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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Levon On A Prayer" (game of the day Aug-22-2019)
Kramnik - Aronian Rapid Match (2007) (rapid), Yerevan ARM, rd 6, May-06
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-06-07  Hesam7: Interestingly enough 46.Qxd3 is the only move, on everything else Black has a forced mate! Still it seems that White is losing after: 47...Qd8!

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TogaII 1.3 X4 @ depth 16/83

[-6.12] 48.Ng1 Qd5+ 49.Kf1 Rd2 50.b8Q+ Kh7 51.Qe8 Rd1+ 52.Qe1 Qc4+ 53.Ne2 Rxe1+ 54.Kxe1 Qb4+ 55.Kd1 Qxa5 56.bxa6 Qxa6 57.Kd2 Qxa4 58.Nf4 Qd4+ 59.Ke1 Qe4+ 60.Kd2 Kg8 61.Nd3 Kf7

[-4.58] 48.Kf1 Re8 49.Rxa6 Qd5 50.Kg2 Qxb7 51.Rd6 Re4 52.Ra6 Kg8 53.Kg1 Rc4 54.Nd2 Rc1+ 55.Nf1 Qe4 56.Ra7

[-3.58] 48.Rxa6 Kh7 49.Rc6 Qe8 50.Rc3 Ra2 51.Rd3 Rxa4 52.Rd7 Ra2 53.Rd5 Kg8 54.Rd7 Rc2 55.Rd2 Rxd2 56.Nxd2 Qxb5

[-3.40] 48.bxa6 Qb6 49.Nd4 Re8 50.Rb5 Qxd4 51.b8Q Rxb8 52.Rxb8+ Kh7 53.Kg1 Qa7 54.Rb4 Qxa6 55.Rd4 Qe2 56.Kg2 Qe5 57.Rb4 Qd5+ 58.Kf1

May-06-07  Hesam7: Wow this is really neat, Aronian could have won with: 53.a5!!

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Toga II 1.3 X4 @ depth 17/70

[M14] 53. ... Qxd4 54.b8Q+ Kh7 55.Qb7 Qd8 56.a7 Qxa5 57.a8Q Qxa8 58.Qxa8 g5 59.h5 g4 60.Qe8 f5 61.Kh2 f4 62.gxf4 g3+ 63.fxg3 g5 64.fxg5 Kg7 65.h6+ Kh7 66.Qf7+ Kh8 67.Qg7+

[+14.15] 53. ... Qb4 54.Nc6 Qe4+ 55.Kh2 Kh7 56.b8Q Qf3 57.Qb6 g5 58.a7 gxh4 59.a8Q hxg3+ 60.Kg1 Qd1+ 61.Kg2 Qd5+ 62.Kxg3 Qd6+ 63.f4 Qd3+ 64.Kh4 g5+ 65.fxg5 Qe4+ 66.Kg3 Qd3+ 67.Kf4 Qd2+ 68.Ke4 Qe2+ 69.Qe3 Qxe3+ 70.Kxe3 fxg5

[+13.67] 53. ... Qd8 54.Nc6 Qd5+ 55.Kh2 Kh7 56.b8Q Qf3 57.Qb6 g5 58.hxg5 Qh5+ 59.Kg2 Qxg5 60.Qb1+ g6 61.Qb7+ Kh6 62.a7 Qd5+ 63.f3 Qd2+ 64.Kh3 Qf2 65.a8Q Qf1+ 66.Kg4 f5+ 67.Kf4 Qc1+ 68.Ke5 Qe3+ 69.Kf6 Qxf3

[+13.36] 53. ... Qb1 54.Nc6 Qe4+ 55.Kh2 Qf3 56.b8Q+ Kh7 57.Qb6 g5 58.a7 gxh4 59.a8Q hxg3+ 60.Kg1 Qd1+ 61.Kg2 gxf2 62.Qxf2 Qd5+ 63.Kg3 Qd6+ 64.Qf4 Qd3+ 65.Qf3 Qd6+ 66.Kh3 Qd7+ 67.Kh4 g5+ 68.Kh5 Kg7 69.a6 Qf7+ 70.Kg4 Qe6+ 71.Kg3

[+12.19] 53. ... Qxa6 54.b8Q+ Kh7 55.Qb5 Qa8+ 56.Nf3 g5 57.a6 g4 58.Qb7 gxf3+ 59.Kxf3 Qg8 60.a7 f5 61.a8Q Qc4 62.Qe8 Qg4+ 63.Kg2 Qg6 64.Qxg6+ Kxg6 65.h5+ Kh7 66.Qf7 f4 67.Qxf4

[+12.12] 53. ... Qd6 54.Kg1 Qxa6 55.b8Q+ Kh7 56.Qb6 Qd3 57.a6 Qd1+ 58.Kg2 Qh5 59.a7 Qd5+ 60.Kg1 g5 61.Nc6 Qd1+ 62.Kh2 Qa4 63.Qb7 gxh4 64.a8Q Qxa8 65.Qxa8 g5 66.gxh4 gxh4

[+2.82] 53. ... Qc7 54.Kg1 Qc1+ 55.Kh2 Qb2 56.Kg2 Kh7 57.Nc6 Qc2 58.b8Q Qxc6+ 59.Kh2 Qxa6 60.Qb6 Qe2 61.a6 Qd1 62.a7 Qf3 63.Qe3 Qc6 64.Qa3

May-06-07  Hesam7: Another possibility for Black: 36. ... Qxf3!? 37.Kxf3 Rxe1 38.Qc2 Rxf1 39.Qxg6 Re7:

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Here Toga likes Black a lot (~ -2.00) and it seems that White has no tactics.

May-07-07  notyetagm: <Hesam7: Wow this is really neat, Aronian could have won with: 53.a5!!>

Aronian's games consist of one tactical resource after another.

May-07-07  notyetagm: <Hesam7: Another possibility for Black: 36. ... Qxf3!? 37.Kxf3 Rxe1 38.Qc2 Rxf1 39.Qxg6 Re7:>

Yes, both players missed 36 ... ♕e4x♘f3+! <REMOVE THE GUARD> which allows Black to win ♖♘♗ for ♕.

May-07-07  Davolni: is that right that if Kramnik did not have the repeated check's, Aronian might pull a win out of this game too? thanks
May-09-07  Tamerlan: Yes!
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Aug-22-19  Ironmanth: Wonderful little game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all have an awesome weekend.
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