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Teimour Radjabov vs Levon Aronian
Morelia-Linares (2006), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-03-06  OneArmedScissor: Aronian was about to get steam rolled by Radjabov...
Mar-03-06  Ingolf: Could Radjabov have played for the win with 23.Ne4 ? He must have seen the knight sac and perpetual coming when he played fxe4.
Mar-03-06  Ingolf: I realise now that 23.Ne4 would probably be a bad idea due to f5.
Mar-03-06  yataturk: playchess was showing a totally different board for the end of the game...
Mar-04-06  ahmadov: 21....Qg6 shows that Aronian had no stomach for fighting against Radjabov with black. I think he just was shy to offer draw before that move, so he found a drawing move.
Mar-04-06  LancelotduLac: Since Radjabov had White, the "stomach for fighting" was something he needed to show, at this level, not the other way around -- especially given their respective standings in the tournament. The fact that Radjabov was willing to draw so quickly with White shows that he has great respect for Aronian. Aronian's record against Radjabov is now two wins and two draws.
Mar-05-06  ahmadov: <LancelotduLac> <Since Radjabov had White, the "stomach for fighting" was something he needed to show, at this level, not the other way around -- especially given their respective standings in the tournament. The fact that Radjabov was willing to draw so quickly with White shows that he has great respect for Aronian.> Well, it is quite normal that chess players have respect to each other. As a fan of Radjabov and Mamedyarov, I would never want to see them showing any disrespect to their Armenian colleagues. True, there are such hurting factors like occupation (by the way, Mamedyarov is from one of the occupied districts and his family members have a status of internally displaced persons) and brutal killing of Azeris in Khojali, but I believe that our guys should demonstrate good character and patience. As for the game, I believe that you either do not duly assess the position after 21....Qg6 or you are just biased. The point is that from this move on Radjabov's moves were something next to forced ones. These are the moves that Fritz also suggested, otherwise Radja had to agree losing the game voluntarily.

Also, you should know that drawing or losing a game can with no means reflect someone's respect to his opponent.

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