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Levon Aronian vs Viswanathan Anand
"Levon For Good" (game of the day Jun-03-2008)
Linares - Morelia (2007), Morelia, Mexico, rd 5, Feb-22
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D23)  ·  1-0
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Feb-13-09
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  notyetagm: <arsen387: especially instructive in this game is how after 19.d5 Aronian from in moves 20-27 forces Anand to play 27..cxd5 to gain a pass 'd' pawn for whites. <<<it's really fantastic game by Levon>>>>

Aronian's Immortal Game, so far. :-)

The 2007 Game Of The Year according to IM Max Notkin's jury of Russian experts.

Feb-20-09  brucejavier: simply beautiful game by aronian, to be able to see so many moves ahead after his Bd7!!
Apr-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Love this game more every time I see it.
Apr-30-09  WhiteRook48: 46 d7!!
The pawn is mightier than the sword.
Oct-10-09  capatal: Beautiful chess by Aronian!
Nov-04-09  Prief: After 36...Be6 then 37 a5 wins
Nov-08-09  kingsindian2006: one thing to pull this off against a 2400 player and another against anand who was in darn good form taking the tourney down that year... makes it that more impressive....
Nov-15-09  Hovik2009: A classic game indeed, power of past pawns could be unlimited. As <tamar> mentioned Anand's misfortune against Aronian started from this game on!
Jan-09-10  znsprdx: the knight trap was hardly part of the combination ( it is a product of chessplay synergy)- the one flaw in this otherwise masterpiece: Aronian defeated Anand ...period, in the way Fischer would destroy his rivals - something Carlsen hasn't really demonstrated not withstanding his great success.
Sep-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Game Of The Decade?
Sep-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: The following article by GM Karsten Mueller is simply a *must* read if you want to understand all of the intricacies of one of the <BEST PAWN PROMOTION COMBINATIONS OF ALL-TIME>.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/muell...

<THE PASSED PAWN IS THE LORD OF THE ENDGAME

The German chess trainer Claus Dieter Meyer has made a deep investigation of Aronian –Anand, Linares 2007, which I dealt with in May 2007. This time I start a bit earlier and incorporate Meyer’s discoveries:>

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<positionalgenius: Tactical brilliance in my 2007 game of the year. What is the general consensus for 2007 GOTY?>

From <Chess Today 2734>, page 2:

<<Game of the Year 2007 by GM Mikhail Golubev

Maxim Notkin's project Game of Year
is now hosted at ChessPro.ru. The
opinions of the 36 experts (mainly
GMs, including Grischuk, Rublevsky,
Jakovenko, Sakaev, Sutovsky,
Shulman, Motylev, Kosteniuk and
many others) varied a lot but
nevertheless there was a clear winner:
Levon Aronian's achievement in the
game versus Vishy Anand from the
Morelia/Linares event. White's Bd7!,
ignoring the hanging Black e7 knight,
was the key move of that game. Below
is a list of the top ten games of the
year 2007.

1 Aronian-Anand 1-0 (199 points)
2 Kramnik-Morozevich 1-0 (138
points)
3 Morozevich-Sakaev 1-0 (135 points)
4 Cheparinov-Navara 0-1 (116 points)
5 Morozevich-Ivanchuk 0-1 (104
points)
6 Sargissian-Lupulescu 1-0 (99 points)
7 Shirov-Radjabov 0-1 (97 points)
8 Morozevich-Akopian 1-0 (94
points)
9 Lysyj-Ehlvest 1-0 (80 points)
10 Grischuk-Svidler ˝-˝- (76 points)

I was one of 36 the voters, and in my personal list only three of these games were included: Aronian-Anand as #4, Shirov-Radjabov as #1 and Morozevich-Akopian as #8. But it is hard to argue with a collective mind. Detailed results in Russian can be found at ChessPro.ru.>>

Oct-29-10  rapidcitychess: Breathtaking!
Oct-30-10  Kasparov Fan01: Though this is certainly a great game, I'd have the Topalov vs Anand in 2005 as game of the decade. Topalov vs Anand, 2005

Maybe we should compile a list of the decade's best games?

Oct-30-10  Kasparov Fan01: Topalov over Aronian in 2006 is also incredible. Topalov vs Aronian, 2006
Oct-31-10  Pygeum Lycopene: Not exactly game of the decade material, i promise though, if you play it out you will laugh hysterically. the 'who is worse' game, played online a few days ago. 1.Nf3-d5 2.d4-e6 3.Qd3-f5 4.g3-Nf6 5.h3-Bd6 6.Bg2-Nbd 7.c4-c6 8.c5-Bc7 9.Nc3-Qe7 10.a4-a5 11.b3-00 12.Be3-Ne4 13.g4-h6 14.gf-ef 15.Ne5-Ne5 16.de-Be5 17.Ne4-fe 18.Qd1-Ba1 19.Qa1-Be6 20.Rg1-Kh7 21.Qc1-Rf6 22.Qc3-Rg6 23.Kd1-Bh3 24.Bf4-Bg2 25.Bg3-Bh3 26.Rh1-Bf5 27.Kc1-Qd8 28.Be5-Qg5 29.e3-Qg2 30.Rh2-Qg1 31.Kb2-Qf1 32.Bf4-Qe2 33.Ka3-Qd3 34.Qe5-Rf8 35.Qe7-Rff6 36.Be5-Re6 37.Rh6-Kg8 38.Qd8-Kf7 39.Rh8-Rg1 40.Qg8-Kg6 41.Qg7++ this is a 'brilliantly terrible' one for the books, white took his time with last few moves, i wondered if he was gonna miss the chance for surprise ending, but he miraclously found his way.
Jul-03-11  Yodaman: Inhuman moves there by Levon Aronian, fantastic!
Nov-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: What is it with Aronian and his <PASSED> <PAWN> <BRILLIANCIES>? :-)

Aronian vs Svidler, 2011


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42 ♕h8xh4!!


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54 ♕g6xf6 1-0


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Aronian vs Anand, 2007


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42 d6-d7!


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Dec-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Looks like the ♘ on b1 is going to be trapped and won.
Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  kbob: Could Anand have declined the complications with 32. ... Rcb8 ? After 33. dxe7 what would be the essential difference in having moved the bishop to d7?
Feb-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  kbob: To answer my own question, I suppose it is because after 32. ...Rcb8 33. dxe7 whites's threats involving Bxb7 and Bc6 are too strong
Jan-02-13  Mimchi1: 48.Rg3! Nasty! This kind of move is even more painful to experience than an actual mate ...
Jan-23-14  MelvinDoucet: Rg3! trapping the knight from the other side of the board, how aesthetic :)
Mar-12-14  SpiritedReposte: Aronians always got some crazy imbalances and pawn promotions in his games. I like the creative, unpredictable moves/ideas.
Oct-06-15  The Kings Domain: Nice maneuvering in black's area. Well contested bout by both masters.
Aug-01-17  ZackyMuhammad: 47...♔ f5??? Is a blunder.
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