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Teimour Radjabov vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Elista Grand Prix (2008), Elista RUS, rd 3, Dec-16
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Old Line (B78)  ·  1-0



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Dec-16-08  percyblakeney: A good game by Radjabov, improving on the recent L Dominguez vs Kasimdzhanov, 2008 with 22. Ne4, getting lots of pressure for the two pawns. Kasim didn't find all the best moves in an uncomfortable position, but it wasn't easy to save the game by then.
Dec-16-08  muradov: Yet another nice win from Radjabov. Well done!
Dec-16-08  Ezzy: Radjabov,Teimour - Kasimdzhanov,Rustam [B78]
FIDE Grand Prix Elista RUS (3), 16.12.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0–0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0–0–0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 h5 13.Kb1 Re8 14.g4 hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 16.Bh6 <The threat is 17 Rxh5 and if 17...gxh5 18 Qg5 Ng6 19 Qxg6 and mates. >16...Kh7< Novelty. All 8 games in the database played 16...e6. This game demonstrates the reason why.> 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.Nf5+! Bxf5 <19...gxf5 20.Qg5+ Ng6 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 e6 23.Qxh5 Winning> 20.exf5 <Again threatening 21 Rxh5! where 21...gxh5 leads to mate.> 20...Rh8 21.fxg6 Nxg6 22.Ne4 Nf6 23.Rdf1< With idea's of 24 Rxh8 Qxh8 25 Nxf6 exf6 26 Qxd6 >23...Rxh1 24.Rxh1< Threatening mate in 3 with 25 Qh6+ Kg8 26 Qxg6+ Kf8 27 Qxf7 mate> 24...d5 25.Nxf6 Kxf6 26.Qf2+ Kg7 27.Rf1 f6 28.Qf5 Rc6<[28...Rc5 is better protecting the d5 pawn> 29.Rg1 Qe8 30.Bxd5 Rc5 <30...Rd6 31.Be4> 31.Qe6 Rb5 32.c4 Rb6 33.Qh3 e6 34.Bf3 Qd8 35.Qg2 1–0

Kasimdzhanov really messed this dragon up big time. There has to be a very good reason for omitting 16...e6 in this variation, and Kasim didn't have one. A crushing defeat caused by inferior opening preparation.Well played Radjabov who played the very strong 19 Nf5! and obtained a winning initiative. The dragon will disappear from fashion as quickly as it came in, if games like this are anything to go by.

Dec-16-08  roni.chessman: Hi <Ezzy>,

First of all I enjoyed the analysis especially as I tried to calculate the best variations after Radjabov's 19th move.

But I'd like to ask: do you use a chessbase mega database to check the novelties or do you use a fritz program or rybka instead. Also, do you do most of your analysis on your own (or OTB) or with the help of an engine?

Dec-17-08  Ezzy: <roni.chessman:> Hi. Yes I use an engine to help me analyse.

I use the chessbase database to find novelty's. It's probably the most comprehensive available. Here'e the link

Dec-20-08  KingG: <Ezzy> As <percyblackeney> pointed out, 16...Kh7 wasn't a novelty since Kasim played in in his game against Dominguez at the Olympiad. Presumably Kasim has found something in his analysis that makes him distrust 16...e6.
Dec-22-08  zatara: <Ezzy:The dragon will disappear from fashion as quickly as it came in, if games like this are anything to go by.>

I agree.It really gives white so many attacking possibilities that black has to be really really accurate to take the draw!It's as if there r only two possible results!I only hope that carlsen will eventually udrestand this and change it although i know how dificult this is..

Dec-27-08  Brown: This is why the accelerated and hyper- versions will outlive the ones that allow the Yugo attack.
Dec-27-08  KingG: So Black loses one game, and that's the end of the Dragon? What about all the games Black loses in the Najdorf, or the Semi-Slav? Even the Petrov is losing it's fair share of games at the moment.
Dec-27-08  MaxxLange: The Dragon has been around for what, 70 years? That's quite a "fashion".
Dec-28-08  Brown: <KingG> <MaxxLange>

Totally agree. Doesn't change the fact that some versions of the dragon are not more solid than others.

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