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Viswanathan Anand vs Teimour Radjabov
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-07
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-04  Reisswolf: Is 32...Nf6 another knight sac gone awry? Or is this one of the most grotesque blunders made by a grandmaster at a super tournament? I cannot even begin to think what compensation he was seeking from the knight sac.
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  Benzol: <Reisswolf> Looks like an inexplicable blunder. Was Black in time trouble?
Feb-15-04  Reisswolf: I just noticed something. After 32. f3, Black's rook is trapped. So Black might have wanted to deflect the bishop so he could park his rook on e3, after which, presumably, Rc8 or Qc7 or some such move might have followed.

Maybe Black was thinking that it would be better to give up a piece for now and get back a pawn or so later. Or perhaps he was hoping for fxe3?, so that Nxe3 would have won a piece and two pawns for a rook. Either way, his position is pretty dire.

Feb-15-04  drukenknight: gee the kid looks awfully shakey. Isnt the B supposed to go to h3?
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  patzer2: After Black's blunder 32...Rxe4??, his Rook is trapped via 33. f3!

Black extricates the Rook only by giving up another piece, and then resigns after the futile effort.

Relatively better for Black was 32...Rc7!?, with drawing chances, though still conceding a clear space and positional advantage to White.

Aug-08-04  maddy: may be black thought 33.exR Ng4+ and may be clipping or theatening through Qh3
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  patzer2: Just notice, I recorded some wrong move numbers on my previous post. The correct post should read "after Black's blunder 31...Rxe4??, his Rook is trapped via 32. f3!"
Nov-23-05  Chopin: Give Radjabov a couple of more years, I wouldn't be surprised if he's as good as Anand; He's already over 2700. I guess time will tell.
Sep-09-11  whiteshark: A ♖g1 astray
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  plang: 7..b5 would have been the Kalashnikov variation; instead 7..Nf6 invited a transposition to the main line of the Sveshnikov with 8 Bg5. Anand avoided this by repeating 8 Nc4 which he had tried successfully a month earlier against Ponomariov at Wijk aan zee. Ponomariov had chosen the dubious 9..b4?! (winning a pawn but inviting a powerful White initiative); Radjabov chose the more reserved 9..Be7. 10..h5!? was a new idea. Anand considered entering the line 11 h4..Nd4 12 Bg2..b4 13 Ncd5..Nxd5 14 Nxd5..Bg4 15 f3..Be6 16 Nxb4 and concluded that Black would have too much play for the pawn. Perhaps Black could have tried 16..Bg5!?: 17 f4..Bxf4 18 gxf..Qh4 19 Rf2..Qh2+ 20 Kf1..Bh3 21 Ke1..Bxg2 22 Rxg2..Qxf4 23 Qg4..Rh1+ 24 Kd2..Nf3+ 25 Ke2..Nd4+ 26 Kd3..Ne6 with a continuing attack for the piece. 27..Bxe3 would have been more of a consistent follow-up. White was starting to take over the initiative what the point that Black blundered.

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