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Alexander Grischuk vs Levon Aronian
Grand Slam Chess Final (2009), Bilbao ESP, rd 1, Sep-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0


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Sep-06-09  laskerdog: Aronians 15Rxg3 was probably a novelty, but Gris imidiately put questionmarks behind it. The armenian put up great resistance for a while, but finally blacked out with the fatal 51st move
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  whiteshark: <16...Qxd4> is worth considering, e.g. <17.0-0-0 Qxd2+ 18.Rxd2 Rxd2 19.Kxd2 Bd6>

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Sep-06-09  ryumico93: 15..rxg3 is suicide
Sep-06-09  Ace31295: 15...♖xg3!? was not the losing mistake. Its probably black's best practical try in this position to gain any advantage. Also it wasn't even the novelty, that would be 15.Qd2 because in this position before Gelfand played 15.♗f4 in order to avoid the exchange sac Gelfand vs Kasimdzhanov, 2007 , 18...♕xd2 19.♖xd2 ♘d7 with the idea of ...♘c5, or as mentioned earlier 16...♕xd4 would have been a better idea then returning the pawn with 18...♘d7
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Ace31295: 15...xg3!? was not the losing mistake. <It's probably black's best practical try in this position to gain any advantage.> *** >

I agree that 15. ... Rxg3 is Black's best try in the position after 15. Qd2, but realistically the goal is to <minimize White's advantage> ... not for Black to gain any advantage himself.

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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, Aronian's immediate follow up to 15. ... Rxg3 with <16. ... e5> is much more likely his first significant inaccuracy in this game. The simple 16. ... Qxd4 is probably better. The preparation of this capture is one of the points of the exchange sacrifice. Note that it is necessary to capture the g3-Bishop before Black can take on d4 because if 15...Qxd4? then 16.Qxd4 Rxd4 17.Be5 .
Sep-07-09  Knight13: So Black risked ...Rxg3 only to play ...e5 next move to screw it up?

Playing the exchange sacrifice for the wrong reason of ...e5 is the same thing as saying ...Rxg3 is suicide to me.

A beginner could've played that move because he thought it looked cool, but if he doesn't understand its purpose then isn't it still a blunder?

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  HeMateMe: black has 3 connected passed pawns. Can he keep playing, and try to run a pawn in, maybe win a piece or win back the exchange?
Sep-07-09  Knight13: <HeMateMe> No, because after 52...Ba8 53. Rb6+ Kc8 54. Rc7+ Kd8 55. Rb8# 1-0

Or 52...Rc8 53. Ba6 and it's a beddy-bye for Black.

Sep-07-09  Albertan: I have analyzed this game in great detail at my blog and hope you drop by to play through this analysis. My blog is at:
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  HeMateMe: But what if Black plays Bishop x Knight, and then starts moving his pawns?
Sep-08-09  Knight13: <HeMateMe: But what if Black plays Bishop x Knight, and then starts moving his pawns?> White can stop that easily with his rooks, bishop and king and at the same time push his own pawns on the kingside.
Sep-18-09  TheSlid: I had a look at <Albertan>'s analysis - cheers for this, btw!

Is it just me, or is Lev just busted after 22.g5? No compensation whatsoever for the exchange and white has better pawns on the K side than black on the Q.

Sep-18-09  dhotts: Doesn't 26...Be3 give Black a really strong Bishop that will irritate White for sometime to come?
Sep-19-09  anjyplayer: Grischuk's play was very gud as he played very carefully. Black had very gud attack, but couldnt really exploited fully.
Mar-02-10  kingsindian2006: very diligent attack by grischuk. One of my favorites of his so far!
Dec-09-18  Saniyat24: This line of the Semi-Slav is the most interesting...!
Dec-09-18  Saniyat24: 5.Bg5
Dec-10-18  Saniyat24: The Knight was Grischuk's...!
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