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Kramnik, V. (2785) - Radjabov, T. (2648) [B33]
Dortmund (1) 2003

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5
The Lasker-Pelikan System.
6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 Bg7








   

The Novosibirsk Sicilian B33. In 1989 the "Inside Chess" magazine (Seattle) published my article (with co-author Anatoli Vaisser) "Novosibirsk Variation".
11. Bd3 Ne7 12. Nxe7 Qxe7 13. c4 f5 14. O-O O-O 15. Qf3








   
15...d5?!
Too early. Better is 15...Re8!? 16. Rfe1 b4 17. Nc2 f4 18. Be2 Rb8 19. b3 Kh8 20. Qh5 d5! 21. cxd5 Rb6 22. Rad1 a5 with good compensation for the sacrificed pawn in Shirov, A -Kramnik, V, Linares 2000. Or 18. Nxb4 Rb8 19. Nd5 Qg5 20. Bf1 Re6 21. Qe2 Rh6 22. Rad1 Kh8 23. Rd3 Bg4 24. Qd2 Bd7 25. Nc3 Qh4 26. h3 Rg8 with better chances to Black in Smirnov, P - Isajevsky, A, Togliatti 2003.
White has a small edge in the ending after 15... bxc4 16. Nxc4 d5 17. exd5 e4 18. Qe3 Bb7 19. d6 Qf6 20. Bc2 Rac8 21. b3 Bd5 22. Rad1 Bxc4 23. bxc4 Rxc4 24. Bb3 Rc3 25. Qa7 Rd8, Svidler, P - Jakovenko, D, Togliatti 2003.
Also possible is 15...Qb7 16. cxb5?! (16.exf5) 16...d5 17. exf5 e4 18. Qf4? (18.Qg3), Shirov, A - Gullaksen, E, simul, Bergen 2001, and here Black could win fast with 18...Qb8! 19. Qh4 Bxf5.
16. cxd5 f4
White has a clear advantage in the endgame after 16...fxe4 17. Bxe4 Qd6 18. g4 Bh6 19. Nc2 Kh8 20. Ne3 Bxe3 21. fxe3 Bxg4 22. Qf6+ Qxf6 23. Rxf6 Kg7 24. Raf1, Holmsten, A - Rotstein, A, Helsinki op 1992. Or 18. g4 Kh8 19. Nc2 Bh6 20. Kh1 Bf4 21. Ne3 Qh6 22. h3 with an edge to White in Sprenger, J - Sclacmender, J, Cappelle la Grande open 2002.
17. Rfc1 Kh8 18. Nc2 Bd7?!
Interesting is 18...Rg8 or 18...Rb8.
19. Ne1!? Rg8 20. Be2 Bf8 21. Nd3!? Re8?!
More precise is 21...Bg4 22. Qxg4 Rxg4 23. Bxg4. Black has the practical possibilities to make a draw in this case.
22. Rc7 Qd8 23. Rac1








   
23...Rg6?
A mistake. Correct is 23...Bd6!? 24. Ra7 Bg4 25. Qxg4 Rxg4 26. Bxg4 Qb6 with some counterplay.
24. Qh5!
Now White has a huge advantage.
24...Bd6 25. Ra7 Qe7 26. h3 f5?!
Necessary is 26...Rd8.
27. exf5 Rf6 28. Nc5!!
A beauteous blow.









   
28...Rc8
Or 28...Bxc5 29. Rxc5 Rxf5 (29... Qxc5 30. Rxd7 Re7 31. Rd8+) 30. Qh6, winning.
29. Rxd7 Rxc5 30. Rxe7 Rxc1+ 31. Kh2
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) - Radjabov, Teimour (2648) [B33]
Dortmund SuperGM/Dortmund (1) 2003

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 Bg7 11. Bd3 Ne7 12. Nxe7 Qxe7 13. c4 f5 14. O-O O-O 15. Qf3 d5 16. cxd5 f4 17. Rfc1 Kh8 18. Nc2 Bd7 19. Ne1 Rg8 20. Be2 Bf8 21. Nd3 Re8 22. Rc7 Qd8 23. Rac1 Rg6 24. Qh5 Bd6 25. Ra7 Qe7 26. h3 f5 27. exf5 Rf6 28. Nc5 Rc8 29. Rxd7 Rxc5 30. Rxe7 Rxc1+ 31. Kh2 1-0


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