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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
4th Bilbao Masters (2011)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-27-11
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  dimradil: On the contrary, keep it coming !
Sep-27-11
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  boz: One curious feature of the position and probably something Carlsen foresaw, is that the knight on e7 has very limited mobility.
Sep-27-11
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  lost in space: I deleted my last post and agree now with you (and Naiditsch) that after 29. Rd7 (played) Blacks position is hard to defend
Sep-27-11
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  miamihurricane: Simply stated- White's Rooks and Knight are much more active and decisive. It's curtains for Aronian. On to the next!
Sep-27-11  uscfratingmybyear: <rogge> I appreciate it, thanks.
Sep-27-11  Ulhumbrus: Black may lose if he attempts counter-play, but he may be able to propose a repetition of moves.
Sep-27-11  Marmot PFL: I don't see this winning for white as besides his own plans he also has to protect b5 and stop black b pawn. Nc8 prevents white from doubling rooks. But maybe nc5-a4 pushing back Rb6 leads to something
Sep-27-11
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  beenthere240: Call me crazy, but I'm not sure if Carlsen is striving for a draw in this position.
Sep-27-11
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  miamihurricane: As the theoreticians love to say"The rest is just a matter of technique".
Sep-27-11
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  extremepleasure2: If you ask me Aronian is crushed here. I'm really impressed by Carlsen's play here.
Sep-27-11
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  beenthere240: Of course black has his b4 passer!
Sep-27-11
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  miamihurricane: Black is getting squeezed by a python. Tigran Petrosian style.
Sep-27-11
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  boz: Maybe the white king can just stroll on over to b3.
Sep-27-11
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  watwinc: Doesn't white have Rc7 and Ra8 here?
Sep-27-11  hedgeh0g: Time to bring the king up, I think. Black doesn't have a lot of good moves.
Sep-27-11  Ulhumbrus: 31 Rb7 attacks the blockader. Both sides have a passed b pawn, but Black's N and remaining Rook have still to come out.
Sep-27-11
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  rogge: <h5 Aronian is trying to find chances! Blacks position is bad, but who knows what can happen. I think now White could try to bring his Kind to the B pawn by playing Kf2-e2-d3-c4 to me it looks like a very powerful idea. Also Rd1-b1 and simple taking away Blacks pawn on b4 looks not bad at all. As Kasparov once said: Greediness is a positive quality for a chess player>
Sep-27-11
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  boz: Meanwhile Naka seems to be winning a piece from Anand.
Sep-27-11
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  watwinc: Rc7 also threatens Nd7, and there's Ne6 in some lines. Black looks very cramped.
Sep-27-11  hedgeh0g: Rd3 played. I can't see why - I thought Kf2 was strong.
Sep-27-11
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  haydn20: <rogge>R-d1-b1 looks hard to meet.
Sep-27-11
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  OneArmedScissor: the threat is <Nd7> forking the two black rooks. Also, white might be able to sac the b pawn in order to get some sort of pin on the black knight on the back rank.
Sep-27-11
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  lost in space: Rd3-b3xb4

Good night. Seems that Carlsen wins this

Sep-27-11
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  beenthere240: Rd3 frees the knight and stops the b4 pawn from running. It also threatens Rb3 (which threatens Nd7).
Sep-27-11
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  Honza Cervenka: White is going for Pb4. Black defense is quite difficult.
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