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|Apr-18-08|| ||Jimfromprovidence: I kind of liked 10 Bxb8 because it contained a sneaky threat.|
If black had played 10...Rxb8??, then 11 Qa4+, below, wins a piece.
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|Apr-18-08|| ||jovack: white is just hopelessly entangled
things just turned sour very quickly for him
|Apr-18-08|| ||Honza Cervenka: This pretty game somewhat resembles Keres vs Botvinnik, 1941|
|Apr-18-08|| ||JG27Pyth: Aronian has future World Champion written all over him IMO. Bobak Zahmat says "He can become a legend" ... time will tell, but I agree.|
|Apr-18-08|| ||DarthStapler: Oh wow|
|Apr-21-08|| ||Domdaniel: <Kevin86> -- <2676-I bet the rating suffered by this fiasco!>|
Unfortunately, the fiasco-ness of a game has no effect on the players' ratings. Neither does the brilliance of a win. A win is a win, a loss is a loss, a draw is a draw, and the system doesn't care how they were achieved.
In this case, Aronian was rated nearly 100 points higher. GMs use a low K-factor - the part of the equation that dictates how many points can be won or lost per game. Very roughly, I'd say Aronian gained about 6 points for this; and Sokolov would've dropped from 2676 to 2670.
It would be interesting to have a rating system with bonuses for brilliancies, or even for winning with Black. But if it gets down to extra punishment for blunders, I'd be in real trouble...
|May-22-08|| ||justapatzer: would'nt 13...Na2 be a killer and end the game?|
|Jun-06-08|| ||ezmerin: Yes, justapatzer, it would. 13...Na2 14. axb4 and Black can resign. Nothing Black ever looked for.|
|Jan-27-09|| ||RobertLangdon: If not a chess player Aronin could be someone like Einstien(Actually his get up,attitude tells that).Pure genius!|
|Feb-20-09|| ||notyetagm: <LIFE MASTER AJ ANNOTATES>: http://www.geocities.com/lifemaster...|
|Mar-08-09|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Haha! A fan just sent me an e-mail about this game. |
I thought it looked familiar ... (I honestly did not remember annotating this particular game!).
|Oct-10-09|| ||seagull1756: My God, is Qc2 Nimzo refuted? :))))|
|Oct-24-09|| ||AuN1: poor sokolov, playing aronian and giving him king's bishop, knight and rook odds.|
|Feb-21-10|| ||vonehsreg: If 14.nf3 then 14...0-0-0 15.e3 15... d4!!!! 16.nd4 16...rd4 17.ed4 17...re8 18.be5 18... re5!
if in tht line 16. ed4 16...rd4!!!17.nd4 17...re8|
|Feb-21-10|| ||vonehsreg: instead of 111. bg3 maybe nf3 is better|
|Apr-11-10|| ||Kinghunt: Am I right in thinking that 14. e3 would have left white with an excellent game?|
|Nov-17-10|| ||Hesam7: <Kinghunt: Am I right in thinking that 14. e3 would have left white with an excellent game?>|
No. 14. ... O-O-O and we have P Vavrak vs V Popov, 2009 and Yang Shen vs T Kosintseva, 2009.
|Feb-01-12|| ||kiiuglik: i dont understand.. can someone explains why sokolov didnt play 16...bxa5?|
|Feb-01-12|| ||Sastre: 16.bxa5 allows 16...Rxc5 17.Nf3 (17.Qb1 Qc3+) Rxc1+ 18.Rxc1 Qb2.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||PeaceRequiresAnarchy: It's worth saying this again:
When the game finished Aronian's clock was down only 1 minute. Taking into account the 30 second increment, this means that it was his turn for only 10 minutes and 30 seconds during the game. Not bad!
|Oct-25-12|| ||TheAlchemist: I read that van Wely, perhaps unhappy at being relegated to a lower board due to his bad form prior to the Olympiad, found this game particularly funny and of course Sokolov didn't like that at all. I don't know if it's true, but apparently Sokolov was close to punching him.|
|Jan-13-14|| ||chesswar1000: god, I would love to see the faces of both players after this game!|
|Apr-02-14|| ||SpiritedReposte: What a fine way to sustain the initiative move after move.|
|Oct-02-17|| ||Vollet: I suppose that after
|Mar-28-18|| ||Spy72: I wonder why so far nobody has commented that "Ivan the terrible" is definitely a faulty title for this game.
Kudos of course to Aronian, but also to Sokolov for resigning without making a last move with a K-side piece,which would destroy a bit the beauty of the final position.|
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