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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Teimour Radjabov
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009), Nanjing CHN, rd 8, Oct-06
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Old Line (B78)  ·  1-0


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  whiteshark: Good game from Jakovenko.
Oct-06-09  Whitehat1963: Typical Jakovenko endgame technique.
Oct-06-09  gere: Typical but very fine, excellent final for me
Oct-06-09  kingsindian2006: very exciting game.. radja barely made time control then put up a heck of a fight down most of the game, forcing jako to play strong technique at the end. great round overall, best round of the tourney!
Oct-07-09  Jason Frost: Jako is probably the best endgame player in the world right now, but this was really a very simple endgame. I really think Jako could have blitzed it from move 40 and finished with the same result.

Fine game, but the endgame was really nothing special

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  Mateo: <Jason Frost> It wasn't such a simple ending. It seems to me that Radjabov missed a serious opportunity to hold the draw with 34...Rhh3, instead of 34...g5?.
Oct-07-09  Jason Frost: <Mateo> Sorry, I meant after move 40. But I still think white should be winning, but you are probably right, at that point Radja still had some good drawing chances.
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  Eyal: <Mateo: It wasn't such a simple ending. It seems to me that Radjabov missed a serious opportunity to hold the draw with 34...Rhh3, instead of 34...g5?.>

This might lead into something like 34...Rhh3 35.b4 Rxf3 36.Rxf3 Rxf3 37.b5 Re3 38.Rc7 Rxe4 39.b6 Nd5 40.Bxd5 Rb4+ (40...exd5? 41.c4!) 41.Kc3 Rxb6 42.Bc4 (or some other square). Do you think Black can hold this?

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  whiteshark: <Jason Frost: Jako is probably the best endgame player in the world right now>

I've read this a few time here, but I've no idea where it comes from nor how you could measure it.

I'd expect most if not all GMs of a certain 2700+ level play nearly perfect endgames if they are not in time trouble.

Well, just my two cents thought ...


Oct-11-09  Jason Frost: A lot of Jako's games go to endgame, and many times he has converted tiny advantages into wins.

Now, is it really possible to say that Jako is a better endgame player than Carlsen or other top players, no. But, when a player constantly wins by converting small advantages his endgame technique is near the top.

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