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Teimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 8, Jun-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Fianchetto Defense (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-19-11
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  tamar: With his recent success at opponent's self destructing, perhaps Magnus will give 28...Qxe4 a try. 29 Kf2 Rd3 looks drawish though.
Jun-19-11
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  moronovich: And now to Naka-Karjakin,please.
Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: On 28...Qg1+ 29 Ke2 Qg4+ 30 Ke1 f5 White has the counter-attack Rc7. One point of 30...f6 is that on 31 Bc3 f5 or on 31 Bd4 e5 32 Bc3 f5 White can't play Rc7 in reply.
Jun-19-11
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  Eggman: <<Ulhumbrus: On 28...Qg1+ 29 Ke2 Qg4+ 30 Ke1 f6 ...>>

I'd be looking at 30...f5 in this line. I don't see how else Black can play for a win.

Jun-19-11
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  watwinc: <ulhumbrus. Doesn't Bg3 instead of Bc3 work? The bishop shields the king then.
Jun-19-11  pulsar: Qg4 and White's King doesn't have to go back to e1. Switch, please. :)
Jun-19-11
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  Sokrates: <moronovich:> I think you know what I meant. You don't make a move like 23. Qg5 without having analysed the main lines forwards to a concluding position, like: I force a draw (which apparently appears now) or: I come out of this with a mate or material gain. After viewing his position after Qg5 he may have considered a different variant as the original intention - only he knows that.
Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: <watwinc: <ulhumbrus. Doesn't Bg3 instead of Bc3 work? The bishop shields the king then.> It does to some extent, although White's King may remain exposed eg 28...Qg1+ 29 Ke2 Qg4+ 30 Ke1 f6 31 Bg3 Qxe4 32 Kf2 h5 threatening ...h4
Jun-19-11  haydn20: Meanwhile Naka has just walked away from the table while Karajakin has 3 min. for 3 moves.
Jun-19-11  achieve: <tamar: With his recent success at opponent's self destructing, perhaps Magnus will give 28...Qxe4 a try. 29 Kf2 Rd3 looks drawish though.> I like the move, 28...Qxe4, it has potential indeed, much more than I thought initially. Obviously incredibly complex to judge and play, and a pragmatic choice by MC to go for the perp. Radjabov had played very accurately, so good, natural, choice.
Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps both of the players thought that they would lose the game if they attempted to win it.
Jun-19-11  achieve: <Ulhumbrus> heh - yes, very likely.
Jun-19-11  pulsar: <Ulhumbrus> In your line <28...Qg1+ 29 Ke2 Qg4+>, White doesn't have to play 30.Ke1, Kf2 should be winning.
Jun-19-11  ughaibu: I sometimes get the impression that the chess of the present consist mainly of trying to avoid any possibility of being out-prepared.
Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: <pulsar: <Ulhumbrus> In your line <28...Qg1+ 29 Ke2 Qg4+>, White doesn't have to play 30.Ke1, Kf2 should be winning.> Then 30...f6 31 Bg3 h5 threatening ...h4
Jun-19-11  dakgootje: Bleh, why couldn't they just stretch the battle a bit longer? Then my prediction would've been spot-on ;)
Jun-19-11  pulsar: <Ulhumbrus: <pulsar: <Ulhumbrus> In your line <28...Qg1+ 29 Ke2 Qg4+>, White doesn't have to play 30.Ke1, Kf2 should be winning.> Then 30...f6 31 Bg3 h5 threatening ...h4>


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White, with his extra piece, looks winning. There are lines to calculate of course. I initially looked at (Qe2 but maybe Black has a draw there; then Rg1. Rc7 and h4 looks attractive, too.

So, only Black risks losing here, IMO.

Jun-20-11  kappertjes: The discussion of this game by Radjabov and Carlsen on the Bazna site was really interesting. It certainly takes away the feeling this was 'just a draw'.

Especially Radjabov's idea of a king-side attack at move 14 was nice. Also their discussion of the various opportunities after the knight sac is pure gold.

Jun-20-11  pulsar: http://www.turneulregilor.com/index...
Jun-20-11  Ulhumbrus: <pulsar> White has one very serious liability: an unsafe King. In some positions the value of this to the opponent can approach that of a Queen, never mind a piece minus a pawn. I do not know what the value of the insecurity of White's King to Black is in the present position.
Jun-20-11  pulsar: <Ulhumbrus> But it's only unsafe if the variations prove it. What will one play after 32.Rc7 in the diagram above? Maybe someone with an engine can check it. A pity that Carlsen and Radjabov did not even mention the Qg4+ line.
Jun-20-11  Ulhumbrus: <pulsar: <Ulhumbrus> But it's only unsafe if the variations prove it. What will one play after 32.Rc7 in the diagram above? Maybe someone with an engine can check it. A pity that Carlsen and Radjabov did not even mention the Qg4+ line.> 32...h4, to begin with.
Jun-25-11
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  HeMateMe: Black can swap queens and be up a pawn. Why not keep playing?
Jun-26-11
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  perfidious: <HeHateMe> White has an extra piece here.
Jan-04-12
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  Penguincw: 10.♔e2


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Pretty brave here.

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