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Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-17
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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Jan-17-15  superstoned: Giant killer slain by cellar dwellar.
Jan-17-15  bennyvsfischer: Nf2!!
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  Check It Out: <superstoned> Good one!
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  Check It Out: <bennyvsfischer> No knight ever lands on f2. Are you perhaps giving 28...Nh2 two exclams?
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  Penguincw: 28...Nxh2 is a sneaky move. If 29.Kxh2, then 29...Bxe4 30.Bxe4 Ng4+, and black regains the piece. Further simplications can occur after 31.Kg3 Rxe4 32.Kf3 Rxd4 33.Rxd4 Nh2+ 34.Kf2 Nxf1 35.Kxf1, and black remains up a pawn. It looks drawn, but Jobava is playing for a win rather than a draw, which is always good.
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  Gilmoy: Immortal Zwiechenduel! <17..b5 18.cxb5> was just about the last "normal" threat-response. From <18..d5!?> on, Black prefers to mantain tension and add new threats, rather than resolve any. Chess meets Jenga! (and jiu-jutsu?)

This can actually work when you're shopping for a win. You lure the foe into a threat-maze, and then it's a race to exit the hedges via a tactic first. Each side dares to cede to the other the freedom of an open board loaded with attackers, and time to deep(er)-think for a jackpot. Wojtaszek was brave to join that battle -- borderline hubris in not trading down to a lukewarm draw with White and the huge lead? It happens!

<27.Ne4> might not be an outright blunder ... but surely White rues giving Black the <opportunity> to strike first. <27..Qxd4> 28.Rxd4 stops the Nxh2 combo (by adding a defender to Ne4), but White must have looked at <28.Bxd4> and thought he had a refutation there, too. One unexpected move too many! Black has more incentive to prove <28..Nxh2> winning for Black than White does, so he must have looked deeper into that one line.

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  tpstar: Impressive tactics by Jobava in a sharp middlegame.

The position after 16 ... Nxe5 looks like smooth sailing for White, with more space and better development, but the Pawn breaks 17 ... b5 and 18 ... d5 turn the tables.

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  perfidious: Jobava done woke up!!
Jan-20-15  Conrad93: <Jobava done woke up!!>

This might be his only win in the tournament.

Jan-23-15  remay85: At this writing, carlsen and caruana were beaten by wohtaz , who is beaten by jobava. Chess is unpredictable to intentionally made by players? I am puzzled?
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  perfidious: <remay85> Much was made of Wojtaszek's victories over the top two players in the world at the start, but he has, as of this writing, won no game since.
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