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Levon Aronian vs Boris Gelfand
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008), Nice FRA, rd 3, Mar-17
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-17-08  Kwesi: aww i wanted to see the crazy rook :/
Mar-17-08  percyblakeney: This was a fascinating game with an amusing finish where a stalemate saves the draw for black.
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  Marmot PFL: This looked like a very easy win for Gelfand until Aronian played 29.Nxd5!!? and Bc3. Probably seeing the board black would play gxf6 instead of 0-0, and win easily but in blindfold all sorts of unsound ideas work if they are complicated enough.
Nov-01-11  Kanyhalom: What a memorable game! One of the best swindles ever and blindfolded! Aronian is the best ever!
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  fredthebear: In the final position, White has 54.Be8 obstructing the promotion square and 55.f8=Q#. Therefore, Black will be forced to play a crazy rook perpetual check with 54...Rb1+ 55.Kxa2 Rb2+ 56.Ka3 Rb3+ etc.
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