LIFE Master AJ: GM Saidali Iuldachev (2550) - GM Levon Aronian (2675) [B30]
Calvia Olympiad (Men) Mallorca, ESP; (R#2) / 16,10,2004.
This game was featured as the "Problem of the Day" (daily puzzle) for Wednesday; October 14th, 2009. [ Note: I am trying to analyze many of these games ... however, I am too much of a perfectionist. (I can spend days - or even weeks - trying to fine-tune my analysis.) ]
Note that the CG website spells the first player's (last) name as "Yuldashev."
1.e4 c5; 2.Nc3 Nc6; 3.Bb5 Nd4;
The main line, according to the PB.
4.Bc4 e6; 5.Nf3 Nf6; 6.0-0 a6; 7.d3,
The first choice in the Fritz "Power-Book," however -- I would have preferred a move that did not cost White his crucial KB (light-squared ♗) ...
[Maybe 7.a4, " " was OK for White?]
7...b5; 8.Bb3 Nxb3; 9.axb3 Bb7; 10.e5 b4!?; 11.exf6?!,
Looks right ... ... ...
but winds up costing White any chance for an advantage.
[Probably the continuation of: 11.Na4 Nd5; 12.Ng5!, " "
was a little better than the game.]
11...bxc3; 12.fxg7!?, hmmm
[Or 12.bxc3 Qxf6; 13.Bb2, ∞.]
12...Bxg7; 13.bxc3 Bxc3; 14.Ra4 Rg8; "∞"
This position is pretty close to equal, at least for the moment.
A natural-looking move, however, this seems to get White into trouble.
[Maybe '?!' (dubious?) here?]
[The box prefers: 15.g3, '=' for White, in this particular position.]
15...Qf6; 16.Bg3 Bxf3; 17.gxf3?,
This rupturing of the K-side and allowing the ensuing assault has "SUICIDE" written all over it. (The normal rule of thumb is
to exchange Queens in such a position ... in order to lessen Black's attack.)
[Instead, White should have taken his chances in the endgame, after: 17.Qxf3 Qxf3; 18.gxf3 d5; " " but Black is clearly better. ]
17...h5; 18.Kh1 Bd4; 19.h4 Ke7; 20.Qe2 Rg6!!; 21.Rg1 Rag8!;
The Black a-Pawn is not important.
22.Rxa6 Kf8!; 23.Ra4, Hmmm.
I guess White wants to play b2-b4, not that the Pawn move really does a great deal for White's game.
[RR23.Kh2 d5; 24.c4, " " - Fritz 11.]
23...Kg7; 24.b4!? cxb4; 25.Rxb4 Kh7!; 26.Rg2!? Qg7;
Note the tripling on the g-file.
White targets Black's RP ...
[Maybe better was: 27.Rb7 f5, "∞ ".]
27...f5 ; 28.Rg1?!,
A pointless move that only exacerbates White's troubles on the g-file.
[Better was: 28.Qd2 Bxf2; "=".]
After this move - which only further exposes the WK and allows the BR to come to g4 - White is lost.
[Better was: 29.Rbb1▢ Qf6; "/+ ".]
With the idea of ...RxP/h4+; and if White captures on h4, then Aronian
can simply play ...QxR/g1#.
Now everything loses, so it is almost pointless to tack on more question marks. (Fritz shows that Rg2 was forced.)
[RR White had to play: 30.Rg2 Rxh4+; 31.Rh2 Rxh2+; 32.Kxh2 Qg6; 33.fxe5 h4; " ".]
White plays for a simple cheapo. (RxP/h5+, Kg6; and then QxR/g4.)
We have now reached the position for the "Chess Games" daily puzzle or P.O.T.D.
[Fritz shows White's best line as: 31.Qe4+ Kh8; 32.Qxd4 Rxh4+; 33.Kg2 f3+; 34.Kxf3 Rxd4; " " (Black is still winning.).]
31...Rxh4+!; 32.Kg2▢, Forced.
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