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Levon Aronian vs Yifan Hou
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017)  ·  Uncommon Opening (A00)  ·  1-0
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Apr-21-17
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  beenthere240: I think Hou still needs to learn a lot about time management. I think she's unsure of how c5-c4 works.
Apr-21-17
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  chancho: The Wesley So good times tour appears to have hit a wall.

That Mamed guy is really good.

Here's an earlier beating he inflicted on the So and so guy:

Mamedyarov vs W So, 2017

Could he be Wesley's kryptonite?

Stay tuned...

Apr-21-17
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  Sally Simpson: She may come up with awful looking (but not always bad) ideas like Ra7 to free the b7 pawn but it does look like a big risk.

Meanwhile...

Alas Wes's unbeaten streak appears to over.

Apr-21-17  activechess55: <beenthere240: i'm guessing that spectacles are all the rage among chess elite. > Absolutely. All players in 1st and 2nd positions wear them. Some day, Grenke 2017 might be remembered as “Glass Magic.”
Apr-21-17
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  technical draw: We could have a four way tie for first at the end of the day. (of course Hou will have to beat Aronian and that looks difficult in this game).
Apr-21-17
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  technical draw: Chancho is right. So loses.
Apr-21-17
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  Marmot PFL: So white recovers the pawn and keeps both bishops, meaning some winning chances though not great.
Apr-21-17
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  beenthere240: QED Hou could not calculate 25...Ne3 etc (which leads to a 2B vs R + P endgame. Snd so she gives up the b pawn and probably the game.
Apr-21-17
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  Sally Simpson: Hi beenthere240,

She has not given up the b-pawn, White has won his pawn back.

Aronian may now do a bit of the Magnus Shuffle and see if he can get a time trouble slip out of Yifan. Quite a lot at stake, am I correct in thinking 2015 was Aronian's last big tournament win?

Apr-21-17
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  beenthere240: You are correct, exchanging the c pawn simply shifted which pawn would be regained.
Apr-21-17
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  beenthere240: I think Hou will lose this. She has so little time and her position requires very accurate defense.
Apr-21-17
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  cormier: aron is winning ...
Apr-21-17
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  Gypsy: <30...Rd7> Now, White can win a pawn by force. (And it looks like White is close to winning by force. Not quite there, I think, but close.)
Apr-21-17
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  offramp: Yifan Hou must avoid the exchange of rooks.
Apr-21-17
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  Gypsy: <36.h4...> Looks to me that Aronian is well on the road to win here. (He can even trade down to the rook endgame and probably win this.)
Apr-21-17
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  Marmot PFL: Dropping two pawns is hopeless but i don't see a way to avoid it.
Apr-21-17
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  Marmot PFL: If 39...Ra2 40 Bxa4 Rxa3 41 Rf4+ wins
Apr-21-17
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  Marmot PFL: Carlsen gave up queen and pawn for two rooks, looks dubious to me.
Apr-21-17
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  Marmot PFL: Now Naiditsch sac a bishop, which looks insane
Apr-21-17
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  Gypsy: Rook dances. Congratulations to Levon.
Apr-21-17
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  chancho: Aronian vs Carlsen in a World Championship match.

THAT would be extremely entertaining compared to the last match Carlsen had.

Apr-21-17
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  Gypsy: <Marmot PFL: Now Naiditsch sac a bishop, which looks insane> Saved him the draw ...
Apr-21-17  JimNorCal: Strong showing from LA last four rounds. Very impressive play.
Apr-21-17
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  Marmot PFL: thought naiditsch had the edge, not sure why he forced draw, maybe interview will cover it
Apr-21-17
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Aronian has shown exactly the quality in this tournament that convinced me several years ago that he would one day play a match for the world championship. If 25...Be6 was in fact Black's best move, then she might never have had a chance.
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