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Garry is going to open a second front on the kingside if an opportunity presents itself. hxg4 f5?! This is a questionable decision. Sasha is opening the position. However, it looks like the white rooks will make use of it first! Rc6 followed by a7-a5. Bc5! A precise reply! b4! This way White has completely untied his rooks. White appears to be much better. Rcb6 with the idea a7-a5. fxg4 Rc8 It is very important for Black to return his rook from exile. Rxe5 Rc8! was another option. Rc3 Bb5?! Where is this bishop going?

With this petite combination White is winning the exchange. Rxb6! Qf4 All the rest is smooth sailing for Shirov. Rc1! Kg4! Such a stroll under fire is a piece of cake for Alexei. Rd2 The immediate exchange of the queens would have resulted in White’s losing his h2-pawn. Qg4 By precise (and well-known) moves, White stops Black from castling. N Karpov is an expert in this line. He defends this position on the black side for the third time in this tournament. I think the whole course of the event might have been different if Karpov hadn’t missed an easy win in his first round game vs.

F4 Here we go. The b7-bishop is having a tedious time, whereas the e5-square is under White’s control. It is time to launch an attack on the black king. Ne4! ) A serious mistake. Rhf1 White has sufficient compensation for the pawn, though there is nothing really dangerous for Black. 22…dxe4 Black has managed to extend the diagonal by one square. However, this square is extremely important. Taking up the d5square, Black’s light-squared bishop will be ideally placed. Nh5 e3! White has no good capture on e3: the c2-pawn is under attack, on the other hand White wants to keep the g7-square under control.

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