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FIDE World Cup 2009 and the future

Posted by Stefan on December 25, 2009

As in previous starts the World Cup knockout was no success for Radjabov. After winning both games against Mohamed Ezat in the first round he got a very good position with black against Konstantin Sakaev, but overpressed and eventually lost. In the second game against the same opponent he reached a winning position in the endgame but missed the win in time trouble and was eliminated when the game was drawn. In the end the competition was won by Gelfand, a player Radjabov has had good results against recently, the latest decisive games being wins with black for the latter.

Radjabov’s next event will be the World Team Championship 2010, where he for the first time ever will play second board for Azerbaijan. Since his first start in national team events, the European Team Championship in 2001, when he was 14 year old, has he always played on the first board.

Invitation wise 2010 doesn’t look like a promising year. Radjabov shared first in Wijk aan Zee 2007 and was 0.5 from first the two following years, but this wasn’t enough to earn an invitation to the 2010 edition, and he misses out on Linares 2010 (as the Tal Memorial of 2009). Radjabov probably needs to reach a higher rating after a couple of comparatively weak events if he plans to return to elite tournaments.

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