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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 8, Aug-01
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-01-06  aw1988: This game is actually very interesting. Some themes I need to revisit in my own games...
Aug-01-06  ughaibu: No complaints about draws?
Aug-01-06  aw1988: Not from me, at least.
Aug-01-06  ughaibu: No, but where's the "Dortmund sucks" mob? I'm going to dare to speculate that complaints about draws are thinly disguised complaints about specific people and as such are a form of hate psycho-crime.
Aug-01-06  AniamL: A recurring problem I have in chess is deciding whether to capture with a piece or a pawn. In this game, if black were to play Bxe4, should white capture with the queen or the pawn? Pawn means an open f file, to which black already has access, and queen means the g3 rook is going to be inactive for awhile. I guess personally I'd capture with the queen here, but I'd like a brief analysis from a better player.
Aug-01-06  AniamL: 30...Bxe4, that is.
Aug-01-06  suenteus po 147: <I'm going to dare to speculate that complaints about draws are thinly disguised complaints about specific people> I don't think you are far off. In fact, I agree. At least one kibitzer, <notyetagm>, has had the decency and fairness to state that he has a beef against Kramnik. I can respect that. At least he's honest. But many other kibitzers hide behind this movement "against short draws" merely to practice discrimination and disseminate hatred (or at the least extreme dislike and general ill-will).
Aug-02-06  percyblakeney: It would have been interesting if this game had been played out, but it's hard to demand that every single game in Biel should be long and decisive. As it is 4 of 24 games have been drawn in less than 38 moves. In Dortmund a majority of the games have been drawn in less than 30 moves. It's not strange if there have been more complaints against Dortmund, even if they may well be exaggerated...
Aug-02-06  waddayaplay: The young and ambitious don't draw... they need those rating points too much...
Aug-02-06  ughaibu: Radjabov could've tried putting his rook on d8 and his queen on b7, then breaking with c6.
Aug-02-06  Interbond: It is a big difference between having one or two short draws in a tournament sometimes, and having regularely 60-80% draws or more in every tournament.
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