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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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Interesting finishes

Posted by Stefan on September 23, 1991

Radjabov-Cheparinov (Sochi 2008), before the winning 35. f3. White combines the unfortunate position of the black queen with an exchange sacrifice on b6 that clears the way for the a-pawn:

After 35. f3 Qh5 36. Rxb6 Qh1+ 37. Ng1 Rxd6 38. exd6 black can’t take the rook on b6 since the a-pawn will be unstoppable:

Gelfand-Radjabov (Sochi 2008) after 46. … Rb7. Black is threatening Qa8 followed by picking up a bishop and white fails to find the drawing line starting with 47. Rd5 (and resigns a couple of moves after 47. d7 Qc6):

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Near misses

Posted by Stefan on September 22, 1991

In the rapid game Kasparov-Radjabov (Russia vs The Rest of the World 2002) black reached the winning position below but failed to find the decisive 51. … e2 (followed by for example 52. Bf2 Nb2 53. Rg3 Rf6+ 54. Ke3 Nd1+) with little time left. Radjabov chose 51. … Nd2, probably still winning, but somehow Kasparov got a draw in the end.

In the third semifinal game Radjabov-Adams (FIDE World Championship 2004) white could have won by playing 26. Rf7 in the position below but instead went for Qf4 (with less than 5 minutes left for more than a dozen moves). The game was drawn and the match was lost after a draw also in the fourth game.

In Radjabov-Ivanchuk (Olympiad 2006) 32. f6 (threatening Qg8+ followed by Qxf7+) was winning, for example 32. f6 Qc6 33. Ng7+ Kd8 34. Ne6+ fxe6 35. f7. Radjabov played Nf6+ and the game ended up as a draw after 45 moves.

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