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Alexander Morozevich vs Teimour Radjabov
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 3, Mar-16
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-17-09  Stanley Yee: 30...Bxh4! was just brilliant. Radja deserved the full point for this game. 32...h6 does not seem to be the best follow up. 32...Bd2 seems to get the Rook on the 7th rank.
Mar-17-09  Chicago Chess Man: I wouldn't call 30..Bxh4 brilliant, especially for a GM. I would call it a Monday puzzle for us patzers.
Mar-17-09  percyblakeney: Morozevich has already been involved in lots of fun games in Amber, both against Kramnik and Wang Yue were highly interesting and this one wasn't exactly boring to follow either, maybe more thanks to Radjabov in this case.
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  Eyal: <32...h6 does not seem to be the best follow up. 32...Bd2 seems to get the Rook on the 7th rank.>

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32...Bd2 33.Nxd2 Rxd2 34.Qe7 doesn't seem to give Black much, but Radjabov missed a win with 32...Rf7! If the white queen goes to a square which doesn't watch f3, Black wins by 33...Qh3; and after 33.Qc6/e4 Black wins by 33...Rf6! - preparing Rdf8 (over-protecting f3) and Qh3, Or Rh6 in case of Nh2. Note that an immediate 32...Rf6 with the same idea fails to 33.Rxe5 Rdf8 34.Rb3/Rce3 Qh3 35.Rxf3! and Black cannot capture twice on f3 because of back rank mate.

Mar-17-09  percyblakeney: It seems as if Morozevich could have played 32. Rxe5 with an advantage instead of allowing the winning line Radjabov missed.
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