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Teimour Radjabov vs Alexander Grischuk
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-22
Queen's Indian Defense: Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  0-1



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Feb-22-09  OneArmedScissor: Where's the win?
Feb-22-09  mgm329: 41. ...Rd8 (intending Rd4) wins; if the white knight moves, then black plays Rdd2.
Feb-22-09  MethodMan: White is being crushed. There is a rook on the 2nd with posibility of coordination with the other rook. Plus a potential queening threat. It's hopeless for white
Feb-22-09  OneArmedScissor: Overall record: Alexander Grischuk beat Teimour Radjabov 11 to 2, with 7 draws.
Feb-22-09  AgentRgent: Posted at Linares (2009) after 11...d5 : <suenteus po 147: I've heard this phrase used before, so I'll use it now: I think Radjabov's play is far too optimistic. If he keeps going this way, his attack will fizzle and then Grischuk will walk over and stomp him.> Can I get some lotto numbers from you SP?
Feb-22-09  hedgeh0g: A peculiar opening by Radjabov; somewhat reminiscent of his game vs Smeets at Corus just a few weeks back. However, just because a pawn sac worked against Smeets doesn't mean it'll work against the Grish.
Feb-23-09  parmetd: this pawn sac is common and thematic and very theoretical for QID
Feb-23-09  das2128506: I think it is simple 41... e3,
then 42...e2 and 43...Rf1
Feb-23-09  dhotts: <das2128506: I think it is simple 41... e3, then 42...e2 and 43...Rf1>

41...e3 doesn't seem to win to me at least. Maybe you can elaborate further. For example, what happens when 41...e3 42.Nxe3 Rxe3 43.Rxe3 Rf1+ 44.Kb2 and the White King escapes to safety. Or even simpler is 41...e3 42.Rxe3 Rxe3 43.Nxe3, then what is there for Black?

Black must have another plan, other than simply 41...e3 or is there something wrong with my analysis?

Feb-23-09  percyblakeney: <Overall record: Alexander Grischuk beat Teimour Radjabov 11 to 2, with 7 draws>

Nine of Grischuk's wins are blitz/rapid though, most of them played 6-7 years ago. Still an impressive score.

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  nezhmet: That's right, 41...Rd8 wraps up with the idea of Rd4.

Grischuk had three (!) sacrificial ideas he passed up earlier in the game -


Feb-24-09  das2128506: <<<41...e3 42.Nxe3 Rxe3 43.Rxe3 Rf1+ 44.Kb2 and the White King escapes to safety. Or even simpler is 41...e3 42.Rxe3 Rxe3 43.Nxe3, then what is there for Black?>>>

After 43.Rxe3 Rf1+ 44.Kb2 Nd1+ and Nxe3

Feb-24-09  das2128506: <41. ...Rd8 (intending Rd4) wins;>

White plays Ra8+ and then Rc8 keeping
knight on c4. How do you progress from here?

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  nezhmet: You can't do Ra8 and Rc8 because you are hanging pawn on a2 with checkmate.
Mar-01-09  TheChessGuy: The Polugayevksy Gambit in the Queen's Indian, as played in Kasparov-Karpov WC Moscow 1984, 2nd matchgame.
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