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Teimour Radjabov vs Levon Aronian
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-18
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-18-09  Jafar219: Shame on you Teymour! Shame on you!
That`s what can I say about your `great fighting spirit`.
Jan-18-09  karoaper: Draws are normal for matches between Aronian and Radjabov. Pushing for a win is best done in an unemotional, cold state of mind. If Radjabov considers these matches again Aronian (or indeed against any Armenian) too emotionally, then it's understandable why he would want to play it safe.

I'm sorry your hope of an Azerbaijani "smashing" an Armenian didn't materialize. :{

Jan-18-09  Ipecac: Wow my heart almost killed me while replaying this game; luckily I have a bullet-proof hard and I could overcome the emotion of the game.
Jan-18-09  percyblakeney: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Jan-18-09  Jafar219: <percyblakeney> Very good statistics. <karoaper> I have enough `smashed armenian` games.;)
Jan-18-09  adair10: Based on that statistics where Radjabov had only one (!) win out of 18 games in Scotch defence, one of two things happened: 1)Radja prepared novelty to ambush Aronian, but Aronian did not let him (maybe 9...NF6 ?); 2) Radja was content with draw as he is an expert of doing that in Scotch as statistics indicate.
Jan-18-09  jovack: they should both have to pay a penalty for this garbage

draw agreed on move 15? pathetic

Jan-19-09  Karabakh: Boss were afraid to lose. It's understandible. And both hope to get score from other low-ranked players.
Jan-19-09  KingG: Radjabov needs to start doing some serious work on his repertoire with the White pieces. If he was as dangerous with the White pieces as he is with the Black ones, he would probably be the best player in the world.
Jan-19-09  Akavall: It seems that the Scotch doesn't even fit Radjabov's style. He seems to excel in closed, complex positions, where he going for a pawn storm on the King's side. Ruy seems like a better choice even from that point of view.
Jan-20-09
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  beenthere240: I suspect that the Scotch can be used as a drawing variation, as it was here.

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