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Anatoly Karpov vs Teimour Radjabov
Corus (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-18
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-30-04  azaris: Doesn't Radjabov know it's not nice to torture old people?
Oct-30-04  fgh: No, he doesn't.
Oct-30-04  arifattar: Is a R vs. R x B ending a theoretical draw? Is there no way black can force a win here?
Oct-30-04  Shams: search, arifattar. Search Mig on Chess columns. He covered this very endgame and gave statistics. As I remember he said that barring exceptionally bad king and rook placement, these endings are drawn -- but GMs screw up the defense more often than you`d expect. Certainly, often enough to warrant playing on if you have the bishop. Mig didn`t call out Radjabov for churlish behavior, but he did say that Karpov was pretty @#$%* off.

I would love to have seen Karpov lose this. ;)

Feb-23-06  Tobias: As long as the rook and the king aren't on the color of the bishop at the same time, what can black do? Karpov has almost always at least one of his pieces on a white square.
Feb-23-06  ughaibu: Move 80.
Dec-03-06  Open Defence: I bet Karpov was like oh no not another KID... i had enough of these in the 80s!!
Jul-08-08  percyblakeney: <Anatoly Karpov had a lot of trouble with Teimour Radjabov, who was pressurizing one of the Big K's for over a hundred moves. In the end, a furious Karpov righteously claimed a draw by the 50-move-rule with only 14 seconds left on his clock.>

The endgame explorer has the rook plus bishop winning in more than 40% of these endings. Since Corus doesn't have time increments towards the end of the games it is easier to go wrong for the defending side, as in Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005.

Jul-08-08  percyblakeney: This was not going to be the only time in 2003 that Karpov was irritated with Radjabov. Later the same year he arrived from a simul not long before the start of a tournament:

<Karpov, arriving directly from Brazil, argued that he had been deprived of sleep due to the late arrival of his plane, and asked that his game versus Radjabov should be played on Friday, in the morning. After some consideration, Radjabov declined the proposal. Of the other ten participants, a number proclaimed themselves annoyed because Karpov is notorious for such incidents.

During a conversation with the press office of the tournament, Karpov concluded: "I don't understand these idiots. Postponing a game for reasons of force majeure is normal in our sport. [---]">

The event was won by Topalov, while Radjabov and Anand shared second 0.5 behind: Hotel Bali Stars (2003)

GM Ian Rogers wrote more about the incident in Swedish Tidskrift för Schack. Radjabov had offered to play on the last day of the event instead of on Friday morning but it didn't work out and Karpov never turned up for the first round, before which he had travelled to Valencia for a press conference. Instead he offered draw through a representative when play already had started. After being forfeited he refused to turn up also for the next game, and was disqualified.

Rogers refers how some of the other players were critical of Karpov, and relates previous incidents he allegedly had been involved in.

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