chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
Sinquefield Cup (2014), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 5, Aug-31
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  0-1
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 108 more Aronian/Carlsen games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some people don't like to know the result of the game in advance. This can be done by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page, then checking "Don't show game results".

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: Not sure what Aronian was trying to do with 34.c5? I don't see how he could have recaptured. Giving a pawn to Magnus at that stage of the game is practically fatal.
Aug-31-14  Shamot: 62...hg3!! and also 70...g3!!
superb endgame technique by MC under time pressure against world #2.
Aug-31-14  RookFile: Was 52. Kg2 required? What if Ra8?
Aug-31-14  notyetagm: Aronian vs Carlsen, 2014

<Mating Net: Not sure what Aronian was trying to do with 34.c5? I don't see how he could have recaptured. Giving a pawn to Magnus at that stage of the game is practically fatal.>

Lemon Erronian. ;-)

Sep-01-14  estrick: 64. Kd2 was Aronian's last chance to save a draw in this game.

64. Kd3? was a blunder in time pressure.

Sep-01-14  estrick: <RookFile: Was 52. Kg2 required? What if Ra8?>

There is plenty of time to play Ra8. Black's plan is to bring his king over to the queenside and help the a-pawn queen, which would force White to give up his rook. White's rook cannot be used to gobble Black's pawns on the king-side once Black's king has left that vicinity, because it's too slow, and the a-pawn would queen long before White could clear enough pawns on the other wing and get his own passers rolling.

Aronian figured his only hope was to get his king down to f7 via h3-h4-g5, etc. If he had played 52. Ra8, Carlsen could've played 52 ...Rb2+, which would have forced the White king to g1 and pinned it to the first rank.

Sep-01-14  estrick: <Mating Net: Not sure what Aronian was trying to do with 34.c5? I don't see how he could have recaptured>

I think Aronian wanted to liquidate his isolated c-pawn by trading it for Black's connected d-pawn. Although it looks like a give-away initially, Aronian was probably calculating that he could get it back. After all, he could have piled up all four of his pieces against the pawn once he had it blockaded on c4.

But then he backed off that plan due to complications in variations that involved pins, skewers, and possibly a fork . . .

Sep-01-14  RookFile: <estrick: There is plenty of time to play Ra8. Black's plan is to bring his king over to the queenside and help the a-pawn queen, which would force White to give up his rook. >

Let's look at some typical lines:

52. Ra8 Rb2+ 53. Ke3 Ra2 54. Ke4 a4 55. Ra7+


click for larger view

A) Blacks sends his king over right away to help the a pawn:

55....Kd8 56. Rxf7 a3 57. Ra7 Kc8 58. Kd4 Kb8 59. Ra4 Kc7 60. Kc4 Kb6 61. Kb4 Rxh2 62. Rxa3 1/2 - 1/2

B) Black waits until the a pawn is more advanced:

55...Kf8 56. Ke3 Kg7 57. Ke4 a3 58. Kf3 Kh6 59. h4 Ra1 60. Kf2 Kg7 61. Ra8

Question: How does black's king get to the queenside?

C) Black's rook makes an early capture:

52. Ra8 Rb2 53. Ke3 Rxh2 54. Rxa5 Kf8 55. Ra1 Rh3 56. Kf3 h4 57. Rg1 Rxg3+ 58. Rxg3 hxg3 59. Kxg3


click for larger view

Amazingly, this is a drawn King and Pawn ending.

Well, maybe black's rook should protect from the side instead?

52. Ra8 Rb5 53. Kf3 Kd7 54. Ra7+ Kc6 55. Rxf7 Rb7 56. Rf6 Kd5 57. Rxg6 a4 58. Rg8 Ra7 59. Rd8+ Kc5 60. Rc8+ Kb4 61. Rb8+

Black should take a draw by repetition. If he plays 61...Ka3? he actually loses:


click for larger view

White wins here with 62. f5!

Naturally, there are other lines, but these appear to be typical possibilities.

A point behind the immediate Ra8 is that it's not just to get a rook behind the passed pawn. The other issue is that the rook on a7 or a8 can harass black's king because you've moved it as far away from it as possible. When black's king comes to help in some lines the f7 pawn drops and white gains possibilities of his own to promote one of his pawns.

Sep-01-14  RookFile: <If he had played 52. Ra8, Carlsen could've played 52 ...Rb2+, which would have forced the White king to g1 and pinned it to the first rank. >

White would not passively play his king to the first rank. He would be only too glad to let black capture the h2 pawn in exchange for getting the a5 pawn off the board. All the pawns on one side of the board would then increase rather than decrease white's drawing chances.

Sep-01-14  estrick: Interesting analysis, <RookFile>. The live commentators never discussed the lines you present.
Sep-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Great! Now Carlsen decides to press for a win.

Sinquefield Cup rd 4: Carlsen-Topalov : Carlsen [discard ticket] 750 LOSE 11:9 2.22 -- Aug-30-14

Although I'm not sure if he actually had a realistic advantage the other day...

Anyway, with the win, Carlsen recovers 4 rating points from the 10.1 he already lost. Of course, I don't think rating matters to Carlsen anymore.

Sep-01-14  Reisswolf: I really like this game. I know that Aronian blundered in the end, but even more than the Nakamura-Caruana game, this one has that quality of something-from-nothing about it.
Sep-01-14  mrbasso: <Uhlhumbrus> well, 26.Qxc4 Qa3 is very nasty for white (d6-d5 is a big problem) and 26.Nxc4 is against the rules of chess. As GM Akopian pointed out 25.b3 was already an inaccurate move.
Sep-01-14  Ulhumbrus: <mrbasso: <Uhlhumbrus> well, 26.Qxc4 Qa3 is very nasty for white (d6-d5 is a big problem) and 26.Nxc4 is against the rules of chess. As GM Akopian pointed out 25.b3 was already an inaccurate move.> It seems that that you are right. Perhaps 25 b3 is the move which goes too far trying to win.
Sep-01-14  1d410: Carlsen does care about his rating, but it's so high there's no danger in experimenting. He can probably still hold number 1 easily
Sep-02-14  visayanbraindoctor: This game looks symptomatic of the way players older than Carlsen tend to treat him. On 24... b5 Aronian replies very conservatively 25. b3, trying to keep the game semi-closed.

Too conservatively I think. Why not just 25. cxb5? After 25.. bxc4 26. bxc4, Aronian just ends up with isolated pawns on the Queenside. A perfect invitation to a Carlsen endgame grind-out.

Sep-15-14  notyetagm: Aronian vs Carlsen, 2014


click for larger view

62 ♔d3-c3?


click for larger view

62 ... h4xg3! Δ ♔c3x♖b4?? g3-g2!


click for larger view

<Shamot: 62...hg3!! and also 70...g3!! superb endgame technique by MC under time pressure against world #2.>

Nov-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson looks at the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPaQ...
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
MB like
from zz98_B35-B39(+B27/B32)_(Hyper-)Accelerated Drago by whiteshark
A B C Players 21st Century
by fredthebear
5:4
from 05a_extra passed a-pawn in R+4:3|| by whiteshark
MB like
from 98_B35-B39(+B27/B32)_(Hyper-)Accelerated Dragon by Jersey Joe
Queen's Indian
by Zhbugnoimt
54...g5 good move
from good openings by Gambit86


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC