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Teimour Radjabov vs Boris Gelfand
King's Tournament (2010), Medias ROU, rd 4, Jun-17
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Jun-17-10  muradov: Nice game by Radja. It's good to see him bounce back after surprise 1st round loss to Nisi.
Jun-17-10  luzhin: Gelfand couldn't recapture with 23...Rxe6 because 24.Qh6+ Ke7 25.Rxe6+ fxe6 26.Rxb7! wins on the spot. And in this line, if 24...Kf5 25.g4+! Kxg4 26.Rxe6 fxe6 27.Qg6+ Kh4 28.Rb4+ Bf4 29.f3!! is a beautiful kill (though 29.Qg3+ would do).
Jun-17-10  ounos: Thanks, <luzhin>, I was also searching for the reason that 23. ...Rxe6 couldn't be played (26. Rxb7! is particularly pretty)
Jun-18-10  Ulhumbrus: Radjabov sacrifices a pawn in return for the bishop pair and attacking prospects which win the game.
Jun-18-10  percyblakeney: This must be one of Radjabov's better games with white, Chesspro annotations:

Jun-19-10  shintaro go: Radja actually won with White..Good for him.
Jun-21-10  Albertan: I have analyzed this game using Chessbase 10, Chessbase Megadatabase 2010, and Deep Rybka 4 on my quad core computer and posted this analysis to the first page of my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe. I hope you drop by my blog and play through this analysis.This is game number 15 in the Chessviewer Deluxe game index.
Jun-23-10  Raulone: Hi, I work in AI and rybka is not perfect. See this study:

It´s better 1.Nf6+ than 1.d8=Q
(Deep Rybka 3 Dynamics on i5 750 quad core 2,7GHzs 8GBDDR3 RAM)

Jun-24-10  Albertan: <Raulone: Hi, I work in AI and rybka is not perfect. See this study:

It´s better 1.Nf6+ than 1.d8=Q
(Deep Rybka 3 Dynamics on i5 750 quad core 2,7GHzs 8GBDDR3 RAM)>

I know Deep Rybka 4 isn't perfect. I have played through alot of games in Chess Informant in which Deep Rybka 4 has suggested a move which a GM considers to be a mistake or not as good a move as something else. In fact, I believe the new Deep Hiarcs 13 MP is superior to Deep Rybka 4. DH simply has not made the mistakes in analysis which Deep Rybka 4 has when I have used the program and checked its analysis against Grandmaster analysis of the same game.

Jun-24-10  Catfriend: <black.pr0jekt: stop playing this nub defense> Do you mean 6..Nc6 7.0-0 Be7? As in Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 ?
Jun-26-10  Jafar219: This is masterpiece, for whom who understands the beauty of chess.
Aug-22-10  Blunderdome: Radjabov's notes to this game (New In Chess 2010/5) are not to be missed. He claims 18...Bd6 is black's only mistake.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Pretty easy for a Sunday, i.e., solved it. Finished 5/6. Knew Saturday, flubbed Tuesday.



Mar-22-20  Walter Glattke: Black has a pawn more, white can play A) 20.Bxg7 or B) 20.Bxh6+ C) 20.Be3 g6 seems draw. A) 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8+ Ke7 23.Rxe6+ fxe6 is easy, then several ways. A1) 24.Qg7+ Kd8 25.Qf6+ Be7 A2) 24.Qh5+ Bg6
B) 20.Bxh7+ Kxh7 21.Bg5+ Kg8 22.Rxe6 Rxe6 no good moves found. A3) 22.Bxe6 Rxe6 23.Rxe6 fxe6 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qxa8 Bxh2+ 26.Kh1 seems good for white. A3.2)22.-fxe6 23.Rb3 Bf4!? 24.g3
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  OhioChessFan: I made some progress, but 23...Rxe6 stumped me. It was easy for SF though.
Mar-22-20  RandomVisitor: After 20.Bxg7 black can try:

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<56/88 7:37:52 +5.74 20...Kxg7> 21.Qxh7+ Kf6 22.Bxe6 Rh8 23.Qf5+ Kg7 24.Qg5+ Kf8 25.Qf6 Rh7 26.Bf5 Rg7 27.Qh4 Be7 28.Qh8+ Rg8 29.Qh6+ Rg7 30.Re4 Qd6 31.Qh3 Bg5 32.Bc8 Rg8 33.Rbe1 Kg7 34.Qg4 Qh6 35.f4 Rh8 36.Bf5 Qxh2+ 37.Kf1 Qh1+ 38.Ke2 Qh5 39.fxg5 Qxg4+ 40.Bxg4 Kg6 41.Re7 Kxg5 42.Bf3 Rab8 43.Rxf7 Rhe8+ 44.Kf2 Rxe1 45.Kxe1 Kg6 46.Rd7 Kf6 47.Kf2 Ke6 48.Rh7 a5 49.g4 Kd6 50.Ke3 Re8+ 51.Kf4 c5 52.Rxb7 c4 53.g5 Rf8+ 54.Kg3 Rg8

<55/82 7:37:52 +7.46 20...h5> 21.Bf6 Ng7 22.Bc2 Qa5 23.Qd3 Qf5 24.Qxf5 Nxf5 25.Bxf5 Bf8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Bd7 Re2 28.Kf1 Rxa2 29.Rxb7 Bg7 30.Bxg7 Kxg7 31.Bxc6 Kf6 32.Bd5 Ra1+ 33.Ke2 Ke5 34.Bxf7 Rh1 35.h3 Rc1 36.c4 a5 37.Ke3 Re1+ 38.Kf3 Rc1 39.Ra7 Rc3+ 40.Ke2 Ra3 41.Bxh5 Ra2+ 42.Kf3 Ra3+ 43.Kg4 Ra2 44.Kg3 Kf6 45.Bf7 Ra1 46.f3 a4 47.h4 Re1 48.Bd5 Ra1 49.h5

<55/95 7:37:52 +7.97 20...Bxh2+> 21.Kf1 Kxg7 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Rb4 Bf4 25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Rbe4 Qd6 27.Rd4 Qe5 28.Rxe5 Bxe5 29.Re4 Bg7 30.Rg4 Bxc3 31.Rg8+ Ke7 32.Rxe8+ Rxe8 33.Bxe6 Kxe6 34.Qh3+ Kd6 35.Qxc3 Re7 36.Qa3+ Ke6 37.Qe3+ Kd7 38.Qxa7 Ke6 39.a4 Rd7 40.Qe3+ Kf6 41.Qf3+ Ke7 42.Qf4 Ke6 43.Qb4 Rd1+ 44.Ke2 Rd7 45.Qc4+ Kf5 46.Qc3 Re7+ 47.Kf1 Ke6 48.a5 Rd7 49.Qh3+ Ke7 50.Qh4+ Ke6 51.Qg4+ Ke7 52.Qb4+ Ke8 53.Qf4 Rd1+ 54.Ke2 Rd7 55.Qf6 Rc7 56.Kf1 Rd7 57.Qh8+ Ke7 58.Qe5+ Kd8 59.Qg5+ Kc7 60.Qf4+ Rd6 61.Qxf7+ Kc8 62.Qe8+ Rd8 63.Qh5 Kd7 64.Qh7+ Kc8 65.Qh6 Kb8 66.Qf6 Rd1+ 67.Ke2

Mar-22-20  RandomVisitor: After 17.Rb1 black is up a pawn - better to return it and disassemble white's attack before it even starts.

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<48/62 05:15 0.00 17...Bc5 18.Rxb7 Qf6> 19.Qf3 Rae8 20.Rf1 Bb6 21.Rd7 Nc5 22.Rd4 g6 23.Bg4 Qe7 24.Qxc6 Ne4 25.Bh6 Bxd4 26.cxd4 Qb4 27.d5 Qd4 28.Bxf8 Kxf8 29.Qc2 Qxd5 30.g3 h5 31.Bf3 Qf5 32.Qd3 Nd2 33.Qxf5 gxf5 34.Bc6 Nxf1 35.Bxe8 Nxh2 36.Kxh2 Kxe8 37.Kh3 Kd7 38.Kh4 f4 39.gxf4 Ke6 40.Kg5 f6+ 41.Kxh5 Kf5 42.a4 Kxf4

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  chrisowen: I tell you what tonight?
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  scormus: Tremendous game! I didn't get very far with this puzzle.

Analysis with the engine shows that W made things a bit harder for himself than necessary with 28 Rxf4?!.

After 28 Qh4+ Qh7 (.... Kg7/8 29 Rxf4) 29 Qf6+ W capture's on f4 so as to leave less opportunity to get the BQ into play and swap it with the WQ. 29 ... Qg7 passes up the chance of back rank check, while if 29 ... Kg8 then 30 Rxf4 and the threats to the BK are very immediate.

Mar-22-20  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and a pawn.

Black threatens gxh6.

White has Bxh7+, Bxg7 and Bf4. The only promising option seems to be 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 (20... Nxg7 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8#) 21.Qxh7+ Kf6 (21... Kf8 22.Qh6+ Ke7 [22... Ng7 23.Qh8#] 23.Bxe6 looks winning) 22.Bxe6 exposing the Black king.

Mar-22-20  ndg2: This Radjabov guy seems to play some damn fine chess! Could imagine he'd do well in a candidates tournament or something.
Mar-22-20  Walter Glattke: Radjabov Elo 2765 March 2020 by Wikipaedia, Gelfand similar stron, typical canidates.
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  Breunor: Way beyond me. Great to play through!
Mar-22-20  RandomVisitor: After 18.Bh6 black is still in the game...

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<63/102 4:53:16 +0.27 18...Bf6 19.Qh3 Rfe8 20.Bxh7+ Kf8> 21.Be3 Bxc3 22.Rec1 Bf6 23.Bc2 Rad8 24.Bxa7 b5 25.Be3 Ke7 26.Be4 Rh8 27.Qg3 Qxg3 28.hxg3 Bd4 29.Rxc6 Bxe3 30.fxe3 Rh5 31.Bf3 Re5 32.Rc3 g6 33.a3 Ng5 34.Rb2 f5 35.Kf2 Kf6 36.Rcb3 Ne4+ 37.Bxe4 Rxe4 38.Rxb5 Ra4 39.R5b3 Rda8 40.Ra2 Kg5 41.Ra1 R8a6 42.Rc3 Kg4 43.Rd3 Ra8 44.Ra2 Kg5 45.Kf3 Kf6 46.Rc3 Kg5 47.Ke2 Kg4 48.Kf2 R8a6 49.Rd3 Kg5 50.Ke2 Kf6 51.Rc3 Kg5 52.Kd3 Kg4 53.Rc4+ Rxc4 54.Kxc4 Kxg3

Mar-22-20  messachess: You have to know your end game play for this.
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