[Event "Meltwater CCTF 2021"] [White "Carlsen,Magnus"] [Black "Radjabov,Teimour"] [Site "Chess24"] [Round "7.3"] [Annotator ""] [Result "0-1"] [Date "2021.09.21"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2763"] [PlyCount "148"] 1. e4 e5 {GM Radjabov has beaten GM Wesley So lately with 1...e5.} 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {The Ruy Lopez.} Nf6 {Black is setting up the Berlin Defense.} 4. d3 { This is the Anti-Berlin line.} Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. 0-0 ({If} 6. Nxe5 Qd4 7. Be3 Qxe5 8. Bxc5 ({If} 8. d4 Bb4+ 9. c3 Qxe4 10. 0-0 Bd6 )Qxc5 )Nd7 7. c3 h6 8. d4 Bd6 9. Nbd2 0-0 10. Nc4 exd4 11. Nxd6 cxd6 12. Nxd4 Nf6 13. f3 Re8 { Planning to push d6 to d5.} 14. c4 Qb6 15. Re1 d5 16. cxd5 Nxd5 ({If} 16... cxd5 17. e5 )17. Kh1 {Away from queen's eye...} Ne7 18. Nb3 Qc7 19. Be3 b6 20. Nd4 {Here comes the knight again, creating pressure...} c5 21. Nb5 Qc6 22. a4 a6 23. Nc3 Be6 24. Qe2 f5 25. Qf2 {c5 pawn is the target if white wants to execute a5 move.} Rac8 26. h3 Ng6 27. Qf1 f4 28. Bd2 Rcd8 29. Nd5 Bxd5 30. exd5 Qxd5 31. Rxe8+ Rxe8 32. Bc3 {Giving up the e-pawn but opening door for bishop control of diagonal a1-h8.} Nh4 33. Rd1 Qg5 {Obvious threat at g2 under watchful eye of the queen at f1.} 34. Rd7 Nf5 35. Qc4+ Kh7 36. Qf7 {White is not afraid of knight to g3 check..} Re7 37. Qxf5+ {Whoah!!! I never thought this exchange sacrifice... let's see the outcome...will it work?} ({If} 37. Rxe7 Nxe7 38. Qc4 {Much preferred position for white than exchanging the queen to two pieces.} )Qxf5 38. Rxe7 Qg5 39. Ra7 ({If} 39. Rxg7+ Qxg7 40. Bxg7 Kxg7 {Black is better here because it can create a distant outside passed pawn at queenside.} )b5 40. axb5 axb5 41. Ra5 c4 42. Ra7 {The position is critical for both. Black may offer draw from this position if there is no improvement or any repetitive moves from white.} Kg8 43. Rb7 g6 {Now, the black king no longer tied up. Time to use his Royal Power!!! Obviously, GM Radjabov wants to win.} 44. Kh2 Kf8 45. Kh1 Ke8 46. Bb4 Qf6 47. Bc3 ({If} 47. Rxb5 Qxb2 )Qf5 48. Kh2 g5 49. Rb6 h5 50. Rh6 g4 {Now this is something white must worry.} 51. hxg4 hxg4 52. fxg4 Qxg4 53. Rh3 {White is setting up a fortress...the bishop at c3 just moves to h8 then c3...} Kd7 54. Rf3 Ke6 55. Kg1 Qf5 56. Kf1 Kd5 57. Kg1 Kc5 {This is the Power of husband and white royalty...defending the kingdom.} 58. Kh2 b4 59. Bh8 Kd5 60. Rh3 Ke4 61. Rf3 Qh7+ 62. Rh3 Qc7 {discovered check follows.} 63. Kg1 Qb6+ 64. Kh2 Qb8 65. Kg1 c3 {Please cover the next moves. ANALYSE THE POSITION....} 66. Bxc3 ({If} 66. bxc3 b3 )bxc3 67. bxc3 {Loved this endgame position. A FORTRESS but there is possible exchange of queen to the rook depending on black king's position to push the f - pawn.} Qb6+ 68. Kh2 Qf2 69. Rf3 Qe3 70. Rh3 Kd3 { Very Nice!!!} 71. Rf3 Kxc3 72. Kh3 Kd4 73. Kh4 Ke4 74. Kg4 Qe2 {Black Resigned. Fantastic!!! Magnificent game by GM Teimur Radjabov. If only there is an "Academy for Chess Awards". GM Radjabov will be nominated the "Best GM of the Year" and "Best Game of the Year".} 0-1