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Teimour Radjabov vs Vladimir Kramnik
16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007) (blindfold), Monaco, rd 1, Mar-17
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Krause Attack (D17)  ·  0-1



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Mar-17-07  Knight13: Good one by Kramnik!
Mar-17-07  Ashram64: should be a draw
Mar-17-07  percyblakeney: It sure looked like it was going to end with a draw before Radjabov's last move...
Mar-17-07  Grega: What a nice game! I hope Kramnik is back to his wild mood.

Perhaps this variation was prepared for Topalov match;)

Mar-17-07  argishti: once again kramnik smashes the young radjabov in his agressive style!


Mar-17-07  Jafar219: <argishti> You managed to insist admins to delete my post but I hope you remember my words about your name. It was blindfold game so don`t be so excited.

True `smashed players` games are here--->Game Collection: Azerbaijanians smashing armenians (Unfinished)

Especially this one--->E Safarli vs T L Petrosian, 2007

Mar-17-07  cannibal: Would someone take the racists outside, please? I really can't hear that Armenia/Aserbaijan crap any more.
Mar-17-07  Jafar219: <cannibal> you must realize who is racist and who is not.
Mar-17-07  amuralid: Where could Kramnik have improved. At one point I thought it was an easy win for him.
Mar-17-07  acirce: He picked the wrong knight - 20..Nce6 won immediately, but 20..Nfe6 allowed the queen sac that made things trickier.
Mar-17-07  percyblakeney: For at least the last 20 moves Radjabov only had the move increment to save him from losing on time. Considering this and that he never has played any blindfold tournament before, it felt as if an accident would happen sooner or later.
Mar-17-07  TheSlid: Hmm, the Black's Royal Couple rather dominate the board, notwithstanding the error at the end 59.Rc3
Mar-17-07  maximocapcom: The mistake is in 57, not 59. In move 57...Qc4, Kramnik atttacked two pieces, the rook and the bishop and Teimour had now way out.
Mar-17-07  Pulse: <In move 57...Qc4, Kramnik atttacked two pieces, the rook and the bishop and Teimour had now way out.>

Except he could still struggle onwards with 59. Kc1.

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  technical draw: How could Radjapov not see 59...Qxd1? He must have been blind.
Mar-17-07  Happypuppet: <technical draw> Har, har, har. =P
Mar-18-07  Tactic101: Radja was lost anyway. Fritz says that White was lost before Rf3. And after Kramnik plays Qd5, Kc1 looks like it holds on the position, but he is still lost. Fritz evaluates to position to be about 4.5. The point is that black can kill white by playing f5 and making a second passed pawn (the a4 pawn is in a very dangerous position for white)

<technicaldraw> Nice one! =)

Mar-18-07  dejavu: Blind Raja folded at the end.
Mar-18-07  percyblakeney: The position before Radjabov’s blunder must be drawn, the best Kramnik can get is a position something like this, and I can't see any winning method:

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Mar-18-07  Atking: <acirce: He picked the wrong knight - 20..Nce6 won immediately, but 20..Nfe6 allowed the queen sac that made things trickier.> right
Mar-18-07  maximocapcom: Yeah forgot about Qc1. What if the queen does take the rook, doesn't black still have a winning ending?
Mar-18-07  sahmattr: Are both players playing blinfolded?
Mar-19-07  lonepsycho: <sahmattr> Both players make moves using a blank board set up on a computer screen. So, while they are not *actually* blindfolded, they are unable to see the pawns/pieces during the game (only the blank board).
Mar-27-07  aazqua: It is absolutely absurd that these guys can play a game like this blindfold.

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