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Ding Liren vs Teimour Radjabov
World Cup (2019), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Oct-01
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation Nei Gambit (A19)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-19  Ulhumbrus: This opening has been seen before eg in the games Miles vs Karpov, 1977 Karpov vs Ribli, 1990 Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1991

If White's bishop pair can be considered worth a half of the pawn sacrificed and White has more than a slight positional advantage this suggests that White has then too much for the pawn, if other things are equal and White can make count his positional advantage.

The computer evaluations suggest that the pawn advance 23...e5? which concedes cover of the square d5 increases White's advantage considerably and that 27 a3? which disturbs the queen side pawns without necessity is a serious mistake and that Black can remove the greater part of White's advantage by playing the sacrifice 27...Nb4! in reply. After missing this chance Black goes on to lose.

Oct-01-19  dumbgai: 4...Ng8 looks like such a strange move but black will win the e5 pawn in exchange for falling behind in piece development.
Oct-02-19  DreighNoriel: 40. ..Nxd5 will lead to a draw
Oct-02-19  anandrulez: "I mean I’m not that happy, of course, but this should’ve happened at some point in this tournament. You can lose at any moment so psychologically I don’t have any special thoughts about it. I’m just playing game after game, as I have started this way and I’m still playing this way. It happens, it’s OK, it’s normal, part of chess life."

Lol. I love this new ultra-cool avatar of Radjabov.

Oct-02-19  Ulhumbrus: <DreighNoriel: 40. ..Nxd5 will lead to a draw> It might but for one thing: After 40...Nxd5 41 cxd5 Black's queen is overworked. She can't defend both the pawn on f6 and the rook on e8 eg 41...Qf7 42 Rxe8+ Qxe8 43 Qxf6+ Kg8 44 Qg7 mate or 41...Qxe1 42 Qxf6+ Kg8 43 Qg7 mate
Oct-07-19  Pedro Fernandez: Black problems arises from the position

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after white played 15.0-0-0 and black 15...d6?!. Black needs liberation! With white bishop, queen, rook and knight pushing strongly black center, it was necessary the interchange of queens, i.e. 15...Qxc5! A little later you will realize how the white queen leads a ferocious attack against the black king.

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  yiotta: I really admire Radjabov's resilient attitude which I think had a large part in his eventual success. (See the quote in <anandrulez>'s post above.)

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