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Linares 2003

Posted by Stefan on September 14, 2003

Radjabov scored slightly better than expected in his first Linares start, but no one remembers his exact result, while he did play a game that immediately made him a household name in the chess world. Kasparov hadn’t lost a game in Linares in his five previous starts, had won ten super tournaments in a row, was undefeated with white for seven years and hadn’t lost at all for more than two years. All these sequences were to be broken after the still 15-year-old Radjabov’s win in a sensational game. Position after 27. … Nb3+ in Kasparov-Radjabov:

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