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Michael Adams vs Levon Aronian
Bilbao Masters (2013), Bilbao ESP, rd 5, Oct-11
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  0-1


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Michael Adams vs Levon Aronian (2013)

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Oct-11-13  Jigsaw42: Adams over looked a fork; Wow!
Oct-11-13  csmath: 25. Qa4?
27. c5?

[White has whole array of good moves for example: 25. Nh4, 25. Rd5, or 25. Rd7. Yet he choses to abandon e4 pawn while trying to exchange queen and then trying to save e4 pawn he loses c5 pawn.]

33. Na3?

[setting himself for pin deliberately yet again trying to exchange queen after which he has to deal with black a-passer.]

38. Kd3?

[setting the fork for black knight which black uses to remove white bishop from a7-g1 diagonal]

39. Nd6?

[setting up another fork]


Something is telling me that Mickey will not be happy with his play in this game. It is difficult to play Aronian when you are not careful with tactics.

Oct-11-13  Pulo y Gata: He lost, maybe that's one thing to be unhappy about.
Oct-13-13  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 13...bxa4? 13...dxc4 14 bxc3 b4! undermines the square d4

14 Nbd2? sacrifices a pawn and Adams relinquishes the bishop pair by 16 Bxa4 to regain it.

Aronian then uses his queen's bishop to smash White's queen side pawn structure by 22...Bxc4 and goes on to win a pawn by 29...Nxc5 and later the game.

Oct-21-13  mrfuddington: Well, he didn't overlook the fork I think, no matter what he played he would lose, best I can see is 43. Rd5 Nc5+ 44. Rxc5 Bxc5 where he is down the exchange and a pawn.
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