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Posted by Stefan on September 20, 2008

Radjabov has been involved in some interesting draws lately, just in 2008 there’s for example

Radjabov-Leko (Linares 2008)

Cheparinov-Radjabov (Sofia 2008)

Topalov-Radjabov (Sofia 2008)

Jakovenko-Radjabov (Sochi 2008)

Ivanchuk-Radjabov (Sochi 2008)

Position in the last mentioned game after 35. … Qa5. Radjabov has sacrificed a pawn in a King’s Indian, with good compensation:

Ivanchuk now has the chance to lose brilliantly with 36. b3 Nbxc4 37. Nxc4 (bxc4 would be followed by Rb2+) Nxc4 38. bxc4 Rb2+ 39. Kxb2 and even though white is rook and knight up black has a mate in six beginning with Qd2+:

In spite of mutual time trouble Ivanchuk saw the danger and went for white’s strongest option, that secured a repetition draw (36. Nc3 Qb4 37. Na2 Qa5 and so on).


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