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Vladimir Kramnik vs Teimour Radjabov
16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (rapid), Monaco, rd 1, Mar-17
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Tartakower Variation (C63)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-17-07  percyblakeney: Surprising to see Radjabov try the Schliemann and get a clear advantage in the endgame. Even if he probably didn't miss any winning move there is always the possibility that the opponent blunders in time trouble (as in their blindfold game...).
Mar-17-07  Shajmaty: <percyblakeney: Surprising to see Radjabov try the Schliemann [...]> Second Scliemann in the round: a more then appropriate election for rapid games?
Mar-18-07  percyblakeney: Radjabov could have spared himself the last 45 moves by accepting Kramnik's draw offer after Qxg4, but he did get some pressure in the endgame even if it never was enough to win.
Apr-14-08  euripides: Moves 19-20 illustrate Kramnik's wild attacking style.
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  FSR: How bad is the super-greedy 10...Bxc2?!
Aug-17-14  Hot Logic: <FSR> Bad, d3 opens a double threat of both Skewer on g5 (after Nf3) and Qxc2. Black needs to play Kf8 and his position is not looking good.
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  perfidious: No longer such a surprise for Radjabov to essay the Schliemann, though.
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  FSR: It is indeed bad. Houdini 3 gives 10...Bxc2? 11.d3 and now

11...O-O-O 12.Re1 Bd6 13.Qg4+ Kb8 14.Bg5 Bxe5 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Rac1 Bxd3 17.Qb4 +1.42;

11...Ba4 12.Nf3 h6 13.Re1 Bb5 14.a4 Ba6 15.Bd2 Rf8 16.Bb4 Rf7 17.Rad1 Kf8 18.Bc3 Qf5 19.Ne5 Bd6 20.Nxf7 +2.47.

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  FSR: <perfidious> No surprise at all today. Radjabov has become the greatest Schliemann player in history. I <was> shocked to see, though, that he's lost his last two games with it.
Aug-17-14  Poisonpawns: I think the Schliemann run is over.During this time there was some surprise value in it.Now I think after 4.d3! black has not done to well save miraculous wins from busted positions.
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  FSR: <Poisonpawns> You could be right. Radjabov did extremely well with it for a long time, drawing again and again (and even winning occasionally) against the world's strongest players. But in his last two games he's gotten rolled by 4.d3.

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