facts and figures from a chess career

Near misses

Posted by Stefan on September 22, 1991

In the rapid game Kasparov-Radjabov (Russia vs The Rest of the World 2002) black reached the winning position below but failed to find the decisive 51. … e2 (followed by for example 52. Bf2 Nb2 53. Rg3 Rf6+ 54. Ke3 Nd1+) with little time left. Radjabov chose 51. … Nd2, probably still winning, but somehow Kasparov got a draw in the end.

In the third semifinal game Radjabov-Adams (FIDE World Championship 2004) white could have won by playing 26. Rf7 in the position below but instead went for Qf4 (with less than 5 minutes left for more than a dozen moves). The game was drawn and the match was lost after a draw also in the fourth game.

In Radjabov-Ivanchuk (Olympiad 2006) 32. f6 (threatening Qg8+ followed by Qxf7+) was winning, for example 32. f6 Qc6 33. Ng7+ Kd8 34. Ne6+ fxe6 35. f7. Radjabov played Nf6+ and the game ended up as a draw after 45 moves.


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