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Teimour Radjabov vs Alexander Morozevich
Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Sep-10
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1

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Sep-10-02  bishop: I think we can pin down Radjabov's defeat to 17.Bd3 because after the probably unexpected ...g5!,he has to play 19.Bh3(otherwise black will exchange pawns and then play ...Qg5 with a double attack on e3 and g2).From the h3 square the bishop is not effective so Radjabov plays 24.g3 to release the bishop but this creates a target for Morozevitch which he uses to good effect with 28...h4! Another good move for black is 30...f4! to free the f5 square for the knight.
Jan-09-04
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  patzer2: It appears the rare attempt 5...a6!? has given Black good recent results with Black achieving a 44% winning percentage versus 39% for White in the opening explorer. Although the small sample size (18 games) may make it premature to draw a final conclusion, the move does seem worthy of further testing in tournament play.

Although White's defeat cannot be blamed on the opening as <bishop> points out above, Black appears to get equality or better out of the opening in this particular game.

Jan-09-04  AdrianP: <patzer2> Surely some mistake... 4...a6 is now a very common line (see Opening Explorer) - by coincidence I posted (here: Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (D15)) some comments about this line today (the present game transposes to that line after 5. Nf3).
Jan-09-04  AdrianP: <Patzer2> Further to my previous post, I think that you mean 5...Bf5!? is the comparatively rare continuation, no?
Jan-09-04
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  patzer2: <AdrianP> Thanks for the catch. Yes, I meant 5...Bf5!? in this line. However, I was thinking 5...a6 because it is quite often reached in the line 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 a6.

Sorry for the confusion over the transposition.

Nov-27-04  ughaibu: There you go then, Morozevich is the greatest.

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