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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
"Norwegian Wood" (game of the day Oct-15-14)
Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)  ·  Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Forgotten Variation (D31)  ·  1-0
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Feb-23-14
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  john barleycorn: <<Premium Chessgames Member by courtesy of John Barleycorn><LIFE Master AJ>: I have seen the endgame of K+R vs. K+R & 2 RP's many times. (I once saw a GM win it.) I won it in a tournament game vs. Ross Sprague - as Black. Again, it is SUPPOSED to be a dead draw, but drawing that ending is really tough.

Few people study it, although I have, albeit many years ago. Its like the ending of K+R vs. K+R+B. (I have played that a few times, as well. I once beat Kerry Leahy at the Queen of Hearts as White in that endgame as White.)

A lot of people never seriously study these rare endgames, your chances of actually playing it are probably VERY small.>>

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Feb-23-14
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  Check It Out: The way Carlsen maneuvered his king around Anand's queenside attack made me think of guiding thread through a needle eye.
Feb-24-14
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  LIFE Master AJ: Agreed. Only Carlsen seemed to have a real mastery of this endgame, he knew exactly what he wanted to do and made it happen!
Apr-09-14  joddon: 38 ....e5 huge blunder....magnus will take his pieces anywhere and everywhere on the board to get firepower....not like a little kid he does not need to achknowledge a winning side.....its like second nature to him, if one side is winning he will recognize it immediately and knows what comes next without any thought......but until then he slides his bishops and knights and rooks all over the place until something strange happens the stops like a lion and eats away.!!great to be this talented, but anand is like a mouse and getting eatin up by the cat by following into his trap...hes gonna do this again and again in 2014 too....its coming and gonna be crazy to see.....note :to bring back the knight to c3 takes skill, he is alert that anand is putting his pieces where they wont combine for an attack, hence , n(g4)xe3, is really using up a knight for a lousy bishop....meanwhile magnus has every move accounted for, even centralizing his n and b on moves 18 and 19...then keeping forces lined up until...this is where he practices his moves...18 and 19 are his fatal decsions, and no one can win.
May-10-14
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  Check It Out: A terrific game that signaled Carlsen's match victory.
May-10-14
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  offramp: <Check It Out: A terrific game that signaled Carlsen's match victory.>

What do you mean by "signaled"?

May-10-14
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  Check It Out: <offramp> Perhaps not the best choice of words and hindsight and all that, but Anand himself said game 5 was a massive blow, and he never recovered from it.

Kind of like how that first bit of surface snow movement "signals" an avalanche.

May-10-14
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  perfidious: 'Presaged' might have been a better option, but that is of no concern; for we are not writing a bio here.
Oct-15-14
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  Phony Benoni: Isn't it good?
Oct-15-14
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  HeMateMe: You're from THAT era, Benoni. Surely you must have rolled the seeds out of a double album or two, in the college dorms, listening to the Beatles or the Doors?
Oct-15-14  The17thPawn: Pun almost sounds like the title of a Norwegian burlesque show, but its probably a tad to subtle:)
Oct-15-14
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  HeMateMe: still can't figure out how black wins this endgame, It just looked like a dead draw. I guess Anand's handling of his Bishop was bad. The Bishop ended up in a clumsy set up and a pawn was lost.
Oct-15-14  greenfield67: A Google search for "Norwegian Wood Beatles" gives 754000 results, and "Norwegian Wood Murakami" only 472000; I'm a little surprised. On the game - this is another one of those games that Carlsen seems to win almost by sorcery. It's not obvious that he has a plan or, if he does, how it might be executed or, if it can, what that will lead to. Right up until he's winning.
Oct-15-14  fgh: I liked "Kafka on the Shore" but have yet to read Murakami's "Norwegian Wood", so this game pun is a nice reminder for me.

Btw, this is my favourite game from the last WC match.

Oct-15-14
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  kevin86: One of white's pawns will queen.
Oct-15-14
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  Check It Out: Love this game. I had been trying to come up with some silly pun based on "forgotten" [variation] but couldn't get anything decent. Glad to finally see it as game of the day.
Oct-15-14
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  Shams: <fgh> 'Norwegian Wood' is the book that made him a celebrity in Japan. It is unlike most of his other novels, although the one that was just published in English a month or so ago has been described as similar to it.

I read 1Q84 over the summer and loved it.

Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: Norwegian Wood the novel is silly and perhaps used in this game only because of the first word. I have read Tsukuru... and it seems Murakami ha fallen into a rut. My favorite novel of his is Sputnik Sweetheart, followed by Kafka on the Shore. I still have to read Wind-up Bird, which according to some is his best work.
Oct-15-14
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  Shams: <Pulo y Gata> <I still have to read Wind-up Bird, which according to some is his best work.>

An opinion I share. And I'd actually put Sputnik Sweetheart last.

You didn't care for 1Q84?

We can continue this on my forum if you like, instead of spamming this page.

Oct-15-14  siggemannen: Norwegian Wood and Wind-up Bird are my favourites of Murakami!

Haven't heard the "original" (Beatles song) yet though =)

Oct-15-14  Tigranny: Why is the opening called the Forgotten Variation?
Oct-15-14
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  Check It Out: Wait for it...
Oct-19-14
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  joe1137: I'll do it.

<Why is the opening called the Forgotten Variation?>

I forget.

Oct-19-14
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  SetNoEscapeOn: What's that again?
Nov-04-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkc...>
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