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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
"The Magnificent Levon" (game of the day May-31-2018)
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017), Karlsruhe GER, rd 2, Apr-16
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  JointheArmy: What a game.
Apr-16-17  tonsillolith: Drawgnus Carlsen vs. Levon Adrawnian
Apr-17-17  Dave12: I wonder if white has missed a win somewhere.
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  Gilmoy: 24..Bb6 25.Nc4 Na5 26.Nxb6 and the threat of the Nd7 fork wins a tempo for Ra7. So it's only even, and kind of lifeless.
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  soldal: <Dave12: I wonder if white has missed a win somewhere.>

34.Nfe5 would have kept his +2.0 advantage, but he said afterwards he thought 34.Qxe4 would win faster. From then on the game was equal.

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  ChessHigherCat: Why didn't Aronian win the exchange with 24...Bb6 followed by [correction] Na5?
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  ChessHigherCat: <Gilmoy: 24..Bb6 25.Nc4 Na5 26.Nxb6 and the threat of the Nd7 fork wins a tempo for Ra7. So it's only even, and kind of lifeless.>

Thanks, I didn't think of 25. Nc4, that changes everything.

Apr-18-17  Ulhumbrus: 21...Rxb1 concedes the b file. Instead of this 21..Ne7 begins the plan of ...Ng6 followed by ...h5 and ...h4 and then ...Nf4 if the g3 pawn gets displaced or removed
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  ChessHigherCat: <Ulhumbrus: 21...Rxb1 concedes the b file. Instead of this 21..Ne7 begins the plan of ...Ng6 followed by ...h5 and ...h4 and then ...Nf4 if the g3 pawn gets displaced or removed>

Maybe Aronian "arroneously" thought that Rb7 wasn't a threat because of the Bb6 maneuver I just asked about in my last post. Also, if the N leaves c6 White could relieve pressure on the f file later by playing Rxb1. Finally, this has nothing to do with the b file, but if black plays h5, another way of taking pressure off the f file, which looks like the main theme, would be Ng5 and the Q can't retreat to f7 because of the royal fork on h6

Apr-19-17  MichaelAndrewLo: Game Analysis:

Jun-06-17  Ariogermano: Alternative 61. RxG7 statemate
Mmmm fantastic game of two big chess players
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  Diademas: Somehow not the Carlsen - Aronian game I had expected as Game of the Day today...
May-31-18  JPi: I feel strange there is no comment on 14...Nh5 Is it theory? I mean Nxe5 or bxe5 come naturally in mind. I guess that 15.Nxe5 NxB 16.NxN bxN 17.hxN RxB 18.QxR Qxd3 Or 15.Bxe5 g4 16.Bd4 gxN 17.BxB Qg5 aren't inviting much. However in the first line 16.Nxf7 or 17.d4; In the second 16.Nd2 NxB 17.d4 d6 18.dxN dxe5 19.g3 doesn't look clear to me. Bc4-Nb3-N1d2-Nf1-Ne3 or Na3-Nc2-Ne3 or Ra2-Rb2 Bxf7+ so many ideas on both sides.
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  Richard Taylor: Good game by both some tricky stuff going on...
May-31-18  JPi: The way both players kept the tension during all the game is indeed very very impressive.
May-31-18  Ironmanth: Awesome game!
May-31-18  JohnBoy: The prolonged sequence of threats/counter-threats is reminiscent of several Lasker-Schlechter games, justifying <perf>ís position that Lasker is the right model for MC.
May-31-18  yadasampati: What is the refutation of 36. Qxe2?
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 27 dpa

1. = (-0.21): 24...Qg7 25.d4 exd4 26.cxd4 Nxd4 27.Nxd4 Qxd4 28.e5 Qa1+ 29.Rb1 Qxe5 30.Qg6+ Qg7 31.Qxe6+ Kh8 32.Rb7 a5 33.Rb5 Qa1+ 34.Kh2 Qf6 35.Qxf6+ Rxf6 36.Rxa5 Rxf2 37.Nd5 c6 38.Ne7 Kg7 39.Nxc6 Rc2 40.Rb5 Rc3 41.a5 Ra3 42.Nd8 Bf2 43.Ne6+ Kf6 44.Ng5 Be1 45.Ne4+ Ke6 46.Ng5+ Kd7 47.Nf3 Bxa5 48.Nxh4 Kc6 49.Rb1 d5 50.Nf3 Kc5 51.Kg3 Bc7+ 52.Kg4 Kc4

2. = (-0.17): 24...Rf7 25.Nh2 Bxe3 26.fxe3 Kf8 27.Qe2 Ke8 28.Rb1 Qg6 29.Rf1 Rg7 30.Rf3 Na5 31.Rh3 Nb3 32.Rxh4 Nc1 33.Qd2 Qg3 34.Rg4 Rxg4 35.Nxg4 Qxg4 36.Qxc1 Qe2 37.d4 Qd3 38.dxe5 dxe5 39.a5 Qxe4 40.Qe1 Ke7 41.Qe2 Qc6 42.Qc2 Qd5 43.Kf2 e4 44.g4 Kf6 45.c4 Qe5 46.Kg2 Kg5 47.Kh3 c6 48.Qf2

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  ChessHigherCat: <yadasampati: What is the refutation of 36. Qxe2?>

Good question. I wasted 15 minutes trying to figure it out, and then when I resorted to StockFish, it turns out that it's just a draw:

1) =0.00 (31 ply) 36...Qg6+ 37.Kf4 Qf5+ 38.Kg3 Qg6+

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