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Teimour Radjabov vs Peter Leko
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009), Nanjing CHN, rd 7, Oct-05
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A49)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-05-09
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  eternaloptimist: I anticipate that Leko will play 21...♖d7 & 22...♖ad8 to take control of the d-file. Although, this position does look drawish.
Oct-05-09
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  parmetd: Natalia why did Leko play Rexd8 instead of Raxd8. The a rook felt more natural to me. Is he hoping to play a5at some opportunity?
Oct-05-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: <kingscrusher: Natalia: When you mentioned about "Classical chess", do you generally try and play more solidly (not being tempted by fun lines as much), the longer the time controls - is this what you meant and not a reference to openings which occupy the center "classically" etc.>

Yes, I meant the classical time control. E.g. in bullet some people are having fun with openings such as 1.h4, while in rated games you just can't afford that.

Oct-05-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: <Natalia why did Leko play Rexd8 instead of Raxd8. The a rook felt more natural to me. Is he hoping to play a5at some opportunity?>

To play a4 at some point.

Oct-05-09
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  eternaloptimist: <whiteshark> Good points. CJS Purdy was a great author. I love his book "The Search for Chess Perfection". It's a masterpiece.
Oct-05-09
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  Mateo: They are playing for a quick draw. Dry chess.
Oct-05-09  TheaN: What's the logic behind 25....Rd2? Now it seems a clear if not indefinite draw with only the Bishops left...
Oct-05-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: Ok, this is also a draw. So much for this round. Thanks for watching the broadcast, and let's hope tomorrow's games are going to be more bloody and exciting!

See you!

Oct-05-09
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  kingscrusher: Natalia Pogonina: Recently I remember one of Hertfordshire's best players Lorin D'Costa say he wouldn't be playing Rc5-h5 probably in FIDE time controls, but he went for this attack in the faster club limits. But he crushed someone with it in a club game. So maybe as a general rule, you try and avoid risks the longer the time limit - and that often includes seemingly direct attacks, etc.
Oct-05-09
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  parmetd: you know I don't think dull draws are a good argument for anti draw rules etc... but I do think dull draws are an argument against 6 person DRR that leaves us with just 3 games going on... so higher probability of nothing fun to watch. Draws can be all the position can allow or good for the players tournament standings... but more games at the same time (more players) can be good for the spectators. This is really why I enjoy watching Corus and Grand Prix.
Oct-05-09
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  twinlark:

White could now play Rd2 and Bf3 followed by Rd1 and exchange all the rooks.

Too much drama here, I think I'll retire for the evening and watch a nice quiet episode of Dexter. Or Oz.

'night all.

Oct-05-09
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  Annie K.: <Mateo: <They are playing for a quick draw. Dry chess.>>

If that's the criterion, Topa and Carlsen are clearly far superior; they could do the same thing a lot faster. ;p

Good to see you joining the commentator panel, Mateo. :)

Oct-05-09
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  parmetd: Thanks Natalia for your insightful commentary even when there wasn't much going on!
Oct-05-09
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  whiteshark: Missed opportunities never come back...
Oct-05-09
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  eternaloptimist: Question: Why did Radja play for a draw w/ the white pieces when he is well behind Carlsen at this point. Why not try to win the game?
Oct-05-09  TheaN: Hm, draw official. What a waste.
Oct-05-09
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  chessgames.com: Many thanks Natalia, see you tomorrow!

We will switch to the final board (Wang Yue vs Jakovenko) in just a minute.

Oct-05-09
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  whiteshark: <eternaloptimist: <CJS Purdy was a great author. I love his book "The Search for Chess Perfection". It's a masterpiece.>> It's still on my wish list of books. :D
Oct-05-09
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  eternaloptimist: <whiteshark: <eternaloptimist: <CJS Purdy was a great author. I love his book "The Search for Chess Perfection". It's a masterpiece.>> It's still on my wish list of books. :D> U should get it. He mentioned a great method of how to formulate a plan in it.
Oct-05-09
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  Eyal: <eternaloptimist: Question: Why did Radja play for a draw w/ the white pieces when he is well behind Carlsen at this point. Why not try to win the game?>

I'm not sure that he actually played for a draw from the start - it's very possible that he just didn't manage to get anything out of the opening. Radjabov is notorious for the relatively low level of his opening play with White (relative to super-GM level, of course) - see, for example, his game vs. Wang Yue from yesterday.

Oct-05-09
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  eternaloptimist: <Eyal> That's quite possible that he didn't try to get a draw from the beginning. He does need to improve his opening play w/ white as u mentioned.
Oct-05-09
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  Eyal: Btw, you can also see in this context an interview held with Radjabov after the short draw he played as White in the final round of Corus this year (Radjabov vs Stellwagen, 2009) when he needed a win to compete for first place - https://webcast.chessclub.com/blog/...

Starting from 4:15, He's asked if he has a strategy of making quick draws with White so he could fight with Black and he denies it, saying that he just keeps getting unpromising positions where he "doesn't know what to do" (at least in terms of playing for a win).

Oct-05-09  shintaro go: Radjabov has a serious problem with his White openings.
Oct-05-09  Violence: Radjabov is a bum.
Oct-07-09  Riverbeast: ***YAWN***

Radjabov used to play such interesting, dynamic chess...What's he doing playing crap like this?

Maybe he wanted a rest day...But the way to beat solid players like Leko, is to take them out of their game

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