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Teimour Radjabov vs Sergey Karjakin
Cap d'Agde (2006) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 3, Nov-02
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0



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Nov-04-06  percyblakeney: The exciting final game of the tournament. Karjakin used a dozen minutes on his 16th and Radjabov had a huge advantage on the clock. Shredder recommended:

<17. Nxe6 Qb4+ 18. c3 Bxe3 19. Nc7+ Kf8 20. cxb4 Rb8 21. e6 fxe6 22. Nxe6+ Kg8 23. Bg3 Ra8 24. Nc7 Rb8 25. Nd5>

evaluating it as more than 2 pawns up. Radjabov chose 17. c3 and used up all his time advantage and more, and was evaluated as 3 pawns down by Shredder around move 20. In a few moves it had changed with 5 pawns and 15 minutes to Karjakin's advantage... However, Radjabov had seen much further than the engines, and the finish is very impressive!

Nov-04-06  percyblakeney: A game earlier this year where Radjabov did play Nxe6 in a similar position:

Radjabov vs Anand, 2006

Nov-04-06  hitman84: 18...0-0 was bad I feel. Nice game by Radjabov.

How about 18...Nce5

Nov-04-06  percyblakeney: <How about 18...Nce5>

The engines find some interesting variations where the black queen runs out of squares: <18. ... Ncxe5 19. Ra1 Bxd4 20. Qxd4 Qb3 21. Nd6+ Kf8 22. Ra5> and it won't be easy for black.

Nov-04-06  Shajmaty: The new 14. Rd1 (Nataf, 2005) provides the 10. e5 variation with a fresh air. 14...Qb2?! doesn't seem to be the best: 14...Qd5!? look stronger (or even 14...Nc6, as in the original game by Perunovic).

Thanks for the (plentiful) info, <percyblakeney>.

Nov-04-06  Shajmaty: Karjakin wasn't able to find the best defence with 16...Nc6 (maybe simply 16...0-0). The line provided by Shredder and <percyblakeney> (starting with 17. Nxe6!) looks even neater than the one played, where 18...Nxd4 was possible (but not 21...Bd7, as shown in the official page of Cap D'Age, because of 22. Rff4 followed by 23. Rg4!).
Nov-04-06  djmercury: 22. ... Re8 could have saved black?
Nov-04-06  Shajmaty: <djmercury: 22. ... Re8 could have saved black?> I don't think so: 23. Qg4!, Qf8; 24. Bd3, Bd7; 25. Rf3, Bb5; 26. Bc2 and White attack is decisive.
Nov-04-06  djmercury: <Shajmaty> What about 24. ... Rd8 in your line?
Nov-04-06  Shajmaty: <djmercury: <Shajmaty> What about 24. ... Rd8 in your line?> Maybe it doesn't solve Black's problems either, because of 25. Rf3 (heading to g3, anyway!):

a) 25...b5; 26. Bxd8 and there's more than full compensation for the two pawns.

b) 25...Rd5; 26. Rg3 and White attack with the Bishop pair is decisive.

Nov-05-06  ahmadov: I especially like this game for Radja's bravery: despite losing his first game to Karjakin he played bravely and won this one at the Cap D'Agde tournament.
Nov-06-06  Jafar219:
Nov-23-06  Peter Reeve: Raymond Keene analyses this game in today's Spectator. See Keene suggests that this line for white, which went out of fashion, deserves further study.
Dec-10-06  Loisp: [Date "2006.11.02"]
[Round "3.2"]
[White "T Radjabov"]
[Black "Sergey Karjakin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B97"]
[WhiteElo "2729"]
[BlackElo "2672"]
[Annotator "Shredder 10 UCI (12s)"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2006.10.30"]

♗97: Sicilian ♘ajdorf: ♙oisoned ♙awn 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. e5 dxe5 11. fxe5 Nfd7 12. Ne4 h6 13. Bh4 Qxa2 14. Rd1 last book move Qb2 15. Qe3 ♗lack has a cramped position. ♗lack's piece can't move: c8 Bc5 16. Be2 Nc6 17. c3 ♙revents intrusion on b4 Qa3 18. O-O $2 (18. Nd6+ $142 $5 deserves consideration Bxd6 19. exd6 $17) 18... O-O (18... Nxd4 19. Nxc5 Nxe2+ 20. Kh1 Qxc3 21. Qf2 $17) 19. Nf6+ (19. Qd2 $142 $5 Qa5 20. Nxc5 Qxc5 21. Bf2 Qxe5 22. Qc2 $19) 19... Nxf6 $19 20. Bxf6 Nxd4 21. Rxd4 Bxd4 22. Qxd4 gxf6 $4 simply marches past the door to victory (22... Re8 $142 ♗lack had this great chance 23. Qg4 Qf8 $19) 23. exf6 $18 Qa5 24. h4 Kh7 25. Bd3+ Qf5 (25... Kh8 $142 26. Qe4 Qc5+ 27. Rf2 Qf5 $18) 26. Re1 Rg8 27. Kh2 a5 ( 27... Qxd3 28. Qxd3+ Kh8 29. Re5 $18) 28. g4 Qxd3 (28... Qg6 29. Qd6 e5 30. Bxg6+ Kxg6 31. h5+ Kh7 32. Rxe5 Bxg4 33. Qd3+ Kh8 $18) 29. Qxd3+ Kh8 30. Re5 Rxg4 (30... Rg6 there is nothing else anyway 31. Qd8+ Rg8 $18) 31. Rh5 Rg6 32. Qd8+ Kh7 33. Qe7 (33. Qe7 Rg2+ 34. Kxg2 Kg6 35. Re5 b5 36. h5+ Kh7 37. Qxf7+ Kh8 38. Qg7#) 1-0

Dec-10-06  Loisp: shredder finds draw after
(22... Re8 23. Qg4 Qf8 24. Bd3 -2.62/12 10 Bd7 -2.66/12 8 25. Rf3 (♕e4) -0.33/12 18 Bb5 -0.60/12 69 26. c4 -0.60/12 11 Bxc4 -0.36/12 20 27. Qxc4 (♗xc4) 0.01/12 30 gxf6 0.01/12 8 28. Rg3+ 0.01/12 3 Kh8 0.01/12 0 29. Qh4 0.01/12 1 f5 0.01/12 2 30. Qf6+ 0.01/12 5 Kh7 0.01/12 0 31. Bxf5+ 0.01/12 0 exf5 0.01/12 0 32. Qxf5+ 0.01/12 0 Kh8 0.01/12 0 33. Qf6+ 0.01/12 0 Kh7 0.00/12 0 34. Qf5+ 0.00/12 0 Kh8 0.00/12 0 35. Qf6+ 0.00/12 0 Kh7 0.00/12 0)
Dec-11-06  mtha: I don't believe this, but my Fritz 10 says that after 14....Qd5 black has the advantage. Radjabov must have prepared something for it. I am sure.. Can anyone suggest something?
Dec-11-06  Shajmaty: <mtha: I don't believe this, but my Fritz 10 says that after 14....Qd5 black has the advantage.> Computers see it this way: after 14...Qd5; 15. Qe3, Qxe5 I (as Black) am three pawns up, but have a worse position (like two and a half pawns). You, a human, a living brain, should see it this way: after 16. Be2, my attack is so strong that it compensates even three pawns!
Dec-11-06  mtha: thanks a lot
Aug-01-10  Everett: Yet another attacking game that sees the black suffering because his queen's bishop and rook remain sleeping. This seems to be prevalent in lines from other openings as well.
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