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Teimour Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi
"Pinteresting" (game of the day Jun-24-12)
M-Tel Masters (2008)  ·  Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0
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Jun-24-12  rilkefan: <<al wazir>: Why did black give up a piece with 27...a4 instead of retreating, 27...Bf8 ? The continuation might be 28. f7 Rc8 29. Qf6+ Bg7 30. Qe7 Bf5 31. h3 (31. Qe8+ Bf8) h5. Now what?>

Better job checking than me - I had assumed 31.Qe8+ won when looking over the game. Here though 32.g4 is winning because of ...hxg4 33.Qh4+. Instead I think black has to play 31...Rf8, when he's dropping the qside.

Jun-24-12  vinidivici: what happen if 25...Rg8?
Jun-24-12  Shams: <vinidivici> 25...Rg8 26.Qh6 1-0
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  sevenseaman: Radjabov: Courage and vision!

<al wazir: Why did black give up a piece with 27...a4 instead of retreating, 27...Bf8 ? The continuation might be 28. f7 Rc8 29. Qf6+ Bg7 30. Qe7 Bf5 31. h3 (31. Qe8+ Bf8) h5. Now what?>

28. f7 Rc8 29. Qf6+ Bg7 30. Qe7 Bf5 31. Qe8+ Rxe8▢ 32. fxe8=Q+ winning.


27...Bf8 28. f7 Re7 28. Qf6+ Bg7▢ 29. f8=Q#

Jun-24-12  Shams: <mig26> Sorry, throw in Rxe7 first. Thanks. :)
Jun-24-12  mig26: <Shams> Qh6 ?? exf6 win <sevenseaman> 31 Qe8+ Bf8
Jun-24-12  Boomie: <sevenseaman: Radjabov: Courage and vision!

<al wazir: Why did black give up a piece with 27...a4 instead of retreating, 27...Bf8 ? The continuation might be 28. f7 Rc8 29. Qf6+ Bg7 30. Qe7 Bf5 31. h3 (31. Qe8+ Bf8) h5. Now what?>

28. f7 Rc8 29. Qf6+ Bg7 30. Qe7 Bf5 31. Qe8+>

31. Qe8+?? Bf8=

31. h3 h5 32. g4

Jun-24-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game courtesy of GM Radjabov!


Jun-24-12  Octal: Pinteresting? Puntastic!
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  sevenseaman: <mig26 & Boomie> Aaw... thanks.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A game of Pinterest, but I'm curious about 27...a4. Since the White King had no obstacle to impede his impressive march, would 27...Kg8; 28.fxg7,Kxg7; 29.Qe1!?,Ra8 have provided a better fortress, esp. after the eventual h7-h6?

If I were White, I would proceed with an eventual Qc7 to tie down as many Black pieces as possible and then advance the White King along the Kingside dark squares. f4 and e6 do tempt His Majesty, do they not?

Jun-24-12  psmith: The Rybka analysis mentioned earlier by <minasina> is now at

I wondered (like some others) about 25...Rg8 rather than 25... exf6. Rybka seems to confirm it is better: 25... Rg8 26. h3 (the point of this is that after 26...Bf5 27. Rxe7 Black does not have Qf5 and must play 27... Qc8 28. e6 ) 26...g5! 27. Bxg7+ Rxg7 28. Rf8+ Rg8 29. Rxg8+ Kxg8 30. Rxe7 Qc8 31. e6 Qxg5+ Kf8 31. hxg4 e6 32. Kf2 +0.93. It is not clear to me that White is really winning here.

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  waustad: Pinteresting?
Jun-24-12  Blunderdome: Brilliant.
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  lost in space: aha, took me a while to understand:

27...Bf8 28. f7 Rc8 (Ra8 is worse as Ra8 is unprotected and so Black has not 31...Bf8 in case of a Qe8+) 29. Qf6+ Bg7 30. Qe7 Bf5 31. h3 (31. Qe8+ Bf8) h5 32. g4! hxg4 (otherwise the bishop is gone) 33. Qh4+ with mate to follow

Jun-24-12  drpoundsign: Why take the white king on a walk instead of checking with the Queen? (I'm not a very smart Man)
Jun-24-12  Everett: Radjabov likely pulled from his early work on the French and Dutch to create this masterpiece.
Jun-24-12  5hrsolver: <drpoundsign: Why take the white king on a walk instead of checking with the Queen? (I'm not a very smart Man)>

With Queen alone white wont be able to win more material. With the reduced black force the white king is not in danger of getting mated. It becomes an attacking piece. The white queen with the white king can deliver checkmate or win the bishop or rook. The queen can also give itself up for the bishop and rook and the advanced white king can then gobble up the black pawns.

Jun-24-12  Chessmaster9001: Combination starting with 24.Rf7 is just brilliant. Amazing game by Radja!
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  ajile: A very smart way to play for White in the opening. He transitions to a Stonewall Attack formation after first getting in the advance c5. So now Black's counterplay is greatly reduced since with 10.f4 White is also inhibiting the freeing e5 by Black.
Jun-24-12  fisayo123: <Its one of the standard set-ups against the chebanenko system. The one that irritates me the most at black bu usually without c5.
Jun-24-12  vinidivici: <shams> i c
Jun-25-12  Chessmaster9001: 27..a4 seems to be a final mistake, as 27..Rf8 was definitely better trying to stop the king`s march to the queen side.
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  kevin86: Interesting how the white king pentrated the position. Wow!
Jun-25-12  5hrsolver: < Boomie & lost in space> The other alternative is
(27...Bf8 28.f7 Rc8 29.Qf6+ Bg7 30.Qe7 Bf5 31.h3 Rf8 32.g4 Bc8 33.Qc7)

and black is bound to lose a lot of pawns

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