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Teimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen
"Savoy Ruffle" (game of the day Oct-05-2013)
World Championship Candidates (2013), London ENG, rd 13, Mar-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1

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Teimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen (2013) Savoy Ruffle
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May-17-13
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  fiercebadger: ever Since Carlsen won with 1a4 in the 2012 world blitz

Carlsen has the EVIL EYE over RAJi the Rabbit

Aug-27-13  Dragi: I am deeply convinced that Radja deliberately left this game ...

after 50 moves it is a pure draw

Aug-27-13  Dragi: and why 64 is a4 ...even patzer like me knows that pawn on a3 square must stay where it is
Aug-27-13  notyetagm: <Dragi: and why 64 is a4 ...even patzer like me knows that pawn on a3 square must stay where it is>

Radjabov always <SELF-DESTRUCTS> like this against Carlsen.

He is one of Carlsen's best "customers".

:-)

Sep-19-13  Poisonpawns: Does anyone have any recommendations on the best books for the black side of the Nimzo-Indian? They can be old or new, I just wanted to study it some more.
Sep-19-13
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  perfidious: <Poisonpawns>: The guide from <ray keene>, published in 1983, is a very reasonable overview, if of course dated: for example, you will find relatively little coverage of the move 4.Qc2, as it was then a relatively rare guest in high-level praxis.

Still and all, Keene's explanations can only aid one in learning and understanding.

There is a collection of then-recent games done by Tony Kosten in the early 1990s which could well be efficacious even today as well.

The man who has immense knowledge of opening works-far more than I-is <parisattack>. You might wish to post in his forum.

Sep-19-13  Nerwal: <Does anyone have any recommendations on the best books for the black side of the Nimzo-Indian? They can be old or new, I just wanted to study it some more.>

From the rather old books, Kosten's <Mastering the Nimzo> (chapters sorted by pawn structures with emphasis on themes; that's probably the right way to study the Nimzo, database books are not useful at all in this opening) and Emms' <Easy guide to the Nimzo> (a repertoire book for black, but with good explanations), they are pretty good to get a feel of this opening.

Sep-19-13  Poisonpawns: Thank you <perfidious><Nerwal> I just aquired GM Emm`s book now; it is excellent.
Oct-05-13  offramp: Game of the day. I don't get the pun. I don't get the game either. Other than that, very good.
Oct-05-13  optimal play: I presume this game was played at the Savoy Hotel, London

You might not feel it now
When the pain cuts through
You're going to know and how
The sweat is going to fill your head
When it becomes too much
You'll shout aloud

You'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy (t)ruffle

Oct-05-13  offramp: Is that a quote or is it your own thoughts?
Oct-05-13  optimal play: The Beatles "White Album"
Oct-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  piltdown man: A George Harrison composition, I think?
Oct-05-13
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  thegoodanarchist: Anyone ever notice how this Carlsen fellow is fairly decent at endgames?

I think I might be able to learn something from him...

Oct-05-13  arnaud1959: <Dragi: and why 64 is a4 ...even patzer like me knows that pawn on a3 square must stay where it is>. Obviously you have calculated all the consequences of a possible 64.-a4 65.Nd4+ Kc5 threatening the c pawn. That's easy to see for a patzer!!
Oct-05-13
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  kevin86: why did white give the bishop away? That lost.
Oct-05-13  King Sacrificer: <offramp: Game of the day. I don't get the pun. I don't get the game either. Other than that, very good.>

Yeah. This endgame looks like a surrealist painting. It must be amazing but i don't get anything.

Oct-05-13
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  Domdaniel: <thegoodanarchist> Yes, fairly decent. Quite difficult to learn from, though. It's very hard to see just how he does it, other than calculating more deeply than his opponents.
Oct-05-13  John Abraham: Nice photo, Magnus looks like a hungry Norwegian bear ready to devour his opponents
Oct-05-13  GrandMaesterPycelle: This doesn't seem like gotd material - a game that was drawn for several hours, but Carlsen had to win, so he kept playing until Radjabov, not in good form, messed up.
Oct-05-13  JustAnotherPatzer: A very special GOTD, one that was drawn for several hours, but Carlsen HAD TO win to earn the right to play for the WCC, so he kept on playing until his near-2800 rated opponent made a slight inaccuracy. Remarkable.
Oct-05-13
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  Check It Out: <GrandMaesterPycelle: This doesn't seem like gotd material>

The tension during the event was incredible. Just like great band rehearsals can sound so-so on light-of-the-day recordings this drawn game, that Magnus eked a win out of, was super exciting at the time it was happening.

Dec-22-13
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  Domdaniel: By now, everyone knows that Carlsen's ability at finding wins in equal or nearly-equal endgames is his strongest card.
Nov-09-21  Tacotopia: I was analyzing this endgame today and it seems like Radjabov missed a key chance to force Magnus into very sharp play by choosing 79.Kd5 instead of 79.Kc5 (which he played), not allowing Black to continue the way Carlsen did. I had first analyzed into the following line: 79...Nb4+ 80.Ke6 Nd3 81.Kf6 Be8 82.Ke7 Ba4 83.Kf6 Nxf2 84.Kxg6 Nh1 85.Kg5 Nxg3 86.Bc4 Bd1 87.Kf4 Ne2+ 88.Kxf5 and the engine at depth 40 thinks this is -0.1. I had thought Black's better try may perhaps be 79...Kb6, but then saw that Black may maintain the advantage with the 79...Nb4+ line, but only if he calculates the essential move ...Nh1 by instead playing: 82...Nxf2 82.Kxg6 Nh1! and White will lose the g3-pawn.
Nov-09-21
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  keypusher: <Tacotopia: I was analyzing this endgame today and it seems like Radjabov missed a key chance to force Magnus into very sharp play by choosing 79.Kd5 instead of 79.Kc5 (which he played), not allowing Black to continue the way Carlsen did. I had first analyzed into the following line: 79...Nb4+ 80.Ke6 Nd3 81.Kf6 Be8 82.Ke7 Ba4 83.Kf6 Nxf2 84.Kxg6 Nh1 85.Kg5 Nxg3 86.Bc4 Bd1 87.Kf4 Ne2+ 88.Kxf5 and the engine at depth 40 thinks this is -0.1. I had thought Black's better try may perhaps be 79...Kb6, but then saw that Black may maintain the advantage with the 79...Nb4+ line, but only if he calculates the essential move ...Nh1 by instead playing: 82...Nxf2 82.Kxg6 Nh1! and White will lose the g3-pawn.>

Hmm, now just a minute. Eyal posted your last line in 2013. Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2013 (kibitz #231)


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This is the position after 82....Nh1. Eyal noted that either king capture loses to ...Ng3+ and 83.Bxh5 loses to ...Nxg3 (threatening ...Be8+) 84.Kg5 Nxh5 85.Kxh5 f4!.

The problem seems to be that White doesn't have to capture (either) pawn at all! Instead 83.Kg5!! Nxg3 84.Bc4! and now he threatens Kf4 followed by Kxf5.

You transposed to this exact position in your first line, which had 81....Be8 82.Ke7 Ba4 83.Kf6 thrown in, and concluded that it was a draw. As far as I can tell, you were right.

The game move, 79.Kc5, doesn't look losing either, at least not on a shallow search. After 80.Nc4 White was definitely losing.

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