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Teimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 4, Apr-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Sally Simpson: No need to bother kibitzing this game.

Just go to Carlsen vs Leko, 2007 and read the kibitizing there.

It is the same game!


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  Count Wedgemore: <Sally Simpson: It is the same game!>

Technically this is not correct. The move order is a little different, and for some reason, in the Carlsen-Leko game they repeated the position four times instead of taking the draw after move nineteen, like in this game. So that game lasted one move longer.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Count,

That 2007 game got 10 pages of comments (!) wonder if this one will get the same.

Leko was a big player back then and people were arguing about how come he allowed Carlsen such a simple draw.

Apr-22-18  Justin796: Typical woman to leave out the details lol
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  Marmot PFL: <That 2007 game got 10 pages of comments (!) wonder if this one will get the same. >

The tournament page for that event had 287 pages of commenting, this one has what so far, 6? Shows you what the increasing number of draws is doing to chess interest, along with so many events for the public to follow that they become routine.

Apr-23-18  frogbert: Some remarks on that Carlsen-Leko game that look slightly funny in retrospect. About Carlsen:

<Super GM? Hold on a second, he's not even 2700 yet. Chances are he'll cross 2700 at least momentarily, but will he stay ther? Time will tell.>

Well, Carlsen has managed, just barely, to remain 2700+. Interestingly, Leko got some heat for not playing on as black, because he was «the clearly better player». Possibly, Leko already appreciated Carlsen's strength at the time, despite the latter's sub-2700 rating.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi frogbert,

Amusing to see back then the ability to start a row over nothing was, like today, mandatory and an acquired skill.

One started here:
Carlsen vs Leko, 2007 (kibitz #225)

"...didnt carlsen turn down a draw opportunity against topalov? hmmm, i guess he just wasnt in a fighting mood today."

That simple statement was answered with:

"You're not seriously saying that Carlsen is stronger than Leko, right?"

May-02-18  qqdos: Is this not precisely the type of game that should earn both players minus points. White managed 9 draws out of 9. Does that deserve the appearance money?
May-02-18  qqdos: <FSR> I am not sure why you would want to commemorate this game in a Collection. Why not Carlsen vs Leko, 2007 and Radjabov's own 21 move game last year against Giri with the same line? Maybe a game to forget.
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