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Alexey Shirov vs Teimour Radjabov
"KID in a Candy Store" (game of the day Jan-16-2007)
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-15
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  0-1



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  MikhailGolubev: Chess Today notes to Radjabov's games with Van Wely and Shirov can be found at: http://mikhail-golubev.livejournal....
Jan-18-07  ganstaman: It's the little moves that confuse me most. 12...Kh8. Why play that?
Jan-18-07  Fisheremon: <Honza Cervenka: Superb game of Radjabov. But I think that 34...Qh3 could have won easier. Shirov's 29.Rc6 was probably a mistake as white at that point should have taken care for his Kingside at first. Maybe 29.Rg1 would have been better.> IMHO 29.Kh1 more flexible leaving a freedom of choices for both rooks.

A game of full beauty and dynamics ! Bronstein once wrote: "Chess game is a struggle for the right of moving". The game here somehow like "who will first break the stick"! Perhaps, 29.Rc6 was that move ?!

Jan-18-07  Ulhumbrus: After 24...Rd8 White's worst placed piece is the QR. 25 Rca1 develops it before doing anything else. 28 gxh5? may lose vital time. Its consequences are worth comparing with the consequences of 28 Rc6, attacking d6 at once. Instead of 31 Rxe6, 31 Qxe5 pins the Ng7.
Jan-19-07  TheSlid: <Shams> If you are still out there, I am eating my words here, as Shirov goes -5 after 6 rounds at Corus. Maybe you called it!
Jan-19-07  shr0pshire: Radjabov gives a post mortem of this game during the press conference after the game. He dissects the game and anyone who enjoyed this game should hear Radjabov's own thoughts on it.

Watch him at the Dutch chess web site
Chessvibes via Youtube.

Jan-19-07  Shams: <TheSlid> don't eat your words -- he could still crush 99.99% of the players in the world. It's just that none of those players seem to have been invited to Corus this year. :)

As many people have pointed out, when the super-tactical players pass their peak, their slide is much quicker than for positional players. In Shirov's case this seems to be more pronounced.

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  Mateo: This was a brilliant win. Nice Niagara of sacrifices and instructive technical ending. Worthy studying.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 12. f3 Kh8 13. Ne6 Bxe6 14. dxe6 Nh5 15. g3 Bf6 16. c5 f4 17. Kg2 <17.g4 was played Van-Wely-Radjabov in the first round.> Nc6 18. cxd6 cxd6 19. Nd5 Nd4 20. Bb2 Nxe6 21. g4 Nhg7 22. Nxf6 Rxf6 23. Qd5 Qe7 24. Red1 Rd8 25. Qa5 b6 26. Qd5 Rff8 27. Rac1 h5 <Threatens 28...hxg4 29.fxg4 f3+!.> 28. gxh5 <28.h3? Qh4 29.Rh1 Qg3.+ 30.Kf1 Ng5, Black wins.> Qh4! <A bold but sound decision. 28...gxh5 was simpler and good.> 29. Rc6 <29.hxg6? Rf6 gives Black a strong Kingside attack. For instance, 30.Rc6 Rxg6+ 31.Kf1 Qxh2 32.Ke1 Qg1+ 33.Kd2 Qe3+ 34.Kc2 Qxe2+, Black wins.> g5 30. Rxd6? <Shirov underestimates Black’s attack. He should defend his King side carefully. Better 30.Kh1 g4! (threatening g3) 31.Rg1.> g4! 31. Rxe6 <Everything else loses too. 31.fxg4? f3+!, Black wins. 31.Bxe5 Qh3+ 32.Kf2 (32.Kg1 g3 33.hxg3 fxg3, Black wins) Qxh2+ 33.Ke1 (33.Kf1 Qh1+ 34.Kf2 g3 mate) Qg1+ 34.Kd2 (34.Bf1 Qe3+ 35.Be2 gxf3, Black wins) Qe3+ 35.Kc2 Rxd6 36.Bxd6 (36.Qxd6 Qxe2+ wins too) Qxe2+, Black wins (37.Rd2 Rc8+).> Rxd5 32. Rh6+ Kg8 33. Bc4 gxf3+ 34. Kh1 <34.Kf1 Qh3+ 35.Ke1 f2+ 36.Kxf2 Qe3+ 37.Kg2 (37.Kf1 Qf3+, wins at d1) Qxe4+ and 38...Qxc4, Black wins.> Nxh5 35. Rg1+ Ng3+! 36. Rxg3+ fxg3 37. Rxh4 g2+ 38. Kg1 f2+ 39. Kxg2 f1=Q+ 40. Bxf1 Rd2+ 41. Kg3 Rxb2 <Black wins the ending of course.> 42. Bc4+ Kg7 43. Bb3 <43.a3 Rc2 followed by Rc3+ wins the a pawn.> Rb1 <Threatens mate in two.> 44. Kg2 Rc8 45. Kf3 <45.Rh5 Rc3! 46.Rg5+ Kf6 47.Rg3.> Rc3+ 46. Kg4 <46.Kg2 Rb2+ wins the Bishop to avoid mate. 46.Kf2 Rb2+ 47.Ke1 Rc1+ 48.Bd1 Rbb1 wins the Bishop. 46.Ke2 Rb2+ 47.Kd1 Rf3 48.Ke1 Rff2 wins the h pawn (49.h3 Rh2. 49.Rg4+ Kf6 50.h4 Rh2).> Rf1 <Threatens Kg6 followed by Rf4.> 47. Kh5 <47.Kg5 Rc6 48.Rg4 (48.Bd5 Rg6+ 49.Kh5 Rf8 and mate) Rg6+ 49.Kh5 Rxg4 50.Kxg4 Rf4+ and 51...Rxe4 wins too.> Kf6 <Threatens Rc8 followed by Rh8. Thus, 48.Rg4 is forced and then 48...Rh3+ 49.Rh4 Rxh4+ 50.Kxh4+ Rf4+ wins another pawn.> 0-1

Jan-29-07  ahmadov: The game of Corus 07, according to many chess fans.
Mar-13-07  Jafar219: The best game of January.According to
Mar-13-07  Jafar219:

And finally the first place goes – and I haven't had a slightest doubt about it – to the game Shirov – Radjabov! <King's Indian keeps afloat on the elite level now only thanks to Radjabov>. And in Wijk aan Zee Teimour had given a real extravaganza winning four out of five King's Indian games, ant only Kramnik managed to hold a draw against him. His game against Shirov turned out breathtakingly fascinating; both opponents played resourcefully and inventively. White had spectacularly sacrificed his queen, and victory seemed within spitting distance, but... Radjabov's estimation turned out to be more accurate. With a series of counterblows he had transposed the game into an ending with an extra exchange which he quickly won. Well done, Teimour, chess world is waiting for your further victories! (At the same time I cannot but express my indignation about the scandalous incident with Teimour Radjabov and his father in Mexico and about boorish and insulting for every normal human person conduct of local authorities and organizers of Morelia tournament. Hold on, Teimour, things are bound to get better!) Most of the experts share Sergei's opinion. January winner is Teimour Radjabov. His masterpiece was placed first by Ivanov, Soloviov, Deviatkin and Kobalia, second in two lists and third in another one. Andrey Deviatkin remarked that the study of such games makes one start playing King's Indian, and as both sides at that, and Evgeny Gleizerov's comment is as follows: "Most interesting, typically King's Indian takeover, demanding highest accuracy".

Mar-29-07  dabearsrock1010: unbelievable game. I still like Aronian over Anand as the best game so far this year but this is another awe inspiring contest.
May-21-07  acirce: <Radjabov finished equal second at Linares last year so this result should not be considered a surprise. (In fact, there he was behind Aronian and level with Topalov, so the podium is identical.) At Corus he showed he is still improving and also that he is imposing his will by continuing to play the King's Indian. Radjabov's mastery of my old favourite, and the energy with which he plays it, gave him a stunning four wins with the black pieces. At the top level he has single-handedly revived the defence I abandoned in 1997.

At the time, I was turned off by the then-new lines with 9.b4 Nh5 10.Re1. I felt that White could play almost without risk and Black had to suffer. The 12.Bf3 c6 13.Be3 lines from Kramnik vs Judit Polgar, 1997, also looked disagreeably one-sided. Long ago Korchnoi said that the only person who can kick Kasparov out of his Najdorf can take his title. In fact I instead lost to the man who kicked me out of the King's Indian! Now I see I was probably overestimating the dangers. Every metal has melting point and my King's Indian armour was feeling overheated. These days it's White who is switched to 12.f3 instead of 12.Bf3 and the focus has returned to fighting middlegames. Watching Radjabov attack against Shirov I felt like a retired warhorse hearing the distant horns of battle.>

-- Kasparov, New In Chess 2007/2

May-25-08  whiteshark: <Mateo: ...<Better 30.Kh1 g4! (threatening g3) 31.Rg1.>>

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I still have no clou what's going on there.

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  Check It Out: <acirce> Thanks for that Kasparov quote, its a nice glimpse into his mind. Apparently the tug of the old chess battle that consumed his life is still there.

This game was fairly understandable to me up until move 30. Then the moves just started blowing my fuses. Its funny how, like the <Aronian vs Anand, 2007> game, after the dust settles from the amazing tactics the game becomes "simply" a won endgame.

Dec-13-08  Everett: <AAAAron: <I heard Radjabov celebrates all his victories with a round of candy and soda.>>

If that continues he won't last long in the top 10.

Dec-13-08  Everett: Just checked out the video. It is interesting when Radjabov gets annoyed about possible defences for white with 31.Rg1 or 31.Bf1 in part II, the latter he describes as "sadistic" without giving variations. Must piss GMs off a bit when people shout out while showing their thought process during the game.

35..Ng3+ is a very nice move...

Jan-19-09  Jafar219: I think this is Radjabov`s best KID game
Feb-12-09  falso contacto: this game is better than his famous win against kasparov.
May-01-09  notyetagm: <AAAAron: I heard Radjabov celebrates all his victories with a round of candy and soda. This Pepsi's for YOU, Radjabov!!!!!>

I like this idea. :-)

May-01-09  notyetagm: Wow, what a game!

I believe that IM Max Notkin voted for this Radjabov Black KID win as the <BEST GAME OF 2007>.

Jun-16-10  Jafar219: İ think that, this game is underrated.İt deservs more attention.
May-10-12  Blunderdome: So this game is 5 years old now -- I'm sure it was in all the magazines at the time, but has it made it into any books yet? Anyone have one to recommend?
Dec-05-12  Blunderdome: I keep coming back to this game.
Apr-27-14  SpiritedReposte: That final forcing sequence! The rook forking the b2 bishop at the very end is a death nail after some good back and forth.
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