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Levon Aronian vs Boris Gelfand
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 12, Sep-27
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1
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Sep-27-07
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  Eggman: Gelfand trails Anand by a point with 2 to go. On the other hand, with Leko having lost today, he now has no motivation to try to beat Anand with Black tomorrow.

What's left for Gelfand:

Round 13: Black v Morozevich
Round 14: White v Kramnik

Sep-27-07
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  chessgames.com: Thanks for everybody showing up today to make the broadcast a fun and enriching experience. The next round is tomorrow at 3:00pm USA/Eastern (19:00 GMT). Hope to see you back for more.

But don't go away yet--we'll let the Gelfand fans savor the rook for a few more minutes then switch over to the final game, Morozevich vs Grischuk.

Sep-27-07
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  chancho: I take that back.
Sep-27-07  VargPOD: Well, winning position, Grischuk just blundered.
Sep-27-07
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  Eggman: <<Morozevich-Grischuk is still on>>

Like I said, all the games that matter in this round are finished. Moro and Grischuk are to far back to contend for top honours here.

Sep-27-07  Marmot PFL: Anand won't lose it now, but this is still an outstanding tournament for Gelfand.
Sep-27-07  The End: What do you mean by good position?Moro is winning.Infact all today's games are one sided(well, except Svidler-Anand)
Sep-27-07  technical draw: <boz> You're right. Darn it's hard to make an un-living these days.
Sep-27-07
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  chancho: <with Leko having lost today, he now has no motivation to try to beat Anand with Black tomorrow.>

Anand plays Grischuk tomorrow.

Sep-27-07
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  Eggman: <<Anand plays Grischuk tomorrow.>>

I don't think that's true. Anand should have White against Leko tomorrow.

Sep-27-07
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  chancho: <Eggman> Check <YouRang>'s forum and check the chessbase site. The Anand Leko game is in Rd 14.
Sep-28-07
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  MarkThornton: Gelfand convincingly refuted Aronian's weakening pawn advances on the K-side. A nice game, but a surprisingly easy one to get in a tournament of this calibre. Aronian is the oonly player to lose as White, and he has now done so twice.
Sep-28-07  mrbasso: Aronian might end up last. 20.h4?? worst move of the tournament.
Sep-28-07  realbrob: Looks like Zappa had some good reasons to prefer Gelfand's position after Aronian played h4.
Sep-28-07  Ulhumbrus: After 15...Kh8 White appears at first sight to have a lead of no less than 4 moves in development. However, to begin with, other things are not equal. Black has the bishop pair, and a f pawn which is free to advance. An advance of the f pawn will attack White's Ne4. If that N has to move, and to lose time by moving, this has the effect of reducing White's lead in development. In that event White may have in fact no overall advantage at all, and in that case the attack 16 g4? becomes unsound instead of advisable. Can White make his lead in development count? Instead of 15 Rfe1?!, 15 Rfd1! may be better. It sets Black a problem, because it threatens dxe5, and moving the Black N invites Nc5. It may be that 15 Rfd1 instead of 15 Rfe1 gains the advantage.
Sep-28-07  Marmot PFL: If 15.Rfd1 ed4 and I think black gradually equalizes. 15.Re1 was to prevent ed4 by open the e file to black's queen. So 15... Kh8 planning f5 instead. 16.Ng3 was a good reply, meeting f5 with e4, but this was not sharp enough for Aronian, who tragically ends up opening the game for black's bishops.
Sep-28-07
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  acirce: Kasparov: <Aronian can't tell the difference between the world championship and a blitz game! It's a shame because the guy can play real chess when he is focused.>

http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt...

Sep-28-07
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  tamar: <acirce> Great quote. It's funny because Aronian got GK's attention when he beat him in a blitz tourney.
Sep-28-07  Ulhumbrus: On 15 Rfd1, 16... exd4 increases White's lead in development after 16 Nxd4. On 16 Ng3 f5 17 e4 f4 avoids opening the e file for White's R on e1.
Sep-28-07  Marmot PFL: <On 15 Rfd1, 16... exd4 increases White's lead in development after 16 Nxd4.> Don't see how, since the knight that recaptures was already developed. Black is getting an open diagonal for his bishop, plus more squares for his Nd7. <On 16 Ng3 f5 17 e4 f4 avoids opening the e file for White's R on e1.> True, it's tough to say though if that e5-f4 structure will be strong or weak in the long run.
Sep-29-07  Ulhumbrus: <<On 15 Rfd1, 16... exd4 increases White's lead in development after 16 Nxd4.> Don't see how, since the knight that recaptures was already developed. Black is getting an open diagonal for his bishop, plus more squares for his Nd7.>> The N develops further by Nxd4 wihout giving a free tempo to Black's KB

<<On 16 Ng3 f5 17 e4 f4 avoids opening the e file for White's R on e1.> True, it's tough to say though if that e5-f4 structure will be strong or weak in the long run.>> Black gains an advantage in space on the K side as well, but what may be more important is that if Black avoids opening lines, White can't make his lead in development count, and that is White's main compensation for Black's bishop pair.

Sep-29-07  sanyas: Kasparov thinks g4 was a mistake, Marin thinks g5 was the mistake? Who's right? Anyone care to Rybka it? Or Zappa (Zap?) it, for that matter.
Oct-01-07  hnishy: By far the worst opening idea in the whole tournament.
Oct-01-07  hovik2003: <sanyas: Kasparov thinks g4 was a mistake, Marin thinks g5 was the mistake? Who's right? Anyone care to Rybka it? Or Zappa (Zap?) it, for that matter.>

They both are right, Aronian hastily moved his king pawn to open blacks h file and then play Ng5 with lots of attacking prospect, but he overlooked black's queen bishop diagonal activity after d7 knight moves. Or may be he just forgot that Black king moved to h8 and f7 pawn could move to f5. Any way the whole plan was doomed from beginning 16th move.

Oct-02-07  Resignation Trap: Photo of game in progress right after Aronian's 8.Bd3: http://www.chesspro.ru/_images/mate... .
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