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Teimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen
"Teimour the Merrier" (game of the day Jan-12-2010)
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 11, Mar-26
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0

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Mar-26-09  vonKrolock: <43.f7>!? Even a blind would prefer the ♘ fork
Mar-26-09  larsen959: At the end the game would go on so: 54...Kg5(only move) 55.h4+ Kg4(only move) 56.Qe4# mate!
Mar-26-09  Chicago Chess Man: These kinds of games make you realize just how awesome these guys are. I couldn't find most of these moves for white with sight of the board, much less in the blind.
Mar-26-09  GreenFacedPatzer: It looks to me that 28... Ne6 was a rare blunder by Carlsen, allowing his queen to be trapped a couple moves later (although Radjabov very cleverly sets the trap up with the quiet Rg1 --- "Hey, I'm just retreating a bit off an open file, nowhere near the long diagonal...)

Despite the trap, Carlsen manages to only lose a knight for a pawn, but after that exchange Radjabov has a much stronger position. Beforehand, the position was looking nearly dead even (to my amateur eyes.)

Mar-27-09  shintaro go: Wait for your turn Carlsen, you're not the king of blindfold yet.
Apr-01-09  jmboutiere: Chicago Chess Man: These kinds of games make you realize just how awesome these guys are. I couldn't find most of these moves for white with sight of the board, much less in the blind. I think Radjabov used C53 as a surprise, succesfully. I love both players.
Jan-12-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's humbling to see such chess played without sight of the board.
Jan-12-10  RandomVisitor: 29...Nf8 is likely best. Will it hold for black?


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Rybka 3:

<[+0.45] d=19 29...Nf8> 30.Raf1 Qe6 31.f4 Qd6 32.Rd1 Qe7 33.f5 g5 34.Ng2 Kh6 35.Ne3 Rxd1 36.Rxd1 Rd7 37.Nc4 b5 38.Na5 Rxd1 39.Qxd1 Qc7 40.Qg1

Jan-12-10  muradov: A nice blindfold win by Radja.
Jan-12-10  ChessKnightsOfLondon: Wow, it must be hard to play blindfolded - how do they manage it? Can they touch the pieces or have to imagine everything in their head which would be almost impossible?
Jan-12-10
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  TheAlchemist: <It's humbling to see such chess played without sight of the board.> Agreed. I only tried playing blindfold twice, and found it incredibly hard. The first time I tried it I didn't do so bad and around move 20 or so (I was recording it to make it easier) didn't "see" a mate in 3 and somehow ended up drawing in the ending. The second time I played with a friend at school, but the lecture ended up distracting us and we didn't finish :-)

And then guys like Ivanchuk say they often prefer and find it easier to stare into empty space and imagine the board than actually looking at it. It's really another universe compared to a mere mortal.

Jan-12-10  RandomVisitor: Another look at 29...Nf8:


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Rybka 3:

<[+0.62] d=24 29...Nf8> 30.g4 hxg4 31.Nxg6 Nxg6 32.Qxg4 Qf7 33.Qh5 Rd8 34.Rxg6+ Qxg6 35.Rg1 Qxg1+ 36.Kxg1 Rd2 37.h4 Rxb2 38.Qg4+ Kf8 39.Qd1 Rf7 40.h5 Kg8 41.Kf1 Kh8 42.Qd3 Ra2 43.Qh3 Rd2 44.Qe6 Rdd7

Jan-12-10  Chesscomedian: Hm, same pun as here: Anand vs Radjabov, 2003
Jan-12-10
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  playground player: Don't even ask how they played a game like this blindfolded!

I was able to play blindfolded when I was a teenager--once beat a guy who wasn't!--and that was before the algebraic notation came along, so every square on the board had TWO names instead of one. But that was a long, long time ago and I don't know how I did it. Couldn't do it today if my life depended on it.

Jan-12-10  drpoundsign: If not blindfolded Black would have known to resign fifteen moves before he did.
Jan-12-10
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  TheAlchemist: If Radjabov lost, he'd be Teimour the Lame.
Jan-12-10
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  patzer2: For a simple but useful (Queen versus Rook) deflection tactic, 53. f5+! is worthwhile. After 53...Kf6, it's mate-in-three with 54. Qe6+ when Black resigns in lieu of 54...Kg5 h4+ 55. Qe4#.
Jan-12-10
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  patzer2: So given that 29...Nf8 (as suggested by <Random Visitor>) might have held, it would seem 29...Rd6?? which allows 30. Ra6 was the decisive blunder.

Although 32. dxe5 wins just find, Fritz indicates 32. g5! preparing an immediate assault on the King is even stronger.

Jan-12-10  drpoundsign: teimore the lane was a Moslem conquerer in the dark ages
Jan-12-10  WhiteRook48: in the crusades?
Jan-14-10
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  kevin86: The mating net will come down soonest...
Feb-01-10  SugarDom: Sheesh...puns tend to get duplicated since CG archive does not show that long..

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