Shirov in Hamburg

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

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.c5 Qc7 7.Bf4 Qc8 8.e3 Nf6 9.Qa4 Nbd7 10.b4 a6 11.h3 Be7 12.Qb3 0-0 13.Be2 Be4 14.0-0 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Bd8 16.a4 Bc7 17.Bg5 h6 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.b5 e5 20.b6 Bb8 21.a5 exd4 22.exd4 Bf4 23.Qc2 Qd7 24.g3 Qxh3 25.Bg2 Qh5 26.gxf4 Ng4 27.Rfd1 Rae8 28.Rd3 Qh2+ 29.Kf1 f5 30.Qd2 Rf6 31.f3 Re4 32.Nxd5 cxd5 33.c6 Rxf4 34.cxb7 Re4 35.Rc1 Kh7 36.b8Q Qxb8 37.fxg4 Qh2 38.Rf3 Rxg4 39.b7 Rfg6 40.Rc2 Rxg2 41.Qxg2 Rxg2 42.Rxg2 Qh1+ 43.Kf2 Qb1 0-1

(2) Topalov,Veselin (2740) - Shirov,Alexei (2710) [D85]
Linares 15th Linares (10), 04.03.1998

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Ba4 0-0 9.Ne2 Nd7 10.0-0 e5 11.f3 Qe7 12.Be3 Rd8! 13.Qc2?! Nb6 14.Bb3 Be6 15.Rad1 Nc4! 16.Bc1 b5! 17.f4! exd4 18.Nxd4 Bg4 19.Rde1 Qc5 20.Kh1 a5 21.h3? Bd7 22.a4 bxa4 23.Ba2 Be8! 24.e5 Nb6 25.f5 Nd5 26.Bd2?! Nb4! 27.Qxa4 Nxa2 28.Qxa2 Bxe5 29.fxg6 hxg6 30.Bg5 Rd5! 31.Re3 Qd6 32.Qe2 Bd7 33.c4 Bxd4 34.cxd5 Bxe3 35.Qxe3 Re8! 36.Qc3 Qxd5 37.Bh6 Re5 38.Rf3 Qc5 39.Qa1 Bf5 40.Re3 f6 41.Rxe5 Qxe5 42.Qa2+ Qd5! 43.Qxd5+ cxd5 44.Bd2 a4 45.Bc3 Kf7 46.h4 Ke6 47.Kg1 Bh3!! Fascinating idea of Shirov, since black has to push his two pawns a4,d5 as quickly as possible. The bishop would obstruct the way of the king on the natural square e4, on h3 it wins a precious tempo. [47...a3 48.Kf2 a2 49.Ke3 Bg4 50.g3 Kf5 51.Bd4~~ ; 47...Be4 Shirov -+ 48.Kf2 Kf5 49.g3~~ ] 48.gxh3 [48.Kf2 Kf5 49.Kf3 Bxg2+ 50.Kxg2 Ke4 51.Bxf6 d4 52.Be7 Kd3 53.Kf2 Kc2 54.Bb4 d3-+ ] 48...Kf5 49.Kf2 Ke4 50.Bxf6 [50.Ke2 a3 51.Kd2 d4 52.Ba1 f5-+ ] 50...d4 51.Be7 [51.Ke2? a3-+ ] 51...Kd3! 52.Bc5 Kc4 53.Be7 [53.Bxd4 Kxd4 54.Ke2 Kc3 55.Kd1 Kb2-+ ] 53...Kb3 [53...Kb3 54.Bc5 d3 55.Ke3 Kc2 56.Bb4 a3-+ ] 0-1

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