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Peter Svidler vs Teimour Radjabov
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 4, Aug-03
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0
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Aug-03-08  arnaud1959: Never try to beat Svidler (especially with black), you may lose. Try to draw and if you're lucky he will lose himself.

But there are some exceptions too. I remember of a game where Radjabov beat Svidler after a Bxh7 sacrifice.

Aug-03-08  shr0pshire: <arnaud1959: Never try to beat Svidler (especially with black), you may lose. Try to draw and if you're lucky he will lose himself.>

Well it's not true in this case. It isn't the case that Radjabov's long term plan didn't work against Svidler, because it did.

The whole combination starting with 17. ...Rd4 wasn't bad, and certainly wasn't losing.

In fact, there were good drawing odds around move 35. The problem was that Radjabov starting pushing pawns and took his eye off the prize. Instead of getting the pawns at that stage he needed to make sure that Svidler's rooks wouldn't be able to together do any considerable harm.

It started going downhill from 35. ...a5?

What a shame too, because it was a great tactical and long term planning display by Radjabov.

Aug-03-08  Ezzy: GM Svidler,Peter(RUS) (2738) - GM Radjabov,Teimour(AZE) (2744) [B76]

FIDE Grand Prix 2008/09 Sochi/Russia (4), 03.08.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0–0–0 d5 10.Qe1 e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Ne4 Qc7 15.Bc5 Rfd8 16.g4 Nf4 17.Qc3 <Svidler's had this position before. Svidler v Alterman Bad Homburg 1997>17...Rd4 <Alterman played 17...Bd5 eventually drawn. >18.Bxd4 exd4 19.Qb4 d3< Novelty, and quite an exciting one which really mixes things up. 19...c5 has been played before.> 20.Bxe6 <This position has obviously been studied and it emerges that this is the best move to play.> 20...Ne2+ 21.Kb1 Rb8 22.Bxf7+ Kh8 23.Qxb8+ Qxb8 24.c3 Nxc3+ 25.Nxc3 Bxc3 26.Bb3< [26.b3?? Qd6 Aiming for a3 winning. 27.h4 <To defend with 28 Rh2 in case of 27...Qa3> 27...Qd4 <Threat 28...Qf2 and mate cannot be avoided.> 28.Rh2 Qe3 and black wins.]> 26...Bf6 27.Rxd3 Qe5 28.Rd2 Qe3 29.Rhd1 Qxf3 30.Rd7< With the threat of 31 Re1 Bg7 32 Re8+ Bf8 33 a3 escape for the king, followed by 34 Rf7 Winning. >30...Qe4+ 31.Bc2 Qb4 32.Bb3 Qe4+ 33.Ka1 Qg2 34.R1d2 Qxg4< Very unclear and dynamically balanced. >35.a3 a5 36.Rb7 a4?? <Tragedy for Radjabov, he needed to play [36...Qf4 37.Rbd7 (37.Rdd7?? Qc1+ 38.Ka2 Qxb2#) 37...a4 38.Bc2 and the game continues with equal chances.]> 37.Rdd7 <This wouldn't be possible with the black queen on f4, due to the mating threat>. 37...Qg1+ 38.Bd1 Qxh2 39.Rdc7 Bd8< [39...Qd6 40.Rc8+ Bd8 41.Bxa4 h5 42.Rbb8 Also wins]> 40.Rc8 Qd2 41.Bc2 1-0<White will win the bishop and most of black's pawns.>

This tournament has had a few tragedy’s already. Kamsky playing so well, and then losing to Cheparinov in a game he should of won. Now Radjabov loses a game by a tragic blunder when he was playing so well in the tournament.

Cheparinov leads the tournament and should have lost to Gashimov and Kamsky. Funny ol’ game this chess.

Well Radjabov just has to regroup. There’s a long way to go.

First win for Svidler – A big confidence booster after his poor game against Cheparinov.

Aug-03-08  OneArmedScissor: This is a pretty impressive game by Radjabov, although he did ultimately lose it at the end.
Aug-04-08  arsen387: It's a beautiful game by Radjabov, though he lost it. It's very interesting to watch how that idea with 17..Rd4 uncorks.
Aug-04-08  percyblakeney: Yes, I thought this was a nice game, Radjabov gave Svidler lots of tricky things to think about and the latter played extremely well, finding the right way to deal with the exchange sacrifice. On the official site Shipov sounds as if Svidler was winning all the time though, if not for some impossible engine lines, but maybe he annotates by result a bit:

<Perhaps Black could defend in some superhuman way, but leave this for the engines>

Aug-04-08
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  acirce: I suspect that Shipov's words somehow weigh a bit higher than mine, but his impression is basically mine as well. He also does point out how Radjabov might have been able to defend: <I (Shipov) will only mention Radjabov's last mistake: he should have played 36...Qf4! 37.Rd1 c5! with a solid defensive formation>

Although by this time Svidler had already missed the computer move 36.R2d6 which seems winning or at least very close to; there is no satisfying way to deal with the Re6 threat: 36..Qg1+ 37.Bd1 Qf2 38.Rb7! with many more threats. But this as well as Black's possible defences in the game was hard to see for a human player, although I still think it seems odd that Radjabov allowed 37.Rdd7.

Aug-04-08  Bobsterman3000: Wow, 32. Rd2d6 is winning?

What about the threats against b2? I don't have a board at work that I can use to play this out...

Aug-04-08  belgradegambit: Actually 17...Rd4 is risky when 17....Bd5 is fully satisfactory. See P Mahesh Chandran vs V Gashimov, 2003
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