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Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava vs Teimour Radjabov
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-25
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Standard Development (E73)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Interesting game throughout, as a KID transposes into a sort of Benko Gambit. Not sure where Black goes wrong, but eventually White's peasant uprising overwhelms the cavalry.
Jan-25-15  goodevans: <An Englishman:... Not sure where Black goes wrong...>

There were a few mistakes by both players, but black's final mistake of consequence was <51...Ke7> after which he was doomed. If instead <51...Bxe5 52.fxe5 Nc5> the silicon monsters tell us they can't find a way through for white.

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  tamar: 20...Nxf3+ would have been decisive at a moment when White has shifted to the Qside.

Just an indication Radjabov did not trust his calculations, as it is risk free.

Jan-25-15  breaker90: So it this a KID or a Benko Gambit? Why hasn't Radjabov been playing his pet King's Indian lately? I used to consider him the top KID player today but I think that title now belongs to Ding Liren.
Jan-25-15  fisayo123: <breaker90> I dunno, because he lacks ambition to do the hard-work required? Or he has lost some of the dynamism he had in his younger years? Who knows.
Jan-25-15  SirRuthless: Computers are causing some problems with the KID. Radja missed a winning chances though so it wasn't prep today but just his usual issues of passive play when active play is required. I wonder if Radjabov is done in the super tournament circuit. This will be an important year to show he still belongs or he will have to earn his invites the hard way again. The tide is rising and soon even 2780 won't be top 10 anymore.
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  Penguincw: Any explanation why 51...Ke7 was played? Touch move rule?
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  tamar: Radjabov thought for 12 minutes 31 seconds before playing 51...Ke7 so it is inexplicable.
Jan-25-15  Ulhumbrus: A Benko gambit which failed. Can Black improve on his play? If the flank attack 11 h5 can be called premature this suggests playing in the centre by 11...e6
Jan-25-15  goodevans: To me it's not so obvious that 51...Ke7 is a blunder (as opposed to a mere mistake). After <51...Bxe5 52.fxe5> those two pawns look like unassailable monsters even though, as I have said in my previous post, after <52...Nc5> white has no clear way of proceeding.

Compare this with the game position after move 54. Black has effectively swapped his g-pawn for one of the central monsters. This must have been very tempting, especially as further calculation shows that the e-pawn will soon follow.

A mistake, but to my mind an understandable one.

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  cro777: Teymur Rajabov: "Brilliant draw in the endgame after Bxe5 is very nice, knight stands on c5, I saw it but Ke2-d1-c2 was annoying, when Kd1-Na6!! and Nb4-a6!! draws. Black keeps knight on a6-b8 and king on c6 with draw."

In the position after 51.Ne5+

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Radjabov should have played 51...Bxe5 instead of 51...Ke7?

51...Bxe5 52.fxe5 Nc5

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He was discouraged by possible White's maneuver Ke2-d1-c2 but

53.Ke2 Kc7 54.Kd1 Na6 draws (55.Kc2 Nb4+ or 55.d6+ Kc6).

Jan-25-15  chesslearning: I'm confused by moves 58, 59 and 60. Why did Radjabov keep playing? It's obvious white has won right? Was there time trouble?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thanks to everyone for your feedback. Really helped my understanding.
Jan-26-15  fisayo123: 6.h4 is a move I've seen Richard Rapport play from time to time and he always wins, albeit against weaker opposition. Nice to see Jobava try it against a very good player even if the win had little to do with the opening.
Jan-27-15  Ulhumbrus: One reaction in the centre to 6 h4 is 6....e6

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