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Radjabov, Teimour (2788) - Saric, Ivan (2638) [D44]
40th Olympiad, Istanbul (6.1) 2012

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4








   
6. e4
The Botvinnik Variation of the Semi-Slav Defence.
6...b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. g3








   
11...Rg8
The alternatives are 11...Bb7 and 11...Qb6.
12. h4 Rxg5 13. hxg5 Nd5 14. g6! fxg6 15. Qg4 Qe7 16. Bg2 N7b6
Another continuation is 16...Qf7.
17. Qxg6+ Qf7 18. Be4








   
18...Ne7?!
A dubious novelty. After 18...Qxg6 19. Bxg6+ Kd7 20. Rh7+ Be7 21. Ne4 Kc7 White has a small advantage in the endgame: 22. O-O-O!? Nd7 (22...Bd7) 23. Bh5 Bb7 24. Bg4 1-0, Bodaan,T (2258)-Schiller,W (2172)/Lechenicher SchachServer 2010/Telechess CBM 141; or 22. g4!? Nd7 23. O-O-O Nf8 24. Rg7 Nxg6 25. Rxg6 Bd7 26. Rh1, Welle,B (2186)-Bendig,F (2230)/Lechenicher SchachServer 2009.
19. Qg4!
A strong manoeuvre. In the middlegame White can attack the black queen with his rooks and take the initiative.
19...Qg7 20. Qf3! Nbd5 21. Rh7 Qg8








   
22. Ke2!
With the logical idea of Ra1-h1.
22...Nf5?!
After 22...b4 23. Na4 c3 24. bxc3 bxc3 25. Nxc3 Rb8 26. Kf1 White obtains a clear edge.
23. Qh5+
White could play 23. Bxf5 exf5 24. Qh5+ Kd8 25. Nxd5 cxd5 26. Rh8 Qg7 27. Rh1 Bd7 28. Qf3 Kc7 29. R1h7, winning.
23...Kd8 24. Nxd5 cxd5
Or 24...Nxd4+ 25. Ke3 exd5 26. Bg6.
25. Bxf5 exf5 26. Qh4+
26. Rh8 is possible.
26...Ke8 27. Qh5+ Kd8 28. Rh8 Qg7








   
29. Rh1
White wins. Here two mighty rooks are better than one rook and two bishops.
29...f4
Or 29...Bd7 30. Qf3 Kc7 31. R1h7 Qg4 32. Qxg4 fxg4 33. Rf7.
30. Rh4 fxg3 31. Rf4 Bd7 32. Rhxf8+ Kc7 33. Rxa8 g2 34. Rxa7+
Black resigned. 1-0










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Radjabov, Teimour (2788) - Saric, Ivan (2638) [D44]
40th Olympiad Open, Istanbul (6.1) 2012

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. g3 Rg8 12. h4 Rxg5 13. hxg5 Nd5 14. g6 fxg6 15. Qg4 Qe7 16. Bg2 N7b6 17. Qxg6+ Qf7 18. Be4 Ne7 19. Qg4 Qg7 20. Qf3 Nbd5 21. Rh7 Qg8 22. Ke2 Nf5 23. Qh5+ Kd8 24. Nxd5 cxd5 25. Bxf5 exf5 26. Qh4+ Ke8 27. Qh5+ Kd8 28. Rh8 Qg7 29. Rh1 f4 30. Rh4 fxg3 31. Rf4 Bd7 32. Rhxf8+ Kc7 33. Rxa8 g2 34. Rxa7+ 1-0


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