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Etienne Bacrot vs Teimour Radjabov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) (rapid), Tripoli LBA, rd 3, Jun-24
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  0-1


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Jun-25-04  AdrianP: This was a nice King's Indian win for Radjabov to put Bacrot out of the tournament. A real slugfest. I think Bacrot must have missed 38. ...Rbg2 and 39. ...Bxa1 but they were probably in serious time trouble by then.
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  acirce: Mutual blunders in time trouble: 35..Kh8?? 36.Qa5??

35..Kh8 introduces back rank mate ideas making attacking moves like Qh4 impossible; White should draw easily with 36.Rb1 Qf6 37.Qf7.

Winning for Black was 35..Rxg6! with decisive threats like ..Qh4 and ..Qf6. White just can't defend himself.

Jun-28-04  Durandal: Many errors in this game, from both sides, 38. ♖xd6 threatening 38. ♖d8 was also very strong.
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  acirce: <38. Rxd6 threatening 38. Rd8 was also very strong.> Indeed, thanks for pointing that out; Black must play 38..Rxh3 39.Rd8 Rg3+ with perpetual.

Still winning for Black would have been 37..Qf6 (best) threatening on both g6 and f2.

Jun-06-05  Montreal1666: What is wrong with 21)QxRa8 ?
Jun-06-05  aw1988: What, you want to drop your queen for nothing?
Jun-07-05  iron maiden: <aw1988> For nothing?
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  WannaBe: well, technically you are getting a rook for queen. Unless I missed a great follow-up combination.
Jun-07-05  aw1988: Precisely; insufficient sac.
Jul-17-05  TruthHurts: This was a blitz game wich explains last innacurates mooves from the two...
Jan-29-06  Panda: No, Radjabov won, and your beloved Bacrot lost like a patzer.
Apr-16-06  Chessography: 21. Qxa8 DOES get two rooks for a queen (so Montreal1666 has a valid point), however I doubt Bacrot felt comfortable taking his queen off the board when Radjabov is so much better developed and ready to attack.
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