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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
Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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  diceman: Carlsen knew his chances were good.
He had already squeezed him in an equal ending.

Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2012

Apr-18-13  Jay60: The more I look at 64.a4, the more convinced I become Radja threw this game. And did he say something like "If I had to lose a game, this was the one" in the postmortem?
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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.
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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.
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  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

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  offramp: Is that a quote or is it your own thoughts?
Oct-05-13  optimal play: The Beatles "White Album"
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  piltdown man: A George Harrison composition, I think?
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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!!
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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