Vassily Ivanchuk Vs Teimour Radjabov Tiebreakers Round 5.2 – RapidChess – FIDE World Chess Cup

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The heavyweight battle between Vassily Ivanchuk and Teimour Radjabov featured exceptionally creative and exciting chess, however Ivanchuk scored the last shot to win the match in the first tiebreakers. After exchanging points in regulation time, the 1st rapid tiebreaker was extremely tense as Ivanchuk attempted to flag Radjabov from a worse position. Radjabov was pressing very hard and nearly had a win, however Ivanchuk managed to narrowly draw the game via a K+B vs K+R endgame. With the white pieces in game 2 of the rapid tiebreaker, Ivanchuk opened calmly and managed to obtain the long-lasting advantage of the two bishops due to Radjabov’s lack of activity with the black pieces. Ivanchuk played the endgame well, striving to create numerous small weaknesses in black’s position that resulted in a serious advantage for white. Although the material balance was dead even, Radjabov was unable to withstand the positional pressure and dropped a piece with 53. …fxg6??

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PGN:

[Event “FIDE World Chess Cup 2011”]
[Site “Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia”]
[Date “2011.09.11”]
[Round “5.3”]
[White “GM_Ivanchuk”]
[Black “GM_Radjabov”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2768”]
[BlackElo “2744”]
[Opening “Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6”]
[ECO “D78”]
[NIC “GI.02”]
[TimeControl “1500+10”]

1. g3 g6 2. Bg2 Bg7 3. d4 d5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 c6 7. Qb3 Qb6 8.
Nc3 Rd8 9. Rd1 Bf5 10. Ne1 Na6 11. Qxb6 axb6 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14.
a3 Rac8 15. Bg5 Kf8 16. Rac1 Rxc1 17. Bxc1 Nc7 18. e3 Bd7 19. Bd2 e6 20. Nd3
Bb5 21. Rc1 Na6 22. Bf1 Ke8 23. b3 Bd7 24. Ne5 Bxe5 25. dxe5 Nc5 26. Rb1 Rc8
27. f3 Na6 28. Rb2 Nc5 29. a4 Na6 30. Kf2 Ke7 31. e4 dxe4 32. Bg5+ Ke8 33.
fxe4 Nc5 34. Ke3 Bc6 35. Bg2 Rc7 36. b4 Nxa4 37. Rc2 b5 38. Bf1 Nb6 39. Bxb5
Rc8 40. Bd3 Bd7 41. Ra2 Na4 42. Kd4 b5 43. g4 Rc7 44. h4 Kf8 45. h5 Be8 46.
Rh2 Rd7+ 47. Ke3 Rc7 48. Bd8 Rd7 49. Ba5 Rb7 50. Kf4 Kg7 51. Rc2 Bd7 52. Bd8
Nb6 53. hxg6 fxg6 54. Bxb6 {White wins} 1-0

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