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Alexey Shirov vs Levon Aronian
Candidates Match: Aronian - Shirov (2007), Jun-10
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-10-07  IMDONE4: Now, can we finally get some commentary on whether Shirov can win this from a computer?
Jun-10-07  IMDONE4: and by the way, shirovs rating is not 2751
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  luzhin: I've commented before thst Aronian's play reminds me of Lasker: this game shows a Lasker-like defensive technique.
Jun-10-07  IMDONE4: unlike lasker, however, in this game aronian was never clearly losing
Jun-10-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 68 Rh4, 68 Kb2 deprives Black of counterplay on the a file, and may win after 68...Ra4 69 Rh4 Ra8 70 gxf5+ gxf5 71 c4 etc
Jun-10-07  Blackreptile: Aronian reminds me more of Oudini than of Lasker;and I don't understand Shirov's play in this ending...I'll wait eagerly the forecoming anlysis.
Jun-10-07  djmercury: Maybe 71. c4?.
Great game to follow and probably a pretty big mental blow for Shirov after having failed to equalize the match.
Jun-10-07  Ulhumbrus: It is not obvious that 73 Be7+ makes the B a target for the N. The reason for this is that with a B on e7, if White answers the check ..f4+ with Kxf4, the N has the fork ...Ng6+. After 73...Kg6 the N on e5 is able to deliver a multiplicity of forks eg 74 Bd6 Nc4+ or 74 Kd4 Nf3+ or ..Ng6 following ...Kg7.
Jun-10-07  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 74 Rh8 is 74 Rd4 eg 74 Rd4 Nc6 75 Rd6+ Kf7 76 Rxc6 Kxe7 77 Rc5
Jun-10-07  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 77 Kf5 is 77 Kd5 eg 77 Kd5 f3 78 Bf8+ (compelling the Black King to either go to the f file when Rf8 will be check or to allow Rf8 without attacking the R) 78...Kg6 79 Bc5 f2 80 Rf8 Nd3 81 Kc6 and the b5 pawn falls.
Jun-10-07  Monoceros: A question that was raised in the match forum was whether Aronian should have risked taking his Rook off the seventh rank with 50...Re4. Couldn't the Rook have restrained the King indefinitely? And, with the White Rook hemmed in and the White Bishop "bad", the draw would have been certain.

I've been attempting to investigate that. So far, playing (admittedly quick) games against HIARCS, I've been unable to avoid White's getting a position such as this:

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Whereupon with Bd2 the White King can escape the back rank and come to the aid of his Queenside pawns. But probably I'm not trying hard enough.

Jun-10-07  russep: Why not 84.h4?? will blacks king block and then the knight will eliminate the pawns on the queenside.
Jun-10-07  micartouse: <Monoceros> Thanks - I know I asked that question. I knew White needed to use the bishop to get the king out, but it didn't occur to me at the time that he get over to the q-side to do this. So I assumed it would cost White his c-pawn.

Black was dancing on the edge of a cliff.

Jun-12-07  Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> <An alternative to 74 Rh8 is 74 Rd4 eg 74 Rd4 Nc6 75 Rd6+ Kf7 76 Rxc6 Kxe7 77 Rc5>

74. ♖d4 ♘c4+ is stronger and if 74. ♔f3, then 74.- ♖c2 wins the pawn on c3 (watch out for the fork on e5). 74. ♔f4 ♖f2+ 75. ♔g3 ♖e2 also wins the pawn on c3 (or h3) after the bishop moves.

<An alternative to 77 Kf5 is 77 Kd5 eg 77 Kd5 f3 78 Bf8+ (compelling the Black King to either go to the f file when Rf8 will be check or to allow Rf8 without attacking the R)>

Not quite: 77. ♔d5 f3 78. ♗f8+ ♔f6 79. ♗c5 f2 80. ♖f8+ ♘f7 and white has to sac his bishop on the f2-pawn.

Feb-17-09  zealouspawn: absolutely a great game.. incredible defence by aronian after probably making a mistake by letting shirov's rook into the position.
Oct-14-09  WhiteRook48: 45 h4!
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