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Luke McShane vs Teimour Radjabov
"Radj Against the McShane" (game of the day Mar-25-2020)
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Jun-09
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Jun-09-12  Ulhumbrus: After 6...dxe5 Black's queen side is permanently crippled but Black can deprive White's king of the right to castle or else win a pawn.

An alternative to 7 Nxe5 is 7 d3

An alternative to 9 Kf1 is the pawn sacrifice 9 Qe2 Qxc2 eg 10 Na3 Qf5 11 Ne5

10 d3 is more flexible than 10 Nc3 as then the knight has the option of going to d2 and c4.

Jun-09-12  Cibator: The N-exchange at move 29 looks pretty dodgy to me - opening the g-file for a Black assault, and leaving White with only one piece capable of challenging that mighty Black LSB.
Jun-09-12  BadKnight: this one looks like copy of anand-gelfand opening discussions. Gelfand did not allow 6.e5, he played 5...e5 himself, as a temporary pawn sac. are they just copying, or improving on the wcc opening lines? its scary if the opening development moves so fast.
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  Eyal: 5...d6 was actually the previously-known move - Gelfand's 5...e5 is the newer idea.

Btw, Black can't simply win material with 7...Qd4 - there's 8.Nc4 Qxa1 9.Nc3, trapping and eventually winning the queen, or even 8.Bb2, and if 8...Qxb2 (better is Qe4+) 9.Nc3 Qa3 (otherwise Nc4 wins the queen) 10.Qf3 and Black is in trouble.

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  wordfunph: my $230 chessbucks wasted on McShane :(
Jun-10-12  Naniwazu: < Eyal: Yeah, after several other moves as well - the problem with Kh2 is that it prevents White from responding immediately to ...Rh4 (with the h5 idea) by Rh2. If it were White's move in the position after 42.Rh2, he could play Rgg2 and be ok.>

Thanks for your explanation. I was wondering why Kh2 was a mistake.

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  Mateo: 40...Rh4! wins. 41.Ba3 Qf8, Black threatens ...h5. 42.Kh1 (what else?) h5 43.gxh5 (43.Rh2 Qh6!)Rxg2 44.Kxg2 Bxh3+, Black is winning.
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  andrewjsacks: Fine pun. Well done.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Another early candidate for Pun of the Year. Well done, <MissScarlet>.
Mar-25-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Now THIS is an outstanding pun!!!
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  piltdown man: Superb pun!
Mar-25-20  scormus: I couldn't figure out the pun, kept looking for a connection between Dylan Thomas and E M Forster ..... ;)
Mar-25-20  scormus: .... then I showed it to my daughter who doesn't play chess at all, and she saw it straight off. But she's into Rock ....
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun.
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  SkySports: Cool pun!
Mar-25-20  chessix: yep. good pun.
Mar-25-20  faulty: liked the pun
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  offramp: A good pun for today!
Mar-25-20  paulthebox: Have never commented on puns before, but this one really made me laugh!
Mar-25-20  weisyschwarz: Good pun! Nice to see a little Radj in here.
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  thegoodanarchist: I like the pun!
Mar-25-20  RandomVisitor: After 38...Qg7 there is 39.Qe2 with the idea of f3

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<37/63 03:37 +0.60 39.Qe2 Qf7 40.Nd2 Bd5 41.f3> h6 42.Ne4 Kh7 43.a4 Be6 44.Bc3 Qf8 45.Nd2 Bd5 46.Qe1 Qf7 47.Bb2 Bd8 48.Qe2 Be7 49.Qf2 Qf8 50.Qe1 Qf7 51.Qh4 Qf8 52.Ba3 R8g7 53.Qe1 Kh8 54.Ne4 h5 55.gxh5 Rxg2 56.Rxg2 Rh7 57.Kg1 Rxh5

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  FSR: Love the pun!
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  Check It Out: Good pun. I got tix to see RATM later in April, that's not going to happen.
Mar-26-20  RandomVisitor: The position after 5.b3 - how should black proceed? My database lists Ne7, f6, d5, d6, e5, Qf6, Nf6, Be7, Qc7, and Ba6 as possible moves, the machine after 18.5 hours likes f6 followed by d6:

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<60/90 18:19:56 +0.13 5...f6 6.0-0 d6> 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Ne7 9.Nc3 e5 10.Nde2 Ng6 11.f4 exf4 12.Nxf4 Qa5 13.Nce2 Be7 14.Kh1 Qe5 15.c3 0-0 16.Nd4 Re8 17.Nxc6 Qxe4 18.Qd5+ Qxd5 19.Nxd5 Bd8 20.Nxd8 Rxd8 21.Kg1 Bb7 22.Rd1 a5 23.Ba3 a4 24.bxa4 Rxa4 25.Bb4 Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Rda8 27.a3 Ne5 28.Rxd6 Nc4 29.Rd4 Nxa3 30.Kf2 Nc2 31.Rxa4 Rxa4 32.Rd8+ Kf7 33.Rd7+ Kg8 34.Bc5 Rc4 35.Bd4 h6 36.g4 Nxd4 37.cxd4 Kf8 38.h3 Rc2+ 39.Ke3 Rc3+ 40.Ke2 Rxh3 41.d5 Rg3 42.Rc7 Rxg4 43.d6

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