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Teimour Radjabov vs Mohamad Al-Modiahki
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 1, Jul-31
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0
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Jul-31-08  Bobsterman3000: May Al-Modiahki will become the Yannick Pelletier of this tournament...

Jul-31-08  MarkusKann: Jajaja, that is very possible, he is playing against chess monsters
Jul-31-08  Gouki: <May Al-Modiahki will become the Yannick Pelletier of this tournament...>

or perhaps the Loek Van Wely :D

Jul-31-08  percyblakeney: Al-Modiahki got into amazing time trouble, he was down to three minutes already before his 20th move. Radjabov didn't play too well after that while his opponent managed to make a dozen moves in as many seconds and actually reached the time control, but by then he was lost.
Jul-31-08  dumbgai: <percyblakeney> I suspect that was the whole strategy behind Radjabov's choice of opening in this game. The King's Indian Attack is rarely seen at the GM level today because it is not considered a very ambitious attempt by White to play for the advantage, but Black must be careful or White might get a dangerous initiative. Radjabov correctly predicted that his tricky opening would put his opponent under a lot of pressure, and the tricky tactical middlegame greatly favored the player with more time on his clock. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other players also try this against Modiahki.
Aug-01-08
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  acirce: 27..Nc6 and my old Rybka versions call it equal or very slightly better for Black. In any event, as <percyblakeney> says Al-Modiahki was already in extremely bad time trouble and it was almost a miracle that he even managed to make the time control.
Aug-01-08  jaybugg13: I think trading the LSB was a slight mistep by black, furthermore that move sequence with 4...Bxf3 doesn't seem very popular or good for black. In the database unless I am missing some theory here?
Aug-07-08
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  Mateo: <acirce: 27..Nc6 and my old Rybka versions call it equal or very slightly better for Black.> Yes, and even without a computer it is easy to understand why. After 27...gxf6?! 28.Qxe7, White wins another pawn for the exchange, either the 'b7' pawn, either the 'f6' pawn. After 27...Nc6, White has to lose a tempo to protect his Bishop. So Radjabov would have only a pawn for the exchange.

But Al-Modhiaki decisive mistake was 35...Qe7?, disconnecting Queen and Rook. After 36.Qg4+, White wins a pawn in every variation. If 36...Kh7?? 37.Be4+, White wins. If 36...Kh8 37.Qf4 with double attack too.

However 39.h4?! looks weird. Why not 39...Qxe2? This move should be the only way to have the slightest hope to fight for a draw.

On the all a very complicated game. So both players shouldn't be blamed for some inacurracies.

Aug-07-08
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  Robin01: Why not 16...Nxf3+? Looks like a better move to me than 16...Ng6.
Aug-08-08
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  Mateo: <Robin01: Why not 16...Nxf3+? Looks like a better move to me than 16...Ng6.> I agree. It was playable.
Sep-20-13  Xeroxx: nice battle
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