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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Teimour Radjabov
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-20
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  0-1



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Jun-12-03  poisonpawn: King's Indian may once again rejoice as players such as Radjabov and Smirin are making the black side of the bayonet look much more appealing to play! Is it just my wishful thinking or has black been scoring much better against the bayonet recently?

After 25...d5 I wonder if white has enough compensation for the pawn to give him an advantage. The point of 12...Kh8 is revealed since there will be no pins on the a2-g8 diagonal.

Feb-04-04  ughaibu: By move 25 I think black is well ahead. Radjabov seemed to find the more effective plans and clearly outplay Ponomariov.
Jul-04-04  mystique.mystique: Radjabov is the best!
Nov-17-06  adviser: Radjabov is playing at his best.
Dec-27-06  syracrophy: There's no way to avoid 39...♕f3 and ♕g2#
Jan-04-07  suenteus po 147: Very nice play by Radjabov in the King's Indian, but I'd like to see him play this defense against Kramnik and see how well he fares. And since Kramnik is using 1.d4 again we might have such an opportunity.
Feb-04-07  TiagoF: Can someone please explain the move 12...Kh8? thanks
Feb-05-07  percyblakeney: <Can someone please explain the move 12...Kh8? thanks>

I think the idea is to clear g8 for a rook or knight.

<I'd like to see him play this defense against Kramnik and see how well he fares>

Also in this fairly short but interesting draw Kh8 was to be played: Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2007

May-23-18  Saniyat24: this was a very interesting game...!
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  plang: Earlier in the tournament Radjabov had played 12..Nh5 against Bareev and White had gone on to win; here he varied with 12..Kh8. Ponomariov spent 54 minutes on 13 Rb1 deciding on a similar plan to the one that Bareev had used though it is a new move in this position; 13 Be3 has been the most popular continuation. White's game went downhill after 26 Rf5?; 26 Rbd1 was suggested as an improvement.

I didn't find Radjabov's analysis very helpful in trying to understand this complicated struggle.

Jul-28-20  carpovius: What if 33.Kh3?
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  Clement Fraud: <carpovius> <What if 33.Kh3?>

That's a very good question 🤔

One line which I've been looking at is: 33.Kh3 Ne1 34.Ne3 Nd3 (followed by a repetition of moves) 35.Ng4 Ne1 36.Ne3 Nd3 37.Ng4 Ne1 etc.

I don't possess an engine, and my official elo grade is only in the thirteen hundreds... but a draw by repetition does seem likely to me (following 33.Kh3).

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  Clement Fraud: Oh dear... I have just seen an error in my last analysis:

33.Kh3 is met with 33... Ne1 Ne3 34.Nf6! (and then if) 35.Rd1 Qxd1! 36.Nxd1 Nxh5 37.Bxh5 Rd8!

... then who knows... a hundred years from now, and I might be a grandmaster 🤔

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