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Etienne Bacrot vs Teimour Radjabov
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 2, Apr-22
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Apr-22-08  percyblakeney: Another well played endgame by Radjabov, Bacrot slowly got pressed into a worse position and it looks very difficult to hold also without the final 59. Kg2 blunder.
Apr-27-08  Discerning King: 21...Bd8! Odds are only a good GM can see that kind of move. 43...Rd3!
Passed Pawns Galore. Good Game Radja!!!
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  Gilmoy: In Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 (1-0) I wrote: <How early must Black deviate to counteract that?>

Carlsen tried 12..Ne7 to trade off the Nd5, but after Leko's 15.Ncb4, White kept the outpost N and his Q-side pawn structure intact, traded down to a passer, and strangled Black.

Radjabov's 12..Rb8 looks better. He leaves his Nc6 to pounce on Bacrot's 14.Ncb4, shattering White's pawns. I don't see the refutation of 15.Nxb4, other than it's a mild retreat, and the N looks stucks shielding weak b2 for several tempi. But Bacrot ends up playing passive defense anyways, and Black sneaks behind him and steals a pawn.

This opening should probably be classified as Lasker-Pelikan.

Apr-27-08  aazqua: Bd8 is pretty much theory. Pulling the black bishop back to d8 is an odd seeming move but effective in that the bishop can play a roll on the queen side as well.

The opening is a Sveshnikov.

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  Gilmoy: All these openings blur together. I did some snooping. Mark Weeks laments the inconsistent naming.

Here's some mostly-agreed names, in ascending order of line length.

5..e5: <Lasker-Pelikan> [Oxford]: Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910, with notes by Capa, yaay! Schlecter chose 6.Nb3, hence that's the Schlecter Variation :)

6.Ndb5 d6: <Sveshnikov>. Capa suggested this line in his notes! More accurately, this looks like Sveshnikov's start point. He worked out some longer main lines, which also bear his name.

7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5: <Chelyabinsk> [Oxford], for Sveshnikov and Timoshchenko, who were both from there, and analyzed it together.

9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2: A <Sveshnikov> main line, as in this game.

9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Ng5 f5: Another <Sveshnikov> main line. 10..Bg7 is <Novosibirsk>

White's choice points seem to be:
- 9.Bxf6 gxf6 or 9.Nd5 Be7
- how to reactivate the Na3
They're all playable. Recent super-GM games seem to favor the 12.Nc2 line, with an a4 push and Q-side play.

Apr-29-08  minasina: Rybka anlysis samples
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