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Ernesto Inarkiev vs Teimour Radjabov
Elista Grand Prix (2008), Elista RUS, rd 7, Dec-21
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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Dec-21-08  Andrew Chapman: 39..Bf4 looked good at first sight but I suppose having won the pinned knight the bishop ends up being pinned itself.
Dec-21-08  percyblakeney: This was a rather good game by Radjabov, up until the time trouble where he missed several winning moves, for example 36. ... Qd3 and 39. ... Bd6.
Dec-21-08  Kangaroo: <<Andrew Chapman>: 39..Bf4 looked good at first sight but I suppose having won the pinned knight the bishop ends up being pinned itself>

Sorry, but <39 ... Bf4> loses after <40. Nf5 Qxe2 41. Nxe7+>

Dec-21-08  Eyal: Another nice winning shot missed by Black was 33...Bxc3! 34.bxc3 Qe4+ 35.Ka1 Rb8 36.Bd2 Qd3. Eventually he played both Bxc3 and Qd3, but not at the right time...

A pity for Radjabov; he almost won a second good game in the Dragon - this time from the Black side - after Radjabov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2008. 17...f5 is an interesting novelty compared with the "automatic" 17...g5 as played in S Feller vs R Loetscher, 2007.

Dec-21-08  shintaro go: The Dragon is still alive with two proponents in Carlsen and Radjabov.
Dec-22-08  percyblakeney: I have my doubts about Chessbase being right when they call the endgame after 44. ... Bb4 <more or less equal>, and that it <should be a draw>. I looked it through quickly during the game and white won easily in every line since he just can place the knight on f5 or g4 and then go after the queenside pawns.

Dec-24-08  Karpova: <How do you cope with failures?

Teimour Radjabov: I also try to treat losses philosophically. Failure is one of the three possible results in the game, and from time to time it happens anyway, no matter what the player wants. But no defeats are alike, there are losses which you feel very bad about, and it is very difficult to switch from them. For example, yesterday I lost to Ernesto Inarkiev because of the blunder under the time trouble, though throughout the game I had a clear advantage. I regretted the outcome very much, so I cannot give any advice about the way to overcome such offensive failures. As far as I cannot master my emotions, I feel very bad in such situations. I would prefer to lose the game due to the opponent’s flawless performance, but not to experience such a disappointing loss when you have done everything to win, but a single incomprehensible blunder in the time trouble ruins everything.>


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