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Levon Aronian vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-09
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0


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  Castleinthesky: It looks like 26...Qa2 is the killer for black, the consequences of grabbing the pawn is the decentralization of the queen, which gives white a big advantage.
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  luzhin: 33...Ka8?? loses: Black had to play 33...Ka7. The reason becomes clear two moves later with 35.Qf6---though 35.Qc7 also forks the undefended Rook and Knight. Yet another example of Nunn's maxim: 'Loose pieces drop off."
Dec-09-16  jerseybob: <luzhin: 33...Ka8?? loses: Black had to play 33...Ka7.> But black's not very happy after 34.Rd8,Rd8 35.Qc5 either.
Dec-10-16  dm1991: 14... Bxe3 is an interesting concept - giving up his strong Ba7 to make use of the light squares which he consequently exploited by playing 16... f5. I don't understand 18... Bxd3 as it opens up the position for the white bishop pair which was soon problematic for black. e4 looked strategically more consistent shutting down white's extra Bf2 bishop and gaining an enormous control over the light squares. 28. Bxe5 basically won the centre for white.

Before the 33... Ka8 disaster black had a tough position to defend. He had Qa2 which was a bit awkward to deal for white in exchange of giving up the centre while white had a centralized queen, open lines for his rooks and Bc2 ready to help the queen from e4 or f5.

With such inconsistent moves like Bxe3 i'm worried Mickey will have a hard time in this tournament. Sadly, there's no h3/h6 in the opening to blame for the loss.

Dec-10-16  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluation takes a sudden plunge for Black after 33..Ka8 and this suggests that the move is a blunder. Following the exchange 34 Rxd8 Rxd8 the move 35 Qf6 forks the rook on d8 and the knight on b6. This suggests that 33...Ka8 fails to answer the potential threat of the exchange 34 Rxd8 followed by the fork 35 Qf6.
Dec-10-16  N0B0DY: The position does not look too appealing, but... <Nobody> has ever improved his situation by resigning.
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  OneArmedScissor: Adams got cucked.
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  beenthere240: You have to wonder about 26....Qa2. I'm sure that Aronian looked at the position for a bit before playing 27. Bg3. That might have indicated he had seen it was poisoned. Maybe Adams thought the whole challenge was extricating his queen. The problem was that he let white grab the center.
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