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Teimour Radjabov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jun-08
Scotch Game: Potter Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: Black just sort of slowly lost that piece. Strange for a game at this level.
Jun-08-12  Edeltalent: A really original way of trapping a knight!
Jun-08-12  balzarius: 28.Re7?? was a big mistake.28.Re6 and Black can still hope for a draw.
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  Eyal: <28.Re7?? was a big mistake.28.Re6 and Black can still hope for a draw.>

Yeah, though it's quite tricky. The point is that after 28...Re6 29.Ned2 there's 29...Rxf4! and in case of 30.Rxe6 Rxf1+ 31.Nxf1 Qxe6 32.Nxd4 Nxd4 33.Qxd4 Qe1+ Black picks up the knight on f1.

In the final position of the actual game, Black has no defence against Re4, winning the knight on d4; 29...Rfe8 would have lost the knight in a different way - 30.Rxe7 Rxe7 31.Nf3, since with the rook on f1 Black can't take on f3 with the queen.

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  Eyal: <The point is that after 28...Re6 29.Ned2 there's 29...Rxf4!>

Another line that should be noted here (besides 30.Rxe6) is 30.Rxf4 Rxe1+ 31.Ka2:

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Here White threatens Nf3 and Rf8+, but Black can defend against both threats by <31...Qg8!> removing the queen from the pin and taking advantage of the fact that the knight on b3 is itself pinned; 32.Rxd4 Nxd4 33.Qxd4 a5!

Jun-09-12  mrbasso: After 28...Re6 29.Re3 black still in very awkward position..
Jun-09-12  rilkefan: I was surprised by 22...Qd5 instead of Qxc3. Stockfish thinks this gives white an advantage (0.3, depth of 27) because I guess of more space on the kside (cramping the e7 knight) and activity and some central pressure. But 22...Qb5 and it sees nothing better than 23.Qg3 Qc4 24.Qc3. I tried 23.g3, which after a while it decides leaves black with a slight edge.
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  benveniste: "No retreat, I surrender"
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