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Teimour Radjabov vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-12
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0

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Jan-13-08  Bob726: Well, pratically if it wasn't for 3 times reptition ra7 is no better than ra8
Jan-13-08
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  Eyal: <Ulhumbrus: <24 axb4 axb4 25 Nc5! [1] 25...Nxc5 26 Rxa8 Bxa8 27 Qa1 Bb7 (27...Kd7 28 Qa5 Rc8 29 Qxc5 ) 28 Qa7> After 28 Qa7 f6 29 Qxc5 fxe5 30 Bh5+ Kd7 31 Rxe5 c2! 32 Re1 Rf5! 33 Qe3 Qxe3 34 fxe3 Rc5 turns the tables>

31.Rxe5?? loses immediately to 31...Qc1+ with mate anyway - 31.Rd1 or Bf3 are better. But 29.Qxc5 is already an inaccuracy in this line. Strongest for White is 29.Bh5+ Kd7 30.Qb6! Rc8 (now the rook wouldn't be placed on the f file after fxe5) 31.Qxc5 fxe5 32.Rd1 and White's threat of Qb6 is decisive - 32...Rf8 33.Bf3, or 32...Qe4 33.Qb6 c5 34.Bf3.

Jan-13-08  Ulhumbrus: <Eyal: <Ulhumbrus: <24 axb4 axb4 25 Nc5! [1] 25...Nxc5 26 Rxa8 Bxa8 27 Qa1 Bb7 (27...Kd7 28 Qa5 Rc8 29 Qxc5 ) 28 Qa7> After 28 Qa7 f6 29 Qxc5 fxe5 30 Bh5+ Kd7 31 Rxe5 c2! 32 Re1 Rf5! 33 Qe3 Qxe3 34 fxe3 Rc5 turns the tables> 31.Rxe5?? loses immediately to 31...Qc1+ with mate anyway - 31.Rd1 or Bf3 are better. But 29.Qxc5 is already an inaccuracy in this line. Strongest for White is 29.Bh5+ Kd7 30.Qb6! Rc8 (now the rook wouldn't be placed on the f file after fxe5) 31.Qxc5 fxe5 32.Rd1 and White's threat of Qb6 is decisive - 32...Rf8 33.Bf3, or 32...Qe4 33.Qb6 c5 34.Bf3.> It looks as if on 24 axb5 Black has to play 24...Qxb5
Jan-13-08
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  Eyal: <Ulhumbrus: It looks as if on 24 axb5[4] Black has to play 24...Qxb5[4]> Well, in that case 25.Bc4, the pawn on c3 is doomed, and - to repeat what <acirce> said in a previous post - If not 24..axb4 then Black is just positionally lost and won't even be a pawn up any more.
Jan-13-08  Ulhumbrus: <Eyal: <Ulhumbrus: It looks as if on 24 axb5[4] Black has to play 24...Qxb5[4]> Well, in that case 25.Bc4, the pawn on c3 is doomed, and - to repeat what <acirce> said in a previous post - If not 24..axb4 then Black is just positionally lost and won't even be a pawn up any more.> After 25 Bc4 supppose White goes after the c3 pawn without delay.On 23 axb4 Qxb4 25 Bc4 0-0-0 26 Re3 f6 27 exf6 Nxf6 uncovers an attack upon White's d pawn. On 28 Bxe6+ Kb8 29 Nxc3 Rxd6 30 Qc2 Nd5 31 Nxd5 cxd5 and Black's d pawn may advance. In this variation on 29 d7 Nd5 30 Bxd5 cxd5 31 Nxc3 d4 32 Na2 Qb6 33 Rd3 Rxd7 Black seems to have the better of it.Of course that makes just two unproven variations.
Jan-13-08  Hesam7: <acirce: <Hesam7> Just wanted to say that <Eyal> was the first to point it out, or maybe rather his computer. If not 24..axb4 then Black is just positionally lost and won't even be a pawn up any more.>

That might be the after 24 axb4 Qxb4 25 Bc4. Here are the top three lines by Fruit 2.3.1 @ depth 18:


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[1] 25...c5 26.Qd3 Bc6 27.Nxc3 Kd8 28.Na4 Rh8 29.Qe3 Rb8 30.Nb2 Bd5 31.Nd3 Qc3 32.Rac1 Qd4 33.Qd2 Rb4 34.Re3 Bxc4 35.Rxc4 Rxc4 36.Qxa5+ Ke8 37.bxc4 Qxc4 <+1.52>

[2] 25...Rh8 26.Re3 Ba6 27.Bxa6 Rxa6 28.Rc1 Kf8 29.Rcxc3 Kg7 30.Rc4 Qa3 31.f4 Raa8 32.Rg3 Kf8 33.fxg5 Nxe5 34.Rc5 Nd7 35.Rxc6 hxg5 36.Rxg5 <+1.74>

[3] 25...O-O-O 26.Re4 f5 27.Re1 Rfe8 28.Qc2 h5 29.Nxc3 Kb8 30.Ra2 Qc5 31.Qe2 Qb4 32.Qd2 Nb6 33.Be2 Nd5 34.Nxd5 Qxd2 35.Rxd2 cxd5 36.Bxh5 <+1.79>

What I am not entirely sure about is 24...Nxe5. I am guessing that Radjabov also feared the very same move hence he played 24 Bd3 first.

Jan-14-08
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  Eyal: <Hesam7: What I am not entirely sure about is 24...Nxe5.>

It also seems to lead to an overwhelming advantage of White after 25.bxa5 Rxa5 26.Nxc3 Rxa1 27.Qxa1 Nd7 (or 27...Qb4 28.Bh5 Nd7 [28... Qxd6 29. Ne4 followed by Nf6+ or Nc5, depending on the black queen's move] 29.Rxe6+ Kd8 30.Rxh6) 28.Rd1 Qb4 29.Bc4.

Jan-14-08  Hesam7: <Eyal> thanks that is very convincing.
Jan-16-08
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  Mateo: I wonder if any annotator to this game thought 17...Kxf8 could be an improvement? The idea is to put the King to g7, a safer place than in the center and to connect the heavy pieces.
Jan-17-08
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  Mateo: <Gnappo: And what about <37.Nd7! Rxb5> forced <38.Nxf6!>threatening Ra8# <38...Nc6 39.Rf7! Kc8 40.Nxe4> ? This line was devasting, too.> Very nice. White wins a pawn. If 40...Rxb3 41.f4! followed by Rc7+ wins the Knight.
Jan-17-08
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  Mateo: <percyblakeney: As <Eyal> pointed out during the game, Radjabov missed a lethal continuation in 24. axb4 axb4 25. Nc5> That's brilliant. But without a computer, even for Radjabov it's difficult to find. Let's see: 24.axb4 axb4 25.Nc5!! Nxc5 26.Rxa8+ Bxa8 27.Qa1 Bb7 28.Qa7 (threatens Qxc5 and Qb8+) f6 (what else?) 29.Qxc5 fxe5 (29...Qd2 30.Rd1! Qxe2 31.d7+ wins) 30.Qb6 (threatens Bh5+) Qf7 (30...c2 31.Bh5+ Rf7 32.Bxf7+ wins) 31.Bh5! Qxh5 32.Qxb7 and mate.
Jan-17-08
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  Mateo: <Ulhumbrus: After 21 d5! on 21...cxd5 22 exd5 Bxd5 23 Bb5!! White threatens Qxd5 and with the N on d7 pinned, Black is unable to answer the threat. On the other hand if White is able to play d5, it means that he has managed to open lines in the centre with the Black King uncastled. This suggests that Anand will have to look for alternatives before this point.> Yes. Maybe, like I wrote earlier, 17...Kxf8 to go put the King on g7.
Jan-17-08
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  Mateo: <Ulhumbrus: 24...bxa3 seems inconsistent. 24...c5 defends the b4 pawn again and uncovers the black QB.> A strange move at first sight. But, unfortunately Black cannot play 24...c5, because White answers 25.Bb5. The double threat Nb6 and Nxc5 wins.

Jan-19-08  minasina: http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... This was live commentary with Maksim Notkin (in Russian) ("Translated: http://www.google.com/translate?u=h... The board is not functioning at the translated page)
Jan-21-08  sheaf: 66 Ra7 is a draw !!! by repitition ??? can you believe it.... it would have been the bail out of the century if anand had spotted that... unbelievable isnt it ..

look at blacks 57, 59 and 66th move had he played Ra7 instead of stupid Ra8.

Jan-22-08  sheaf: <chessgames.com> this can be a sunday chessgames puzzle with 66..? its incredibly difficult and a very different kind of a puzzle, please take a note. actually such puzzles are important from practical point of view since during a game chessplayers should be alert and always be in lookout for these situations. grazie..
Jan-29-08  Funicular: i really like to see radja beating anand with an incredible finesse within the endgame. (Remember the game of the day "teimour the merrier" in which anand made several tactical blunders so teimour's victory was kinda underestimated, even after a nice queen sac)
Feb-14-08  Ulhumbrus: <Mateo: <Ulhumbrus: 24...bxa3 seems inconsistent. 24...c5 defends the b4 pawn again and uncovers the black QB.> A strange move at first sight. But, unfortunately Black cannot play 24...c5, because White answers 25.Bb5. The double threat Nb6 and Nxc5 wins.> One question is whether on 24...c5 25 Bb5 0-0-0 26 Bxd7+ Kxd7 Black can hang on.
Feb-14-08
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  Eyal: <Ulhumbrus: <Mateo: Black cannot play 24...c5, because White answers 25.Bb5. The double threat Nb6 and Nxc5 wins.> One question is whether on 24...c5 25 Bb5 0-0-0 26 Bxd7+ Kxd7 Black can hang on.>

No, he can't - his situation is hopeless after 27.Nxc5+ Kc6 (27...Kc8/e8 28.d7+ with a quick mate) 28.Nxb7 Kxb7 29.Qd3 (aiming for Qb5+) Kb6 30.axb4 Qxb4 31.Re4 Qb5 32.Qxc3 Rc8 33.Rc4.

Jul-07-08  notyetagm: Position after 22 ... ♕e7-f6?


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It is not often that a tactical genius like Anand (Black) misses a strong tactical move like Radjabov's 23 e4-e5! here.

Position after 23 e4-e5!


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Jul-17-08  atropos: It is notable that the opportunity to draw by threefold repetition of position missed by Anand in this game cost him not only the half point but also, ultimately, a share of first place in the tournament. A fact which, presumably, must have increased his annoyance at having missed the opportunity in the first place.
Sep-05-08  geigermuller: <sheaf: 66 Ra7 is a draw !!! by repitition ??? can you believe it.... it would have been the bail out of the century if anand had spotted that... unbelievable isnt it .. look at blacks 57, 59 and 66th move had he played Ra7 instead of stupid Ra8.> there must be a mistake, 66... Ra7 is not allowed, since Anand has a rook on g8
Mar-25-09  FiLiPiNoV: Anand was better here with 85 movers than his blitz game with Radjabov with 16 movers only!
Mar-25-09  sheaf: <geigermuller> the positions after 57..Kf6, 59..kf6 are exactly the same with white to move..in fact after 63.Kg3 black played Ra8..instead of that Ra7 is a draw by threefold repetition ..of course i made an error in my previous post about the move number..its 63..Ra7 instead of 66..Ra7

<CG.com> This is a real sunday chessgames.com puzzle material..as a chessplayer..it is also a part ur chess education to look for threefold repetition as and when it occurs..I know adams lost a game against anand when he had board position repeated 3 times but didn't claim a draw..

Mar-02-10  kingsindian2006: this corus was a blast! Radja needs to play alot more chess , he rarely comes out to play.
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