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Teimour Radjabov vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-14-08  jtd200: <WBP> Problem is, although Van Wely just tried it, he's got no way of forcing it with his turn to move.
Jan-14-08  WBP: Yeah. And as many have already pointed out, Radja seems to fully grasp what's going on here.
Jan-14-08  Ulhumbrus: Another eleven moves to go before a draw is declared or agreed
Jan-14-08  acirce: Just a pity that 84..Kxb5 was not legal.
Jan-14-08  ChessMan94: Black will win soon
Jan-14-08
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  Domdaniel: <Ulhumbrus> Seven-hour playing sessions with sudden-death time controls are clearly problematic too, but it would be almost impossible to enforce a 'no look-up' rule for adjournments, possibly over several days. How do you stop a player using a computer to help with an adjournment, while still being able to prepare normally for their next opponent?

Then again -- given that organizers have to be so careful about computers etc in any case, maybe players will just have to learn to live with monastic restrictions.

Jan-14-08  percyblakeney: Finally drawn, according to the official result site.
Jan-14-08
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  Sneaky: The pause in the action at move 85 might be Radjabov fetching an arbiter to have this monstrosity adjudicated.
Jan-14-08
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  Mateo: Either they called the emergency because Radja got a heart attack, either they have no more vodka to drink.
Jan-14-08  Ulhumbrus: <Domdaniel: <Ulhumbrus> Seven-hour playing sessions with sudden-death time controls are clearly problematic too, but it would be almost impossible to enforce a 'no look-up' rule for adjournments, possibly over several days. How do you stop a player using a computer to help with an adjournment, while still being able to prepare normally for their next opponent? Then again -- given that organizers have to be so careful about computers etc in any case, maybe players will just have to learn to live with monastic restrictions.> In Japan when the newspapers organise go championship matches, they hire some inn where the masters are excluded from the outside world. I am not sure that it is necessary to go that far, but if a contest is held in a hotel or an inn, outsiders or computers can be excluded from a part of the grounds during the period of an adjournment.
Jan-14-08
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  Domdaniel: <Sneaky> Adjudication! That's a 3rd alternative, if there's such a thing as a 3rd alternative ...

I actually did have a totally won game 'adjudicated' a draw once. I suspect they just counted material and moved on to the next one. Chess administrators ...

Jan-14-08
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  Sneaky: <percyblakeney> Really? Where? I see the game in limbo at the official site.
Jan-14-08  firebyrd: <Sneaky> http://www.coruschess.com/schedule.... shows 1/2
Jan-14-08  Wild Bill: Let's face it. If the players haven't agreed to a draw, they should.
Jan-14-08
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  Eyal: Yeah, according to the official site it's a draw: http://www.coruschess.com/schedule.....
Jan-14-08
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to everybody for stopping by today. We hope to see you back tomorrow at 7:30am (USA/Eastern) for round 4.
Jan-14-08  MaxxLange: Is draw, comrade!
Jan-14-08  percyblakeney: They played on until this position was reached after 93 moves:


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Jan-14-08  acirce: Kasparov calls 36..Bf5 an easy win.
Jan-14-08  suenteus po 147: <acirce> How do you feel about Kasparov commenting on games now that he is out of it all? Personally, I think he should put up or shut up! ;)
Jan-14-08  acirce: Well I'd be perfectly glad if he stopped clowning around in politics and used that time to comment on games instead.
Jan-14-08
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  whiteshark: Neither...nor... for me :D
Jan-14-08  Ezzy: Kasparov making 1 move comments without any insight or analysis is a bit crass. I and millions of others with a computer could have said that.

Anyway, Radjabov seemed to have got out of jail for free here.

I admire how he knew what it took to draw the endgame though. For example 48 Kd1 was the only move to avoid a tablebase win for Van Wely, who nearly gave Radjabov a shock today.

Kramnik and Anand will be looking closely at the theory to this game.

Jan-14-08  Jim Bartle: Kasparov gives the impression that he sort of glances at games while involved in more important activities, and just casually sees the winning moves, but doesn't have the time or inclination to give any variations.
Jan-14-08  Shams: <Ezzy, Jim Bartle> I disagree. I'm more than happy to hear Kasparov's general impressions, and if he claims such-and-such a move would have won then there are plenty of people who can confirm or refute this with later analysis. Kasparov is in a different league than the 1 million users running Fritz are.
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