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Giovanni Vescovi vs Teimour Radjabov
World Team Championship (2010), Bursa TUR, rd 7, Jan-11
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses (E90)  ·  0-1



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Jan-11-10  Blunderdome: Great game from Radja!

36. Kf2 R5h2+ and white loses the bishop and the rooks are exchanged, giving Black a totally won endgame.

Jan-11-10  Blunderdome: Actually Black may have even better than that with f4 in most lines.
Jan-12-10  OneArmedScissor: Nice game!
Jan-12-10  Raginmund: I think 24. Qd3 instead of Rfd1 solves the problem for Brazilian champion. . anyway,,,, it was another great KID by Radja
Jan-12-10  MaxxLange: What a great attack. Fearless.
Jan-12-10  muradov: Nothing spectacular. The usual KID win by Radja :)
Jan-14-10  kingsindian2006: i thought it was spectacular!
Jan-15-10  percyblakeney: Vescovi must have planned to follow up 23. Qd2 with Qe3. After Qd2 Radjabov played Kf7, and initially it was far from a top five alternative to the engines. First after more than ten minutes did Chessok’s Rybka realise that black is winning: 24. Qe3 is followed by Bd4 and after the forced Qxd4 white is lost in spite of being two pieces up:

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One possible continuation after 24. Qe3 Bd4 25. Qxd4 is 25. … Rg8 26. Rf2 Rg3 27. Bf1 Rag8 28. Rd2 Qh4 29. Nd1 R8g6 30. Rc1 e3 etc. Vescovi must have seen that 24. Qe3 lost, since he used more than 30 minutes on his 24th, but there were no good alternatives and he lost in a few moves. Before this game Vescovi hadn’t lost with white in almost two years, and only once since 2006, but he wasn’t playing his best chess in this event.

Feb-07-10  kingsindian2006: i wonder if at move 17 radja feels like he is in trouble and has to pull something out of his butt , or if he feels like hes in full control? any eval.. score by move 17?
Feb-07-10  tacticalmonster: At move 17, black is justified with the kingside attack. Here are the factors:

1) white pieces are passive and uncordinated. White rooks are not in open file. e1 knight is awful.e2 bishop is "biting on granite".

2) white weakens his kingside pawns with h3 and g4.Barely any defensive kingside piece.

3) black has active pieces. f8 rook control the semi-open f-file.g7 bishop control the long diagonal.c5 knight has good outpost. h5 knight and e8 queen is ready to swing to the kingside.

4) black has a powerful e4 pawn that signals kingside attack. black has an open g-file toward white king.

all of these are short term dynamic advantages for black. according to Steinitz, black must attack the white king or he will lose the advantage!

May-27-10  Jafar219: Very likeable attack by Radjabov.Just great!

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