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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-16
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-16-11  Marmot PFL: Black's game seems easy after 9 Nd2. Wonder why Aronian avoided 9 Qd3.
Jan-16-11  Aebalc: Agreeing to a draw in a spot like this should be against the rules.
Jan-16-11  dumbgai: So much for the Leningrad Dutch not being drawish.
Jan-16-11  Shams: <dumbgai> Silly comment. Draws happen in every opening.
Jan-16-11  swr: Sometimes I just hate chess
Jan-17-11  cjgone: Has Nakamura been using the dutch lately or is it just me? Is it a solid defense? I've always wanted to play it, but no top players do until recently (which I also saw Ivanchuk playing it too).
Jan-17-11  BLarsen1967: Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2010 - Two months ago. - I'm not sure if the dutch is perfectly solid,I doubt it,but playable it is,and it's not that easy playing against it as White,unless you know the theory well
Jan-17-11  polarmis: Peter Svidler:

<And the Dutch Defence also stands perfectly ok today, it seems to me Nakamura plays it against the best of the best, and more often than not without any problems.>

Jan-17-11  rilkefan: <Wonder why Aronian avoided 9 Qd3.>

Maybe he decided to avoid Nakamura's prep?

Jan-18-11  The Chess Express: Yawn, another grandmaster draw.
Jan-30-11  Lennonfan: A 17 move draw by two of the worlds current finest...what would morphy and tal et al say???
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  acirce: Tal played tons of them himself, so I'm sure he'd understand.
Jan-30-11  Lennonfan: <acrice>....Im sure tal once called it "a crime against chess to play for a draw"?? And why dont you put a game of tals up here that were a draw in 17 moves....maybe then il understand! Doubt it,but maybe...
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  acirce: Just click this link and choose one:
Jan-30-11  Lennonfan: <acrice> thank you for destroying my belief in tal being the most exciting attacking player of all time lol....pretty shocked actually mate! 275 bore draws!! But id still rather see tal's games than any of say kramniks or any modern day GM,wouldn't you??.....what about bobby fischer did he play many mini draws?? You the man acrice wen it comes to knowledge on these players,i bow my head to me the links im here to learn from people who know more things about the GAME of chess than me,rather than pics of some chess player as a child others..
Jan-30-11  Everett: Nothing wrong with the Dutch Leningrad, just like there is nothing wrong with the KID, once Radjabov showed everyone.
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