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Luke McShane vs Teimour Radjabov
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Jun-09
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: I see three options for white - resign, play until mate, or allow the clock to run out. I think after a move or 2 or thinking another minute or 2 he resigns, as there is no defense to Rh6
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  Honza Cervenka: It's over. White can just resign.
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  Check It Out: Alekhine's gun!
Jun-09-12  okba12: N to g 5 making some complications
Jun-09-12  Ulhumbrus: <whiteshark: Poor McShamy what happened to you?> He may have lost a pawn on g4 after some mistake
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  Marmot PFL: 46...f3 wins a rook, maybe 46...Bxg4 wins more. nice choice to have.
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  Honza Cervenka: Bxg4 with next Bf3 is decisive.
Jun-09-12  Ulhumbrus: McShane will probably resign now.
Premium Chessgames Member Well that was brief, but fun. OK that's all we can do today folks, stop back tomorrow at 7am USA/Eastern for round #3. Hope to see you then!
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  luzhin: 40.Kh2?? was a classic move 40 blooper. After 40.Nc3 White seems OK. It would have been interesting to see 32.Nxf4!? Bf7 33.Qf5 exf4 34.Rxe7 Rxe7 35.Bxf6 - White will get a hatful of pawns for his piece sac.
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  Eyal: <40.Kh2?? was a classic move 40 blooper. After 40.Nc3 White seems OK.>

Yeah, after several other moves as well - the problem with Kh2 is that it prevents White from responding immediately to ...Rh4 (with the h5 idea) by Rh2. If it were White's move in the position after 42.Rh2, he could play Rgg2 and be ok.

43.hxg4 loses to 43...Qh7 44.Rgg2 (44.Qg2 Rgxg4) 44...Bxg4!

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  Gilmoy: Black's Q comes out early, with a deep point: she really wants the safe/dynamic outpost at f5, and the early disruption is just a tactical way to get there.

<12..Nd5> is an amusing/vexing retort to White's opening: White can't bear to fix Black's pawns. <13..Nb4!> declines the kneejerk trade to inflict a lasting cramp and leave White with two awkward minors. By the time White can get his <20.Bc3>, it's too late: this B has no role, for the rest of the game. Non-guild actor, no speaking lines.

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  HeMateMe: maybe 35.g4 was McShane's error, trying to defend one's kingside by advancing the K-side pawns. This hastens black's breakthrough.
Jun-09-12  Chessmaster9001: 40. Kh2 is not an obvious blunder. In fact it is very easy to state after checking with machine that 40.Nc3 was safer, but really this move is extremely hard to find even without time trouble. Kh2 is very normal looking human move IMHO. Even during the press conference none of the players mentioned this mistake...
Jun-09-12  HectorChess: Great game this was! Well done Teimour Radjabov!
Jun-09-12  rilkefan: Stockfish likes 28...Ng6 (29.Qc1 c4 30.dxc4 Bc5 or 29...Qb6 and play across the board), around -1; ...g5 gave away almost all advantage.

I didn't understand why white chose not to play the simple 34.Qxg6, and stockfish agrees it's dead equal at a depth of 31 (0.5 Gnodes). Qf3 only yields black a tiny advantage per sf, but heading into time pressure against a super-strong opponent with a plan for a kside assault, I'd think simplifying without positional concession would be a no-brainer.

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  Eyal: The thing that's tactically worth noting about 40.Kh2 is that, even though it may look natural or harmless, it turns out to be self-destructing - because of taking away the h2 square from the rook etc. (as I explained in my previous post). It's true, though, that by this stage White's situation is quite difficult anyhow because even if he can meet ...Rh4 with Rh2, ...f5 will be unpleasant in most lines. That's why 40.Nc3 is probably the best move. As <rilkefan> mentioned, from a practical viewpoint perhaps the biggest mistake was to avoid the queen exchange on move 34.
Jun-09-12  Pedro Fernandez: Retard d4 in a Sicilian is really a crime. Black construct quickly a powerful pawn's center.
Jun-09-12  Ulhumbrus: After 6...dxe5 Black's queen side is permanently crippled but Black can deprive White's king of the right to castle or else win a pawn.

An alternative to 7 Nxe5 is 7 d3

An alternative to 9 Kf1 is the pawn sacrifice 9 Qe2 Qxc2 eg 10 Na3 Qf5 11 Ne5

10 d3 is more flexible than 10 Nc3 as then the knight has the option of going to d2 and c4.

Jun-09-12  Cibator: The N-exchange at move 29 looks pretty dodgy to me - opening the g-file for a Black assault, and leaving White with only one piece capable of challenging that mighty Black LSB.
Jun-09-12  BadKnight: this one looks like copy of anand-gelfand opening discussions. Gelfand did not allow 6.e5, he played 5...e5 himself, as a temporary pawn sac. are they just copying, or improving on the wcc opening lines? its scary if the opening development moves so fast.
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  Eyal: 5...d6 was actually the previously-known move - Gelfand's 5...e5 is the newer idea.

Btw, Black can't simply win material with 7...Qd4 - there's 8.Nc4 Qxa1 9.Nc3, trapping and eventually winning the queen, or even 8.Bb2, and if 8...Qxb2 (better is Qe4+) 9.Nc3 Qa3 (otherwise Nc4 wins the queen) 10.Qf3 and Black is in trouble.

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  wordfunph: my $230 chessbucks wasted on McShane :(
Jun-10-12  Naniwazu: < Eyal: Yeah, after several other moves as well - the problem with Kh2 is that it prevents White from responding immediately to ...Rh4 (with the h5 idea) by Rh2. If it were White's move in the position after 42.Rh2, he could play Rgg2 and be ok.>

Thanks for your explanation. I was wondering why Kh2 was a mistake.

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  Mateo: 40...Rh4! wins. 41.Ba3 Qf8, Black threatens ...h5. 42.Kh1 (what else?) h5 43.gxh5 (43.Rh2 Qh6!)Rxg2 44.Kxg2 Bxh3+, Black is winning.
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