facts and figures from a chess career

Black and white

Posted by Stefan on December 28, 2008

Radjabov scored 23 wins with black in 2007-08, and had a total of +23 -12 =43. As a comparison another very strong player with black, Viswanathan Anand, has +12 -6 =32 in 2007-08 (years during which he won both Linares and the World Championship twice). The previous World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has +0 -7 =44 since his last win with black in 2006.

Radjabov’s scores with black:

2008: +13 -9 =29
2007: +10 -3 =14
2006: +5 -3 =17
2005: +8 -4 =18

The last year that Radjabov had a minus score with the colour was in 2003, when he won against among others Kasparov, Anand, Ponomariov and Gelfand but lost some more games (against for example Anand, Kramnik, Leko, Grischuk and Bareev). That year he was often outrated with 100-200 points by his opponents in tournaments like Corus, Linares and Dortmund.

Playing with white has sometimes been more of a problem for Radjabov, comparatively speaking. In 2007 he scored +4 with white while he had +7 with black. At the same time Radjabov’s “weak” results with white shouldn’t be exaggerated. In 2005 he scored well over +10 with white, in 2006 it was 9 wins and only one loss. In 2008 it ended up with 12 wins and 4 losses, three of the latter coming in Baku where he was out of shape after having a very tough playing schedule in the first half of the year.


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