Thursday, December 13, 2007

FIDE World Cup Final Round Game 1

Shirov (2739) - Kamsky (2714) [C95]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nb8 10.d4Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15.b3 [Shirov has played 15.a4 against Kramnik in 2002 and Van der Sterren in 1998] 15...a5 [Introduced by Kamsky in the 4th round game versus Svidler] 16.a4 b4 17.cxb4 axb4 18.Bb2 Bh6 19.dxe5 dxe5 20.Bd3Nc5 [20...Bf4 Svidler-Kamsky, Khany-Maniysk 2007] 21.Bb5 Qxd1 22.Raxd1 c623.Bc4Nfd7 24.Re2 Bf4 25.Rc2 Re7 26.Ne2 Bh6 27.Ng3 Bf4 [A silent draw offer by repeating the moves. In spite of having less time on the clock, Shirov decides to continue the game. This is quite understandable - after all Shirov is a fighter and wouldn't be happy with a short draw as white.] 28.Bc1 [28.Ne2 Bh6=] 28...Ba6! [28...Bxg3 29.Bg5! Ree8 30.fxg3 favors White] 29.Bxf4 exf4 30.Ne2 Bxc4 31.Rxc4 Nxb3 32.Rxb4 Nbc5 [Kamsky simplified the position and although White keeps a slight initiative, Black easily achieves the draw.] 33.Nc3Ree8 34.Rd6 Re6 35.Rbd4 Rxd6 36.Rxd6 Ra6 37.e5 Rb6 38.Rd1 Rb3 39.Ne2 Ra3 40.Ned4Rxa4 41.Nxc6 Nf8 42.Ne7+ 1/2-1/2

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