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Teimour Radjabov vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
"Totally Rad" (game of the day May-09-2019)
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Jan-18-15  shintaro go: Nice to see Radjabov being more assertive as White
Jan-19-15  Xeroxx: Fischer-esque.
Jan-19-15
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  Ron: Yes, impressive game here by Radjabov. He played the endgame here with precision.
Jan-20-15
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  Penguincw: <Rad>jabov beats <Rad>oslaw.
May-09-19  centralfiles: 55...Bf8 Now what?
May-09-19
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  Dionysius1: 56. Rc6 and roughly as in the game I assume.
May-09-19  Ironmanth: Wow. Intense game that will repay repeated study. Thanks, chessgames.
May-09-19
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  Strategsson:


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8. ♗g5!?

It's interesting that Radjabov switches plan from g2-g4 and Bg2, which is the normal course after h2-h3, and instead goes for another standard Najdorf idea of obtaining maximum control over d5. I suspect this is justified by Black's early b7-b5 which is not a priority move against the latter plan, so h2-h3 is less of a tempo loss.


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11... ♘xf6?!
Now White is able to win a pawn more or less by force after the game continuation of 12. a4 b4 (the pawn has been lured forward) 13. ♘d5 and the pawn on b4 can't be defended: 13...a5? 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. ♗b5+ and Black's position is a mess. Therefore, as Stockfish points out, the typical 11...gxf6! was correct which would lead to an interesting imbalanced game. Black's damaged pawn structure is also a compact central pawn mass, the Black pieces are active and the g-file has been opened for the King's rook. The Black king will most likely have to reside in the center, but it's relatively secure there.

The next phase of the game sees Black a pawn down trying to prove compensation for his material deficit with the bishop pair and the mobile central pawns. But Radjabov skilfully blockades the pawns, reorganizes his pieces and nullifies Wojtaszeks counterattacking attempts.


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31. ♕xh6!

This simplifies to a queenless middlegame with a pawn up for Radjabov who also has strong passers on the queenside.


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38. ♘e7+

Another simplifying move. This leads after a forcing sequence to a rook and opposite colored bishop ending where material balance is reestablished but where White's passed pawn looks very menacing. Stockfish indicates that it was better to hold the position with 38. g4, since after the game continuation Black had resources for defense. It must be said though, these are highly computer-like and very difficult to comprehend, not to mention finding OTB. Practically speaking 38. Ne7+ seems very strong.

Radjabov finishes the game by making use of the principle of two weaknesses by combining the threat of advancing the a-pawn with an attack on the Black king which is hard to parry because of the opposite colored bishops. I enjoyed this game very much, and learned a lot!

May-09-19  Oginschile: To queen a pawn!!!

It's amazing the extents to which black has to stretch himself to keep the aPawn from queening, and white simply pushes black to the ledge everywhere else on the board.

May-09-19
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  Breunor: Strategsson,

Really appreciate your analysis!

Thanks!

May-10-19
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  Strategsson: I'm glad it was of use Breunor!
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