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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
"Who Knows Where the Teim Goes?" (game of the day Mar-05-2019)
World Blitz Championship (2012) (blitz), Astana KAZ, rd 27, Jul-10
Ware Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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Jun-29-13  solskytz: It's more about man's crisis of identity in the latter half of the twentieth century

Jun-29-13  JoergWalter: <solskytz: It's more about man's crisis of identity in the latter half of the twentieth century>

fyi, we are in the 21st century, now.

Jul-03-13  solskytz: Well - I maintain my claim - but to understand it better, you do need to follow the referenced link...

And true, 2013 is 2013, indeed :-)

Dec-25-13  pericles of athens: Not sure why, but this game popped into my head today, Christmas day 2013.
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  Domdaniel: 1.a3 is an easy move to play, for both sides: something like 1.a3 e5 2.c4 is typical, transposing to an English. Or 1.a3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4, with a Reversed Alekhine's.

1.a4 is a little more challenging, again for both players. White aims to transpose into a system where a4 is useful, of which there are obviously several. Black aims to reach a system where a4 is of minimal use. In blitz, it's difficult to work this out.

Sep-15-15  fisayo123: Just rubbing it in, showing his superiority to Radjabov.
Nov-25-15  Brit: It would have been nice to see c4.
Jul-28-18  Caissa04: He wouldn't dare play this in a classical game.
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  Check It Out: This pun would have worked if one side lost on time. Also, if Teimor sounded like time.

<thegoldenband> is getting some serious pun credit these days. What’s the story?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If Preston Ware were alive today, he'd turn over in his grave. But he would be laughing his head off--Magnus Carlsen played his opening.
Mar-05-19  ajile: <BadKnight: For blitz I think 1.a4 move has very little independent value. Its says to your opponent, I am going to play an opening set up with an early a4 move inserted, now show your cards first, then I will decide on which set up to choose.

I believe, however, 1.b3 is much better than 1.a4 if flexibility is your primary concern.>

It's only a bad move for White if Black can transpose to an opening where the a4 pawn is useless and has no purpose. AND Black makes good use of his extra tempo to equalize.

Bonus: If Black can make use of White's weakened b4 square.

Mar-05-19  ajile: <JoergWalter: 1.a4 is a huge improvement over Anderssen's 1.a3. I could sense it the moment I saw (see how good I am??)Well, it took 150 years ...>

IMO If you are a GM there's no excuse not to have a ready plan to punish each and every one of these stupid flank openings.

Mar-05-19  Captain Hindsight: <Sorry, there is no such user "JoergWalter" on record.>
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  offramp: Latest in a series of <Fairport Convention> puns.

I keep meaning to go to Cropredy. My friend Peter goes with his Missus, Ellie. In fact I don't think they have ever missed one. It must be the music festival with the oldest average age: there can't be many under-60s there.

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  playground player: I like hinky openings, but I can't see what 1.h4 is supposed to accomplish.
Mar-05-19  JustAnotherMaster: Magnus does it over and over again and against a Super GM and SMASHES
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  Check It Out: I have to amend my previous comment, it look as though Radjabov lost on time. It would be nice if pgn contained that sort of knfo.
Mar-05-19  thegoldenband: Important note: I originally submitted this as "Who Knows <Ware> the Teim Goes?", which may not improve the pun but certainly increases its relevance.

<Check It Out: <thegoldenband> is getting some serious pun credit these days. What’s the story?>

Your guess is as good as mine! I've been steadily submitting these, off and on, for 5-6 years whenever I feel the need to procrastinate a bit. Some of them I barely remember sending in. It's a bit surreal to see them pop up after all this time.

<offramp: Latest in a series of <Fairport Convention> puns.>

I just count the two, both on "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" -- any other FC echoes are unintentional. Apparently I hedged my bets and, thinking that the Hou Yifan one wasn't going to get picked, put in for a different variation on the same song.

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  HeMateMe: was this a vocal from Sandy Dennis, Fairport Convention?
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  Check It Out: <thegoldenband> I congratulate your pun efforts!
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  keypusher: With Radjabov's horrible bishop it would up looking kind of like Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015.
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  louispaulsen88888888: You don’t want to play your best stuff in a blitz tournament. You save it for the big game.Here, Carlsen solves the problem in a radical way.1.a4 doesn’t seem nearly as bad as 1. h4. White gets the opponent out of the book and has a reasonable position.
Jan-22-22  SChesshevsky: How silly is 1. a4? Doesn't seem that silly with Carlsen's follow up. Appears a transpo to a standard Four Knights with 7. a4 rather than maybe the more common 7. Bg5.

True, the tempo probably equalizes for black with 7...Bg4 and Magnus does allow the King side to be disturbed. Which may or may not be a weakness. But he does get a very safe, somewhat advanced a-pawn after the planned Bxc6. And it's black who always has to keep an eye on defending his weak a-pawn.

Also, seems by the cg database that Radjabov didn't have a huge experience defending the Four Knights. Which also may have had something to do with Magnus plan.

1. a4 (or Four Knights 7. a4) maybe not best but appears to make some sense.

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  Messiah: Terrible pun, terrible game.
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  OhioChessFan: <tgb: Important note: I originally submitted this as "Who Knows <Ware> the Teim Goes?", which may not improve the pun but certainly increases its relevance.>

Your original was better.

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