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Teimour Radjabov vs Peter Svidler
Morelia-Linares (2006), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-10
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0



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Mar-10-06  percyblakeney: Very impressive win by Radjabov, and with +4 -0 =7 in the last eleven rounds of Linares (with one round to go) he shows what an extremely strong player he is already a couple of days before he turns 19!
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  benveniste: If Svidler gave back the piece with 16. ... ♘g5 and 17 ... ♘xf2, I evaluate the position as roughly equal. What do others think?
Mar-10-06  notyetagm: 40 ... ♖c1?? Svidler made a <loose piece> with his king exposed? After 41 ♘x♗+! ♘x♘ 42 ♕g5+ the <double attack> with check will win a whole rook.

Like Dr. Nunn said, Loose Pieces Drop Off (LPDO).

An incredible blunder for a 2765-rated player.

Mar-10-06  notyetagm: Like Dr. Nunn wrote, <If your king is exposed to check, you need only one loose piece to lose material to a double attack>. Here that "only one loose piece" is the Black c1-rook.
Mar-10-06  Djuandemarco: 40...Rc1 was made in time trouble. Svidler had 20 seconds left to the time control
Mar-10-06  percyblakeney: At move 40 it looks quite bad for Svidler whatever he tries, one Shredder line goes 40. ... Qd2 41. Re4 Rxd5 42. Rg4+ Kh8 43. Qg6 Qd1+ 44. Kg2 Qxg4 45. Qxg4 and black must have problems stopping the white pawns.
Mar-10-06  Kelvieto: Seems that the Grunfeld and the Slav aren't working for Svidler
Mar-10-06  djmercury: The position was drawish before Svidler went in time trouble. The last couple of moves were not really accurate and the last was a clear blunder.
Mar-10-06  orio24: This seems to be the best game of this tournament so far.
Mar-10-06  supertimchan: <The position was drawish before Svidler went in time trouble. The last couple of moves were not really accurate and the last was a clear blunder.> White was always in upper hand. Svidlers blunder shorten the game.
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  offramp: I knew Svidler would fade. He is up at 4am every morning listening to the Test match - like me.
Mar-10-06  notyetagm: <offramp> Up at 4 am, go +0 =5 -4 in the last 9 rounds. Not a good idea.
Mar-10-06  Fan of Leko: It looks pretty horrible, with no pawns left to defend the king, and Re4-g4 coming.
Mar-10-06  notyetagm: Note that after 41 ♘x♗+ Black must play 41 ... ♘x♘ and allow the winning <double attack with check> 42 ♕g5+ since moving his king out of the knight check gets Svidler mated:

41 ... ♔h8 42 ♕f8+ ♔h7 43 ♕g8+ ♔h6 44 ♕g6#
41 ... ♔g7 42 ♕f7+ ♔h8 (42 ... ♔h6 43 ♕g6#) 43 ♕g8#

Notice the beautiful coordinated little team that White uses to mate the defenseless Black king in these variations: e7-knight, e6-pawn, and f5-queen.

Mar-11-06  ahmadov: This is one of my favourite games in this database. Well done, Teimour!!!
Mar-11-06  ahmadov: With this win Radjabov gets plus score (+1) against another greatest player of modern time.
Mar-11-06  Hesam7: <BLACK’s MOVE 16>

I think 16... Nh7 was the decisive mistake, 16... Re8 is recommended by GM Marin, but he does not discuss a tactical possibility for White, namely:

16... Re8 17. Rxe6!

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[A] 17... fxe6? 18. Qg6 Kh8 [18... Kf8 19. Ng5 ~ 20. Qf7#] 19. Ng5 Rf8 20. Nce4 Nbd5 [20... Be8 21. Qh6 Kg8 22. Nxf6 Rxf6 23. Qh7 Kf8 24. Qh8#] 21. Bxd5 Bd6 22. Nxf6 Bxh2 23. Kh1 Rc1 24. Rxc1 Qe7 25. Qh6 Qh7 26. Qxh7#

[B] 17... Bxe6? 18. Bxe6 Bf8 [18... fxe6 19. Qg6 Kh8 20. Ng5 Rf8 21. Nxe6 Rg8 22. Qh6 Nh7 23. Nxd8 ; 18... Rf8 19. Ng5 fxe6 20. Qg6 Kh8 21. Nxe6 Rg8 22. Qh6 Nh7 23. Nxd8 ] 19. Qg6 Bg7 [19... Kh8 20. Bxf7 Bg7 21. Qg3! Nh7 22. Nh4 Rc6 23. Nf5 Bf6 24. Bxe8 Qxe8 25. Rd1 ] 20. Bxf7 Kf8 21. Ng5 Re7 22. Ne6 Rxe6 23. Bxe6 Rc7 24. d5

[C] 17... Bf8! 18. Rxe8 Bxe8 [18… Qxe8 19. Qxf6 ] 19. Qg5 Bg7 20. h4

After Black’s best defense (line [C]) White has three pawns for the piece and a strong attack.

Mar-11-06  Hesam7: <BLACK's MOVE 16>

<GM Marin: Maybe 16...Ng4 would have been somewhat better, although after 17.Qf4 f5 18.Rxe6 White would get more or less the same kind of position as after his slightly innacurate 20th move.>

I think 16... Ng4 was the right way to defend this position. After:

16... Ng4 17. Qf4 f5 18. Rxe6 Kh8

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White's Queen is very restricted.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Nice win by Rady, they should make this a "Problem of the Day." (But definitely not a Monday puzzle!)
Jul-20-06  acirce: Not a very impressive game by either side, but it's instructive to note how the mistake 11..h6? is punished.
Sep-15-06  fevered cheek: son of a snitch, what mind-boggling game from teimour
Oct-09-06  Ishaan: At such a young age this guy is a astounding tactician...what an attacker he is!

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  KWRegan: White apparently missed a crazy tactic: instead of the natural 25.Qb3+, 25.Qc1!!? seems to win material. Besides threatening the Knight on g5, it sets up the discovery 26.Nd5!, which works even after 25...Bh6 26.Nd5 Nf3/h3+ 27.gxf3/h3 Bxc1 because of the form 28.Ne7+! This was found by Toga II 1.2.1 run to 15-ply depth in 10-PV mode.
Sep-27-09  WhiteRook48: 41...Nxe7 42 Qf7+ Kh8 43 Qe8+! makes for a nice zwischenzug
Oct-02-12  PinnedPiece: GTM played 20 times
Score: 64
Par: 64

On two moves my choice was so bad that I had points deducted. Happy to say I found 41.Nxe7. I think Svidler would have found it too but he must have been short of time to move 40...Rc1.


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