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Teimour Radjabov vs David Navara
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 12, May-04
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  0-1



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May-04-08  bangkokgambit: OH poor Radjabov, he has done an excellent attack but missed a wining move on 28.Qe5
May-04-08  kingsindian2006: you could probably spend a year with a computer on this game..
May-04-08  KarAkter: First white missed 23.Ng4! f6(forced,Nh6 or Rf6 follows) 24.Qh3 Qd7 25.Nh6 g6 26.Re1!(if now 26...gf5 27.Nf7 Kg7 28.Qh6 Kf7 29.Qh7 Ke6 30.Bf5)with huge advantage.After 25...Qd2 interesting is 26.Rg7!(if 26...Kg7 27.Qe5 wins)Qd4 27.Kh1 Kg7 28.c3 Qe3 29.Qf5 Rh8 30.Nh5 Kf8 31.Nf4.Then 28.Qe5,31.Rf4 is also better for white (instead Rf3),after 31...Nd1(Kg7 leads into same position) 32.Rg3 Kg7 33.Bc2 Nb2 34.Nh5 Kh8 35.Rg6...Radjabov was probably tired or something.
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  whiteshark: From the Tournament Bulletin:

For the first time in the tournament, Navara won, against Radjabov.

The Czech was the first to admit he had been lucky: "After the opening my position looked suspicious; I somehow managed to forget how to play this line. Later I missed the move 28.Qg5 and I was lucky to have a decent reply that was sufficient for a draw. White was very close to winning around move 25 and later on he spoilt it in timetrouble."

Radjabov: "I'm playing terrible these days. Instead of 27.Bd3, 27.Kh1 or 27.Rf2 should be winning. I just forgot about 28...Qxg2+. Everything is going wrong."

A tragic loss for the Azeri GM, who had refuted Navara's play with some energetic moves (17.f5!, 20.Nef6+) and got a winning attack: 23.Ng4 f6 24.Qh3! would have won according to Shipov, as "there's no defence against the strike on h6".

After Radjabov's choice, Black could have survived beautifully with <23…Nd4! 24.Nxe8 e2 25.Rf6 Nf3+!!>.

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For White there was also a nice line: <26.Rxg7! Kxg7 27.Qe5!!>.

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The critical moment was at move 28, where White missed a decisive advantage with <28.Qe5! Qxd3 29.Rxe3 Qc2 30.Rg3!>.

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The endgame should have ended in a draw but 38.Rh5+? (instead of 38.Rb3! Bc6 39.Rg3!) was the last mistake.

May-04-08  notyetagm: Wow, what a tragedy for Radjabov. A beautiful attacking effort ends in a bitter loss.
May-05-08  messachess: It's mystifying. It appears that at 39. white could attain equilibrium with, say, something like b3. It's complicated, but losing Q-side pawns was fatal for white.
May-05-08  messachess: On second thought, black would have had 39...Bc6, winning the N (or, actually, in that position, losing the exchange would be better for white.
May-05-08  euripides: <messachess> one line is <39.b3 Bc6> 40.Rg3 Rd2+ 41.Ke3 (or Ke1) Rxg3+ 42.Kxd2 Rxb3 which looks similar to the game.

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