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Mikkel Diskerud vs Magnus Carlsen
"Own Goal" (game of the day Jun-12-2014)
Exhibition (2013) (blitz), Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag NOR, Apr-13
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses (E90)  ·  0-1



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Jun-06-14  paramount: Mikkel is a Norwegian footballer.

Why the hell in the world he wanted to play a game with the strongest player in the world.

Thanks God, the Bill Gates Slaughter-esque didnt happen there.

Jun-07-14  snarky: @paramount Mix and Magnus went to school together. So I guess this would be classified as a friendly.
Jun-07-14  SirRuthless: Mix is an interesting payer for the nats. He brings some of that European soccer intelligence and close control that our homegrown players lack. I like him and am glad he made the final 23.
Jun-07-14  snarky: @SirRuthless. I agree. He is a great option to have in the team. Where he fits exactly given Bradley's presence in the midfield will be interesting to see (especially after this WC cycle ends).

I looks like he will be deployed on the right at times during the WC. But he is really good in tight spaces and I think if/when Agudelo comes into the fold, those two could have some real chemistry.

Anyway, it's too bad the deal in Portland fell through. He is exactly the kind of player the MLS needs right now and hoepfully that episode will cause them to look at how they structure their contracts.

Jun-08-14  paramount: <snarky> thanks. that explains everything.

yeah, the <final 23> in checkmate mode. If i was Mikkel, i wouldnt challenge Carlsen chess, we would take a compromise and probably would play backgammon or go. But clearly not chess, although its a friendly match, it just nonsense. Bill Gates is a God with his money and a very happy person so he gave the favor to Carlsen to make his life a little bit miserable with a fast checkmate...he still happy though. He thanks God for that, that night Bill Gates could sleep tight because he was less happy than yesterday and worried less about losing his happiness that lessened by the embarrassing defeat.

But hey, who the hell Mikkel Diskerud???
He is not Beckham or Bolt or Becker or Sting or some paramount person that doesnt need his to be more mortified by the would-be-obvious defeat by his school mate.

I admit that Mikkel is a very generous person. The very generous person usually wouldnt reach the paramount position in their lives.

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  Phony Benoni: The game, and pun, were no doubt selected because the World Cup competition begins today. Diskerud is a member of the USA team.

Unfortunately, his chances of winning this game were not realistic. Maybe if he had played a Brazilian.

Jun-12-14  master of defence: <Unfortunately, his chances of winning this game were not realistic. Maybe if he had played a Brazilian.>

Phony Benoni, are you suggesting that brazilians are in general weaker at chess than people from other nationalities, or you're only making a reference to the 2014 World Cup which starts today(12 Jun)in Brazil? I'm a bit unsure about the statement i've quoted from your last post.

Jun-12-14  Shams: Is White's position even that bad after 13 moves? Ok, he has several weak pawns. But is there no hay to be made on the dark squares?
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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> I was only joking about the recent statement by the USA coach that that his team had not realistic chance to win the Cup.

If you want to read anything about Brazil into it, consider that Brazil in "soccer" is the equivalent of Carlsen at chess.

Jun-12-14  SeanAzarin: Mix Diskerud did pretty well for an amateur. I'm sure if Magnus were to play soccer against him he'd lose in much less than the equivalent of 23 moves. :)
Jun-12-14  green ink: Between these extremes we find GM Simen Agdestein, who has played both soccer and chess on an international level.
Jun-12-14  ChessYouGood: < SIRtheverymostRUTHLESS Mix is an interesting payer for the nats.> I have no idea what this means, and wonder whether proof reading is an option, or whether chess games could please implement some sort of text screening or ignore function to make the site more enjoyable.
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  Willber G: Feeble GOTD.
Jun-12-14  Castleinthesky: I think Diskerud probably had a better chance of beating Carlsen, than the US has of winning the WC.
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  kevin86: One step forward into checkmate!

Sounds like a line from a sci-fi movie.

The US has a much chance at the World Cup as a Jew has of becoming pope.

After all, Jews are Saviors, not popes.

Jun-12-14  snarky: Alexi Lalas says Carlsen got off lucky here.
Jun-12-14  YetAnotherAmateur: New sport: Chess football!

3 rounds, each one with 20' of football, and then 5' speed chess game by a randomly selected player on each side. Game winner is determined by the sum of the football scores with the chess scores, so the team that scores 2 goals and draws one chess game gets a score of 2 1/2.

Jun-12-14  snarky: @<YetAnotherAmateur> I like it.

But why not keep it as is on the football side (two 45 minute halves) and have three or four games of blitz between randomly drawn players after each half?

Jun-12-14  DPLeo: <kevin86 ...

The US has a much chance at the World Cup as a Jew has of becoming pope.

After all, Jews are Saviors, not popes.>

Alright, the US has a better chance than I thought!

Since some sources claim St. Peter was the first pope and he was Jewish.


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  Phony Benoni: When approaching an unknown opponent who is supposedly weaker, I'm always a bit apprehensive at first. Ratings can only tell you so much about your opponent. They might be rapidly improving, setting up the one pet line they actually know something about, or planning other devilment.

Probably Carlsen doesn't have this problem. Instead, I suspect he thinks somewhat like Alekhine did the time he was visiting a remote chess club and a persistent member pestered him into playing a game.

Alekhine sat down and removed his rook from a1. The club member exploded. "You may be champion of the world, but what makes you think you can give me rook odds? You don't even know who I am!"

Alekhine replied, "Exactly."

Carlsen more likely had that attitude, but <6.a3> was a nice confirmation. It's the sort of normal-looking move that has nothing to do with the position, and shows the opponent doesn't fully appreciate what they're getting into. (6.h3 is a book line, so perhaps Diskerud got wrong-footed.)

At any rate, Carlsen knows for sure there will be no technical difficulties and his only job is to be as brilliant as possible, and <10...Nxe4> is the sort of thing that will impress the kibitzers.

Afterward, it just gets ugly. Playing <17...Bxh3> was probably more embarrassing for Carlsen than for Diskerud. By now he just wants to get it over with as soon as possible, so when White tries <21.Bxc5> Black simply ignores it and goes straight for mate instead. Everybody is happy including the sponsor, who can now switch to the commercial.

Jun-12-14  morfishine: While I may not like this particular "GOTD", and have no comment on the pun, I am passionate about soccer and chess.

Mark my words: The USA national team will go deep in the World Cup. Sure, Brazil, Germany, Argentina & Spain have the best "chances" and are the favorites.

I have the USA team going to the final 4.


Jun-12-14  Nova: As usual, great post <Phony Benoni>. These anecdotal posts on chess history are fun to learn about.

I feel the same way sometimes when facing lower rated opponents, the fear that they may be up and coming masters, and at the same time I fear the masters, who, even if I am winning, I assume are planning an elaborate counter-strike!

Then again, Carlsen I imagine has studied chess so much so that rarely anything surprises him from non-super GMs.

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  scutigera: <kevin86: ... has a much chance at the World Cup as a Jew has of becoming pope.>

Not nearly as far-fetched as some people think; the Church has always welcomed converts. This guy was one step away and he was not only a Jew, but a practicing Jew:
"For me, the vocation of Israel is bringing light to the goyim. That is my hope and I believe that Christianity is the means for achieving it."

Jun-13-14  snarky: Whether or not the USA team goes deep, they are playing some really nice football lately.

It may not translate to results against Germany and Portugal. I hope it does.

If they do make it out of the group, they will probably face Belgium in the round of 16 and then a good chance of seeing Argentina after that. Yikes.

In sum, they got a pretty tough draw both in terms of their group and their path beyond the group. I'm excited to see what shakes out.

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  MissScarlett: <Mix Diskerud Verified account ‏@MixDiskerud

So many ignorants report Carlsen only used 32 sec to crush me, when in fact he thought more than I did in the other 300 seconds we played>

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