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Levon Aronian vs Veselin Topalov
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-11
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-11-15  kamagong24: great crush by Aronian, and very instructive and funny post game analysis
Dec-11-15  ivansoto: What is happening to our esteemed Grandmaster Topalov? He really is getting mauled in the London Chess Classic!
Dec-11-15  kamagong24: Topa (and Vishy) will just be fine, it happens, part of the game
Dec-11-15  SimplicityRichard: Aronian's 7.Ke2 refutes Topalov's Knight manoeuvre and consequently resulting in Black's violation of the fundamental chess principle of not moving a particular piece too often and thereby losing tempo. Meanwhile, White was developing as many pieces as possible and achieved almost total domination of the centre. Finally Black was rendered impotent owing to his uncoordinated pieces. A highly instructive game made possible by Topalov's incredible spirit of adventure. #
Dec-11-15  Rookiepawn: We have to thank Topalov for so many entertaining games. The fact that he often loses them is just a detail.
Dec-11-15  fisayo123: <SimplicityRichard> You're aware that is a theoretical move, right? And that that phase is theoretical?
Dec-11-15  Whitehat1963: What's the finish?
Dec-11-15  swordfish: Yeah, White looks better here, but I don't see a clear win.
Dec-11-15  Pulo y Gata: If Giri were playing white, he'd say Topa ain't never been toast by move 7 by anyone before.

The London bridge is collapsing under Veselin's feet. Free fall.

Dec-11-15  Sularus: <Whitehat1963: What's the finish?> I can't give the precise finish. Sorry.
My noobish analysis though:
white is threatening RxN followed by QxP+, etc, I think (not even sure there's something there).

So either black plays Rc8 or Re8. Now white can try to lift a rook to the third rank and try something along the g-file maybe. So I guess 27. ... Re8
28. Bc4 Q-move
29. Rd3
and I'm that's how far my confidence goes. :D

Dec-11-15  cdowis: Aronian -- 14...Qa5 was a blunder.
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  tpstar: Fritz 10 Deep Position Analysis:

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a) 27 ... Be8 28. Rxc6 Rxd5 29. exd5 bxc6 30. Re1 f6 [5.63/20]

b) 27 ... Be8 28. Rc5 Qa6 29. Rxc6 Rxd5 30. exd5 bxc6 [4.13/19]

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  dunkenchess: Clearly Topalov is out of form.
Dec-12-15  Fish55: <Simplicity Richard> There is nothing wrong with Topalov's knight maneuvers from moves 5-8. This has been played many times at the master level and the position after move 12 is well-known. His 18...g5 begins a somewhat questionable attack. 23...Nxg5? is the losing move.
Dec-12-15  EhsanBalani: <Fish55:... 23...Nxg5? is the losing move.> Correction: 22...Nxg5?
Dec-15-15  Ulhumbrus: 11 d4!! looks like a brilliant improvement on the move 11 Bb2 which led to a win for Black in the game Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980
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  morfishine: <Ulhumbrus> Stop the blabbering nonsense: There are no brilliant moves at move 11 at this level in any variation of any system


Dec-27-15  Ayaend: <Rookiepawn> i like you'r com! :) This game is very great and pleasent to see.
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