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Vladimir Kramnik vs Teimour Radjabov
Dortmund Sparkassen (2003), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-31
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Kramnik wins a nice game against Radjabov in the Sveshnikov/Pelikan Sicilian, starting by simply playing the most popular first ten moves in the database.

Instead of Radjabov's 10...Bg7, I would have preferred the more popular 10...f5 as in the draws secured by Black in the Super GM games Anand vs Leko, 2003 and Svidler vs Topalov, 2003 and Anand vs Van Wely, 2003

With 15...d5?!, Topalov was really pressing too hard. He should have settled for the more solid 15...bxc4 (preparing a stronger 16...d5) as in the draw secured in Shirov vs Topalov, 2002 (by transposition). After 15. d5?! 16. cxd5 f4 black has gambited a pawn for what appears to me to be a losing position (pawn down without adequate compensation), especially at the Super GM level.

Dec-20-03  euripides: Black could win the Q for R and Bwith 21...Bg4, but presumably both players felt the control White would then have of the c-file was too important - indeed Black doesn't then seem to have any useful moves.
Feb-22-04  Dillinger: Topalov-Radjabov game today (Linares), first 16.5 moves identical. And Radjabov seems to have learned by playing 16...fxe4. Although his position doesn't look great either.
Feb-22-04  Dillinger: I take that back, now he seems to have an edge with it.
Feb-22-04  Dillinger: 15.5 duh
Feb-22-04  drukenknight: what about 14...b4 in this game? Has that been played in the data base?
Feb-22-04  Dillinger: Seemingly it hasn't.
Feb-22-04  drukenknight: after that Im thinking 15 Nb2 fxe4 16 Bxe4 Rb8; isnt it better not to ...00 since the K side pawns are a mess?
Feb-23-04  Dillinger: I guess you mean 15. Nc2? Radjabov still seems to be hammering out his sicilian, speculating with 15...d5 and 16...fxe4 in Topalov vs Radjabov, 2004 Maybe he's trying to get his name on a line of the B33?
Aug-18-06  Poisonpawns: I think the move 13.c4 is more testing than the move 14.c3 as frequently played by Anand in this opening.
Aug-31-06  argishti: boy, kramnik harrassed that guy so badly.
Jul-06-07  get Reti: Where does chessgames get the full opening names from? This one is very obscure: Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation. I wonder what the longest one is.
Jul-06-07  Davolni: what happens after 28...BxNc5?
Jul-06-07  get Reti: 28...Bxc5 29. Rxc5 (If 29...Qxc5, Rxd7 threatening Qxh7 mate and Qxe8).
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  Mateo: <euripides: Black could win the Q for R and Bwith 21...Bg4, but presumably both players felt the control White would then have of the c-file was too important - indeed Black doesn't then seem to have any useful moves.> Well <presumably> for the reason you gave, bur why should we trust them?

After 21...Bg4 22.Qxg4 Rxg4 23.Bxg4, White controls c8, a very important thing. But what about 21...Qa7? The idea is to bring the Queen to d4 and to make room for Bishop to his best square (d6). A solid variation is 22.Bf5 Qd4 23.Rd1 Bd6. I guess White has some edge, but isn't Black's position solid enough to hold?

Jun-24-08  euripides: <mateo> Interesting. I assume you mean 23..Qa7 etc. After <21...Bg4 22.Qxg4 Rxg4 23.Bxg4 Qa7 24.Bf5 Qd4 25.Rd1 Bd6> 26.b3 White threatens Nxf4 and BLack's queen is under some pressure, but I agree it desn't look completely clear-cut.
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  Mateo: <euripides: <mateo> Interesting. I assume you mean 23..Qa7 etc.> Yes. Another questionable decision was 22.Rc7(?). I think this could be premature and give counterplay to Black because it could be easy to attack the Rook on the 7th rank.

After 22...Qd8! 23.Rac1, 23...Rg6(?!) could be too slow. Instead what about the simple 23...Bd6. The idea is the same than in the previous variation. If 24.Ra7 Bg4 25.Qxg4 Rxg4 26.Bxg4 Qb6 with counterplay.

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