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Asunto:[ajedrezlapalma] Topalov-Radjabov, Linares(4), 2004 . Por el GM Sutovsky.
Fecha:Domingo, 22 de Febrero, 2004  19:16:38 (+0000)
Autor:Angel Jim幯ez <aarteaga @...............com>

SICILIAN def. LASKER var.

Topalov – Radjabov, Linares (4)

22/ 2/2004.

 

1. e4 c5 2. 口3 勺6 3. d4 cxd4 4. 巳d4 口6 5. 勺3 e5 6. 千b5 d6 7. 卮5 a6 8. 兀3 b5 9. 台f6 gxf6 10. 千5 卮7 11. 卡3 叉7 12. 巳e7 ㄉe7 13. c4 f5 14. O-O O-O 15. λ3 d5 16. cxd5 fxe4 17. 台e4 在8 18. 圩d1 ν4 19. g3 μ5

 

GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Ok,we are here GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Sveshnikov yet again GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Radja played this line versus Lutz in Plovdiv,and I vividly remember this game GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: then Lutz played 18.Rad1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sorry,I can't deal too much with the opening now... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: it's a deep theory,developed for years,it will take me few hours to explain and show:)Sorry,guys GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: remarkably,these 19 moves were made very quickly GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now black threatens Bg4,so,white either got to parry it or to sac an exchange GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: OK,if the knight a3 would be on e3,it would be just won for white

 

20. η3

 

636 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: immediately removing the queen,and preparing d5-d6 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: let's see what's Radja' idea here

[20. d6 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: this one is interesting 20... 卮4 13 21. η3 2 21... 台d1 3 22. 寺d1 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: just to sac an exchange,but to obtain a dangerous passer and the control over light squares 22... ▇8 48 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: probably to avoid Bh3 in some lines,PCFG 23. 勺2 16 23... f5 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,white just lacks a tempo ]

20... 卮4

 

53 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,he is still in his own book:) amchamp (FM) kibitzes: Hello Emil! Best wishes from Siggi and Karl-Heinz from Essen! GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Hallo,liebe Freunde:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sehr angenehm:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,Bg4 idea is simple GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: he wants to provoke f2-f3

[20... 在6 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: compensation is evident- bad knight on a3, 2 bishops and the chance for powerful pawn centre(after eventual f7-f5 and e5-e4) 21. d6 50 21... 圬8 13 22. 勺4 13 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Yakovich's book is very good GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: really good and recommended to all Sveshnikov players,but he can't be right in 100% of his proposals:) ]

 

21. 卯3

 

0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: So,I 'd expect Bf3,Qf3,e4

[21. f3 0 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,I can't really know all the ideas:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but for some reasons,these top guys used to play ''my openings'':) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and even my lines,which were either invented or developed by myself( as GK-Radja,Leko-GK,Kram-Leko,etc...:) 21... 卡7 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and the bishop won't have a retreat anymore ]

 

21... f5

 

574 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I would dare to call it wrong GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: first move out of the book GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I know:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,not yet GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Kram-Leko is still slow and boring...won't be surprised with a rather short draw there GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,I think,white is better now GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: thought,Radja was better-prepared GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: would he take on f3 instead of 21...f5,black is just fine GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Shirov should win a couple and lose o couple of games in my opinion,I can't see him drawing 10 games or so GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I keep an eye on Vallejo-Shirov,nothing spectacular there so far GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,I thnk Shirov should score about 50% GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,this draw rate is toooo small GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: if you compare to other GM events- say,I play cat.15 event,on Christmas,with only 8 draws out of 27 games GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sorry,9 out of 28:)

[21... 台f3 1 0 0 0 0 22. ㄉf3 2 2 2 2 2 22... e4 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: should be considered seriously 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,you can't sac on b2 here,just unsound GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: 21...e4 is also possible,but this one looks stronger 1 1 1 23. η3 93 1 2 (23. κ2 2 23... 在d8 12 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now your queen doesn't protect the ''d'' pawn ) 23... f5 2 (23... κ5 37 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: looks the simplest way so far 24. 勺2 11 (24. 圬2 31 24... 在d8 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: looks just good for black ) 24... ㄉb2 11 25. ㄉb2 1 25... 台b2 3 26. 地b1 1 26... 卮7 2 (26... 卉3 7 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: black is OK,should hold without any real problems ) 27. 刃4 2; 23... e3 43 24. fxe3 7 zagonetka2 (IM) kibitzes: not clear zagonetka2 (IM) kibitzes: maybe 5 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,tonno zagonetka2 (IM) kibitzes: h5 ) 24. d6 13 24... ▇8 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sure,basically, a3,is the worse square on board:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: imagine white's knight on any other square...maybe h1... ]

 

22. 台g4

 

0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: for example 0 0 928

[22. 勺2 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: is equally possible 22... f4 8 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: leads to the same position,as white got to take on g4 anyway GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I have just one request duendecilla (GM) kibitzes: Topalovs moves are extremely difficult to guess, I have almost never guessed even half of his moves even I have looked several of his games GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I get awfully lot of private tells about the games GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: please,ask them here and not privately,otherwise I just can't answer them in time ]

 

22... ㄉg4

 

9 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: fg - Nc2 (and then Ne3) 1 3 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Ok,Topi took on g4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: thanks,Goofyjr,your opinion is appreciated GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: are you sure,Elongation? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: don't make just a random talk... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I recommend you, check in the database, Kasparov,playing with a players of 2630 and less GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: just check it...He would hardly perform as 2800 there GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,it was Bologan,me,Mcshane,Illescas, etc... duendecilla (GM) kibitzes: when people are forced to play to win they perform worce than in usual cases GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,duendecilla,that's what happens to 2650+ player as myself,when I play Open...That's why it's very difficult to gain the Elo there GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,I think Nc2 got to be played GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and now

[22... fxg4 1 23. 勺2 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: good point,GoergSB,let's see 23... λ5 28 24. 圬2 2]

 

23. d6

 

[23. 勺2 16 2 0 0 23... f4 4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: looks like black gets some play,but then,it's very har for Radja to create ANY threats GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I think after 21...Bf3 black would equalise without any problems 2 1 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I like Re1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: the same with Radjabov,by the way GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I don't think he would be one of the favourites in the Open like Aeroflot 24. f3 80 (24. 圯1 19 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sorry,guys,I was asked to comment on Linares,ask Zek about such a possibility 44 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: White is better GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: if you are still interested in my opinion GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: just looks good,but as I said,you can't create any threats GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: then Ne3 is very strong,botte 24... f3 38 (24... fxg3 61 25. ㄉg3 3; 24... 在6 22 25. d6 2 25... ▇8 2 26. 地d1 2 26... e4 19 (26... ι7 28 27. ι5 8 27... 圬8 17 28. 寺e5 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: to round off,white is surely better here,maybe winning ) 27. d7 13) 25. 叉3 8 25... ν3 2 26. η4 9 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ! GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and mate to your queen:) 26... 圩4 21 27. gxf4 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: next:)? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: GK doesn't play today 27... 在6 20 28. d6 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: kandinsky,you need to be at least Salvador Dali to imagine it's good for black:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,let's see if he made a move ) 24... ν3 6 25. g4 6 25... e4 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,f3 is definetely not the move I would play GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: thanks,Vorposten ]

 

23... ▇8

 

2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: he played 23.d6 at once... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: can't really understand hwy GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: he always had this option GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: about Elo,just to cover the topic GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: you can compare- when I play an Open tournament,a good Open tournament,the average of my opponents is about 2500 Grandmasters GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: which are good players...so,to improve my Elo I got to score 6.5 out of 9 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: 2500 is the average Elo,I meant:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now,if I would play in Linares(or take Vallejo or Radja)...to improve their Elo,it's enough to score 4.5 out of 12... duendecilla (GM) kibitzes: and when one plays against lowerrated they are fighting for draws from the start even as white and we all hate it GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,you can lose 3 games,draw the rest,and you gain it GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Ok,now,being white,you can basically make an easy draw at such a level GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: which means,if you manage to make 3 draws with black,out of 6 games,you already performed better than expected,improvving your Elo...that's a story:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now you can understand the difference better:)...Anyway,let's back to the games GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: good idea,tvicc:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but the better one,is just not to invite the players,who play for a draw,having white pieces GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: they just don't deserve the invitation duendecilla (GM) kibitzes: but not accepting invitations from organizers who invite such players might be a bit too radical GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no comment on the particualr players:) but Vallejo should be invited as he is Spanish greatest hope to become a big player

 

24. ι5

 

515 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: OK,Radjabov used to play fast,just a kind of player who plays it fast and surely GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,white can be wrong,I would clearly prefer to activate a3 knight first GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sorry,A-sezen,the question was OK,just didn't notice it!Yes,I think,in general blitz is bad for your chess,if you are professional GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: you can play it occasionally,but not like 10 games every day GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: nice one,flaneur:)would you initiate a petition:)? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: daily...it's up,but you got to spend at least 4-5 hours in average GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,we are here Big1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I still think white is better GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I still don't like 21...f5 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I still don't see an equalizer now GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: too many questions,I have to be laconic GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so...Professional Chess Player has a lot of advantages,as he doesn't have to wake up at 7,doesn't have a boss,and does travel a lot GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: though,his income is not really makes for a regular job,unless he is 2600+ player GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: to study chess,you definetely need a coach...in USSR,the famous chess school was based on providing a good trainers to the very kids, aged 6-7 or so fearless (IM) kibitzes: 24.....e4? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,I can't belive,black is lost,but he sure complicated his life by not taking on f3 on move 21 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hmm...Kram-Leko is still somewhat enigmatic shuffling of the pieces GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,no news here GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe he played,but we don't get it relayed here

[24. 勺2 0 24... f4 3 25. ι5 9 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,like that? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: otherwise, d6+ would have been just nonsense ]

 

24... f4

 

0 0 2160 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: white can either play Nc2 or try to push with d7 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hm,Nc2 played...now,I guess,Radja got to try 25...e4

[24... 在d8 0 0 25. 勺2 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe Rac1!? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Ok,I work on chess alone and with my GM-colleagues literally every day GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: also we do play some rapid chess(usually,on the opening line we analysed together that day) (25. 地c1 2 25... 去6 2 26. 圭7 2) 25... h5 109 26. 叉3 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: h7-h5-h4....and then? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: wasting few tempis,but failing to create anythreats ;

24... κ2 0 25. 圬2 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: is never good GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Why not?She is local,she is talented GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sorry,he is:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,it was nothing about that GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I was just privately asked about Polgar GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: answered GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and then continued with ''she'' GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Vallejo IS macho:) nothing about insulting him was intended! ;

24... 圩d8 0 25. 地c1 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: what's a major difference? 25... 在6 20 26. d7 2 fearless (IM) kibitzes: in that variation with 24...e4 25.nc2,f4 26.qe4 ,rbe8 27.Qd5,fg3followed by re2 ;

24... e4 0 0 0 0 25. 勺2 2 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ! fearless (IM) kibitzes: f4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Of course,I read a LOT of chess books 1 1 25... 台b2 3 (25... f4 3 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: like that? 1 26. ㄉe4 6 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and then? fearless (IM) kibitzes: rbe8 2 53 26... 在e8 44 1 2 27. ι5 13 fearless (IM) kibitzes: even something like fg3 and rf2 duendecilla (GM) kibitzes: not even x hours a week for y years GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hmm,I meant,being 2650+ you have to work like that to maintain and improve your Elo...to reach 2650...you either have to be extremely talented(then you get it when you are 16-18)or to work consistently for 7-8 years from the beginner's level(but that's also given,you have a certain talent) fearless (IM) kibitzes: lot of play it seems 3 (27. ι3 2) 27... 圯5 155 (27... fxg3 2 28. hxg3 10 fearless (IM) kibitzes: re2 28... 圯2 19 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: indeed,black gets an active play here,let's try to play more accurately ) 28. ι3 1 28... 多5 4 29. d7 7 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: mine is 2666 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I see the whole board 29... 卯6 37 30. ι6 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: evidently,black lost the pace here GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: welcome ) 26. 地b1 12 26... 卮7 16 27. 千4 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and black has to take on d4,leaving white with a superior endgame ]

25. 勺2

 

5 2 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,white is better GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: how many games? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I guess he will lose 3-4 games and win 1-2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: NOBODY,fisherman GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: just chess society is eager to find a new hero GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but there is no one who displays the level of chess,that GK displayed in his youth GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Yes,GK is half-Jew and half-Armenian

[25. d7 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: limiting black's rook maneures 25... f3 14 26. 勺2 2]

 

 

25... μ6

 

1378 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: relying more on his chess intuition and understanding GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: we even didn't discuss Qg6...which is a bad news for Radja GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Nb4 now is just very strong I think GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Yes,I born in Baku,actually,I lived the same street as GK and used to visit him periodically in my childhood to ''play ''chess:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: for me it was chess(I was 6 or 7mand he was 2700 player already:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: it was about 1983,1984 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: in the whole tournament,you mean:)? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I went to Czech Republic GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,do we bury Radja here?

[25... fxg3 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,fg? 26. fxg3 6 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: f3 doesn't create any threats,knight will cover g2 square either from e3 or e1 ;

25... e4 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I think black doesn't have enough compensation,but let's see...he got to play it ,otherwise it's just bad for him 0 0 0 26. 千4 2 (26. ㄉe4 2 1 26... 在e8 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: let's see the line we considered to be the main for a long time GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,bo911...but he will just double the rooks with Rd2 1 27. η4 50 (27. ι3 17 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I like Qd3 more GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: everything is under conrol,ready to push d6 pawn 1 27... 台b2 50 (27... 圯2 3 fearless (IM) kibitzes: fg3 28. d7 16 28... fxg3 10 29. ㄉg3 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: also on the previous move fearless (IM) kibitzes: but first fg3 qg3 can lead play on gfile? ; 27... fxg3 65 28. ㄉg3 2 (28. hxg3 12 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,that's also good fearless (IM) kibitzes: re2 28... 圯2 14 (28... 圩3 16 58 29. d7 4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: x-raying you on g3 square:) 2 29... 圬8 1 30. ι6 2) 29. d7 4 fearless (IM) kibitzes: sorry rf3 )) 28. 地b1 4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,you lost the momentum now 28... fxg3 17 29. hxg3 6 29... 占5 2 30. d7 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: should be good for white 30... 寺f2 19 31. dxe8= 4) 27... 圯2 17 28. 圬2 6 28... a5 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: looks just very scaring ) 26... e3 18 (26... f3 21 27. κ6 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: 1-0 ) 27. fxe3 9 27... fxg3 1;

25... 在d8 0 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,that's sensible 0 0 26. κ4 7 (26. 圬2 11 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I also make a simple move:) 1 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,and now 26... f3 63 (26... 圩6 2 17 27. 地d1 10 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: or d7!? 18 2 (27. d7 43 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,like that? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,I think,GK is a unique talent GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: multipied by his ability to work on chess GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: you can't really create anything along the 'hh'file GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I always can protect the pawn there GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: AK is a great pure talent GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but never worked as hard as GK ) 27... 多6 5 (27... 圩xd6 12 28. ㄉd6 1 28... 寺d6 1 29. 寺d6 2 29... h5 6 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: agree.it's playable for black ) 28. f3 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: just curtains ) 27. 叉3 13 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: f3 is never good:) ) 26... ν3 12 27. 圬3 2;

25... h5 0 26. 圯1 20 (26. 圬2 47 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: OK,I'll just double 26... h4 22 27. f3 1 27... λ5 21 28. g4 1) 26... h4 12 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Re5 is not enough here I'm afraid ;

25... λ5 0 26. 圬2 2 26... 去6 89 27. 圯2 6;

25... f3 17 26. 叉3 3 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: actually I visited the aforementioned Palace of Pioneers,and my first trainer was the GK's first trainer as well 26... ν5 34 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yet again,no threats can be created 27. d7 18 fearless (IM) kibitzes: actualy i meant e4 ,nc2 then f4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: as for 2650+ working on chess...as I said 4-5 daily hours in average ]

 

26. 刃4

 

0 0 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I fail to see anything for him GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: we looked at it,SpanishFly,just Nb8 ef Kg2 1-0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hi,AntMurd GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: it was 2002 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: KIA is a good weapon on every level,but today,when top GM's used to prepare the main lines till 20+ moves,it got less popular...I think if GK would play it versus,say,Radjabov,he had more chances to beat him than in some fashionable lines GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,our verdict- black is nearly lost here,let's see,if Radja is capable to complicate the matters for Topal GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,Grunf is somehow alive,as far as I know:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Qg4 was played? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: KID and Grunf

 

26... μ4

 

0 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Nc6 f3 played as we hear GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: why are you so happy,marnoff? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,many people think that Radja doesn't desrve such a load of invitations,but stil... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: why do you dislike him THAT MUCH? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: you should dislike the organizers:)

[26... 在d8 52 27. 勺6 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I can't understand this Radja's Qg6? ;

26... fxg3 24 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: probably to take on g3,at least to make white think about recapture GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: absolutely playable,HiddenMyst GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I would take with f 27. fxg3 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: or hg (27. hxg3 61 27... 在d8 8 28. 勺6 2 28... λ6 3 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: at least some threats there GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: thanks,tonno,but I feel good about it- if you ask me, you tend to believe me,and if people believe you,you have to try and help them GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,I think it's exactly the opposite MaxDev (FM) kibitzes: Just arrived... what do we think happened on move 15... from what I remember ...d5 there is considered suspect - only bc Nc4 d5 as normal... only ...d5 in the line with c3 when ef d5 Qd5 Bb7 Qb3, but Black is several tempi down on that kind of thing here... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: those chessplayers who are good in music,tend to be romantics in chess,which means less so-called ''understanding'',but more creativity,fantasy,intuition GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,Tal had extremely good music collection,and was a close friend with a great Bella Davidovich GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Smyslov is not a great understander:)) He had TREMENDOUS intuition GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I don't know about Gligo music skills,but he was also more of a creative player,than a deep one GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but sometimes,I find,this deep understanding is a strange thing GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Kram has it and very proud about his understanding and subtle approach...but do we really enjoy his games? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Ok,basically,undersdanding comes from analysing a lot of different positions,different types of it,different structures ) 27... 在d8 55 50 28. 勺6 2 2 28... 圬7 1 (28... λ6 1 29. 巳d8 1 29... λ2 1 30. ▇1 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Ne5 Be5 Qe5 Qf6 and you might escape somehow(though it's also very nusty for black)( ) 29. 圬2 21 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: some tricks are around,but,objectively,should be won for white ;

26... e4 1 27. 勺6 9 27... e3 33 28. 巳b8 11 28... exf2 4 29. ▆2 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and then? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: 1-0 here GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Sigeman tournament was nice in 2003,but I was invited as a replacement just 48 hours before the event(just back home from my honeymoon),so,didn't play my best chess there...Hope to get a chance to show better skills next time I get invited there ]

 

27. 勺6

 

4 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: the most direct,let's check it? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Na6- f3 0 445 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: anyway,I don't think there is a reason to hate a player for being invited too much...Ok,you can dislike him,but to the certain degree:)

[27. κ4 39 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: is another good move 27... ν3 10 28. μ2 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: white is MUCH better GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Benoni has a reputation of semisound opening,which might be the truth ;

27. f3 25 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: is the most natural way to prevent such kind of counterplay ]

 

27... f3

 

28. 巳e5

 

13 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Qd3? e4! 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,that brings us to the position we just analysed 26 26

 

28... ν5

 

17 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: not yet! 23 14 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,all that was discussed:) 14 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: he had Re1 or even d7 at his disposal

 

29. 巳f3

 

0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ??what about Rf5 here? 222

[29. d7 0 29... 在d8 17 30. 圯1 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: black got to take on e5 30... 台e5 17 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and now white can either go for a better(though drawn endgame) or to play Rad1 31. 地d1 26 31... 圩5 9 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: unfotunately,white has to spend time on h4 32. h4 14 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now Qe6 is a threat 32... ▆7 30 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: only move GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: with a crazy position,hard to evaluate ;

29. 圯1 21 3 0 0 29... 在d8 6 2 (29... 圩5 47 30. d7 1 30... 圬8 4 31. 口7 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: 1-0 31... 寺f7 33 (31... ㄉf7 10 32. 圯8 3 32... 寺e8 1 33. ㄉf7 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: 1-0 ) 32. ㄉh5 2) 30. d7 28 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: to push Nb4,probably 1 30... ν3 32 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Sicilian,Pirc 32 (30... 台e5 24 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now it might be black's only chance to survive GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: dangerous but playable,modern GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,it's not that bad for black 31. 地d1 119 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: is critical GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and probably strong 31... 圩5 17 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: only move 32. h4 31 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: !? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: what?? ) 31. 巳f3 14 2 31... 寺d7 3 1 32. θ5 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: white should neutralize black's counterplay and convert GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: thanks for asking,karlich,I still study it,but didn't have a single public concert in 2003::( 11 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: it's pretty won,I would say,Coop:) ]

 

29... ㄉf3

 

27 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Nf3? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Nf3?? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: he just panicked probably,missed this Qh5 idea GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now,black is better I think,but draw GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Re1 was pretty close to the win 134

 

30. xf3 .. 寺f3

 

3 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I just can't understand 2

 

31. d7

 

[31. 地c1 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: sorry,guys...don't have an explanation GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,it's not 1-0,Marnoff...bad news for you,Radja is not worse anymore ]

 

31... 圬8

 

41 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Sure,I was present ther,pawn1234 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: his game with Svidler,Elista Olymp'98 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,he raised it in air somehow..can't remember exactly... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: the funny think,he still won that game

 

32. 圬2

 

22 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: this one? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: this one is better for black GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: I am not deep enough,but black is better(though it's still a draw)

 

32... ▆8

 

0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: white missed something...either Re1 move or he thought,he is in time to promote after sacrificing a piece

 

33. ▆2

 

 

33... 圩5

 

[33... 圩6 2 34. f4 2 34... ▅7 2 35. 地d1 3 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok, white also can't lose it 35... ▄6 24 36. 圯2 5 36... ▅7 1 37. 圯d2 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and draw GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: SURE,nminwalla GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: white should keep both rook GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: then black just cant attack the d7 pawn,without getting a check along e file GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,mattt,I think so 37... h5 113 38. ▅3 3 38... 圯6 27 39. b3 5 39... ▄7 3 40. 圬3 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: and then? ]

 

34. 圭1

 

17 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Rc1?

 

34... ▅7

 

0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: anyway,got to put his rook on d1

 

35. f4

 

[35. 圭6 16 35... 圩6 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: can't say,Coop,hopefully he doesn't...I believe in fair results,and Radja is definetely not entitled to get a whole point out of it ]

 

35... b4

 

0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: when black can try to get something Jola (WIM) kibitzes: Rc4? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,now a4 got to be played

 

36. 圭4

 

[36. a3 30 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: still should be good enough GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: for a draw,of course ;

36. a4 0 36... bxa3 15 37. bxa3 1 37... 地5 4 38. 圬3 2 38... 半2 7 39. 圭2 8 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: the same,posssessed 39... 寺a3 16 40. 寺a3 1 40... 台a3 1 41. 地2 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: just a draw GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but Topi makes another mistake... ;

36. b3 41 36... 卉3 3]

36... 在5

 

8 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hey,karlich,you give a very good passes to me,to advertise myself... GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Being modest enough,I just can say,I won nearly 30 International tournaments during my career:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: so,I'd better skip enlisting all of them 0 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: now he might find himself in trouble indeed GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but a bad one,mattt GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,but instead of eliminating that pawns he played Rc4? GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: keep that guy,who hates Radja from the suicide...as Topal is going down GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: he is till capable to hold,but,the trend is pretty negative GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hardly concrete lines here GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: maybe,still a3

 

37. ▅3

 

[37. a3 181 37... 在7 13 Jola (WIM) kibitzes: Rc6 Ra5 Rb6 Ra2 Rb4 Bc3 :) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Rc8 Ke7 is even worse GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: nice one,Jola:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: though,pretty,cooperative:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Kd6,Mattt GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,opening was OK for black,he went wrong with 21...f5 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: to get a bad position 38. axb4 65 38... 圬xd7 3 39. 寺d7 2 39... 寺d7 2 40. 圭6 1 40... 地7 2 41. b5 7 41... axb5 2 42. 在6 1 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ! GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: still draw ]

 

37... b3 38. 地4

 

17 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: no,of course not GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Kram-Leko that was GM-draw

[38. axb3 0 38... 寺b3 1 39. ▆4 2 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: should still draw GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: b3 was not a clever move as it eliminates the pawns on the queenside GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: good point,cmanson:) 39... 台b2 51]

 

38... bxa2

 

0 180 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but I agree with you,the number of short draws here is awfully lot

 

39. 寺a6

 

29 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: yes,that's a draw GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: for no good reason,goodbi 89 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: anyway,just draw GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Rb2 Rb2 Bb2 Ra2 and draw agreed GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: lucky escape by Radja GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: but he was not just lucky,he created some problems to Topal,so such a result is pretty fair

[39. 寺a2 2 39... a5 1 40. 地4 6 40... 台b2 6]

 

39... 寺b2

 

75 GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: ok,draw,as expected GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: not a really powerful draw we witnessed in Shirov-GK,but still quite an interesting game GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: Topal misses a good chance,and Radja escapes the second defeat GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: tomorrow,we shall see GK-Kram,hopefully, not 20 -moves draw:) GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: thanks for attending,guys...There was know clear winning line,but were many quite promising,with serious edge for white GMAlex (GM) kibitzes: hope you enjoyed the commentaries and see you all on Feb 25,when I will comment yet another round []