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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
"An A1 Defense" (game of the day Nov-25-2013)
Grand Slam Chess Final (2008), Bilbao ESP, rd 4, Sep-05
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0



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Jan-03-14  Clunney: Fanques Fair, 34. Qh5 is fine (although Ng5!!+ is much stronger) since after 34 ...Rb2 35. Rb2 Qa3+ 36. Na2 c3 37. Nf6+!! mates for white after 37. ...ef6 38. Rb7+ (or 37. ...Kh8 38. Rb8+). But Ng5!!+ mates almost immediately.
Jan-21-14  Conrad93: Isn't 10...Rb8 called the Chinese Variation?
Jan-21-14  Shams: <Conrad93> Yes it is. Yugoslav first, then Chinese variation. Very interesting line.
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  WannaBe: The earliest recorded game in CG's database with the Chinese variation is S Cacorin vs M Golubev, 1986

One doth wonder, why the name Chinese (dragon) variation... Did some Chinese IM/GM played this?

Jan-21-14  Shams: <WannaBe>

<Belgian Fide Master Luc Henris, who was living in China with his Chinese wife, christened the variation ‘Chinese Dragon’ when he wrote a ground-breaking article about it for Yearbook. At that time there were few games available, so he had to create most of the analysis himself.>

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  WannaBe: <Shams> Thanks for the info!!
Feb-07-16  scholes: h6 also works as well as Rg1. after h6 it would have been very aesthetic end to the game. With black king getting mated in the corner. And all black heavy ammunition hiding on other side of board praying for a mate.
Jun-28-16  talhal20: White 8qd2 enables castling on the queen side and at the same time double up the diagonal with bishop.Black'reply should have been e5. Trigger started from that point.
Jan-26-17  Albanius: Black could have tried to meet 19 g4 with
20 fxg4 Nxe4! ^ 21 Nxe4? Qxa2+!!

on 20 Qe3 Nxc3
21 Qxc3 Qxc3
22 bxc3 hxg4
B has 3 connected passed pawns for the N.
(not 22 ..Rxb1+
23 Rxb1 hxg4
24 Rb7)

Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: 22 dpa

1. = (0.00): 31...Rb8 32.Qg2 Kh8 33.Qd2 Nf7 34.Qe2 Bh7 35.Qg4 Rg8 36.Qh4 Rxg3 37.Qxg3 Nh6 38.Rg1 Nf5 39.Qg2 Qd8 40.Nc5 Rb6 41.h6 Rb8 42.Na6 Rb6 43.Nc5 Rb8

Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa

1. + / = (0.49): 30.Rg3 Rb8 31.Qg2(t) Rg8 32.Rg1 Be6 33.Nf2 f5 34.Nxg4 fxg4 35.Qb7 Kh8 36.Qxe7 Qd8 37.Qb7 Qb6 38.Qe4 Ra5 39.Rf1 Rb8 40.Rb1 Rg8 41.Rg2 Rf8 42.h6 Qb4 43.Rg3 Qe7 44.Qe3 Rb8 45.Na2 Bf5 46.Rf1 Be6 47.Qc1 Rab5 48.Nb4 Rf8 49.Re1 Rf4 50.Rge3 Qc7 51.Na2 Kh7 52.Nc3 Ra5

2. + / = (0.49): 30.Ng5+ Kg8 31.Rg3 Rb8 32.Nge4 Kh7 33.Qg2(T)

Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: D 22 DPA

<1. = (0.00): 27...Kh8> 28.exf6 exf6 29.h6 Rb7 30.Qd4 Ne5 31.Nxg5 fxg5 32.Rxg5 Qb6 33.Qf4 Rf7 34.Qg3 Qf2 35.Rg8+ Kh7 36.Rg7+ Kh8 37.Rg8+ Kh7

2. + / = (0.54): 27...dxe5 28.Nxg5 Bf5 29.Nge4 Kh7 30.Rg3 Rb8 31.Qg2 Rab6 32.Nd2 Qa6 33.h6 Rg8 34.Nd5 c3 35.Nxe7 Rxb2 36.Rxc3 Rxc2 37.Rbb3 Rxc3 38.Rxc3 Qa5 39.Ne4 Nxh6 40.Nxg8 Nxg8 41.Kb2 Qd8 42.Rb3 Kh6 43.Qh2+ Kg7 44.Rb7+ Ne7 45.Qd2 Qxd2+ 46.Nxd2 Kf7 47.Rxa7 Be6 48.a4 f5 49.a5 e4 50.Kc3 Kf6 51.a6 e3 52.Nf3 Bd5 53.Ne1 f4 54.Kd3 Nc6 55.Rh7 Kg6 56.Rh4 Kf5

Oct-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa

<<1. = / + (-0.52): 26...Rb7> 27.e5 Qc5> 28.exf6(T) exf6 29.Rge1 d5 30.Nxg5 d4 31.Nge4 dxc3 32.Nxc5 cxd2 33.Rg1 Rab6 34.Rbd1 Bf5 35.Nxb7 Rxb7 36.Rxd2 Kh7 37.c3 Kh6 38.Rd4 Ne3 39.Rd8 Re7 40.Rh8+ Bh7 41.Rg6+ Kxh5 42.Rxf6 Kg5 43.Rf2 Kg4 44.Ka2 Rd7 45.Rf6 Bf5 46.Rg8+ Kf4 47.Rgf8 Rd2 48.R8f7 Ke5 49.Ra6

<<2. = / + (-0.52): 26...Qc5> 27.e5 Rb7> 28.exf6(T)

3. = / + (-0.38): 26...Ra4 27.Nxa4 Qxd2 28.Nxd2 Rxa4 29.b3 cxb3 30.cxb3 Rd4 31.Rg2 Ne3 32.Re2 Rd3 33.Nc4 Ng4 34.Rc2 Kg7 35.Kb2 Kh6 36.Rh1 Be6 37.Na5 d5 38.Re1 Ne3 39.Rc6 Ng2 40.Rf1 Bd7 41.exd5 Ne3 42.Rh1 Nxd5 43.Ra6 Rd2+ 44.Kc1 Ra2 45.Rd1 Ra1+ 46.Kd2 Rxa3 47.Rxa7

Oct-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa only: these seem's weak move to me .....

<1. ∓ (-0.83): 25...Rbb6> 26.Rbf1 Kh8 27.Rg3 Rb7 28.Rb1 Rb8 29.e5 Qc5 30.exf6 exf6 31.Nd4 d5 32.Rg2 Re8 33.h6 Rb6 34.Rc1 a6 35.Rh1 Rbb8 36.Rb1 Rb7 37.Rh1 Qb4 38.Rb1 Nxh6

<2. = / + (-0.56): 25...Be6> 26.Nd4 Bc8 27.Nf3 Rbb6 28.Rbf1 Rb7 29.Rb1 Kf8 30.h6 Rb4 31.Rbd1 Rb8 32.Rh1 Bd7 33.Rb1 Kg8 34.Nd4 Kh8 35.a3 Qb6 36.Nd5 Qc5 37.Qc3 e6 38.Ne7 d5 39.Ng6+ Kh7 40.b4 Qd6 41.Qh3

Oct-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. - / + (-1.21): 24...Kh7 25.Rhg1 R6b7 26.Nd4(T) Kh6 27.Rg2 Kg7 28.a3 Kh6 29.Rgg1 Qe5 30.Rgf1 Kg7 31.Rg1 Qh2 32.h6+ Kh8 33.Qxh2 Nxh2 34.Nd5 e5 35.Ne2 Nf3 36.Rgd1 f5 37.Nf6 Ba4

2. - / + (-1.21): 24...R6b7 25.Rhg1 Kh7 26.Nd4(T)

3. - / + (-1.18): 24...Qc5 25.Rhf1 R6b7 26.Nd4 Qe5 27.Rfe1 Qh2 28.Qd1 Kf8 29.Nf3 Qf2 30.Rf1 Qc5 31.Qd2 Kg7 32.Nd4 Qe5 33.Rh1 Kf7 34.Rhf1 Kg8 35.Rfe1

Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4

24.h6 Kh7
- / + (-1.25 --) Depth: 20

24.Rhf1 Kh8 25.Rh1 R6b7 26.Rhe1 Kh7 27.Rf1 Qe5 28.a3 Qh2 29.Nde2 Qg2 30.Rfd1 Ne5 31.Qd4 Qg4 32.Rf1 a5 33.Rh1 Qg2 34.Rhg1 Qf3 35.Rgf1 Qxh5 36.Rh1 Bh3 - / + (-1.18) Depth: 22

Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
22.Rhg1 Kh8 23.Rg2 Kh7 24.h6 Kh8 25.Qd2 Ra6 26.Qe3 Rab6 27.Qd2 = / + (-0.55) Depth: 22
Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
21...Nxh5 22.Nf5 gxf5 23.exf5 Qxf5 24.fxg4 Qe5 25.Qxe5 dxe5 26.Rxh5 Kf8 27.Rxe5 Bxg4 28.Rh1 R8b7 29.b3 Re6 30.Rg5 f5 31.Rh7 cxb3 32.axb3 Rd7 33.Kb2 Rd2 34.Nb1 Rf2 35.Nc3 Rd6 36.Rgg7 Rdd2 37.Ka3 Rd7 38.Kb2 a5 39.Rf7+ Ke8 = / + (-0.64) Depth: 22
Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

<1. - / + (-1.00): 20...Rfb8 21.h5 Nxh5> 22.fxg4 Bxg4 23.Rh4 Bd7 24.Nd5 Ra6 25.a3 c3 26.Qxc3 Qxc3 27.Nxc3 Kf8 28.Nd5 e6 29.Nf4 Ra4 30.Nxh5 Rxd4 31.Nf6 Ke7 32.Nxd7 Kxd7 33.Rf1 Rf8 34.c3 Rd2 35.Rh7 Ke8 36.Re1 Rf2 37.e5 d5 38.Rg1 Re2 39.Rg5

2. - / + (-0.87): 20...Qh5 21.fxg4 Nxg4 22.Qd2 Rb7 23.Rhf1 Ne5 24.Nd5 Bg4 25.Qf2 Rfb8 26.b4 Qh6 27.c3 Rf8 28.Rg1 Kh7 29.Rbf1 Bh3 30.Rd1 Be6 31.Qg3 Bxd5 32.exd5 a5 33.b5

Oct-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 19.Qg5> Ra6 20.Qxa5 Rxa5 21.b4 cxb3 22.cxb3 Rc5 23.Kb2 Rb8 24.Rbc1 a5 25.Ka3 Kg7 26.Rhd1 Rbc8 27.Kb2 Rb8 28.Ka3 Rbc8

2. = (-0.17): 19.Rhd1 Rc8 20.Qg5 Rc5 21.Qe3 Qb4 22.a3 Ra5 23.Qd2 Rb8 24.Nde2 Bc6 25.Qd4 Nd7 26.Qd2 Kg7 27.Nf4 Qc5 28.Nfd5 Bxd5 29.exd5 Nf6 30.g3 Nd7 31.g4 hxg4 32.fxg4 Ne5 33.h5 Nxg4 34.hxg6 fxg6 35.Re1

Oct-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
18...Rfc8 19.Rhd1 Qc5 20.a3 Rb7 21.Nde2 Rcb8 22.Qd2 Qf2 23.Qg5 Nh7 24.Qg3 Qxg3 25.Nxg3 Nf6 26.Nge2 Kg7 27.Ka2 Rb6 28.Nd4 e5 29.Nde2 a5 30.Nd5 Nxd5 31.Rxd5 Ba4 = (-0.11) Depth: 23 dpa
Aug-04-21  Gaito:

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Black has a superior position, maybe even a winning position, but he must be careful. A move worthy of attention was 24...R6b7 so that Black's bishop isn't left unprotected, and at the same time Black's queen and rooks could be allowed to get back quickly and be ready to defend Black's threatened kingside. Black has a healthy extra pawn and a very good position, but it is apparent that White is intent on carrying out a quick attack against Black's king with moves like e5 or a knight sacrifice at the right moment. The engine (Stockfish 14) evaluates this position as clearly favorable for Black (computer evaluation: -2.16).

Nevertheless, Radjabov made what looks like a pointless move: 24....Ra6?! This move has the drawback of letting the bishop unprotected, so that e5! is now a potential threat at White's disposal because the d6-pawn is now pinned.

On the other hand, White's pawns at a2 and b2 are solidly defended, and as long as both of Black's minor pieces can't take part in the attack, the white King appears to be safe.

After 24...Ra6?! White could have payed 25.e5 right away, but Magnus preferred to delay that advance with the moves Rhg1 and a3! After a3 Black's a6-rook looks clumsy as it is neither attacking nor defending.

Aug-04-21  Gaito:

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White has just played the rupture 27.e5! (a move reminiscent of Bronstein's famous central pawn ruptures). The engine (SF14) evaluates the position as equal or unclear (evaluation 0.00) and suggests that Black move his king into safety with 27...Kh8.

Notice that the accumulation of Black's heavy pieces on the queenside looks kind of threatening at a cursory glance, but Black's attack is in fact completely imaginary owing to Carlsen's efficient (and instructive!) defensive setup. On the other hand Black's king looks kind of lonely with all his heavy pieces on vacation far away in Siberia undertaking an imaginary attack. No wonder the game was quickly decided.

Aug-04-21  Gaito:

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White has just played 28.Nxg5!

Capturing this knight is taboo, for example: 28...fxg5 29.Qxg5+ Kf8 30.h6! Nf6 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.Rbd1 (threatens Qh8+ with a quick mate) Bd5 33.Rxd5! Nxd5 34. h7 Kd7 35.h8=Q Nxc3 36.Qh3+ and Black's king cannot escape checkmate (SF14 announces mate in 13 more moves. We should believe it!) (See diagram below):

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Aug-04-21  Gaito:

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Magnus played 30.Qe2, which was sufficient to win; yet Stockfish 14 considers that 30.Ng5+! would have been even better (and more brilliant too). A likely variation might run as follows: 30...fxg5 31.Qxg5 Rf6 32.Rxg4! Bxg4 33.h6 (threatens mate on the move) Rf7 (what else?) 34.Qxg4 Rb8 35.Qe6 Rbf8 36.Ne4 Qb6 37.Ng5+ Kg8 38.h7+ Kg7 39.Qg4 Qd4 40.h8=Q+ Kxh8 41.Qh5+ Kg8 42.Qg6+ Rg7 43.Qe6+ Rff7 44.Nxf7 Rxf7 45.Rf1. See diagram below:

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White wins.
Further, if 45...Qf4 46.Rg1+ and mate in three.

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