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Loek van Wely vs Teimour Radjabov
Corus (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-12
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  0-1
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Jan-13-07  euripides: Radjabov may be the most dangerous player with the black pieces in the world. Topalov is the obvious alternative.
Jan-13-07  alicefujimori: Very strong play by Radja. Like I had suspected when going through this game, 14...Nh5 was a novelty. The idea behind it was to go to f4 and also to make way for the bishop so that it could go to f6 to exploit the weak dark squares of white's position.

16...f4 forced white to close the kingside with 17.g4. Although it looked as if white had stopped black's typical kingside attack in a King's Indian, it had also severely weakened the dark squares around white's king. (Noticably, h4 and e3)

18...Nc6 was another strong and consistent move, aiming to get the knight to d4 or e3 further exploiting the weakened dark squares of white's position. Black then made use of the c-file to get the knight to e3 and soon also seized control of the c-file. After that, it was all very good technique by Radja.

So a truly great game where Van Wely was really outplayed. Radja's play to exploit the weakened dark squares around white's king was truly an impressive display of technique and creativity. It will be really interesting to see how Kramnik will do if he ever get to play the white side of the Bayonet against Radja's KID.

Jan-13-07
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  notyetagm: Magnificent game by Radjabov, destroying Van Wely's Bayoney Attack.
Jan-13-07  euripides: 39.Bb3 allows the decisive exchange sacrifice. However, Black is threatening Rc1, and if 39.Rc2 Black might sacrifice the pawn with 39...e2 40.Rxe2 Rc1 and the back rank battery looks unstoppable.
Jan-13-07
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  luzhin: Extraordinary opening preparation by Radjabov.His 14th move is the first link in a manoevre which appears to achieve nothing apart from swapping around the positions of his King's Knight and King's Bishop. The Knight on g7 looks ridiculous, but of course it attacks White's pride and joy, the pawn on e6. It's fitting that the final move of the game is Nxe6, after which White's position disintegrates in a shower of sparks.
Jan-13-07  Fisheremon: <euripides: 39.Bb3 allows the decisive exchange sacrifice. However, Black is threatening Rc1, and if 39.Rc2 Black might sacrifice the pawn with 39...e2 40.Rxe2 Rc1 and the back rank battery looks unstoppable.> Teimour could start the combo one move earlier 37...Qd1.
Jan-13-07  Fisheremon: <euripides: ...if 39.Rc2 Black might sacrifice the pawn with 39...e2 40.Rxe2 Rc1 and the back rank battery looks unstoppable.> 40...Bc1!
Jan-13-07  Hesam7: 14...Nh5 is Radjabov's novelty. interesting that Khalifman does not even mention it in "Opening for White according to Kramnik".
Jan-14-07  square dance: <16...f4 forced white to close the kingside with 17.g4.> rybka thought that the game went from a slight advantage for white to a slight advantage for black after 17.g4. the machine was calling for 17.g3 instead.
Jan-14-07
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  notyetagm: <luzhin: Extraordinary opening preparation by Radjabov.His 14th move is the first link in a manoevre which appears to achieve nothing apart from swapping around the positions of his King's Knight and King's Bishop. The Knight on g7 looks ridiculous, but of course it attacks White's pride and joy, the pawn on e6. It's fitting that the final move of the game is Nxe6, after which White's position disintegrates in a shower of sparks.>

Yes, beautiful positional play by Radjabov. He saw deeper into the position than Van Wely did.

Jan-14-07
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  notyetagm: <euripides: Radjabov may be the most dangerous player with the black pieces in the world. Topalov is the obvious alternative.>

Yes, he can beat anybody playing Black with his King's Indian and Sveshnikov.

Jan-14-07
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  notyetagm: <DCP23: <Someone kibitzed that van Wely had been online during the ACP rapid watching Radjabov and saying "the King's Indian is dead." Perhaps its status should now be upgraded to undead since you just can't kill the thing.> Mig Greengard>

Ahh, Van Wely, do you know the old King's Indian proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold, in the King's Indian.

Jan-14-07
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  notyetagm: Bologan also beat the vaunted Bayonet Attack today at Corus:

[Event "Corus B"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2007.01.13"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Werle,J"]
[Black "Bologan,V"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2566"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[EventDate "2007.01.13"]
[ECO "E97"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 a5 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Nd2 Nf4 13. Bf1 Ra8 14. a4 Nh5 15. Ba3 c5 16. dxc6 bxc6 17. Ndb1 c5 18. Nb5 Ra6 19. Ra2 Bh6 20. N1c3 Ng7 21. Nd5 Ne6 22. Bb2 Bg7 23. g3 Nc6 24. Bc3 Ncd4 25. Nxd4 cxd4 26. Bb4 Bb7 27. a5 f5 28. Bg2 Rf7 29. h4 Nc5 30. h5 Nxe4 31. hxg6 hxg6 32. Rxe4 fxe4 33. Bxe4 Qg5 34. Bd2 Qh5 35. Qb1 Kh7 36. Ra3 Bc8 37. g4 Bxg4 38. Rg3 Bf5 39. Rg2 Bxe4 40. Qxe4 Qf5 41. Rh2+ Kg8 42. Qh4 g5 43. Bxg5 Rxa5 44. Rg2 Ra1+ 45. Kh2 Qb1 46. Ne7+ Rxe7 47. Bxe7 Qh1+ 48. Kg3 Qxh4+ 49. Kxh4 d3 50. f3 Kf7 51. Bxd6 Bh6 52. Bb4 Ra4 53. Rb2 Bc1
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Jan-14-07  alicefujimori: <the machine was calling for 17.g3 instead>The pawn is already on g3 by move 17, so he cannot just waste a move by not moving at all.

Anyway, it is not so simple. In the KID, black always have a typical dangerous kingside attack rolling and white's only way to stop it is either to distract black with a queenside attack or block the kingside. So Van Wely chose the move that "looks" right for white in the KID but unfortuately it further weakened his dark squares on the kingside. So it was really a very good novelty by Radja.

Jan-15-07  Daugmatas: Could anyone show a clear win for black in case if White plays 31. Nxd6 aiming at Nf7+? For example, 31...Rxf1 32. Kxf1 Qc1+ 33. Kg2. Is there 33...Rxf3 a correct move? It seems that van Wely missed his chance here.
Jan-15-07  Cyphelium: <Daugmatas> Maybe 31. ♘xd6 ♖xf1+ 32. ♔xf1 ♕c1+ 33. ♔g2 ♖xf3 would do the trick, for instance 34. ♔xf3? ♕f1+ with mate or something like 34. ♘f7+ ♔g8 35. ♘h6+ ♗xh6 36. e7+ ♔h8 37. ♕b5 ♕xb2+ 38. ♕xb2 ♖f2+ 39. ♖xf2 exf2 .
Jan-16-07  Shajmaty: <Hesam7: 14...Nh5 is Radjabov's novelty.> <alicefujimori: Like I had suspected when going through this game, 14...Nh5 was a novelty.> 14...fxe4 was played just over a year ago by Van Wely versus Radjabov (!).
Jan-30-07  Whack8888: Is 10. Re1 necessary? From what I can see the Rook doesnt do much on e1 except move back to f1 on move 23. To me, 10. Re1 looks a little slow--I know a lot of times in the King's Indian the move Re8 for Black doesnt work because it is too slow, maybe the same is true for White?
Jan-30-07  Whack8888: Is there a winning line after 38. Nb1? To me it doesnt seem like h5 is a big threat--White's pawn structure will get messed up a bit, but surely that is better than straight up losing. With the attack on the Rook, Black may lose enough Tempo that White can hold--though he is still down the pawn on the Queen side.

Speaking of the Queen side pawns, whats wrong with the simple 19. a3--it seems very strange that White would open up the c file when he has two pieces en prise there--after 19. a3 dxc5 20. Qxd8 Rxd8 21. bxc5 White is probably worse, because of his pawn structure, but it doesnt seem like he should lose, at least immediately.

Jan-31-07  Cyphelium: <Whack8888> After 19. a3 dxc5 20. ♕xd8 ♖axd8 21. bxc5, black has 21.- ♘d4 with a triple threat against e6, f3 and c2.
Jun-12-07  prinsallan: Radjabov is totally amazing with passed pawns.
He's a Miracle worker! Good Game!!
Mar-12-08  mistreaver: Another great game in Bayonet attack from Radja think ppl should stop playing that line against him
Apr-09-08  juandadamo: Why 14 ... kh8 ? What's the plan behind this move?
Trying to understand a little of KID... Thanks!
Jun-26-08  david.c.denis: whack: the move Re1 is to provide the f1 square for the bishop. this takes the punch out of Nf4, as now the bishop can retreat. if that square isn't available the knight can grab the bishop and make white weak on the white squares.

with re1 and Bf1 then white can kick the black knight out of f4 with g3 at will

Jul-22-17  Dave12: A beautiful ending position!
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