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The Schliemann Defense

Posted by Stefan on September 20, 2008

In 2007 Radjabov made the Schliemann Defense his standard response against the Ruy Lopez. He drew a couple of rapid games against Kramnik and Carlsen, while he won against Shirov. Just in 2008 he has played it six times in top tournaments without being defeated, against Anand, Topalov, Carlsen, Svidler, Mamedyarov and Polgar.

Anand-Radjabov (Linares 2008) after 22. … c6. Black has equalised after playing the Schliemann Defense and the game is drawn without further moves (one possible continuation being 23. Qxd5+ cxd5 24. Nxc5 Be3 25. Nd7 Bxc1 26. Nxf8 Bxf4 27. Nd7 Rb7 28. Nc5 Rc7):

Radjabov’s six games with the Schliemann in 2008:

Polgar-Radjabov (Corus 2008)

Topalov-Radjabov (Linares 2008)

Anand-Radjabov (Linares 2008)

Carlsen-Radjabov (Linares 2008)

Mamedyarov-Radjabov (Baku 2008)

Svidler-Radjabov (Baku 2008)

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