Dortmund Round 2: Radjabov shocks Anand with Black

8/2/2003 – Teimour Radjabov could make a habit out of this. What's so tough about those KKA guys? Sure he lost to Kramnik in round one, but he struck back by beating world #3 Vishy Anand with black in round two. In Linares he beat Kasparov, also with black. Name the last player to beat Anand and Kasparov with black in the same year in classical chess... Photos and games

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Radjabov beats Anand with black, other games drawn

Round 2: Friday. Aug. 1, 15:00h
V. Anand
0-1
T. Radjabov
P. Leko
1/2
A. Naiditsch
V. Bologan
1/2
V. Kramnik

The list of players who have never beaten Vishy Anand is a very long one but it got shorter by one name on Friday in Dortmund. Azerbaijan's 16-year-old Teimour Radjabov beat the Indian star in round two with the black pieces to level his score.

Kramnik held Bologan to a short draw in the Official Opening of Dortmund 2003, the Pelikan/Sveshnikov Sicilian. (Obscure Sveshnikov trivia that is almost certainly a coincidence: In the 1994 film "Fresh", an inner-city tale in which Samuel L. Jackson plays chess with his son in several scenes, the bus line that appears in several shots is the B33.)

Leko put more effort into beating Naiditsch in a Ruy Lopez but the result was another draw. Kramnik and Bologan retained the lead with 1.5/2 and Anand dropped to join Naiditsch at 5./2.

Radjabov's win was an exciting one that saw the teen give up his queen for a rook and a piece to avoid falling into an inferior position after a nice pawn sac by Anand (21.f4!). But Anand missed the best way to give back the material and Radjabov's center pawns rolled down the board in devastating fashion.

It was far from a dominating performance, and indeed Anand may have missed a win with 19.Bc4+. But as Radjabov showed when he beat Kasparov with black in Linares this year, you cannot underestimate his tactical resourcefulness for even a second without paying a heavy price. See the game with some light notes below and on the replay page.

We've been searching for the last player to beat Anand and Kasparov with black in classical chess in the same calendar year and have come up empty. Several players have done it if you include rapid games, including Kramnik in 2001 and Ivanchuk in 1995 (one classical, one rapid). Terrifying. It's lucky for Kramnik he has already played Radjabov with white in Dortmund!


Standings after round two


Deep in the shadows Anand met his fate against Radjabov


This is how you beat the world #3

View all three games on the replay page.

Anand,V (2774) - Radjabov,T (2648) [B32]
Dortmund GER (2), 01.08.2003

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be7 7.b3 f5 8.exf5 [8.Nd2?! Nf6 9.Bd3 f4 10.Bb2 0-0÷ 11.c5? dxc5 12.Nf3 Kh8 13.Bc4 Qxd1+ 14.Rxd1 Bg4 15.Nc7 Rac8 16.Ne6 b5!-+ Ponomariov-Degraeve, Belfort 1998 ; 8.Ba3!? Nf6 9.N1c3 Qa5! 10.Qd2 0-0 11.Nd5 Qxd2+ 12.Kxd2 Rd8 13.Nxe7+÷ ½-½ Anand-Tregubov, Shenyang 2000]

8...Bxf5 [8...Nf6 9.Bd3 e4 10.Be2 Bxf5 11.0-0 a6 12.Nd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 0-0 14.Nc3 Qe8 15.Bf4 Rd8 16.Rad1 Kh8 17.f3 Qg6 18.fxe4 Nxe4 19.Nd5 Bh3 (19...Bh4 20.Bd3 Rde8 21.Ne3 Bc8 22.Bb1±) 20.Bf3] 9.Bd3 '!' 9...e4 [9...Be6!?]

10.Be2 a6 [10...Bf6? 11.Nxd6+ Kf8 12.Ba3 Nge7 13.Nd2 Qa5 14.Nxf5 Qxa3 15.Ng3 Bxa1 16.Qxa1 Rd8 17.Ngxe4 1-0 Volokitin,A-Poluljahov,A/Cappelle la Grande 2001/CBM 80 ext (52)]

11.N5c3 Bf6 12.0-0 Nge7 13.a3 0-0 14.Ra2 Qa5 [14...Ne5 15.Be3 Qe8 16.Kh1 Qc6 17.g4 Be6 18.g5 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 Bxc4 20.gxf6 Bxf1 21.fxe7 Rfe8 22.Qxf1 b5 23.Qd1 Rxe7 24.Qd5+ Qxd5 25.Nxd5 1-0 Savanovic,A-Jankovic,A/Jahorina 2003/CBM 94 ext (25). ]

15.b4 Qe5 16.Re1 b5 17.cxb5 [17.Bf3] 17...axb5 18.Bxb5 Nd4 19.Bf1? [19.Bc4+ Taking the e6 square away from the queen and so threatening to win immediately with f4. 19...d5 ( 19...Kh8?? 20.f4+-) 20.Nxd5 Nxd5 21.Bb2 ( 21.Be3 Nf3+ 22.gxf3 Be6 23.Qd4 Qh5 24.Qxe4 Rfe8 25.Rd2 Rad8 26.Bb6) 21...Kh8 22.Bxd4 Qxd4 23.Qxd4 Bxd4 24.Bxd5]

19...d5 20.Rd2 Be6 21.f4! Qxf4 22.Rf2 (D1)

22...Qxf2+! Other moves leave Black worse. 22.Qe5 Bf4; 22.Qg4 Rxf6 23.Kxf2 Nb5 Threatening mate in two. 24.Kg1 [24.Bxb5?? Bd4+ 25.Kg3 (25.Ke2 Rf2#) 25...Bf2#]

24...Nxc3 25.Nxc3 Bxc3 26.Bb5? Hard to explain this one. Anand could have given up the exchange under better circumstances if he wanted to play for the win.

[26.Bd2 Bd4+ 27.Be3 Bc3 28.Bc5!? Unlike the game continuation, here the bishop is already on its perfect diagonal to blockade the black pawns. 28...Bxe1 29.Qxe1 Rf7]

26...Bxe1 27.Qxe1 Nf5 28.Bb2 Rac8 29.Ba4 Rf7 30.h3 Was creating a luft, but weakening g3, essential?

30...h5 31.b5 h4! Setting up potential mate threats along the back rank with the familiar pattern of knight on g3 protected by the h4 pawn and rook on h1 mating the king on h2. 32.Be5 (D2)

[32.b6 Rb8 33.Qa5 Ng3 34.Bb5 Bd7 35.Bd4 e3! 36.Bxe3 (36.Bd3 e2 37.Bf2 Rbf8 38.Qe1 Bc6) 36...Rbf8 37.Kh2 Bxb5 38.Qxb5 Nf1+ 39.Kg1 Nxe3]

32...d4! White's weak king makes this possible. The pawns are rolling and Black is winning. [32...e3] 33.b6

[33.Qxe4 Ne3! 34.Qxd4 (34.Qxh4 Rf1+ 35.Kh2 Nf5! 36.Qg5 Rcc1 and Black has to give up the queen to avoid mate; 34.Qb1 Rf1+ 35.Qxf1 Nxf1 36.Kxf1 Bc4+ 37.Kg1 d3 38.b6 Ba6) 34...Rc1+ 35.Kh2 Nf1+ 36.Kg1 Ng3+ 37.Bd1 Rf1+ 38.Kh2 Rh1#]

33...e3 34.Kh2 d3 35.Qb4 e2 36.Bc3 Rxc3 [36...Ng3] 37.Qxc3 Ng3 38.b7 Rxb7 39.Qa5

[39.Qxd3 Nf1+ (39...e1Q 40.Qd8+ Kh7 41.Qxh4+ Kg6) 40.Kh1 e1Q] 39...Rb8 0-1

Mig

Results and schedule

Round 1: Thurs. July 31, 15:00h
V. Kramnik
1-0
T. Radjabov
A. Naiditsch
0-1
V. Bologan
V. Anand
1/2
P. Leko
Round 6: Wed. Aug. 6, 15:00h
T. Radjabov
V. Kramnik
V. Bologan
A. Naiditsch
P. Leko
V. Anand
Games – Report
Round 2: Friday. Aug. 1, 15:00h
V. Anand
0-1
T. Radjabov
P. Leko
1/2
A. Naiditsch
V. Bologan
1/2
V. Kramnik
Games – Report
Round 7: Thurs. Aug. 7, 15:00h
P. Leko
T. Radjabov
V. Anand
V. Bologan
A. Naiditsch
V. Kramnik
Games – Report
Round 3: Sat. Aug. 2, 15:00h
T. Radjabov
P. Leko
V. Bologan
V. Anand
V. Kramnik
A. Naiditsch
Games – Report
Round 8: Fri. Aug. 8, 15:00h
T. Radjabov
A. Naiditsch
V. Kramnik
V. Anand
V. Bologan
P. Leko
Games – Report
Round 4: Sun. Aug. 3, 15:00h
A. Naiditsch
T. Radjabov
V. Anand
V. Kramnik
P. Leko
V. Bologan
Games – Report
Round 9: Sat. Aug. 9, 15:00h
V. Bologan
T. Radjabov
P. Leko
V. Kramnik
V. Anand
A. Naiditsch
Games – Report
Round 5: Mon. Aug. 4, 15:00h
T. Radjabov
V. Bologan
V. Kramnik
P. Leko
A. Naiditsch
V. Anand
Games – Report
Round 10: Sun. Aug. 10, 12:30h
T. Radjabov
V. Anand
A. Naiditsch
P. Leko
V. Kramnik
V. Bologan
Games – Report


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