tpstar: Guys, if you don't get it, then you don't get it. :P
[Fritz 10]: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 0-0 9. 0-0 Qe7 [last book move] 10. Bc2 Rd8 [10 ... b6 11. Qe1 =] 11. a3 [11. Re1 Re8 =] Bxa3 [=] 12. Rxa3 Qxa3 13. c5 b6 [13 ... b5 14. b4 Qb2 15. Nb1 =] 14. b4 [14. Nb1 Qb2 15. Re1 Ne4 16. Bxe4 dxe4 +-] Ne4 [14 ... Qb2!? 15. Na4 Qa2 =] 15. Nxe4 [ ⩲] dxe4 16. Bxe4 Rb8 [16 ... a5 17. b5 bxc5 18. bxc6 ±] 17. Bxh7+ [ ±] Kxh7 18. Ng5+ Kg8 [18 ... Kg6!? 19. Qf3 Rf8 ±] 19. Qh5 [+-] Nf6 20. Qxf7+ Kh8 21. Qc7 Bd7 22. Nf7+ Kh7 23. Nxd8 Rc8 24. Qxb6 Nd5 25. Qa7 [25. Qb7!? Rxd8 26. e4 +-] Rxd8 [ ±] 26. e4 Qd3 [26 ... Nf6!? 27. Bg5 Qxb4 ⩲] 27. exd5 [+-] Qxd2 28. Qc7 Qg5 29. dxc6 [29. d6!? Qf6 +-] Bc8 [ ±] 30. h3 Qd5 31. Rd1 e5? [31 ... Rf8 32. f3 ±] 32. Rd3 [32. Qe7 makes it even easier for White Qb3 33. Re1 Qxb4 34. Qh4+ Kg6 35. Rxe5 Qxd4 36. Qh5+ Kf6 37. Qg5+ Kf7 +-] exd4? [32 ... e4 33. Rd1 Rf8 +-] 33. Qe7 [+-] Bf5 [33 ... Rg8 34. Qh4+ Kg6 +-] 34. Rg3 Bg6 35. Qh4+ 1-0.
2 ... c6 is the Slav Defense to the Queen's Gambit, then ... e6 is a Semi-Slav (also called Triangle Defense) which holds the center but creates weak dark squares. 12. Rxa3!? is an exchange sacrifice giving up White's inactive Rook in the corner for Black's important dark square Bishop, then this game becomes a classic example of attacking a weak square complex. After 17. Bxh7+! Kxh7 White is down a full Rook (!) yet the Queen gains access to the seventh rank. 21. Qc7 is a nice Clearance move forking the Rooks plus allowing 22. Nf7+ next. At the end White wins the Bg6; 35 ... Kg8 36. Rxg6, or 35 ... Bh5 36. Rg5. Posts on this thread underscore how some modern chess fans watch the computer more than the game.
Some insightful commentary:
<Aronian sacrifices first a pawn and then the exchange in return for confining and threatening to trap Black's queen. Carlsen's attempt to free his queen does not succeed and Aronian gains a winning but difficult attack, one which he prosecutes successfully by finding all of the necessary difficult attacking moves. This win seems worthy of a brilliancy prize. Considering the trouble that acceptance of the pawn sacrifice by 11...Bxa3 leads to, 11...Bd6 may be better.>
<Levon showed in the postgame that the usual defense to the Greek Sacrifice, 18...Kg6 fails to 19 Qg4 f5 20 Qg3 Kf6 21 d5!!; if 21...exd5 22 Qd6+ Kxg5 23 e4+! leads to mate.>
<It was a real sacrifice as it was based more on intuition and assessment rather than forced lines, so of course there were better moves but it was, like Tal's games, brilliant and sometimes unclear, but it worked as the situation in chess is not just the cold calculations but includes the emotions, and the complexity was such that Carlsen got into time pressure. So it was a great game to see.>
<Even assuming it was home cooking, of all the people in the world, Aronian can be least faulted for using his home preparation against reigning world champion. What I find most curious is that even after following Carlsen games for past 10 years, I am yet to find a single game in which he has genuinely surprised his opponent by his opening preparation. I get his thing about avoiding other people preparation. But surely after playing and studying chess at such a high level, he can find some surprising moves in sidelines.>
<It's a really striking picture after 13.c4-c5. The queen is locked away from the rest of the army and at risk of getting trapped, and Black's array looks awful without a dark-square bishop and the pieces in each others way. I know it's not quite as bad at all that, but I'd be miserable to have that position, especially against someone I knew was a gifted attacker.>
<Aronian plays not only against Carlsen's psyche (the World Champion is a known pawn grabber and I recall he lost a recent game to Aronian after he grabbed a pawn Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015 and if Carlsen has any relative weakness where he could be outplayed, it's in tactical melees); Aronian also plays the whole board a la Alekhine. The whole board shakes with activity. First a pawn and then an exchange sac on the Queen side in order to deflect the Queen away; followed by a Bxh7 sac and a King hunt on the opposite side. When Black's King escapes an immediate catastrophe, White then swings his Queen to the Queenside picking up material. Black again defends, but White then swings his Queen back to the Kingside for the final attack. Under all this immense all-around pressure, Black was bound to commit a losing error, and he did.>
<So who wants to go first with the Dead Parrot jokes?>
This game finished at #1 in IM Danny Rensch's rundown of 2017's best games over at <chess.com>.