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Carlsen vs Radjabov game - the Hungarian Attack

  • CM juniortay
  • | Apr 24, 2014

The commentaries on chess.com and the Chessbase website reported on Carlsen's second loss in a row but did not explain why Radjabov played 10...Qe8! which avoids a potential bishop sacrifice on h5. My good friend, CM Olimpiu Urcan made this point on the Twitter chat so I decided to have a go at it minutes after the Carlsen-Radjabov game ended.

So there you have it. 10...Qe8! sidesteps the bishop sacrifice which if accepted, forces Black into a pin-bind.


Jr Tay

Author of The Benko Gambit: Move by Move (Everyman Chess 2014).


  • 6 months ago


    Please dont talk about my only opening I use against the KID! I have won several games with that bishop sac. I knew when Magnus played the system it would get revealed! Bummmer!

  • 10 months ago


    still need to get a game like this!

  • 17 months ago


    Good !

  • 18 months ago


    but white is up 2 pawn with a strong attack

  • 18 months ago


  • 18 months ago



    The problem with 12...Bg4 is that 13. Nxf6+ removes the defender with tempo.

  • 18 months ago


    13.Nxf6+, because its check. The Bg4 falls

  • 18 months ago


    What's wrong with 12...Bg4?

  • 18 months ago

    CM juniortay

    Hi! Yes, ...Na6 is a better option than ...Nbd7 for the reasons you rightly pointed out.  The moves ...Na6 and ..Qe8 are nevertheless standard moves in the Petrosian King's Indian, for example, after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 a5 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 Na6 10.Nd2 Qe8, so perhaps you're right that Radjabov 'didn't even thought about what will happen if he don't play Qe8'.

    The general point of ...Qe8 is to break the pin, which he has to play, whether he chooses the ...Bd7 or ...Nh7 idea. Incidentally, GM Jan Gustafsson on chess24.com pointed out  "Black shouldn't waste any time getting out of this pin. If he plays a neutral move like 10...Bd7  he'd be hit by a bolt from the blue: 11. Bxh5 gxh5  12. Nxh5 and the g3-knight would be on the verge of a brilliant career".

    Hence, this concept of the bishop sacrifice, I thought...readers should know.

  • 18 months ago

    IM Runner

    unfortunatly in the game above black 'blundered' plaiying Nb8-d7 (it is NOT the main point just to get to c5 in KID). That's why he couldn't even try Qe8 because of Nb5 attacking c7;
    Radjabov on the other hand played the knight to the right square (a6) where he is more active and don't block the bishop. So finally in the position after Bg5 there are 2 posibilities for black- either play on the queenside or on the kingside. Bd7 with c6 is generally weaker, so black tries rather f5. So he has to play Nh7 to untangle (known since G.Kasparow). That's the basic reason to play Qe8, and there is no magic behind it.

    Radjabov simply played the move he was going to play. I'm pretty sure he didn't even thought about what will happen if he don't play Qe8

  • 18 months ago


     a nice article

  • 18 months ago


    The bishop sac on H5 has won me many games. I first learned the system from Keenes book An Opening Repertoire for White by Batsford.1984.

  • 18 months ago


    Nice point. Thanks.  I wondered about that Qe8. 

  • 18 months ago


    learnt a new opening...wow impressive

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