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Teimour Radjabov vs Andrei Volokitin
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0

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Jul-24-06  percyblakeney: Radjabov may have won on time, but had a won position in the end thanks to 40. Qh8+ followed by d6+ and black will lose his bishop after another queen check.
Jul-24-06  percyblakeney: Radjabov sacrificed a piece and pressed a bit too hard when he maybe should have been happy with a draw, Volokitin defended well and was given his chance when radjabov blundered, but then he blundered back even more...
Jul-24-06  virginmind: my live feed from morosevich game is stucked at move 43
Jul-24-06  virginmind: ok, now it's working
Jul-24-06  zerathul: if 32 ...Ae8 Volokitin position is -11.70 according to fritz9 he trew away a totally win position because of time trouble
Jul-24-06  Marmot PFL: When you play moves like Nd5 you are playing for black to blunder, and here it paid off.
Jul-24-06  Atking: Volokitin lost the control of the game when he was short in time. White opening doesn't convincing me. Until the 30 moves Black was clearly better. In this game it is Volotikin who outplay Radjabov. Not the opposite.
Jul-24-06  percyblakeney: As I see it Radjabov was pressing until he blundered severely with 24. Qc3, after that the advantage passed over to Volokitin who had a won game until he blundered in his turn with 32. ... Ke7 and other moves. But at the 32nd move Volokitin had much more time than Radjabov, it was first after it that he got in worse time trouble than Radjabov.
Jul-24-06  percyblakeney: In any case Radjabov was enormously lucky today...
Jul-24-06  DCP23: It's true that he was lucky, but there are also such things as blitz skills and an ability to keep your cool under pressure, and Radjabov is probably superior to Volokitin in both.
Jul-24-06  Dr. Funkenstein: Actually Marmot PFL, the Nd5 sacrifice in the Bg5 Najdorf is a common idea as it opens up the e file and prevents black from castling and bringing his king to safety
Jul-24-06  dehanne: Comment by Volokitin after the game : "And i thought these attacks at the edge of a bluff wereren't supposed to work anymore nowadays..."
Jul-24-06  KingG: 13.Nd5!? is very difficult to turn down in these positions, and Black was clearly provoking White to play it with 12...b4. I doubt White has any advantage after 13.Nce2, although the position is probably still unclear. Still, Black can be happy with his opening.

With 13.Nd5, White at least causes Black some problems, and gives himself good practical chances, even if objectively he has no advantage. I wouldn't call the sacrifice unsound though, it typical of this opening, and White has good compensation.

Jul-24-06  Marmot PFL: Even if not completely sound (which I doubt) it was safer for black not to provoke the sacrifice. Was there anything wrong with Bb7 or Be7?
Jul-24-06  percyblakeney: Volokitin's not playing 32. ... Be8 is what begins to get him in trouble from a winning position. This is how it would have looked after Be8:


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Volokitin may have been afraid of 33. Bd7 but after Nc3+ white can't stop all the black threats including moves like Nxd5+, Nxa2+, Qf2+ in various lines depending on where the king is going. That Shredder recommends 34. Qxc3 says something about how bad white's position is...

Jul-24-06  Ezzy: T Radjabov - A Volokitin [B96]
Biel Int'l Festival 1:00:331:00:33 (1), 24.07.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3<Radjabov goes for the most popular move. In the past he has played 8 Bc4> 8...Qc7 9.g4 <Don't think this order of moves has been played at the top level. 9 000 is almost always played.> 9...b5 10.Bxf6 Nxf6 11.g5 Nd7 12.000 b4 13.Nd5 <An 'on the edge' move, which is bound to cause a bit of madness in the position.> 13...exd5 14.exd5 <White now threatens to win the piece back with advantage by 15 Re1+ Be7 16 Nc6 >14...Bb7 15.Qe4+ Be7 16.Nf5 Nc5 17.Nxg7+ Kf8 18.Qd4 Rg8 19.Nf5 b3 <Obviously the b3 pawn cannot be taken because of 20..Nxb3+ winning the Queen.> 20.Bc4 bxc2 21.Rde1 Re8 <This is one reason I personally don't play the Najdorf. I haven't got a clue what is going on!> 22.Re2 Bc8 23.Nh6 Qb6 <Threatening 24...Nb3+ winning the Queen.> 24.Qc3 Na4 25.Qxc2 <With the winning threat of 26 Qxh7 and mate is imminent.> 25...Rxg5 26.fxg5 Bxg5+ 27.Kb1 Rxe2 28.Bxe2 <Threatening 29 Qxc8+> 28...Bd7 29.Bg4 <Analysis shows white should play 29 Rf1 and 30 Bh5> 29...Bb5 <With the winning threat of 31...Bd3.> 30.b3? <30 Be2 was necessary> 30...Bxh6 <Black now threatens 31...Qd4 and 32..Bd3.> 31.Bf5 Bg7 32.Qc8+ Ke7?< Gives white some initiative. 32...Be8 is safer.> 33.Rc1 <With the aim of 34 Rc7+ with some activity.> 33...Nc5 34.Qg8 Be5 <34...Nxb3! and if 35.axb3 Bd3+ 36.Rc2 Qxb3+ 37.Kc1 Qxc2 mate> 35.Bxh7 Qa5 36.Qg5+ Kf8 37.Rxc5 dxc5 <37..Bd3+ wins the rook.> 38.Qxe5 Qd2 39.Bc2 Bd3?? <and after 40 Qh8+ black will lose his bishop.>1-0 What a great game. Credit to both players.

Extremely complicated game and a nightmare for both players to fathom out the correct plan or moves.

Shame about the blunder at the end as Volokitin probably deserved a draw. He did have his chances though. So well done to Radjabov for winning a complex and exciting game.

Jul-25-06  bumpmobile: <Ezzy> Novice question... but how does black lose the bishop after 40. Qh8? I'm just not seeing it.
Jul-25-06  square dance: <bumpmobile> 40.Qh8+ Ke7 41.d6 Kxd 42.Qe8+ or 41...Ke6(d7) 42.Qh3+
Jul-25-06  bumpmobile: <sd> Thanks! I didn't see the skewer after 41...Kxd6, though I saw the fork in the other options.
Jul-25-06
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  al wazir: Let's see if I understand this. 40. Qh8+ Ke7 41. d6+ Ke7/Kf6 (41...Kxd6 42. Qd8+) 42. Qh3+ wins the ♗.

Did Volokitin suddenly realize that he would lose the ♗, or did Radjabov tell him? Why did black resign before white made his 40th move?

Jul-26-06  Manic: Ummm, <percyblakeney>, I'm not sure why Qc3 is a blunder by Radjabov...
Jul-26-06  percyblakeney: <I'm not sure why Qc3 is a blunder by Radjabov...>

It allows the more or less forced line beginning with 24. ... Na4 that gives Volokitin a winning position before he starts to go wrong with 32. ... Ke7.

Jul-26-06  Manic: But you'd have to say there isn't really any choice. Fritz 8 suggests Kxc2 with as best, but then again we know computers are greedy and usually would think that if material is there you should take it. It suggests Qc3 as the second best move.
Jul-26-06  percyblakeney: <But you'd have to say there isn't really any choice>

24. Kxc2 is a choice... I think 23. ... Qb6 turned out to be a very good move by Volokitin. After Kxc2 white would avoid the line played in the game and things would maybe be fairly equal.

Aug-19-06  MagnaPsygnosis: I do like the style of Volotikin very much... he is a real GM (and not a Cheap imitation).

Radjabobov.... not bad either...
The Sicilian Najdorf is very tricky especially on black's kingside, But i like the Najdorf though..

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