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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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  offramp: <Check It Out: A terrific game that signaled Carlsen's match victory.>

What do you mean by "signaled"?

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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.

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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.
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  Phony Benoni: Isn't it good?
Oct-15-14  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  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.

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  kevin86: One of white's pawns will queen.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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  Check It Out: Wait for it...
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  joe1137: I'll do it.

<Why is the opening called the Forgotten Variation?>

I forget.

Oct-19-14  SetNoEscapeOn: What's that again?
Nov-04-14  thegoodanarchist: <>
Jan-15-15  jrofrano: This game was the number one game of 2013:
Feb-03-15  lentil: At move 38 I would think that W was crushed.
Feb-21-15  archie57: great match by carlsen. Posibly Anand glasses, disadvantage of handicap. lost in enduro games. Kibitz!
Sep-26-15  g15713: Black to play after 48 Rh6+
48. ...Kc7!! draws as well but it is a serious study theme.>

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48. ...Kc7
49. Bxb3 axb3
50. Kxb3 Rxg2
51. Rxh4 Re2
52. a4 Rxe5
53. Kc4 Kb6
54. Rh6+ Kc7! [Ka5 loses]
55. a5 Kb7
56. h4 Re4+
57. Kd5 Ra4
58. a6+ Ka7
59. h5 Rf4
60. Kxc5>

However, after White plays 53 Kc4 Kb6 (FinalGen says 53...Kc6 also draws) 54 Rh6+ Kc7 now loses. Only 54...Ka7 or 54...Kb7 or even 54...Ka5 draws ! For example: 54...Ka5 55. h4 Rf5 is the only move to draw. Those with Lomonosov Endgame Tablebases for 7 pieces can verify this.

Note: generally if the weaker side's king does not stand in the path of one of the pawns, his drawing chances are slight.

White now plays 55 Kb5 and wins in 42 moves after 54...Kc7?

I put the below diagram to FinalGen, a chess endgame tablebase generator for Windows, to validate the analysis.

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For example:
55. Kb5 Re4
56. a5 Kb7
57. Rb6+ will soon win the c pawn in a favorable way or

55. Kb5 Kb7
56. Rh4 Kc7
57. h3

I am not here to disparage anyone as this was a rook ending "one for the ages".

Of course 45. ...Ra1 was the safest and simplest way. Anand kept on missing easy ways so he had to find harder and harder ways, missed them all, and finally he run out of all chances. I fully understand how difficult this was. This is a rook ending for books and for history. Magnus' play was flawless.>

Oct-29-15  g15713: In answer to mistreaver's comment:
48. ...Kc7
49. Bxb3 axb3
50. Kxb3 Rxg2
51. Rxh4 Re2
52. a4 Rxe5
53. Kc4 Kb6
54. Rh6+ Kc7! [Ka5 loses]
55. a5 Kb7
56. h4 Re4+
57. Kd5 Ra4
58. a6+ Ka7
59. h5 Rf4
60. Kxc5>

"How would you continue here if instead of 52 a4 white continues with 52 Kc4, say: 52 Kc4 Rxe5 53 Kb5?"

Black to play

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53... Kd6 54. Kc4 Kc7 55. Rh3 Kd6 56. Kd3 Kc7 57. Rh8 Kd6 58. Rh3 Kc7

53... Kd6 54. a4 Re2 55. a5 Rb2+ or Kc7

53... Re2 54. a4 Kd6

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