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Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Ulhumbrus: 7...b4 weakens the point c4 and perhaps the rest of Black's queen side as well. However it is up to White to find a way to make this count.
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  YouRang: A key moment: After <25.Qc8+>

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White's Q is forking the king and Pe6. Black moves his king out of check and guards Pe6 with <25...Kf7>, which is followed by another check: <26.Qd7+>, again forking the king and Pe6.

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But this time, black had better be alert an not play the plausible-looking 26...Kf6 (which again, gets the king out of check while continuing to guard Pe6). The reason: 27.d5!

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White threatens Qxe6#, and black has no good way out:

- 27...exd5? 28.Qd8+ Kg6 29.Qe8+ Kf6 30.Nf5!, threatening 31.Qe7+ Kg6 32.Qxg7+ Kh5 33.Qxh7+ and mate next.

- 27...Kg6? 28.dxe6!, threatening Qf7+ as well as a promotion on e8.

- 27...Qg6? 28.dxe6, threatening e7 followed by e8N!+, with mate shortly.


Even 26...Kf8 27.Qxe6 probably reduces to a winning endgame for white. However, Aronian found the correct <26...Qe7>, which quelled the attack, and drifted to a peaceful draw.

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