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Vladimir Kramnik vs Levon Aronian
World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Mar-18
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  perfidious: This was not the feature game-it was joined in progress.
Mar-19-14  Ulhumbrus: 20...g6 ?! disturbs the king side pawns without necessity. Instead of this 20...Re7 defends f7 whilst keeping the pawns intact. 20...g6 invites later a very dangerous attack by Bxe4 and d5.
Mar-19-14  peristilo: Great game. Vlad has shown he will take great risks to win as white. On the other hand, as black, we've seen an illusionist fantastically escaping from horrible situations.
Mar-19-14  DaringSpeculator: After Aronian's blunder (33...Bxd5?), we have this position:

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Here the engine gives 34. Bxh6 as its top choice, which was played by Kramnik. However, the engine evaluation is dependent on the premise that White is going to play <35.Rg1> after 34...Kh7.

The line is 34. Bxh6 Kh7 35. Rg1 Bxh6 36. Rde1 leading to this position

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Which Kramnik understandably misjudged and didn't like. Black's e pawn is well protected and is annoying, white rooks seem passive and Black pieces appears to be more active. The position, even though is definitely winning, might be hard for a human to play, especially under time pressure.

Therefore, it has been argued that 35. Rg1 is a hard move to find for a human.

Now, going back to the first diagrammed position, White has a discovered check and he can play his bishop to any place he wants. Rather than capturing the h pawn, a more "human" idea is to play <34 Be7+> with the plan of blocking, at least temporarily, the rook on the e file which is one of the defendants of the annoying e pawn. This line may continue:

34.Be7+ Bg7 (best move) 35. Rfe1 and now Black is practically forced to capture on d1 so 35...exd1Q Qxd1

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and this position is winning and easily playable for a human.

Mar-21-14  Conrad93: Can black play 14. c4!?
Mar-21-14  john barleycorn: <Conrad93: Can black play 14. c4!?> Yes, it is a legal move and "en passant" does not apply.
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  perfidious: <john barleycorn: <Conrad93: Can black play 14. c4!?>...."en passant" does not apply.>

Except when it does.

Mar-21-14  john barleycorn: < perfidious: ...

Except when it does.>

Don't teach Conrad too many tricks.

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  perfidious: <john b> But he is here to learn, according to his very own profile.....
Mar-21-14  john barleycorn: <perfidious: <john b> But he is here to learn...> that is very obvious...
Mar-22-14  Conrad93: 14...c4 is the better move.

I am also here to teach you guys.

Mar-22-14  Conrad93: Now, can you see the tactics behind the move?
Mar-22-14  Conrad93: Perfidious and John, I would wreck you in a game of chess.

Know your place, dimwits.

Mar-22-14  john barleycorn: Yes, master <OverConrad93>.
Mar-22-14  Conrad93: You guys are so pathetic that you need to rely on the same insult again and again.

Get original, morons.

Mar-22-14  john barleycorn: <Conrad93: ...

Get original, morons.>

Ladies first.

Mar-22-14  Conrad93: John, stop spamming the board. Thanks.
Mar-22-14  john barleycorn: <Conrad93: John, stop spamming the board. Thanks.>

I'm here to learn.

Mar-22-14  Conrad93: Yes, but not to learn from you idiots.
Mar-22-14  john barleycorn: <Conrad93>, stop spamming the board. Thanks.
Mar-22-14  N0B0DY: The beautiful thing about learning is <N0B0DY> can take it away from you.
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  perfidious: <KKDEREK> Saw <Conrad>'s comment and judged it as being too foolish to be worthy of a response.
Mar-22-14  Everyone: <perf> Isn't it a kind of self-evident?
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  perfidious: Glad <Everyone> thinks so, though some of them actually have the tiniest thread of humour at times.
Mar-26-14  Caissanist: User: KKDEREK Although John is at least a life master at trolling, that doesn't necessarily say anything about his chess ability. Conrad could probably give me rook odds, but I'm sure I could bait him just as well as John if that was the goal of my ambition.
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