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Teimour Radjabov vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-05-09
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  whiteshark: <47...f4!> is weakening White's pawn chain structure. Afterwards they are easier to attack.
Mar-05-09  theodor: <<xiko9>: Rb7 is the only move that can avoid Rc7+ > Mar-05-09
<< Bondsamir>: ....Rb7 > in bg. we say: why being symple, when it could be complicated!
Mar-05-09  Marmot PFL: 49.Ra6 forces black to start checking, and the ending could get complicated.
Mar-05-09  Dmaster995: Rf8+ next. White must keep black's king out of f3.
Mar-05-09  PinnedPiece: I don't know from nothing, cause I would say 47..f4 was a mistake.

48. Rf7 seems strong to me.

Mar-05-09  PinnedPiece: Make that 49.Rf7 but now Radj has played Ra5.
Mar-05-09  Marmot PFL: It looks like a draw because of white's passive king.
Mar-05-09
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  whiteshark: Yes, I think from now on they could shake hands...
Mar-05-09  Marmot PFL: This would be a theoretical draw even without the black pawn.
Mar-05-09  melianis: Draw, the only good pawn is on inferior side. I'm off.
Mar-05-09  PinnedPiece: Wow a different kind of dancing rooks in this game...
Mar-05-09  Kaspykov: <PinnedPiece: Wow a different kind of dancing rooks in this game...>

no dancing rook at the top of this page :(

Mar-05-09  PinnedPiece: Well, now, that wouldn't be a different kind or Rook dance, would it? But the white and black rooks sure know how to tango!

Mar-05-09  karnak64: Wow - but they played it down to the bitter end. Perhaps the bitterest of bitter ends.
Mar-05-09
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Mar-05-09
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  plang: White's king is more centralized - he should play on.
Mar-05-09  Kaspykov: Now both king will die because they didnt keep the horses :(

draw !

Mar-05-09
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  parmetd: I don't remember the last top level game that had bare kings!
Mar-05-09  euripides: Not too many draws in this variation:

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Mar-05-09  botvinnik64: Is this a draw, now?
Mar-06-09  Hesam7: <<12.dxe5>


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Sveshnikov has demonstrated many times in practice that the weakness of the c3-pawn is fully compensated by White's activity on the kingside, for example: 12...b6 13.Qe4 Bb7 14.Bd3 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16Rad1 Qc7 17.Qf4 Rad8 18.h4! with a serious initiative (against R.Rodriguez, Cienfuegos 1979). For the fate of the variation this was important.

In recent times Black has been trying to change the established assessment of this still topical tabiya with the help of the old move 12...Qa5, normally by introducing a new idea - 13.Qe4 Qa4!? (pinning the bishop).> -- Gary Kasparov, Revolution in the 70s.

Mar-07-09  Dredge Rivers: Waddaya mean it's a draw?! There's still plenty of life in this position. Keep playing!! :)
Mar-07-09  PinnedPiece: <Dredge Rivers: Waddaya mean it's a draw?! There's still plenty of life in this position. Keep playing!! :)>

Well, keep in mind that the white King has a really dominant central position at this point......Black was probably relieved at the draw offer.

Mar-08-09  Dredge Rivers: <PinnedPiece>
At Zurich 1959 Fischer continued playing with the bare Kings for two more moves against Gideon Barcza. There's no reason these two can't do likewise. Legally, they could play on for 50 more. I mean, do they have somewhere else to be? :)
Mar-08-09
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  keypusher: <Dredge Rivers>

Legend. According to Wade and O'Connell the game was agreed drawn after White's 95th move with a queen and a pawn still on the board.

G Barcza vs Fischer, 1959

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