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Teimour Radjabov vs Ding Liren
World Cup (2019), Khanty-Mansiysk, rd 7, Oct-02
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  1-0



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Oct-02-19  TangoJoseph: Nice win by Radjabov! lots of good preparation !! :)
Oct-02-19  TangoJoseph: 26...fxe6
27. Rxf5
28. Bxe6+
29. Bxf5+
30. Be6+
31. Bxc8
32. cxb4 and white should win here
Oct-02-19  TangoJoseph: 29...Nc2
30. Rxa6
31. cxd4
Rxd4 may be better ?!
Oct-02-19  parmetd: Very pretty game.
Oct-02-19  pdxjjb: The computer thinks Ding Liren's king walk starting with Kg8 made things worse for him. Instead of Kg8, the computer liked bringing the bishop out to the middle of the board followed by Kg7. It's unclear whether this would have made any difference, of course.
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  HeMateMe: new life breathed into a very old variation?
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  diceman: <pdxjjb: The computer thinks Ding Liren's king walk starting with Kg8 made things worse for him. Instead of Kg8, the computer liked bringing the bishop out to the middle of the board>

Yes, Bd4 threatens Rc2 with an attack
on white's f2 pawn.

Kg8 allowed white to shut black's rook
and bishop out of the position with Bc5.

Oct-03-19  dhotts: Very interesting how Teimour 16th move in the first game 16.Nd2 leads to a draw and in the second game as white 16.Bd3 leads to win...The engines did not see a big difference, but it was amazing how quickly white won from that point.
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  fabelhaft: As Radjabov pointed out, Ding Liren had many ways to draw during the game: "I think he completely misplayed the position. I would say I was shocked". The quickest and most straightforward way to draw was 22. ... c5 (Radjabov said he was sure Ding Liren had it in the notes but just forgot it). Radjabov also pointed out 29. ... Nc2 as good for a draw.
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  fabelhaft: <29...Nc2
30. Rxa6
31. cxd4
Rxd4 may be better ?!>

30. ... Rxc8 there and black is a piece up. However, the not too complicated line 29. ... Nc2 30. Rc1 Nxd4 31. cxd4 Rxd4 32. Bxa6 Rb4 and the b pawn falls draws more or less immediately and it is surprising that Ding Liren preferred the more difficult to defend Rxc8 line even after thinking for almost 17 minutes.

Oct-03-19  luzhin: I liked Ding's last (desperate) trap with 45...Bg7. The natural looking 46.Kg6 actually loses to 46...Bf8!
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  WorstPlayerEver: Hmm.. it's ridiculous. First a knock out tournament, then a third amout of games of a regular WC match.

This all to reach the Candidates. It's a little wonder if the chosen contestant eventually stays alive long enough to face Magnus.

Which probably comes down to another 12 draws. Just if anybody might wonder..

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  fabelhaft: "The margin between getting praised for a great game or criticised for a lack of fighting spirit is small, with Radjabov commenting that if Ding had known the c5-move, everybody would say, why did you go for this position as it's a forced draw?'"

Radjabov seemed to think the draw was pretty much forced after 29. ... Nc2 as well, but it's funny that he actually had looked a bit past move 30 in his opening preparations. He seemed a bit surprised that Ding Liren didn't find the draw either at for example move 22 or move 29, and that he won it, even rather easily in the end.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

I agree with that W.P.E. Why drag it out and change it from two games to four games. (the next W.C. match has 14 games.)

It's not just the candidates, both finalists are there, the difference is $30,000.

1st = $110,000
2nd - $80,000
3rd - $60,000
4th - $50,000

All four automatically get into the next World Cup.

The game - the third Marshall this year between these two, the first was Radjabov vs Ding Liren, 2019 (two lone Kings after 43 moves! That was a 16.Nd2 game) it's possible Ding slipped into draw mode and a few inexact moves crept in. Radja sensed this and picked his pocket.

Oct-04-19  faulty: luzhin> 12 draws still means 2 decisive games as they will be playing 14 this time
Aug-06-21  Whitehat1963: High-level look at the Opening of the Day.

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