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Alexander Morozevich vs Levon Aronian
Mainz Ordix op (2005) (rapid), rd 8, Aug-13
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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May-28-06  Whitehat1963: Why not 35. e4?
May-28-06  technical draw: Because 35..Ng4 check causes trouble.
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  Ron: The Olympiad has its lopsided matchups (e.g. Grandmaster vs. 2200) but here we have a game between two players of the elite. At move 35 Morozevich is a pawn up but yet makes the sacrifice 35 Rxf6. The sacrifice seems sound.
May-28-06  Whitehat1963: I see. Thanks <td> what happens after 48...Kf6?
May-28-06  euripides: Harmony prevails over chaos. Just.
May-28-06  technical draw: After 48..Kf6 again 49.Ng4 causes trouble.
May-28-06  Whitehat1963: Those damned knights!
May-28-06  technical draw: I don't think it's the knights but that darn g4 square is out to get you!
May-28-06  Whitehat1963: The combination of the two, actually!
Sep-13-07  Gnappo: Beautiful game. In my opinion Aronian gets wrong when he tries a reaction on the Queenside 18....Bb6?! (I think 18....Qd6 gives more stability) Then, Moro plays in a wonderful way, punishing all the inaccurancies of Aronian.

23...cxb5?! (23....c5 24.Nf3 Nxf3+ 25.Nxf3 Qxe4 26.Qxe4 Rxe4 27.Rxe6 is more playable)

24.Nxb5! and there's no way to defend d6, that falls at the 32nd move (even if 31....Rd8 32.Ted3!)

32....b5 (32....Qh4 seems more interesting, but after 33.Re1 Ng4+ 34.Kg1 Black can do nothing)

With 35...Bxh3 Aronian tries to introduce a complication (if 35...gxf6 36.Nd6!), then he tries to defend an impossible position, surrendering after 44....Rf2? that allows the run of g pawn to the 8th rank.

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