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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Levon Aronian
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-07-06  Ezzy: Mamedyarov,S (2728) - Aronian,L (2741) [D38]
Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (2), 07.11.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 c5 8.Bd3 Qa5 9.Qc2 <Mamedyarov vs R Bagirov, 2005 went 9 0-0> c4 10.Bf5 00 11.00 Re8 12.Nd2 <Novelty 12 Bf4 and 12 Rfc1 have been tried. Mamedyarov's idea seems to be the protection of his weak e4 square. But the knight on d2 has a strange tour ahead to find some activity via - Nf1g3-h1f2. This idea with an eventual e4 needs a lot of patience.> 12...g6 13.Bxd7 Nxd7 14.f3 Nb6 15.Bf4 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qa4 <Aronian has to distract Mamedyarov from getting in e4> 17.Qc1 Bf5 18.Re1< Still pushing for 19 e4> 18...Qc6 19.Nf1 Bd3 20.Ng3 Re6< Preparing to double rooks on the semi-open 'e' file, and further restricting whites e4 push.> 21.Nh1 f6 22.h4 <I don't see why this was necessary or what it achieves.> 22...Rae8 23.Nf2 Qa4 24.Rd1 Kg7 25.Qb2 R8e7 26.Nxd3 cxd3 27.Rxd3 Nc4 <Black has a slight advantage due to the better placing and scope of his pieces.> 28.Qf2 Rb6 29.Qg3 Rb2 30.e4 dxe4 31.fxe4 Rxe4 <Black is threatening to infiltrate with 32...Ree2 but Mamedyarov has a winning attack prepared if he does.> 32.Rf1< I like this move because if now 32...Ree2 then white wins with 33 Bh6+! Kg8 (33...Kxh6 34 Qf4+ leads to mate) 34 Rxf6 Rxg2+ 35 Qxg2 Rxg2+ 36 Kxg2 and black has to lose material or get mated>. 32...Qd7 33.Rdf3 Ree2 34.R3f2 Qe7 <Threatening 35..Rxf7 36 Rxf7 Qe1+ 37 Rf1 Qxg3 38 Bxg3 Ne3 and 39..Rxg2+> 35.Rxe2 Rxe2 36.a4 Ne3 37.Bxe3 Rxe3 38.Rf3 Rxf3 39.Qxf3 Qe1+ 40.Kh2 Qxh4+ 41.Kg1 Qe1+ 42.Kh2 Qe7 43.c4 h5 44.c5 h4 45.Kh3 g5 46.Kg4 a5 47.Kh5 Qe8+ 48.Kg4 Qc8+ 49.Kh5 Qe8+ 50.Kg4 Qf7 <50...Qc6 51.Qxc6 bxc6 52.d5 Kf7 53.d6 Kf8 54.Kf5 Kf7 is drawn> 51.Qf5 Qe7 <Threatening 52...Qe2+ 53 Kh3 Qe3+ picking up the d4 pawn.> 52.Qf3 Kh6 53.Qd5 Qc7 54.Kf5 Kg7 55.Kg4 Qc8+ 56.Kf3 h3 <56..Qc6 exchanging queens leads to a draw.> 57.gxh3 Qxh3+ 58.Kf2 Qh2+ 59.Kf1 Qf4+ 60.Kg2 Qd2+ 61.Kg3 Qe3+ 62.Kg2 Qe2+ 63.Kg3 Qe7 64.Kg4 Qc7 65.Qe4 Kf8 66.Qf5 Qc6 67.d5 Qxc5 68.Qxf6+

An extremely interesting game. Mamedyarov got a bit tied down in the opening and Aronian always had a lasting initiative, but Mamedyarov dug deep and created chances for himself if Aronian went astray.

Both players played accurately and a draw was a fair result. Both these players look in great form.

Nov-07-06  Confuse: fantastic. even on a day with all draws we have some interesting games =)
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  Mateo: <Ezzy> 12.Nd2 was not a novelty as <Eyal> showed yesterday. The real novelty seems to be 20...Re6...

<Eyal: Mamed-Aronian still following:

[Event "Manila ol (Men)"]
[Site "Manila"]
[Date "1992.06.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Van der Sterren,Paul"]
[Black "Giorgadze,Giorgi"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "D38"]
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 c4 9.Bf5 Qa5 10.Qc2 0-0 11.0-0 Re8 12.Nd2 g6 13.Bxd7 Nxd7 14.f3 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Nb6 16.Bf4 Qa4 17.Qc1 Bf5 18.Re1 Qc6 19.Nf1 Bd3 20.Ng3 f6 21.h4 Re7 22.Qd2 Rae8 23.Nh1 h5 24.Nf2 Bf5 25.Re2 Nc8 26.Rae1 Nd6 27.Bxd6 Qxd6 28.e4 Bd7 29.exd5 Rxe2 30.Rxe2 Rxe2 31.Qxe2 Qxd5 32.Qe7 Qe6 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Ne4 Bc6 35.Qc7+ Kg8 36.Qd8+ Kg7 37.Qc7+ Kg8 38.Qd6 Kf7 39.Qxe6+ Kxe6 40.Kf2 a5 41.Ke3 b5 42.a3 Bxe4 43.fxe4 f5 44.g3 a4 45.Kf4 Kd6 46.Ke3 fxe4 47.Kxe4 Ke6 48.d5+ Kd7 1/2>

Nov-08-06  Ezzy: <Mateo:> Thanks for that.
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