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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Teimour Radjabov
Morelia-Linares (2006), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-05
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  0-1

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Mar-05-06  popski: Bravo Teimour!
Mar-05-06  yataturk: Yet another pawn on the way of promotion and this time he wins.. good job.
Mar-05-06  percyblakeney: Radjabov definitely shows that he belongs in these super tournaments and will be playing in them for many years.
Mar-05-06  OneArmedScissor: <Passed pawns must be pushed> Great example.
Mar-05-06  little fluffy: Ivanchuk avoided the famous Kasparov positional sac in this line by playing 11.Bf2. Here are the two above-mentioned sac

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990

Gelfand vs Kasparov, 1992

Mar-05-06  yataturk: <percyblakeney: Radjabov definitely shows that he belongs in these super tournaments and will be playing in them for many years.> That is a great thought... It is nice to have someone I can cheer for...
Mar-06-06  XMarxT3hSpot: I'm very happy that I find Radjabov on the #2 spot today!

Nice win!

Mar-06-06  little fluffy: Ivanchuk could of maybe saved the game in the end. Instead of 41.Bc4 he should of played 41.Nc4! Nb5 42.Qb2 Rd3 43.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 44.Nxd2 and he would at least have a pawn for the exchange plus some good pressure on f7 with a possible knight outpost on e5 and d6.
Mar-06-06  ahmadov: I am really very happy for Radjabov. I am really happy of the kind of chess that Teimour is performing in Linares this year. If he wins Topalov tomorrow...
Mar-06-06
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  Mateo: <little fluffy: Ivanchuk could of maybe saved the game in the end. Instead of 41.Bc4 he should of played 41.Nc4! Nb5 42.Qb2 Rd3 43.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 44.Nxd2> I think there is an improvement for Black. 41. Nc4 Nb5 42. Qb2 Rf4!.

If 43. gf Qf4 44. Kg2 (44. Ke2 Nd4 ; 44. Kg1 Qg4 45. Kh1 (or 45.Kf1 Qf3 46. Kg1 Nc3 ) Nc3! 46. Rd2 Rd2 47. Qd2 Ne2 ) Qg4 45. Kf2 Nd4.

Now 46. Rd2 or 46. Qd2.

46. Rd2 Qf4 47. Kg2 Qf3 48. Kg1 Re8! 49. Qa1 Ne2 50. Re2 Re2 51. Qf1 Qg4 52. Kh1 Qe4 53. Kg1 Qd4 54. Kh1 Rf2 .

46. Qd2 Re8! 47. Re1 Qh4 48. Kf1 Qh3 49. Kf2 Qh2 50. Kf1 Qh1 51. Kf2 Qf3 52. Kg1 Re2 53. Re2 Ne2 .

I think Ivanchuk got the best of it until he played 30. Qd3?. And after 30... Nc7 31. Nb6? was really bad. 31. Qf3 was better with only a small advantage for Black.

Mar-06-06  svbabu: <Mateo: ....
I think Ivanchuk got the best of it until he played 30. Qd3?. And after 30... Nc7 31. Nb6? was really bad. 31. Qf3 was better with only a small advantage for Black.>

I agree with you, I thought the same thing!

Mar-06-06  csmath: <I think Ivanchuk got the best of it until he played 30. Qd3?. And after 30... Nc7 31. Nb6? was really bad. 31. Qf3 was better with only a small advantage for Black.>

Ivanchuk lost positional advantage in

26. ... Bb3?!

Had he continued with

26. ... f4

27. Bf6 ... Bb3

and then Re1, Rcd1 he would have kept the control of the center and then after exchanges he would have a dominant ending.

This whole opening is rather dubious for black.

Mar-06-06  euripides: 27 Nce2 looks more robust. Perhaps Chucky picked up the wrong knight again (see Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991).

It's unusual to see quite such an elemental plan as Radajabov's d-pawn countdown work so well.

Mar-06-06  euripides: ... one possibility is that Ivanchuk was worried about 27 Nce2 Nexd4 28 Nxd4 Bh3 with the idea of 29...Nxd4 30 Bxd4 Bxg3, but I'm not sure if this works.
Mar-07-06  Hesam7: Again Chucky misses the win :-( After 30. Qa2!


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Black loses a pawn by force, here is Fruit's line:

30... Bd7 31. Rd2 Kh8 32. Kg2 Kg8 33. Rcd1 Rfe8 34. Nb6 Qc7 35. Qb1 a5 36. Ba2 a4 37. b5 Na5 38. Nxd7 Rxd7 39. Bxe6 fxe6 40. Bxd4 Bxd4 41. Rxd4 Rxd4 42. Rxd4 Qxc5 43. Rxa4 (eval: +0.84)

Depth: 17
4150M nodes
615K nodes/sec

Mar-21-06  LIFE Master AJ: I would not place a lot of confidence in that piece of analysis. (fruit)

I printed this game out, we went over at chess club last Sunday. Nimzovich probably rolled over in his grave when Ivanchuk voluntarily lifted the blockade of the isolated Pawn.

Mar-21-06  goldenbear: Two things amaze me about this game: first, that Radjabov would choose this (in my opinion) bad defense (7.exd4?) and second, that Ivanchuk doesn't play 10.Qd2 and eventually O-O-O. Any explanations?
Mar-21-06  goldenbear: Also, where is Petrosian's system these days? Any reason that seems to be retired even though it makes alot of sense to me?
Mar-26-06  alicefujimori: <goldenbear><that Radjabov would choose this (in my opinion) bad defense (7.exd4?)>What's wrong with 7...exd4? It's perfectly playable, especially when players like Kasparov have played it before.

<Also, where is Petrosian's system these days?>The Petorsian System hasn't occurred too much for a while already. Even a player like Kramnik gave up the Petrosian System and went to the Bayonet because Kasparov crushed him so badly with the black side.

Jun-06-06  Jafar219: <Quote of the Day

The passed pawn has a soul, desires, and fears.

--- J.H. Donner >

Sep-14-06  notyetagm: What a great game by Radjabov!
Jan-17-07
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  alexmagnus: <7..exd4> occures seldom, normally Ng4 is played
Jun-12-07  prinsallan: I just love when those small pawns seem to shout:
"How are you going to stop me big boy?" ;D
Oct-19-07  OneArmedScissor: What would happen if white played the move <f4> sometime before move 20? Where would Black's dark square bishop retreat to in this situation?
Jul-12-08  percyblakeney: <Again Chucky misses the win :-( After 30. Qa2!

Black loses a pawn by force, here is Fruit's line:

30... Bd7 31. Rd2 Kh8 32. Kg2 Kg8 33. Rcd1 Rfe8 34. Nb6 Qc7 35. Qb1 a5 36. Ba2 a4 37. b5 Na5 38. Nxd7 Rxd7 39. Bxe6 fxe6 40. Bxd4 Bxd4 41. Rxd4 Rxd4 42. Rxd4 Qxc5 43. Rxa4 (eval: +0.84)>

I wonder if that variation really can be seen as a missed win, my old engines see the position at the end of the long line as equal after 43. ... Nc4:


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White is a pawn up but Ne3 and Qd5 are threats that give black very good compensation. One quick way to a peaceful finish would be 44. Qe4 Ne3+ 45. Kf3 Nf1 and it's hard to see something better for white than Kg2 and a repetition draw.

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