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Loek van Wely vs Teimour Radjabov
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Dec-03
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  1-0



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Dec-03-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Nice win of my fellow countryman over Radjabov! I thought 32.Rxd7 was a particularly clever move.
Dec-03-05  gulliver: I do'nt see why Radja did not take: 30...Kxf6 . Possible continuation: 30..Kxf6 31. Rxb8 Rxb8 . And white has got nothing. Did Radja miss that? What am I missing ?
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  tamar: <gulliver> 30...Kxf6 31 Rxe8 Rxe8 32 Bc6 would seem to do the trick, as there are two coronations on opposite sides of steal from Lasker.
Dec-03-05  bob000: 30...Kxf6 31.Rxe8! Rxe8 32.Bd6 and black will trade bishop for rook and queen the b pawn.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Ate his lunch. Like (U.S.) 98 goin' west.

An incredible victory by GM Loek Van Wely.
(I have recently annotated a few of Van Wely's performances, he seems to have found the form of a few years ago, when he was being talked about as a WCS Candidate.)

Dec-04-05  dr. micha: Radjabov loses this game because his play lacks the fighting quality of a typical king's indian. Smirin or Topalov will do better here.
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  LIFE Master AJ: maybe
Dec-05-05  aragorn69: Kavalek analysis:
Dec-06-05  misguidedaggression: I was wondering about 32...Rxe7 and found that it loses quite nicely to 33.Rxe7 Kxe7 34.Bg3(Bf2 is probably faster, but...)

34...Kd7 35.Bg4+ followed by Bc8 locks in the rook while white's other bishop just munches pawns (all on dark squares!)

34...Kd8 35.Bc6 and on any Pawn move white plays 36.Be5! Black has to drop the c pawn with Ke7 anyway to avoid Boden's mate!

Dec-06-05  PinkPanther: <LIFE Master AJ>
WCS Candidate??? What do you mean?
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  LIFE Master AJ: WCS = World Championship series. (Any of the main tournaments, like the Interzonal and Candidates, that leads directly to a match with the champion. At least - that's how it used to be, with the old 3-year FIDE cycle.)

Dec-14-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Undoubtedly Van Wely's win over Radjabov is a direct result of home preparation after two games he played against Vasilios Kotronias earlier this year, who is known to be a King's Indian expert.

Van Wely and Kotronias played two games stronlgy reminding of this game at the European Individual Championships and the European Team Championship. Not only was the early Knight advance played in both games (13.Ne6) but also the Knight move 16.Nd5 (although in the other two games it involved a sacrifice).

For the games, see below:

Van Wely vs Kotronias, 2005

Van Wely vs Kotronias, 2005

Feb-02-06  Robyn Hode: Radjabov beat Ponomariov at Wijk ann Zee in 2003 when Ponomariov played 13 Rb1 instead of Van Wely's 13 Ne6. Perhaps 14...Nc6 or 14...f4 improves. Of course, one can avoid the Bayonet Attack altogether with 7...Na6.
Jul-26-06  notyetagm: 13 ♘e6! just won Van Wely a Chess Informant Best Novelty prize.
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  Honza Cervenka: 13.Ne6 looks pretty thematic. I have seen it (probably not in the same position) before at least twice (once in a Karpov's game played in Prague simul last year, the other game I remember well too but I have no idea who played it). In both cases like here the Pawn on e6 was a great pain for black and in both cases it was real massacre. Nice game.
Jan-13-07  euripides: <honza> you may have been thinking of

Bareev vs Topalov, 2002

where Ne6 was played a move later.

Jan-16-07  sandmanbrig: I am surprised Van Wely didn't play as brilliantly as he did here than as he did in his recent Corus game with Radjabov.
Jan-29-07  Ybrevo: <sandmanbrig> Maybe because Radjabov chose 14. - Nh5 instead of 14. - fxe4. in Corus 2007. It helped him win two games (also against Shirov in round # 3), so maybe it is the refutation of White┬┤s 13. Ne6.

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