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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
World Blitz Championship (2012), Astana KAZ, rd 27, Jul-10
Ware Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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Jul-10-12  kappertjes: I had to laugh when I saw Carlsen's first move here. Not quite sure if using it is some sort of slight or not, but it didn't seem to hurt him in the game.

Wonder if it means I now could play a4 at the club and expect to win...

Jul-10-12  BadKnight: Strong opening novelty from Carlsen threw Radjabov off balance.
Jul-10-12  fisayo123: Radja unfortunately is a well known client of Carlsen. I think he has figured him out in the opening
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  tamar: Why not? Radjabov is so well prepared in his own schemes that his aggressiveness is usually tied to knowing the position better than his opponent.
Jul-10-12  Kinghunt: Only Carlsen would play this opening, even if it is just blitz. I don't think even Morozevich would try this.
Jul-10-12  solskytz: Nakamura, for sure
Jul-10-12  BadKnight: For blitz I think 1.a4 move has very little independent value. Its says to your opponent, I am going to play an opening set up with an early a4 move inserted, now show your cards first, then I will decide on which set up to choose.

I believe, however, 1.b3 is much better than 1.a4 if flexibility is your primary concern.

Jul-10-12  BadKnight: And here is the explanation, from chessvibes:

<The following game needs some explanation, because Carlsen starting his game against Radjabov with 1.a4 had a little history. During the previous World Blitz Championship, in Moscow, November 2010, Radjabov had said to Carlsen:

"Everyone is getting tired. You might as well start with 1.a4 and you can still beat them.">

Jul-11-12  Everyone: Tired or not, you could beat me all the time.
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  hedgeh0g: Next up: 1.f3.
Jul-11-12  JoergWalter: 1.a4 is a huge improvement over Anderssen's 1.a3. I could sense it the moment I saw (see how good I am??)Well, it took 150 years ...
Jul-11-12  haydn20: I love GM blitz for the possibilities of low comedy (1. a4?!) and schadenfreude. 26...g5? and 28...Bxc4??. Gee, I coulda made (often do make)such moves. Now let some high-and-mighty GM suffer for a change!
Jul-11-12  JoergWalter: <haydn20: I love GM blitz for the possibilities of low comedy (1. a4?!) and schadenfreude> so true, they all cook their soup with water, but their water is hotter than ours.
Jun-28-13  solskytz: I think you're deliberately trying to humiliate people, and I'm going straight out of here and I'm going to tell the police exactly what you do to people and I'm going to make bloody sure that you never do it again.

There, what do you think of that? There, What do you think of that?

Jun-28-13  JoergWalter: <solskytz> you talking to me? :-)

Jun-29-13  solskytz: It's more about man's crisis of identity in the latter half of the twentieth century

Jun-29-13  JoergWalter: <solskytz: It's more about man's crisis of identity in the latter half of the twentieth century>

fyi, we are in the 21st century, now.

Jul-03-13  solskytz: Well - I maintain my claim - but to understand it better, you do need to follow the referenced link...

And true, 2013 is 2013, indeed :-)

Dec-25-13  pericles of athens: Not sure why, but this game popped into my head today, Christmas day 2013.
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  Domdaniel: 1.a3 is an easy move to play, for both sides: something like 1.a3 e5 2.c4 is typical, transposing to an English. Or 1.a3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4, with a Reversed Alekhine's.

1.a4 is a little more challenging, again for both players. White aims to transpose into a system where a4 is useful, of which there are obviously several. Black aims to reach a system where a4 is of minimal use. In blitz, it's difficult to work this out.

Sep-15-15  fisayo123: Just rubbing it in, showing his superiority to Radjabov.
Nov-25-15  Brit: It would have been nice to see c4.
Jul-28-18  Caissa04: He wouldn't dare play this in a classical game.
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