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Levon Aronian vs Viswanathan Anand
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden Baden GER, rd 5, Feb-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0
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Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: I'm not really good at detecting premature resignations. So, does this count as one?

Anyway, with the white win, 5 of the last 9 meetings between these 2 have ended in 1-0.

Feb-07-15  suenteus po 147: The live commentary covered this, and Aronian theorized that Anand had a promising position most of the game, and to find the tables turn suddenly, and now being faced with an arduous endgame a pawn down was probably just too demoralizing.
Feb-07-15
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  Ulhumbrus: Aronian said - and the computer indicated - that after 23...hxg3 Black had the advantage. Anand missed a critical move (Rc3!) in one critical variation, but there is no disgrace in that: Bobby Fischer himself has done this eg He missed the sequence beginning with 30 Qf7!! after 29...Rd1 against Spassky in the game Spassky vs Fischer, 1970)

Aronian said that < Anand should have played 23...hxg3 and he stood better but this was my lucky day>

Feb-07-15  WuldCahmpion: annund can't beat arunian without computer anymore.
Feb-07-15
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  JointheArmy: Talking about resigning early...
Feb-07-15
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  Marmot PFL: If Anand is tiring (which seems to be the case) than getting some rest could be more important than fighting what's probably a lost battle.
Feb-07-15  Nf8: <Anand missed a critical move (Rc3!) in one critical variation>

Namely, after 24.e4! he probably realized that 24...Qxf3 doesn't work because of 25.Qxg5+ Kh7 26.e5+ Bf5 27.Bxf5+ Nxf5 <28.Rc3!> and now 28...Nxd4 is relatively best, but White still has a big advantage with 29.Qxh4+ & 30.Qxd4. So 24.e4 was apparently an unpleasant surprise, but at any rate after 24...Bxc5 25.e5 there was no reason to avoid 25...Bxb4 and at least win a pawn before retreating with the queen to g7.

Feb-07-15  Nf8: <after 24.e4! he probably realized that 24...Qxf3 doesn't work because of 25.Qxg5+ Kh7 26.e5+ Bf5 27.Bxf5+ Nxf5 [...]>

Btw, in case of 27...Qxf5 the point is that after 28.Qxf5+ Nxf5 29.exd6 Nxd6 30.Nd7! White wins an exchange (the knight attacks the rook on f8 & threatens check on f6).

Feb-07-15
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  Hesam7: <suenteus po 147: The live commentary covered this, and Aronian theorized that Anand had a promising position most of the game, and to find the tables turn suddenly, and now being faced with an arduous endgame a pawn down was probably just too demoralizing.>

First Aronian played the opening insipidly. Picking a line that is known not to cause Black any trouble.

Anand was already better early on: 16...g4! 17 Nd2 Rae8 18 Nde4 de4 19 Ne4 Bh2 20 Kh2 Qg6 21 Nd6 Nf5 22 Nf5 (22 Ne8? g3) 22...Bf5


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Feb-07-15
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  Hesam7: <Ulhumbrus: Aronian said that <Anand should have played 23...hxg3 and he stood better but this was my lucky day>>

After 23...hg3 Black isn't just better he is winning:

(A) 24 hg3 now with 24...Kg7 Black can force the following: 25 e4 Nd4 26 Nd4 Rh8 27 Nb7 Qh6 28 f4 de4 29 Qg2 ed3 30 fg5 Qg6 31 Nd6 Qd6 32 Rf4 Kg8


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(B) 24 fg3 Ne3 and now other forced line: 25 Rf2 Ng4 26 Rff1 Re3! 27 Ne5 Qe7 28 Ng4 Bg4 29 Rce1 Re8 30 Qe3 Qe3 31 Re3 Re3


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Feb-08-15  blackdranzer: disappointing to see anand going down like this...probably its the end of the chess road for anand....
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