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Levon Aronian vs Leonid Veniaminovich Sandler
Olympiad (1996), Yerevan ARM, rd 13, Sep-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1


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  optimal play: 22...Rxd4!

It looks as though this move caught the young Levon Aronian unawares?!

23...e3! 24...Qxc2! 25...Rd8!

27...Rd3! 28...Bc5!

Very good play by Leonid Sandler!

This game is from the 32nd Chess Olympiad held in Yerevan (Armenia) 1996, played on 30th September, round 13, board 4, between Armenia "B" (white) and Australia (black).

Australia won the round 2-1 and finished 28th out of 114 teams; Armenia "B" were 50th.

Both Levon Aronian and Leonid Sandler were 2nd reserves for their respective teams and each was playing in his first Olympiad, although in contrast to the young Aronian who was not yet 14 years old, Sandler was 20 years his senior, and his experience trumped the boy's innate talent.

Leonid Sandler finished with an overall score of 7/10 [+6/=2/-2] and Levon Aronian with 3/7 [+3/=1/-3]

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