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Sergei Movsesian vs Teimour Radjabov
World Blitz Championship (2010) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 37, Nov-18
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0



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Nov-22-10  Eyal: This was a crucial game in the tournament - it was played in the penultimate round, when Radjabov was trailing Aronian by 1.5 points.

<In the penultimate game I thought that as Aronian was playing Karjakin with White he wouldn’t lose [he did lose], so I had to win. Therefore on 1.e4 I went for the Scandinavian, which I don’t play in general. The opening’s relatively dubious and hard to play even in blitz, but I didn’t see any other variations I could play for a win. In the Sicilian Sergey (Movsesian) can play 2. c3 or something like that, and you get a heavy struggle, but I wanted something sharper. It was, of course, a mistake – I should have played normally as I’d been playing in all the other rounds, i.e. more calmly. Though once again, it depends on the play. During the game I had an excellent position and at some point I could have played Nf3+. I don’t know if you saw it – 29…e4 30. Bg2, I played 30…Ne5 there, and then I had the move 31…Nf3+ 31. Kf2 Qe5.

I had excellent chances and really could have achieved the desired result, but when I didn’t go for that I lost. So ok, all that was left was to play Gelfand for second place.> (

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