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Alexey Shirov vs Teimour Radjabov
Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 3, Jul-04
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Tartakower Variation (C63)  ·  0-1



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Jul-11-07  ajile: 8. BxN pxB
9. Nxe5 pxN
10. Qh5+ Ke7 (Kd7)
11. Qxe5

Looks dangerous for Black. Surely getting 2 pawns for piece plus Black's doubled pawns plus Black's king in the center is compensation.

Congrats to Radjabov for playing this opening as Black at such a high level. The guy has guts for sure.

Jul-12-07  kingsindian2006: very nice to see something different thrown in the big games...
Jul-13-07  ajile: Seriously who else in the top 20 grandmasters is playing a sharp opening like this in tournament play? You gotta admire Radjabov for his willingness to try new ideas.
Jul-13-07  newton296: the schlieman defense is a master level open. It's considered 1 of the toughest test of the lopez. White has to play all out and forget his plans to squeeze black with positional pressure.

Of course, Black excepts some additional weaknesses so has to play aggressively to compensate for his exposed kingside due to the early f5.

Jul-13-07  Atking: <ajile: Seriously who else in the top 20 grandmasters is playing a sharp opening like this in tournament play? You gotta admire Radjabov for his willingness to try new ideas.> I think Aronian played it against Morozevitch in rapid. But it's true that Radjabov is a great talent.
Jul-13-07  Timex: Well, it seems like in rapid play, the toughest plan you pick will be the best plan. You don't have as much time to think, and usually, you will have to go for very obvious moves.

In the end games, it's nice to see passed pawns against a material defecit.

Jul-15-07  zluria: Did white lose on time? Why did he lose? He can play Nc3 now and maybe black has an advantage, but how can he break through?
Jul-15-07  percyblakeney: <Did white lose on time? Why did he lose?>

I read somewhere that Shirov had touched his king and resigned when he realised that all king moves will lose a piece.

Maybe Shirov was lost anyway, after for example 52. Nc3 Ra3 black is threatening Ke6-d5xd4 if Ne4+, and on Ne2 there's Rd3-d2.

Jul-15-07  WarmasterKron: Nice to see a top-level Schliemann, even if it is only blitz. It's quite a tricky little defence, as both sides need to play carefully.
Jul-15-07  percyblakeney: Radjabov has tried the Schliemann five times this year (without losing), twice against Carlsen, and once each against Kramnik and Leko, before this game (all of them rapid or blindfold).
Jul-18-07  ajile: OK I didn't realize they were all fast time controls.
Feb-24-08  ajile: 8.Nxe5! dxN

Looks dangerous for Black. White gets 2 pawns for the piece and Black's king is open. Also White can play BxN and double Black's pawns.

And if Black doesn't take the Ne5 then White simply retreats and has won a pawn.

Apr-10-08  Marmot PFL: <ajile> It may look dangerous. but against a Schliemann specialist like Radjabov its probably not worth much. He would certainly have analyzed sacs like this before playing the line.
Apr-10-08  ounos: <ajile: 8. BxN pxB
9. Nxe5 pxN
10. Qh5+ Ke7 (Kd7)
11. Qxe5 >

10. ... Kd7
11. Qxe5 Qe7 and it's over for White...

Jun-19-11  hedgeh0g: Yep. Similar to the "ghost" knight sacrifice on e5 in the ...f6 variation of the Exchange Ruy. Either there isn't enough material in the attack, or Black can force an exchange of queens.

Don't be afraid of ghosts.

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