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Etienne Bacrot vs Teimour Radjabov
Cap d'Agde (2006) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 1, Oct-30
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  0-1



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Nov-04-06  percyblakeney: Radjabov only needed a draw here to go through to the semi, and it takes a long time before something happens. The endgame turns out to be highly interesting, and with only a few seconds on the clock Radjabov comes up with several strong moves. The tournament bulletin gives 79. ... g4 a <!!> and moves 78, 81 and 87 get a <!>. In the end Bacrot's connected passed pawns turn out to be less dangerous than they looked for a while.
Nov-04-06  syracrophy: 75.Nbxc5?? was a horrible blunder. Bacrot had good enough with the draw, instead of risking with this sacrifice, that ended with a loss.

A bad way of dropping a draw, by fighting uselessly for a winning hope

Nov-05-06  percyblakeney: <A bad way of dropping a draw> A draw would have meant that Bacrot was eliminated so he had to go for the win. Considering this and that he had more than 10 minutes against less than 2 at that stage the Nxc5 thing wasn't a bad try...
Nov-05-06  syracrophy: <percyblankeney> That means that Bacrot was going to be eliminated anyways! Obviously Radjabov had a better position from the beginning, and it's hard to ask Bacrot for a win. Now I don't blame Bacrot for the try. But it was easy to see that the idea was not going to walk very far
Nov-05-06  ughaibu: Fair enough argument that knock-outs reduce the quality of the chess.
Nov-06-06  syracrophy: <ughaibu> Take it easy. It's just a friendly argument
Nov-12-06  Maynard5: This game is intriguing mainly for its blockading play. Within the first 20 moves, the position becomes completely blockaded, and after that neither side is able to make any progress. By move 74, only two pawns have been exchanged, and all the pieces are still on the board -- this type of position is a rarity in grandmaster chess. A draw would have been the justified outcome. Instead, White's ill-considered attempt at a breakthrough on move 75 is refuted, giving Radjabov a clear win.
May-08-11  Whitehat1963: Somewhere after move 75, there's bound to be a Sunday puzzle.
May-08-11  Ghuzultyy: <syracrophy>,
I dont think 75.Nbxc5 was horrible. Yes,it wasn't the best move but not horrible. I think white's real mistake was to play 93.Rf2? in this position.

93.Qf2!! could save the game.

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The thing is, white has a mating threat. For example if black plays 93...Rd3?? than white can mate by force. 94.Qf6+ Kg8 95.Rb8+ Kh7 96.Qxf7#

So, what can black do to stop this and defend the rook?

93...Rb3 seems like a solution so let's try.

94.Qf6+ Kg8 95.Rf2! Qxd5 96.g6! and white wins again.

The only solution is 93...Qf4+!
94.Qxf4 exf4 95.Rb7 Kg6

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In my opinion white has the advantage but it is going to end probably as a draw.

93.Qf2! could be a good thursday puzzle to draw the game.

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