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Vladimir Kramnik vs Levon Aronian
Kramnik vs Aronian Rapid (2012), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Apr-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1


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  acirce: 26.Ne5∞ was forced. This is just losing for White.
Apr-25-12  darshandatta: Don't think white can save this match.
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  Marmot PFL: Not many players are better at rapid than Aronian. Anand maybe, and a few that might be as good.
Apr-25-12  fokers13: Bc4-Be2
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  whiteshark: White's really bad here.
Apr-25-12  haydn20: 28...Rb1 then b4 looks good for Black--I don't see White surviving in any case.
Apr-25-12  talisman: black's bishops are putting an ass whuppin on them rooks.
Apr-25-12  talisman: black's queen goes to e2...time to resign...later ya'll enjoyed it.
Apr-25-12  Whitehat1963: I think Kramnik's finished in this one.
Apr-25-12  john2629: ahh i was hoping for 31...Bd5 and 32...Qxh3 but white had the spite check in c3
Apr-25-12  haydn20: I meant 28...Rb8-b4 of course.
Apr-25-12  Kinghunt: <Marmot PFL> I'm not sure even Anand can match Aronian in rapid anymore. I would say he and Carlsen are in a class of their own. In particular, Amber 2011 comes to mind, where Aronian was a whole point clear of Anand and the rest of the field, except for Carlsen, who was 2.5 points ahead of Aronian. Aronian, incidentally, was the only player who drew against Carlsen (though Ivanchuk managed to win). I would love to see a Carlsen-Aronian rapid match, if we are denied seeing them play a classical match.
Apr-25-12  talisman: ♖h1+...don't see that often
Apr-25-12  jhelix70: beautiful finish
Apr-25-12  john2629: and there is no available Kg3 to hope for some counter attack. gg from Aronian!
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  luzhin: One last swindle by Kramnik: if 35...d1=Q??? then 36.Qxf7+ will force mate!
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  Marmot PFL: <Kinghunt> Didn't Grischuk beat Aronian in rapid chess though? Nakamura also isn't bad.
Apr-25-12  john2629: i had exactly the same thought ! Qxf7+
But the one low in time was Kramnik not Aronian to do such a blunder.
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  Marmot PFL: Also Kamsky won the Mainz Rapid event ahead of Aronian and others although Carlsen and Anand weren't there.
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  SuperPatzer77: <luzhin: One last swindle by Kramnik: if 35...d1=♕??? then 36.♕xf7+ will force mate!>

<luzhin> You're dadgummed right about that. I actually didn't see that. 35...d1=♕??? (bad blunder!!).

Black's only move for a win is 35...♖h1+! to prevent the pinning of the Black Queen and the Black d-pawn goes queening with a check.

<luzhin> Excellent analysis.


Apr-25-12  Kinghunt: I'm not saying Aronian is strong enough to win every rapid game or event not involving Carlsen. But if you look at his results over many events and compare to those of other players, I feel like only Carlsen has had comparable results.
Apr-25-12  nok: <Amber 2011 comes to mind> But that was peculiar in that two tournaments were going on simultaneously. Carlsen may have intentionally saved energy for the rapid by trying less hard in the blindfold/combined. After all, Aronian won these.
Apr-26-12  kia0708: what a finish by Aronian !
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  Peligroso Patzer: For the historical record, this rapid game was played per match rules after the regular match game that day concluded in a draw in under three hours (3:00). The rapid game had no bearing on the match score, not even as a potential tie-breaker.


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