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Teimour Radjabov vs Sergey Karjakin
Gashimov Memorial (2014), Shamkir AZE, rd 6, Apr-26
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-26-14  SirRuthless: Radjabov has a sense of humor. Funny ending and nice work from Karjakin to understand it and save the half point.
Apr-26-14  haydn20: How cool is this?--both players cooperate in a stalemate! Wonderful sense of humor. (Why the Gioco Piano? these two don't usually seek quiet.)
Apr-26-14  KingG: If Radjabov was as strong in his openings with White as he is with Black, then he would have good chances to become World Champion. Unfortunately, his opening play with the White pieces has never been very impressive, aside from a few lines here and there (for example 6.Bg5 in the Najdorf and 5.Bg5 in the Semi-Slav a while back).
Apr-26-14  SirRuthless: I don't know. He has been able to gain some kind of edges with white but all that has resulted is known draws like in this game and his game with Nakamura.That being said, I think he has had the best event of all the players so far even though he has produced only one decisive game here. He has never really been worse in any game as of yet. Perhaps his first round with Karjakin he was worse but never losing. A comfortable event thus far. The win vs Magnus was just huge for him and if things break right for him, perhaps the TB will be in his favor all said and done. It would be a fantastic result for the event and Azerbaijan in general if he can pull it off. I am hoping he can do it.
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Apr-26-14  shubhamkuse: After 46...Rb6+
47.Kd7 was easily winning move
Radjabov just swindled there!!
Apr-26-14  marcwordsmith: yah, it looks like that to me too--is there any reason why Kd6 wouldn't have won??
Apr-26-14  marcwordsmith: I mean Kd7
Apr-26-14  Nerwal: 47. ♔d7 doesn't win. Black puts the rook at checking distance (ie at b3, b2 or b1), and the white king cannot stay close to the b pawn, it has nowhere to hide from checks.
Apr-26-14  shubhamkuse: Analysed the position after 46...Rb6+
Here is complete analysis
1... Rb6+ 2. Kd7 (2. Kd5 Rb2 3. Kc4 Rb6 4. Kc5 Rb2 5. Kc6 Rc2+ 6. Kb6 Rb2+ draw by perpetual check ) (2. Kxf5 Rxb7 3. Rf8 Rb2 4. Ke5 Re2+ 5. Kd4 Rd2+ 6.Ke5 Re2+ ) 2... Rb2 3. Rf8 (3. Kc6 Rc2+ 4. Kb6 Rb2+ 5. Kc7 Rc2+ 6. Kd6 Rb2again a draw by perpetual check ) 3... Rxb7+ 4. Ke6 f4 5. Rxf4 Kg5 6. Rf8
dead draw
Indeed the postion is a draw another chess endgame blindness by me!! :D
Apr-26-14  Sihlous: Thanks for posting that...Good to know Radja didn't just throw away a simple win.
Apr-26-14  marcwordsmith: Thanks, friends!
Apr-27-14  1d410: How could Radjabov not notice the stalemate. Should've seen the draw coming. Unsportsmanlike conduct for playing so long if he knew it was a draw or bad chess if he mistakenly fell for a stalemate trap, which I doubt.

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