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Teimour Radjabov vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Sep-10
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line (A37)  ·  1-0

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Sep-10-11  cjgone: Nice game by Radjabov!
Sep-10-11  howlwolf: It would be nice to see some silcon applied to Nxg5. It feels to me like Ivanchuk must have missed some defensive resources. I am happy, however, that Radajabov won; he and Judit are my two favorites, and were going in, so I am delighted to see them both doing so well.
Sep-10-11  luzhin: Perhaps Ivanchuk's main error was recapturing with the d-pawn on move 16. After 16...Bxc6! 17.Bxe7 Rde8 18.Bf6 Bxh1 19.Rxh1 Qc6 20.e4 e5, he would still have reasonable chances to defend, with his K much more secure than in the game.
Sep-10-11  rilkefan: Exciting game.

The sequence 7.h4/8.Bd2/9.h5 is surprising to me - if white wants to prevent Bxc3, then why not first Bd2? And it ends up happening anyway, so I'm guessing one player or the other just flubbed. At first glance I don't like 7...h6.

Sep-10-11
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  Jimfromprovidence: White has a beautiful, winning position after the quiet 23 Qh4, below, as black has no answer to the looming 24 dxc5.


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Black's in a quandary. First of all, as demonstated in the text, 23…cxd4 did not work.

If he tries 23...Kc7, instead, then white has 24 dxc5 Qxc5 (forced because of 25 Qxe7#) 25 Re8.


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The knight is pinned and lost because of the threat 26 Qd8#.

Also, if black tries 23… Qc7, white now has 24 dxc5+. If black follows 24…Nd5 then white has 25 cxd5 but better is 25 f4!, (looking at 26 e4, trapping the rook).


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This was a very skillful performance.

Sep-10-11  sevenseaman: <Radja> Has come up with a very good riposte to a thumping <Ivanchuk> win in the first game, a rare recovery indeed. The next (tie-break) between the two will be in great demand (live-watching).
Sep-11-11
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Had I played such a move as 10.Nxg5, I would have been called a duffer. Of course, I *was* a duffer, but still...

Looking at 11...f6; 12.h6!?,fxg5; 13.hxg7,Rg8; 14.e3 and 14.Rh8,Kf7; 15.e3. Even if that variation rots for Black, I'm still not sure White has enough compensation in other lines.

Sep-11-11  Eduardo Bermudez: Overwhelming attack !!
Sep-12-11  Rob Morrison: How could 10. Nxg5 possibly be sound?? I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw it.
Jan-11-12
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  Penguincw: Things started to get ugly with 9.h5, trying to open up the kingside.

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