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Vladimir Kramnik vs Teimour Radjabov
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 6, Feb-28
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Mar-03-03  bishop: How was Kramnik planning to continue if Radjabov had taken the Knight on the 24th move?
Mar-03-03  aulero: I suppose 24...exd4 25.Qh7+ Kf7 26.f6 and Black has no defense (for example 26...Rg8 27.Rf1)
Mar-03-03  StevieW: Black's main mistake was 13... b5. I'm surprised a gm would play this. Did he overlook qh4 - a point of qf2? He should have exchanged on d4 and then followed up with b5 and qb6. Approximately equal. After the queen exchange b4 a5 and ba6.
Mar-05-03  drunknight II: nothing bad came of it, it seems like no big deal. The kid is a good tactical player but he seems to wander a bit in the middle, what was the pt of all those Q moves starting at 19? A better plan might be 19...Bd7 and a lot of interesting things happen e.g. 20 Rh3 Be8 21 Nxe6!?

he could have also tried the sack 17...Nxe5 which looks crazy, but you have to play on the edge of the abyss.

Mar-07-03  alhine: I query blacks 15...f6. Why not 15...Bxd4 right off?. After 16.Nxd4 black plays 16...Nc5 planning 17...Ne4 blocking the diagonal. 15...f6 allows the white queen maneuver Qh4-g4-g6. 19...Qc4 is silly, 19...Qf7 is much better forcing white to exchange queens or move away. If either 20.Qg4 or 20.Qg3, black plays 20...Bd7 followed by 21...Rac8 and what is wrong with black here?
Mar-07-03  drukenknight: alhine has some good suggestions here. You any relation to Alexander?
Mar-08-03  alhine: To drukenknight: Thanks. There has been alot of interesting games in this tourney. I like this one for being a French but by turn 13 Black has steered it into Sicilian lines. No relation, but he's one of my favorites. Do you play on the net? I lost my site when Kasparovchess went under.
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  Mateo: At this time, the young genius allowed Kramnik to built up a direct King side attack. I guess that would be much more difficult now to do the same against Radjabov, as he became a very solid player.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O a6 11. Qf2 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Qc7 13. Bd3 b5 <13... Bxd4 14. Qxd4 is usually played here.> 14. Qh4 h6 15. Ne2 f6?! <Very weakening. Safer 15... Bb7 .> 16. Qg4 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Nc5 18. Qg6 Nxd3+ 19. Rxd3 Qc4?! <Somewhat better 19... Qf7.> 20. Rhd1! Ra7 <20... Qxa2 21. Rg3 Qa1+ 22. Kd2 Qa5+ 23. Ke2 Rf7 24. exf6, White wins.> 21. Kb1 Qc7?! <Weird come back to c7.> 22. f5! Qb6 <22... exf5 23. e6! f4 (23... Qxh2? 24. Nc6 threatening 25. Nxa7 and 25. e7 wins) 24. Re1 (threatening 25. e7) Qc5 25. a3! (Giving the a2 square to the King. 25. Nf5 Bxe6!) Rb7 (25... Rc7 26. Rc3 Qa7 27. Rxc7 Qxc7 28. e7 wins) 26. Nf5 destroying Black's position.> 23. Rh3 <The winning move.> fxe5 24. Rxh6! Rf6 <24... exd4 25. Qh7+ Kf7 26. f6 Ke8 (26... Rg8 27. Rf1!) 27. fxg7 wins.> 25. Qe8+ Rf8 26. Rh8+! Kxh8 27. Qxf8+ Kh7 28. Nf3 Qc7 29. fxe6 e4 30. Ng5+ Kh6 31. h4 Kh5 32. Qf5 g6 <32... Kxh4 33. g3! Qxg3 (33... Kxg3 34. Rg1+ mating) 34. Rh1+ mating.> 33. g4+ Kxh4 34. Rh1+ Kg3 35. Rg1+ Kh4 36. Qf6 1-0

Dec-22-11  pablo333: Does anyone know what the time limits were for this game?
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  plang: Earlier in the tournament Radjabov had played 7..a6 against Kasparov and had gone on to win though he had been outplayed in the opening phase; here he varies with 7..cxd. As mentioned above 13..b5? was a strategic error; 13..Bxd4 would have been better. 14 Ne2 had been played in Moreda-Kovacevic Nova Gorica 2001; 14 Qh4! was new. 14..f5 15 exf..Nxf6 16 Be5..Bd6 17 g4..b4 18 g5..bxc 19 gxh..g6 f7_//Rxf7 21 Bxg6 would have been winning for White. I have a tough time making moves like 18 Qg6 voluntarily allowing my strong bishop to be exchanged but Kramnik knew he would be left with a strong knight versus a weak bishop. 19..Qc4? was a waste of time; 19..Qf7 would have been better. In response to the powerful 22 f5! Radjabov's response 22..Qb6 lost quickly; better would have been 22..fxe 23 Nxe6..Bxe6 24 Qxe6+..Qf7 though White would still have been in control ( a pretty mating variation would have been 22..exf 23 e6..Qxh2 24 Rh3..Qf4 25 Nf5). 24..exd 25 Qh7+..Kf7 26 f6 also would have won easily.

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