the long term because of his advanced queenside but this piece sacrifice is uncalled for [23...h5 24.Se2 (24.g3 Shirov 24...Lh6 25.Kg2+/= ) 24...Lh6 ]

24.g3!
Calling Black's bluff

24...Dxh3 25.Lg2 Dh5 26.gxf4 Sg4 27.Tfd1
[27.Tfe1 Shirov 27...Dh2+ 28.Kf1 Dxf4~~ ]

27...Tae8
[27...Dh2+ 28.Kf1 Dxf4 29.Td3! The importance of Dc2 - f2 is protected]

28.Td3 Dh2+ 29.Kf1 f5
[29...Dxf4 Shirov 30.Dd2+/- ]

30.Dd2
[30.Tg3? Dxg3 ; 30.Se2!+- Hertneck,G Shirov]

30...Tf6 31.f3
[31.Th3 Tg6 Ftacnik 32.Txh2 Sxh2+ 33.Kg1 Sf3+-+ ; 31.Tg3! ]

31...Te4 32.Sxd5?!
[32.Se2! Tg6 (32...Se3+ 33.Txe3 Tg6 34.Sg3 Shirov 34...Txe3 35.Dxe3 Dxg3 36.Ta2 h5 37.De5+- ) 33.fxe4 (33.fxg4 Txg4 34.Sg1 Texf4+ 35.Sf3+- ) 33...Se3+ (33...Sf2 34.Tg3 Sxe4~~ ) 34.Dxe3 (34.Txe3 Bulletin 34...Dxg2+-+ ) 34...Dxg2+ 35.Ke1 Dh1+ 36.Kd2 Dxa1 37.exf5+- ; 32.fxe4 Bulletin 32...fxe4 33.Lf3!+- (33.Se2 exd3 34.Dxd3 Te6<=> (34...Dh4 35.Dg3 Dxg3 36.Sxg3 Txf4+ 37.Kg1 Txd4 38.Sf5 Tc4 39.Sd6 Txc5 40.Sxb7 Tc2 41.Tb1+- ; 34...Te6 35.Ta3 Se3+ (35...Txe2 36.Dxe2 Dxf4+ 37.Lf3+- ) 36.Dxe3 Txe3 37.Txe3+- ; 34...Txf4+ 35.Sxf4 Dxf4+ 36.Lf3 ) ; 33.Lf3! Ftacnik 33...Txf4 (33...Dh3+ 34.Dg2 Sh2+ 35.Kf2 Dh4+ 36.Dg3+/- ) 34.Dxh2 Sxh2+ 35.Kg2 exd3 36.Sxd5! (36.Lxd5+ cxd5 37.c6 bxc6 38.b7 Tf8 39.Tb1 Tb8 40.Kxh2 d2 41.Kg2 Kf7 (41...h5 42.Kf3 h4 43.Ke2 (43.Kg4 g5~~ ) 43...h3 44.Sa4 d1D+ 45.Kxd1 Txb7! ) 42.Kf3 Ke7 43.Ke2 Kd6 44.Sa4+- ) 36...Txf3 (36...Txd4 37.Kxh2 cxd5 38.c6 bxc6 39.Tb1+- ) 37.Se7+ Kf7 (37...Kh7 38.Kxh2+- ) 38.Sxc6! ; 33.Sxe4 dxe4 34.Da2+ Kh8 35.Lxe4 Dxf4+ 36.Lf3 Sh2+ 37.Ke2 Sxf3-+ ) ]

32...cxd5 33.c6 Txf4
[33...Txc6? Hertneck,G 34.fxe4 Shirov 34...fxe4 35.Th3+- ]

34.cxb7
[34.c7 Shirov 34...Tf8 35.Tc1 Tc8~~ ]

34...Te4!
[34...Tf8? Ftacnik 35.Tc1 Sf6 36.Tc8+- ]

35.Tc1
[35.b8D+ Hertneck,G 35...Dxb8 36.fxg4 Dh2! (36...Txg4 Shirov 37.Lxd5++- ) 37.Tf3 fxg4 38.Txf6 gxf6 39.b7 Tf4+ 40.Dxf4 Dxf4+ 41.Ke2~~ ; 35.fxe4? Ftacnik 35...fxe4+ 36.Lf3 Dh1+ 37.Ke2 exf3+ 38.Txf3 Dxf3+ 39.Ke1 Df1# ]

35...Kh7
[35...Te8 Ftacnik 36.Tc8 Tff8 37.Txe8 Txe8 38.fxg4+- ]

36.b8D
[36.Tc7 Dg3 37.b8D Sh2+ 38.Kg1 Te1+ 39.Dxe1 Dxe1+ 40.Kxh2 Dh4+= ; 36.Tc8 Dg3 37.b8D Sh2+ 38.Kg1 Te1+ 39.Dxe1 Dxe1+ 40.Kxh2 Dh4+ 41.Lh3 (41.Kg1 Ftacnik 41...De1+= ) 41...Df2+ 42.Kh1 De1+ 43.Kg2 De2+= ]

36...Dxb8 37.fxg4
[37.fxe4 Ftacnik 37...fxe4+ 38.Ke1 Tf2-+ ]

37...Dh2
[37...fxg4+? Ftacnik 38.Kg1 ]

38.Tf3?
[38.Lf3!? Dxd2 39.Txd2 fxg4 40.Tf2 (40.Td3 Te8! ) 40...gxf3 41.b7 Th4 42.Tfc2! Tf8 (42...f2 43.b8D Th1+ 44.Kg2 f1D+ 45.Txf1 Thxf1 46.Kh2+- ) 43.Tc8 Th1+ 44.Kf2+- ]

38...Txg4
[38...fxg4?? Hertneck,G 39.Txf6 gxf6 40.Lxe4++- ]

39.b7?
The final blunder in time trouble [39.Tf2 Tfg6 40.Lf3 (40.Lxd5 Hertneck,G 40...Dd6 (40...Dh3+ Ftacnik 41.Ke2+- ; 40...Tg1+ 41.Ke2 Dh5+ 42.Lf3 Te6+ 43.Kd3 Tg3 44.Df4 Dg4 45.Dxg4 fxg4 46.b7+- ) 41.Txf5!+- (41.Lg2 Shirov 41...Txd4+/- ) ) 40...Dh3+ 41.Ke2 Te6+ 42.Kd3 ]

39...Tfg6 40.Tc2
[40.b8D Hertneck,G 40...Dxb8 41.Tf2~~ Shirov; 40.Tf2 Ftacnik 40...Txg2 41.Txg2 Dh1+-+ ]

40...Txg2 41.Dxg2 Txg2 42.Txg2 Dh1+ 43.Kf2 Db1
[43...Db1 Shirov 44.Kg3 Dxb7 45.Txf5 Dc7+-+ ] 0-1