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Wesley So vs Levon Aronian
Sinquefield Cup (2016), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-07
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-07-16  indomega: <cro777> correct!
Aug-07-16  Arditi: hmm Aronian is losting much time. He has a little time ahead.
Aug-07-16  indomega: So is white. So he is about to lose
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  cro777: Black is pawn up but White has the initiative. Accurate play by Black is needed. Aronian knows that.
Aug-07-16  indomega: these moves shall lead to a draw. so or aronian should ask for draw.
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  cro777: 22...Qd8 or 22...Qf4 is necessary.
Aug-07-16  indomega: Mostly Qd8.
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  cro777: Black's pawn on h6 is lost.
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  Marmot PFL: Either way white has 23 Qxh6 with perp at least
Aug-07-16  indomega: agreed.
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  OhioChessFan: Fizzled out to a perp. But a nice game anyway.
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  Marmot PFL: After all the decisive games yesterday I suppose a few more draws today was expected.
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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> I stand corrected. Thank you, and have a good night sir


Aug-07-16  indomega: 29.Qg5 leads to perp. check. that was good game :)
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  cro777: Bringing a 6-month-old idea to life the usually dubious trade, giving up two minor pieces early on for a rook and pawn, was sound.

Position after 9.Bd5

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Aronian finally succeded to get his 6-month-old idea out (Black has exclusively played here 9Nc5).

The idea is sound because, as Wesley So explained, Black has better development. "My pieces are kind of stuck and it takes time to mobilize them", he said.

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  FSR: At first I thought that 28.Qc5+ won a piece, but after 28...Kg8 White has to take the perpetual in light of 29.Nxc4?? Qe1# or 29.Qxc4?? Qe3+.
Aug-08-16  Virgil A: All the same.
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  ajile: I guess So And Aronian got bored with all the QGDs and Ruy Lopezes.


Aug-08-16  SimplicityRichard: <ajile> Indeed they did. And just as well. I was getting bored with the openings you refer to, and suspect you did too.

But we have a slight problem, the ECO says A00 Uncommon opening when we all know it's a Giuoco Pianissimo (C53).

Waiter? #

Aug-08-16  kamagong24: good job Wesley!
Aug-08-16  epistle: Excellent job Levon! Drawing with the black pieces wastes nothing.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Marmot,

"After all the decisive games yesterday I suppose a few more draws today was expected."

You forgot to add a wee ':)' people may think you are serious.

There are bore draws and there are score draws. In the former neither player deserves even a half point in the latter both players (as here) should both get 1 point.

What a difference a pawn on e5 makes.

Wes So - Lev Aronian 2016

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Albin vs Winawer, 1896

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Worthwhile playing over the Winawer game and watch the Black pawns form a fist that punches right through the White position.

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Albin must have had pawn nightmares for months after this game.

Also link reacquainted me with a chess ditty from Tarrasch.

"And still among people there persists the legend that chess is too serious. Life is serious; chess is the cheerful art."

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  WorstPlayerEver: I have to correct myself; after 14. Qd2 Ne5 it's White who has to fight for a draw.
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  perfidious: <AK....The position is analogous to the Dilworth Attack in the Open Ruy Lopez, where White has B+N vs. Black's R+P. The 2 minor pieces are considered superior in the middle game, but in the endgame Black's R+P tends to hold. And, as middlegame compensation, Black has the initiative, a slight lead in development, and a somewhat more exposed White king..

In the Dilworth the game outcome usually depends on whether White can find advanced outposts for his minor pieces or whether Black can penetrate the 1st and 2nd ranks with his rooks. Opening Explorer after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Bc2 Nxf2.... has White winning 37.0% of the time, Black winning 39.1% of the time, with 23.8% draws.....>

This does not surprise me: in OTB, I should note that I scored better with the Dilworth than in CC.

Aug-08-16  Virgil A: Black gained the initiative after the opening moves but could not sustain. In the end, Black had to find the best moves.

Not sure if White intended to run its clock down to bait Black in playing along their significant time difference and bait Black to make hurriedly weaker moves in an opening not often used at top level.

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