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Veselin Topalov vs Teimour Radjabov
Morelia-Linares (2008), Linares ESP, rd 9, Feb-29
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  whiteshark: <When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.> --Confucius
Feb-29-08  theodor: 35 Qd5!?
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  whiteshark: <theodor: 35 Qd5!?>

What's the idea of this early ♕trade-off ?
After <35.Qd5 Qxd5 36.cxd5 Rd8 37.Rf5 Rxd5 38.Rxg5 h4 39.Rh5 Rxa5 40.Rxh4 Rb5> it looks like a drawish ♖endgame to me:

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  minasina: this was live commentary with GM Sergey Zagrebelny (RUS) (“Translated”: The board is not functioning at the translated page)
Feb-29-08  waustad: This is different from the last position I saw on the official site. It makes more sense. I think the last position they had at that time was lost for black. Black had moved the king to e5. I've heard that that is a common error at the end of scores due to some protocol indicating end of game. I never ran into that in weekend Swisses.
Mar-01-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 10 Nd5 at once, 10 Bg5 prepares Nd5 by pinning Black's KN

14 a4 prepares a pawn attack on the Q side in anticipation of Black's castling there. 14 Be3 challenges Black's KB at once. On 14 Be3 Bxe3 15 fxe3 Black can't castle on the KIng side. On 14 Be3 Bxb2? 15 Rb1 Ba3 16 Rxb7 wins at least a pawn. 14 a4 may however induce 14...a6 in reply.

14...a6? disturbs the Q side pawns. It is a serious mistake, because White can prevent Black from castling on the King side by 15 Be3!

Instead of 17 Rf1-f2, 17 b4 starts a pawn storm on Black's Q side without delay. It seems more consistent with 14 a4, and Black has disturbed his Queen side pawns by 14...a6. Both now and later Topalov does not choose to advance his Q side pawns. Thus instead of 21 Qe4, 21 b4 begins to advance the Q side pawns. It may be that this lets Topalov's advantage slip.

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  acirce: The immediate 47.Rxe2 (allowing an easy draw) instead of first 47.Kf3 winning a tempo (not sure if this is win or draw, but would have made things considerably more difficult in any case) is a bit odd.

Maybe Topalov somehow thought the pawn endgame that arose in the game was winning, which would also be strange, but would explain why he did not hesitate to force matters.

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  whiteshark: gives <44.Kxg4 e2 45.Rxe2 Rxd5 <(45...bxa5 46.Re7+ Kb8 47.Kf4 )> 46.Re7+ Kb8 47.axb6 Rb5 48.Re4 Rxb6 49.Kf5> as win. Doubts ?! 44...bxa5 maybe in between
Apr-29-08  ajile: Radjabov has been doing well with the
Schliemann Defense. Seems to me though White should have something better than 4.d3 to combat it. When White is playing d3 on his 4th move after 1.e4 something is seriously wrong IMO.
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