FIDE WCC R6-3: Then end is near for Radjabov

by ChessBase
7/4/2004 – Will Sunday be the end for Baku teenager Teimour Radjabov? He couldn't capitalize on a superior position against Adams today and so will go into the fourth and final game needing a win with black to tie the match. Topalov and Kasimdzhanov drew a long game with mutually squandered chances. Who will go to the final and be guaranteed at least $70,000? Report and photos.

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Results of Semifinals

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2652
½ ½
Topalov, Veselin BUL 2737
½ ½
Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2670
½ ½
Adams, Michael ENG 2731
½ ½

Report on semifinals game three

The results were the same as yesterday: two games, two draws, but there was a lot more action in today's games. Although Radjabov-Adams only went 27 moves, the last dozen of them were nail-biters. Radjabov desperately needed a win today with white. Other than a handful of rapid and blitz games Adams has lost just one game with white in the past few years. On the other hand, Radjabov tends to sharpen his openings and his play when he has black. He has wins against Kasparov and Anand, both with black!

Today's game was an exciting one with a too-abrupt end. Radjabov had managed to conjure up a dangerous attack on Adams' king. When Radjabov offered the draw there was a discovered check on the board! Since Radjabov needed a win so badly today we might venture a conjecture that his multitude of short draws may have less to do with tournament strategy and more to do with nerves. The thought of getting into a firefight and losing today, immediately putting him out of the KO, may have felt less attractive that a guaranteed final game tomorrow, even if he has black.

Radjabov-Adams, semifinal game three

You can tell a lot about a player by which pawn they capture in diagram one above. Speculative attackers go after the black king with 18.fxe6 0-0-0 Be3. Materialists play 18.fxg6 0-0-0 19.gxh7. Radjabov went for option number one. Grabbing the pawns isn't a guaranteed bed of roses either. Black will push the a-pawn and get strong pressure against the white king while his own would be safe behind the phalanx of pawns. It's hard to imagine preferring a new game with black to the final position from game three. White is clearly for choice after capturing on g7 and centralizing his rooks.

Topalov and Kasimdzhanov put in more time at the board. Their game went back and forth with neither side able to land a finishing blow. Topalov got the better position with black out of a 3.Bb5 Sicilian that looked more like a French Defense after a dozen moves. In the end Topalov had to sacrifice a pawn to activate his king and draw a difficult endgame in which Kasimdzhanov missed at least one good chance, 56.f3.

Topalov gets another shot with white tomorrow. If it's a fourth draw they will go to rapid tiebreaks the next day (instead of the same day as during the main body of the tournament).

Previous reports

General information

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Live coverage

The live game transmission from Tripoli, apparently of all games, requires you to have Java Virtual Machine installed on your PC. This program is distributed free of charge by Sun Microsystems (and is useful for many other applications). Visit the Java check page to see if you have everything required for the live coverage and install Java if you don't. To follow the games click on "Live coverage" in the link list above. There is a "View" button behind each pairing of players. Many of the key games will also be covered and discussed on the server.


Note that local time in Tripoli is the same as in Central Europe. The start of the games is generally at 14:30h, which is GMT + 2 and translates to 13:30 London, 8:30 a.m. New York, 16:30 Moscow, 18:00 New Delhi, 20:30 Hong Kong, 21:30 Tokyo, 22:30 Melbourne, and 03:00 a.m. (on the next day) in the French Polynesia-Marquesas Islands of Taiohae.

World Chess Championship 2003-2004
18 June - 13 July 2004 – Schedule
Date Day Events Games Time
18 June Friday Opening Ceremony
Players' Meeting
19 June Saturday Round 1 Game 1 14.30
20 June Sunday Round 1 Game 2*
21 June Monday Round 2 Game 1 14.30
22 June Tuesday Round 2 Game 2*
23 June Wednesday Round 3 Game 1 14.30
24 June Thursday Round 3 Game 2* 14.30
25 June Friday Rest Day
26 June Saturday Round 4 Game 1 14.30
27 June Sunday Round 4 Game 2* 14.30
28 June Monday Round 5 Game 1 14.30
29 June Tuesday Round 5 Game 2* 14.30
30 June Wednesday Rest day
1 July Thursday Round 6 Game 1 14.30
2 July Friday Round 6 Game 2 14.30
3 July Saturday Round 6 Game 3 14.30
4 July Sunday Round 6 Game 4 14.30
5 July Monday Round 6 Tie-Breaks 14.30
6 July Tuesday Final Match Game 1 14.30
7 July Wednesday Final Match Game 2 14.30
8 July Thursday Final Match Game 3 14.30
9 July Friday Rest Day
10 July Saturday Final Match Game 4 14.30
11 July Sunday Final Match Game 5 14.30
12 July Monday Final Match Game 6 14.30
13 July Tuesday Final Match Tie-breaks 12.30
13 July Tuesday Closing Ceremony 18.00
* Tie-breaks at 20:30h

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