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Boris Gelfand vs Teimour Radjabov
World Blitz Championship (2008) (blitz), Almaty KAZ, rd 11, Nov-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line (D08)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-10-08  apexin: It seems odd to draw at this point :)
Nov-10-08  Travis Bickle: Excuse me am I drunk or what, but how can BLK not capture WHT's Q on move 21 at e3??
Nov-10-08  Sacsacmate: <Travis Bickle> Excuse me am I drunk or what, but how can BLK not capture WHT's Q on move 21 at e3??

It was hanging for 3 moves... either I am chess moron or Radja simply missed it ! In blitz anybody can play anybody... :)

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: A logical guess would be that 21.Qxe7 Bxe7 was played - that also explains ...Bg8, and even why the score ends here: it probably wasn't immediately drawn, but the next move (...Rxg8) being "illegal", no further moves were recorded.
Jul-23-13  builttospill: Playing through the opening explorer and using stockfish for some opening ideas. I think this is white's strongest line out of the Albin (5. a3 with the idea b4 and Bb2). Knowing how important that Albin d pawn is, I would try 8 f6 for black. Stockfish thinks that's about a half pawn compensation for black with faster development and some issues trying to get developed for white. (Qb3 is the preferred move after f6 exf6 Nxf6. -- g3 runs into Ne4, Nxe4 Qxe4, Bg2 d3 and an equal game, where it leads to black picking up the c4 pawn with check)
Jul-23-13  computer chess guy: After 8. .. f6, Black can win the gambit pawn back, but it is not clear that is any better than =. Chessbase has a game Farago-Prohaszka, Balatonlelle 2007 that went 8. .. f6 9. h3 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Nxe5 11. Qb3 and White eventually won.
Jul-23-13  builttospill: Hey <ccg>. I see it's not too clear who is better there, but that's precisely the point of playing this opening for black. Get some good opportunities. Hopefully chessgames will upload that game to the database, which goes:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. a3 Bg4 6. b4 Qe7 7. Nbd2 O-O-O 8. Bb2 f6 9. h3 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Nxe5 11. Qb3 c5 12. Ne4 cxb4 13. c5 bxa3 14. Rxa3 Kb8 15. Bg2 Qf7 16. Qa4 Nc6 17. f4 d3 18. Rb3 d2+ 19. Kd1 Qd5 20. Rxb7+ Ka8 21. Bf3 Kxb7 22. Nd6+ Rxd6 23. Bxd5 Rxd5 24. Qb3+ Nb4 25. Qxb4+ Kc8 26. Qa4 Ne7 27. Qxa7 Nc6 28. Qa6+ 1-0.

Black makes a notable inaccuracy with 11. c5. Lots of ideas for black in that position. Nh6 looks like an improvement. Can't say it was the opening that caused Prohaszka to lose.

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