Leko – Radjabov, Linares 2006

White:
Peter Leko (2740)
Black:
Teimour Radjabov (2700)
Opening
Sicilian: Sveshnikov
Tournament
Linares 2006, Moerlia, Round 2
Date
19/02/2006
ECO Code
B33
Result
1-0

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. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 O-O 12. Nc2 Bg5 13. a4 bxa4 14. Rxa4 a5 15. Bc4 Rb8 16. b3 Kh8 17. Nce3 Be6 18. h4
Position after 18.h4. Leko improves on a previous Radjabov game.

  • 18. Qd3 Qd7 19. O-O g6 20. Bb5 Qb7 21. Bxc6 Nisipeanu – Radjabov, Gothenburg 2005, 1/2 (21)
  • 18. O-O g6 19. Qf3 f5 20. Rd1 Qd7 21. h3 Bh4 22. Rd2 f4 23. Ng4 Qf7 24. Nh2 Bd8 25. Qd1 h5 26. Nf3 Rg8 27. Nxf4 exf4 28. Rxd6 Bxc4 29. Rxc4 Ne7 30. Ng5 Qf8 31. Qd4+ Qg7 32. Nf7+ Kh7 33. Nxd8 Qxd4 34. Rcxd4 Re8 35. Rd7 Kg8 36. Rxe7 Rxe7 37. Nc6 Reb7 38. Nxb8 Rxb8 39. b4 a4 40. b5 a3 41. Ra4 Rxb5 42. Rxa3 Rb1+ 43. Kh2 Rb2 44. f3 h4 45. Ra7 Rc2 46. Rc7 Kf8 47. c4 Rc1 48. Rh7 g5 49. Rc7 Ke8 50. Rc5 Ke7 51. Rxg5 Radulski – Nataf, Vrnjacka Banja 2005, 1-0 (51)
18… Bf4
Shredder 7: 18… Bxe3 19. Nxe3 Bxc4 20. Nxc4 f5 21. O-O fxe4 22. Qd5 Qc7 23. Ra3 Rf6 24. Qxe4 Ne7 25. Rxa5 Rf4 26. Kh1 Rxe4 [eval 0.42/15]
19. Nf5
Inferior is 19. Nxf4 exf4 20. Nd5 Ne5 21. Nxf4 Bd7 =+
19… g6 20. Nfe3 +/-
The knight returns satisfied. Black has some serious weaknesses around his king.
20… Kg7 21. g3
21. Nxf4?! exf4 22. Nd5 Ne5 23. Nxf4 Bxc4 24. bxc4 Re8 =
21… Bh6 22. Ng4 f5
Black can’t defend all the weaknesses around his king, so he opts for the next best thing, counterattack and counterplay down the f-file.
23. Nxh6 Kxh6 24. h5 g5 25. exf5 Bxf5 26. Ne3 Bc8 27. Ra2 Ne7 28. O-O Rf6 29. Qe2 Qb6 30. Rfa1
Now that Black has been tied down on the kingside, White switches to the weak a-pawn and forces his way through the queenside.
30… Qc6 31. Rxa5 Bb7
Black generates some desparate counterplay down the weak a8-h1 diagonal. White has to blockade.
32. Bd5 Nxd5 33. Rxd5
33. Nxd5?! Rbf8 34. Rf1 Rf3 =+
33… Qxc3 34. Ng4+
Both white rooks are en-prise. The position has reached critical proportions.
34… Kg7 35. Ra7
35. Nxf6? doesn’t solve anything 35… Bxd5 (35… Qxa1+? looks interesting, but 36. Rd1 Qa3 37. Qc4 Kxf6 38. Qc7 +-) 36. Nxd5 Qxa1+ 37. Kg2 Qa8 -+ (37… Rxb3 is clearly inferior 38. Qc2 Rf3 39. Qc7+ (Better is 39. Kxf3 Qh1+ 40. Kg4 Qxd5 =) 39… Rf7 40. Qxd6 +/-)
35… Re6 36. Qc4
The white pieces flood through the vapourous Black defence. The Blacklight-squared bishop is staked out and ready to perish.
36… Qe1+??
A blunder in a bad position, and running short of time.

36… Qxc4 Offers more resistance 37. bxc4 Kf7 +-

37. Kg2 Re7
37… Kf8 38. Rxb7! Eliminates the defender b7 38… Rxb7 39. Qc8+ Re8 40. Qxb7 Qe4+ 41. f3 Qc2+ 42. Kh3 Rd8 +-
38. Rxb7
Removing the light-square protection. Now White’s major pieces and knight force the inevitable decision.
38… Rexb7 39. Rxd6 Rf8
39… Qb4 40. Qe6 Kf8 41. Qf6+ Rf7 42. Rd8+ Rxd8 43. Qxd8+ Kg7 44. h6+ Kg6 45. Qg8+ Kf5 46. Qxf7+ Ke4 47. Qd7 +-
40. h6+
40. Qd5! keeps an even firmer grip 40… Re7 41. h6+ Kh8 +-
40… Kh8 41. Qd5 Rbb8 42. Qd3
Building up pressure against the mating h7-square.

42. Qxe5+?! is not possible 42… Qxe5 43. Nxe5 Rbe8 =

42… Qb4 43. Rd7 e4 44. Qd5
With the a1-h8 diagonal open, the queen decisively returns to the d5-square.

44. Qc2 Rf3 45. Qb2+ Rc3 46. Nf6 Rc7 47. Rxc7 Qe7 48. Rxe7 Rxb3 49. Rxh7#

44… Rb5
44… Rbe8 does not improve anything 45. Qxg5 Rxf2+ 46. Kh3 Rh2+ 47. Kxh2 Qd2+ 48. Rxd2 Re7 49. Rd8+ Re8 50. Rxe8#
45. Nf6!!
Position after 45.Nf6!! Radjabov chokes on this knight

45. Nf6 Rxf6 46. Rd8+ Qf8 47. Rxf8+ Rxf8 48. Qd4+ Re5 49. Qxe5+ Rf6 50. Qxf6+ Kg8 51. Qg7#

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