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Ivan Sokolov vs Levon Aronian
"Ivan the Terrible" (game of the day Apr-18-2008)
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 7, May-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E35)  ·  0-1
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Apr-18-08
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  kevin86: White must have been an expert an nondeveloped pieces-first,he captures the knight at b8 and then retreats the bishop-wasting two tempi. Then he goes the ENTIRE game without a single move of ANY piece on the right side of the board. Clearly,white's "chess brain" has suffered a stroke on its left side.

2676-I bet the rating suffered by this fiasco!

Apr-18-08
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  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
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  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
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  DarthStapler: Oh wow
Apr-21-08
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
20.Rd2 Rc1+
21.Rd1 Qc2
22.Qd4 Nc3!
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