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David Navara vs Teimour Radjabov
Corus (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-18
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  0-1
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Jan-18-07
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  Sneaky: <[Kramnik] does push hard with White.> True enough, the English opening is a good choice for him to display his positional prowess. Thank God he's not playing that insipid Catalan.
Jan-18-07  DevastatioN: If Radja beats Topalov, Topalov will run out of the tournament hall screaming "HAX!" and "HE'S CHEATING!" :)
Jan-18-07  suenteus po 147: Looks like <acirce> and I lost some dough on this game. Now, if Tiviakov beats Topalov I'll be totally bankrupt.
Jan-18-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: I can live with it though:

<SETTLEMENT DATE: Jan-18-07
PROJECTED PAYOUT: 3,408 (7:4)
Corus: Rd 5: Anand vs Svidler
Anand>

<SETTLEMENT DATE: Jan-18-07
PROJECTED PAYOUT: 2,592 (7:6)
Corus: Rd 5: Aronian vs Carlsen
Draw>

Yeah I went for a couple of large bets to have a chance to catch up.. I also won some bucks on Karjakin-Motylev and Shirov-Van Wely, but I missed out on Ponomariov-Kramnik.

Jan-18-07  suenteus po 147: <acirce> Then you are a smarter gambler than I am. I've lost every bet so far this round. If Topalov can't win or draw, I'm cooked.
Jan-18-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <SETTLEMENT DATE: Jan-18-07
PROJECTED PAYOUT: 597 (11:1)
Corus: Rd 5: Tiviakov vs Topalov
Tiviakov>
I'm not. ;-)
Jan-18-07  Rocafella: Topalov may be an idiot, but I think he would accurately shout hoax ;)
Jan-18-07  percyblakeney: Radjabov is rather humble about this win and claims that he was reduced to "playing for tricks" until Navara started going wrong and found it hard to adapt from playing for a win to playing for a draw:

http://www.coruschess.com/report.ph...

Jan-18-07  diegoami: Navara's errors

21.e4? (21.a4 was better)
28.Rb6? (28.Rbd1 is better)
29.Te3? (29.Qc1 and White can fight on)

Jan-18-07  JIRKA KADLEC: 21.e4?! (21.a4! ) 22.Qc1?!= (22.Qh6 ) 23.exf5?! (23.Re1=) 25.Qg5?! (25.gxh7 ) 25...Ne5?! (25...Na3 )28.Rb6?? (28.Rbd1 ) 29.Re3? (29.Qd2) 30.Rxd3? (30.Rxd6)
Jan-18-07  russep: people just don't get it Radjabov is unstopable in the King's indian stop letting him play it
Jan-18-07  alicefujimori: Congratulations for Radja. A +3 with black is an excellent achievement in such a tournament already. I wonder if he's going to break Kasparov's record of +5 with black in this tournament.
Jan-18-07
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  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: Congratulations for Radja. A +3 with black is an excellent achievement in such a tournament already. I wonder if he's going to break Kasparov's record of +5 with black in this tournament.>

Yes, <alicef>, I may soon have to start <Game Collection: Radjabov's Black Power Takes Corus> to honor this great accomplishment, mirroring Game Collection: Kasparov's Black Power Takes Linares.

Jan-18-07  suenteus po 147: One the interesting thing about visiting Radjabov's player page: he has more black wins in "notable games" than any other player I've seen on the site.
Jan-19-07
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  Honza Cervenka: <percyblakeney: Radjabov is rather humble about this win and claims that he was reduced to "playing for tricks" until Navara started going wrong and found it hard to adapt from playing for a win to playing for a draw> I would say he is simply objective in this matter. He knows probably better than anybody else that his opening in this game was a pure disaster and that he could lose easily if Navara did not collapse suddenly after move 20. I hope that David will recover from this little unpleasant accident soon.
Jan-19-07  percyblakeney: <he has more black wins in "notable games" than any other player I've seen on the site>

True, I was looking at his wins with black the other day, and just in the last ten months he has beaten

Topalov (2801)
Ivanchuk (2729)
Navara (2719)
Shirov (2715)
van Wely (2683)
Bologan (2666)

Adding his earlier wins with black against Kasparov, Anand, Ponomariov, Dreev and some other strong players make it an impressive list indeed.

Jan-19-07
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  Honza Cervenka: <plang> <Radjabovs opening may have been risky but he was never lost> I disagree. It was not risky, it was definitely bad. I don't know whether I would have managed to win from such a position against Radja in OTB game but in CC it would be resignable already around moves 12-15. It was pure luck from Radjabov's part that he did not lose this game, not to mention the win.
Jan-19-07
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  ahmadov: <babakova: Radjabov still has Anand, Kramnik and Topalov to play so anything can happen.> I agree that it is premature to hail Radjabov as a hero just in the middle of the tournament when he has to encounter stronger opponents, but what he has done so far, including this game, is really very exciting. Before move 18, many expected him to lose, but he managed to change the position in his favour...and won.
Jan-19-07
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  ahmadov: <babakova: Radjabov still has Anand, Kramnik and Topalov to play so anything can happen.> I believe that Radja will win at least one of the three giants in this tournament, while draw with the other two.
Jan-19-07
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  ahmadov: <Honza Cervenka><It was pure luck from Radjabov's part that he did not lose this game, not to mention the win.> But luck comes also with talent...
Jan-19-07  kellmano: Capablanca: "The good chess player is always lucky". My favourite chessing quote
Jan-19-07
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  Honza Cervenka: <But luck comes also with talent...> That's true and Teimour is definitely one of most talented chess kids I have ever seen. But even a talentless patzer like me can "suffer" such a lucky victory...:-)

One finer example:

[Event "Prague tch 2005/2006, I/1"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "2006.03.03"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Jan Cervenka"]
[Black "Milan Brezovsky"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C90"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 Na5 9. Bc2 c5 10. d4 Qc7 11. a4 b4 12. Nbd2 O-O 13. h3 Rb8 14. d5 c4 15. cxb4 Rxb4 16. Ra3 Bd7 17. Rc3 Qb7 18. Nh2 g6 19. Ng4 Rc8 20. Nf1 Nxg4 21. hxg4 Nb3 22. Bxb3 cxb3 23. Ree3 Rxc3 24. Rxc3 Bxa4 <24...Rxe4 could have been even better.> 25. Bh6 Bd7 26. Qc1 Bd8 27. f3 a5 28. Nd2 g5 29. Nc4 f6 30. Kh2 Qb8 31. Kg3 a4 32. Na3 Bb6 <Turning point of the game. Black outplayed me in the opening and the middle-game and here he was still a Pawn up. Despite of some white's counter-chances he could hope in win. But his last move is a mistake which drops all advantage.> 33. Bxg5 <Black overlooked this. After 32...fxg5 33.Qxg5+ white has perpetual check. It was also the most reasonable continuation for black but he - like Navara in game with Radjabov - was unable to accept the simple truth that his chance for win had already gone.> 33... Qd8 34. Be3 Bd4 <And this is already a decisive mistake.> 35. Bxd4 Rxd4 36. Nb5 <Pretty little shot missed by Black in move 34. Now 36...Bxb5 loses the Queen for 37.Rc8 and so Pawn d6 is doomed. Of course, after its loss black's position will fall apart quickly.> 36... Rb4 37. Nxd6 a3 <Last desperate attempt which hastens the inevitable end.> 38. bxa3 b2 39. Qb1 Rb8 40. Nc4 Ba4 <This is a position which black had in mind when he played 37...a3. Now Pb2 seems to be untouchable due to pin on b-file but this is pure illusion.> 41. Nxb2 Qb6 42. Qc1 <Also 42.Qh1 was possible as after 42...Qxb2 43.Rc7 black has no satisfactory defense against mating attack on h-file and 7th rank.> 42... Qxb2 43. Rc8+ Kg7 44. Qc7+ 1-0

Mr. Brezovsky ruined his game almost as quickly as David Navara yesterday. I was only lucky....:-)

Jan-19-07  Mameluk: Radjabov has this strange ability to outcalculate opponents and win completely lost positions. After 20. a4 there would be probably no calculations and Kramnik´s expert opinion is white was easily won after opening. Fascinating Navara´s collaps, but there have been many blunders in the tournament already.
Nov-03-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: I think <20.Rfe1!> was the best move here. It makes the e-pawn mobile and is also threating f4. No need to force immediately action on the queenside. :D


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Feb-02-10  herrahuu: There's analysis and round report on Chessbase site: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

I myself think that b5 is interesting. After cxb5!? things are more difficult for black but white might not easily go this route. After 7.Nxb5?! Ne4! 8.Qc1!? or Qc2!? are another test to the b5 idea. Finally I think 9..d6!? was critical. After 10. Nd2 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Nd7 black seems to have compensation for the pawn.


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Still after the game continuation 10.Nd2 d6 and the things looks quite equal even though white might have easier game.

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