Sigeman and Co.

(1) So,Wesley (2667) - Shirov,Alexei (2701) [D11]
19th Sigeman & Co Malmo SWE (2), 10.06.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.b3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.Bb2 Qe7 8.Ne5 Bb4+ 9.Nd2 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.a3 [11.0-0 is the usual continuation here.] 11...Ba5 12.0-0 f6!? 13.Nf3 Bc7 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Ne5 0-0 16.f4 Bd7 17.Rf3 Be8 18.Qc2 Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Ne4 20.Bxe4 dxe4 21.Rff1! White could perfectly well take the pawn with Qxe4. There is no hidden trap in case you are looking for one. However, while White's bishop is as domineering a pivot as Shaquille O'Neal, Black's counterpart is a homeless soldier in search of a place to stay. The e4 pawn imprisons Shirov's bishop so why help him? 21...Bg6 22.c5 Rfd8 23.Bd6 Qf7 24.Rad1 Bf5 25.Rd4 Rd7 26.h3 h5 27.Rfd1 Qg6 28.Kh2 h4 29.Qf2 Qh5 30.R1d2 30...Kh7? Black is obviously in a very uncomfortable position, however this move just gives away the only open file in the position. [Black had to play 30...Rad8 to create greater resistance.] 31.Be5 Rf7 32.Rd7 Raf8 33.R2d6 Kg8 34.Rxf7 Rxf7 35.Rd8+ Kh7 36.a4 a6 37.Qe1 Bg6 Black is so tied up he has nothing better to do than shuffle the pieces around and wait for the axman with his head on the chopping block. 38.Kg1 Bf5 39.Qf2 Bg6 40.Kf1 Rf5 41.Ke1 Be8 42.Qd2 Qg6 43.Rb8 Qg3+ 44.Qf2 Bh5 45.Rxb7 Rf7 46.Qxg3 hxg3 47.Rb6 Rd7 48.Bd6 e5 49.fxe5 Rf7 50.e6 Rf2 51.Bxg3 Rxg2 52.Bf4 g5 53.Kf1 Rc2 54.Bxg5 Rxc5 55.h4 Kg6 56.e7 Kf5 57.Rb8 Re5 58.Rf8+ Kg4 59.Kg2 1-0

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