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Teimour Radjabov vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
FIDE Moscow Grand Prix (2002) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Jun-03
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0

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Mar-20-03  ughaibu: Radjabov seems to be a fighting player, either that or this modern chess is all Greek to me.
Mar-20-03  GregorMendel: Quite bold of him (IMHO) to play O-O-O despite the already shattered pawns. I wouldn't even have considered it.
Mar-21-03  stef21: a very tricky pawn sacrifice by Radjabov, he is a pawn down but he has activity and black has a hanging d-pawn which he cannot effectively defend , nice play by Radjabov
Jun-21-05  roni.chessman: Was this classical or rapid? Anyone know?
Jun-21-05  iron maiden: Rapid. One of the FIDE GP events.
Jun-04-06
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  ganstaman: Why 16.0-0-0 instead of 16.Rd1, followed by an eventual 0-0? Castling queenside there looks like suicide. I'm amazed that he gets away with it.
Jun-04-06  borisbadenoff: The problem is if 16. Rd1 then Bf6 and you need to protect the pawn with Rd2. Which gives black the initiative with Re8
Jun-04-06
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  ganstaman: How does black get initiative with Re8? That rook doesn't have many places to go on the e-file. White can even play 0-0 followed by Rfd1, lining up all the heavy artillery on the half-open d-file.

Alternatively, after 16.Rd1 Bf6, white doesn't need to reply 17.Rd2. He can play 17.b3 or maybe 17.Be5 (I haven't thought that move completely through yet).

But in the end, I think that if I had a choice between giving up the initiaive or having a pathetically weak looking king position, I know what I'd choose.

Jun-06-06  borisbadenoff: <How does black get initiative with Re8? That rook doesn't have many places to go on the e-file. White can even play 0-0 followed by Rfd1, lining up all the heavy artillery on the half-open d-file.

Alternatively, after 16.Rd1 Bf6, white doesn't need to reply 17.Rd2. He can play 17.b3 or maybe 17.Be5 (I haven't thought that move completely through yet).>

Well by playing Rd1 black frees up the e-file with Bf6. That pins your rook on the 2nd rank just for protecting the b-pawn. So suddenly the power of R+Q is lost. And the opend up spot is not only for the rook but also to play Ne7.

After Re8 you are forced to play 0-0 but there will be no time to play Rd1 as the disturbing Ne7 follows. Which forces you to move the queen away from the center where then black takes over the control by d5.

And the b3 idea is met by Bc3+ Nd2 Ne7 (or Qg5)

17. Be5 is interesting but just postpones the problem of b2. 17. .. Re8 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Rd2 Rd8

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