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Levon Aronian vs Peter Svidler
Sinquefield Cup (2016), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-06
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0
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Aug-06-16  CountryGirl: Possibly just a misjudgement by Svidler to go into that N vs B endgame. I watched it live and it always looked better for Aronian.
Aug-06-16  apexin: in fact 28..Nxd2 seems to be the decisive mistake
Aug-06-16  Steve.Patzer: 35....Bb4+ seems to improve.
Aug-06-16  Virgil A: Perhaps 9...Ne4
Aug-06-16  NBZ: I agree, CountryGirl, but I also wonder if Svidler misplayed the ending. After 34. ... g5 and 35. ... f5, the black king is stuck defending the kingside. Perhaps simply 34. ... Kf8 and 35. ... Ke8 instead and Black can still hold - maybe.
Aug-07-16
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Odd that the h4 pawn should have become such a problem. I understand 34...g5, but does 35...f6, protecting the g5 pawn and preventing Ne5 improve?
Aug-08-16
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  PawnSac: < apexin: in fact 28..Nxd2 seems to be the decisive mistake >

I don't understand how. Thinking pragmatically, one would expect that with a bishop over knight verses white's very slightly better Q side pawn, the position should dynamically be about equal. I suspect black's errors came later. I mean after all, I can't imagine Magnus losing the black position after 30.Na5 .

The strength or weakness of the h4 pawn would be determined by the continuation. Black has the choice of defending it as in the game with Be7, or Qside activity/counterplay with Rcb8.

Aug-08-16
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  PawnSac: OK the position after 34.Nxc4 looks equal to me, so i plugged it into stockfish 7 and here is the eval..

46/48 09:44 617,615k 1,056k 0.00

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1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Nf3 b5 6. b3 Bg4 7. Qd2 Nbd7 8. Ne5 Nxe5 9. dxe5 Nd7 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Qxd5 e6 12. Qd4 h5 13. Bd2 Qb8 14. Ne4 Qxe5 15. a4 Bf5 16. Ng3 Bc2 17. axb5 h4 18. Ne2 Qxb5 19. Qc3 Bh7 20. Nd4 Qb7 21. h3 Be7 22. Be2 O-O 23. Bf3 Be4 24. Bxe4 Qxe4 25. Qc6 Nc5 26. Qxe4 Nxe4 27. Nc6 Bc5 28. Ra4 Nxd2 29. Kxd2 Rfc8 30. Na5 Be7 31. Rc1 Rxc1 32. Kxc1 Rc8+ 33. Rc4 Rxc4+ 34. Nxc4 f6 35. Kc2 Kf7 36. Kd3 Ke8 37. f4 Kd7 38. Nd2 Kd6 39. Nf3 f5 40. e4 fxe4+ 41. Kxe4 Bf6 42. Ne1 Kc6 43. Nd3 a5 44. Nf2 Kb5 45. Nd3 Kc6

Aug-09-16  saturn2: <PawnSac OK the position after 34.Nxc4 looks equal to me, so i plugged it into stockfish> I am sure you and stockfish can evaluate better than me. However to me it appears obvious that after the 34th move blacks a pawn will fall and on the other hand black cannot attack whites king side pawns in time.
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