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Sergey Karjakin vs Levon Aronian
Tata Steel (2013)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-19-13  Marmot PFL: Expect a queen trade at some point and the ending is drawn.
Jan-19-13  Ulhumbrus: If Black advances the passed pawn White may have to expose his king to attack by using one of his pieces to stop it.
Jan-19-13
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  chessgames.com: Quick show of hands: which game do you want to see tomorrow? Anand-Sokolov, or Carlsen-Karjakin?
Jan-19-13
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Sneaky: Who was it, who said "Chess is a fairy tale of a thousand blunders." ?>

According to Section 5 ("Quotations") at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saviel..., it was Tartakower, but with one more blunder in the mix (1001).

Jan-19-13
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  Sneaky: Put me down for <Anand-Sokolov>. When I go to a bullfight I want to see blood on the ground.
Jan-19-13  Ulhumbrus: <chessgames.com: Quick show of hands: which game do you want to see tomorrow? Anand-Sokolov, or Carlsen-Karjakin?> I vote for the Anand - Sokolov game.
Jan-19-13
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  lost in space: <Quick show of hands: which game do you want to see tomorrow? Anand-Sokolov, or Carlsen-Karjakin?>

I am happy with either of them

Jan-19-13
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  Touch of Knight: Carlsen-Karjakin
Jan-19-13
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  maxi: <Ulhumbrus>: "No, no. Carlsen needed 83 moves to convince Leko that he could avoid loss." Well put!
Jan-19-13  Penguincw: Draw it is!
Jan-19-13
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  Sneaky: Of course Tartakower, the source of 90% of sardonic chess wit.

About this game: So White would love to play Re7 virtually winning by force, except for that nasty little detail called perpetual check. Is that about it?

Jan-19-13
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  Sneaky: ...and they shake hands!
Jan-19-13
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  chancho: Anand Sokolov...
Jan-19-13
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to everybody for stopping by today's live games. We'll set up tomorrow's game shortly, whichever one we pick. Game starts at the same time: 7:30am EST. Hope to see you back for more!
Jan-19-13
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  DcGentle: All Carlsen games are interesting, but why not someone else for a change, I go for the Anand game too
Jan-19-13
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  tamar: Carlsen
Jan-19-13
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  maxi: Anand-Sokolov
Jan-19-13
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  Eyal: <According to the computer on the official site, Aronian had an advantage of +3.5 at move 38>

Yeah, He missed a forced win there – after 34...Re1+ 35.Kh2 Rd1! (with the threat Rxd4) 36.Rc3 (moving the rook away from the c-file is relatively best, but it drops the c4 pawn and so is probably hopeless as well in the long run) 36...Qa1! 37.Qb8+ Kh7 38.Ne2:


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There’s the winning <38...Re1!> (attacking the knight that defends the rook) 39.Rd3 Rh1+ 40.Kg3 Qf6! (threatening mate by Qg5+ as well as Qg6+ & Qxd3+) 41.Rxd7 (or 41.Rd5 Qh4+ 42.Kf3 Bg4+ 43.Ke3 Bxe2 44.Kxe2 Qxc4+) 41...Qg5+ 42.Kf3 Qf5+ & Qxd7 winning.

38...Bg4, as played by Aronian, might appear to be winning at first (39.Re3 loses again to the Rh1+/Qf6 maneuver), but White has the saving 39.Qf4!, since 39...Bxe2 allows perpetual check with 40.Qf5+. Still, Aronian could probably have kept more winning chances with 41...Be6 instead of Qa5.

Jan-19-13
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  talisman: I vote for anand tomorrow.
Jan-19-13
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  morfishine: Yep, Aronian was definitely the victim of a car jack'n
Jan-19-13
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  moronovich: I vote for Carlsen - Karjakin.
Jan-19-13  Ezzy: People would vote for Anand v Sokolov over Carlsen v Karjakin. - Unbelievable.
Jan-19-13  LivBlockade:


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Black would have had good winning chances with 45...Qb8+ [instead of Qd6+ and Rxh4]; 46. f4 Qb1 (avoiding the mate on g6).

Jan-20-13
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  SaVVy66: In the end position rg3 looks pretty much winning as if queen exchange would go in whites favor and rook can quickly grab the a file pawn. i guess match will be on karjakin side...!
Jan-20-13
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  SaVVy66: Any suggestions?
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