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Alexander Graf vs Teimour Radjabov
Hotel Bali Stars (2003) (rapid), Benidorm ESP, rd 8, Nov-28
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: That's some trouble-making knight! He makes a more-or-less fine journey: <Ng1>-<Nge2>-<Ng3>-<(back to)Nf1>-<(and again)Ng3>-<Nh5>-<Nxf4>-<Ne6>,

until black is totally fed up with that menace, wastes precious black-sq.-bishop and finally loses the game because of that weakness. Quite astonishing.

Aug-25-13  bubuli55: Fantastic!
Aug-25-13  Gilmoy: White goads a KID bull? <7.Nge2> must make steam vent from Black's ears: daring him to maybe pawn-storm the K-side. <12.h3 13.Nf1> waves a red cape: White offers two tempi just to provoke <13..g5>. The method in his madness: after <14.Ng3 h4> Black's pawns are all backward for a breakthrough. The wily N indirectly protected his own K-side pawns, after all!

<16.O-O> is a fitting punch line: after all that "weakening" play, White <isn't> castling into it. Balancing Rs on f is a fine strategic strength.

<16..f5 17.f4!> counterstorm ends Black's, um, <lighthorse> rush: g5 has withered from being the <point of the spear> to the <base of the pawn chain>.

<19.Ne6!> is a clever clearance-combo, cashing in his very good Nf4 outpost for an even better Qd5 grip. After <27.Bxd5> Black's K-side looks like the aftermath of a BB-sac, but without the sac. Maybe Black didn't even prep for the hackneyed pawn storm in this line, but felt obligated OTB to punish White's "bad" opening. And White prepped for that ...

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