Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
"Norwegian Blue" (game of the day Jul-04-2017)
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 4, Jun-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 99 more Aronian/Carlsen games
sac: 12.Rxa3 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: The Olga viewer allows you to get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" link on the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jun-16-17  thesiby: İf Qh5?
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Houdini [-2.38]

Komodo [-0.91]

Stockfish [-1.39]

-2.38 13. ... Nf8 14. Nb1 Qa1 15. Bc3 Qa2 16. Qd2 g6 17. Rc1 Bd7 18. Ne5 Be8 19. f3 a5 20. Qf2 N8d7 21. Nd3 Nh5 22. Qh4 f6

-1.01 13. ... a5 14. Qb1 Nxc5 15. dxc5 Qxc5 16. Na4 Qd6 17. Bc3 h6 18. Qa1 Qe7 19. Bd3 b5 20. Nb6 Ra6 21. Bxa5 Qa7 22. Nxc8 Rxc8 23. b4 Ra8 24. Ne5

depth: 13 ply

Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Komodo

-0.91 13. ... h6 14. Nb1 Qa1 15. Bc3 Qa2 16. Bd2 Re8 17. Nc3 Qb2 18. h3 e5 19. Bf5 Nf8 20. Na4

-0.72 13. ... a5 14. h3 h6 15. Re1 Re8 16. Nb1 Qa2 17. Nc3 Qb2 18. e4 e5 19. Na4 Qa3 20. exd5

-0.69 13. ... b5 14. cxb6 Nxb6 15. Ne5 Qd6 16. f3 Bb7 17. Ne2 c5 18. Ba5 g6 19. Bd3 cxd4 20. exd4 Rab8

-0.46 13. ... b6 14. Nb1 Qb2 15. cxb6 a5 16. Bc3 Qa2 17. Qd2 g6 18. Ne5 Ba6 19. Rc1 Nxe5

depth: 13 ply

Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Stockfish

-1.39 13. ... e5 14. dxe5 Ne4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Ng5 Nxe5 17. Nxe4 f5 18. Nd6 Qxc5 19. Nxc8 Raxc8 20. Bxf5

-1.27 13. ... Rb8 14. Na4 h6 15. Ba5 Re8 16. Bc7 Ra8 17. Nc3 Ng4 18. h3 Ngf6 19. Bd3 Qb2

-1.13 13. ... b5 14. Qb1 h6 15. e4 dxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Bb7 18. Bh7+ Kh8 19. Bc1 Qa5 20. Bd2

-1.09 13. ... Ra7 14. Bd3 b5 15. cxb6 Nxb6 16. Ne5 Bb7 17. Qc2 Nbd7 18. b4 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Ne4 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Bxe4

depth: 12 ply

Jun-21-17  talhal20: Aronian rather lured Carlsen to sidetrack his queen which remained immobilised for quite sotime. Once done so he played rest of the game like endgame.
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: So who wants to go first with the Dead Parrot jokes?
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: Aronian showed some amazing foresight by playing 25. Qa7 instead of Qb7, which would have enabled 26.... Bc8!!!, chasing off the queen with a tempo and saving the knight.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I have heard the Dead Parrot sketch so often that it's no longer very funny. But there was something very quirky about this African version:
Premium Chessgames Member
  piltdown man: He's pining for the fjords.
Premium Chessgames Member
  SirRuthless: Great selection and clever title for the GOTD.
Jul-04-17  dgm1214: Great exciting Game!
Jul-04-17  Imran Iskandar: One of the most original games I've seen in top level chess in a while. As pointed out by others, an unorthodox sacrifice followed by one of the oldest!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: What a dance...
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Imran Iskandar: One of the most original games I've seen in top level chess in a while.>

Look harder. How can any game be called "original" if it includes the sequence 17. Bxh7+ Kxh7 18. Ng5+ Kg8 19. Qh5 Nf6 20. Qxf7+ Kh8?

Jul-04-17  Ironmanth: Wonderful game!
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <cormier> Running chess engines, particularly Stockfish, to search depths of only 12-13 ply will not yield evaluations that anyone would have confidence in their accuracy. You need to run Komodo and Houdini to search plies in the high 20s at a minimum, and preferably in the low- to mid 30s. For Stockfish you need to let it run higher; to the mid 30s at a minimum and preferably to the low- to mid-40s. Fortunately Stockfish gets to deeper search depths than Houdini or Komodo in approximately the same amount of time, so those analyses will all take approximately the same amount of time.

You should also report which version of each engine you are using, the more recent versions are stronger and you can have higher confidence in their evaluations than earlier version if run to the same search depth.

If you are going to run multi-engine analyses, see my discussion on non-determinism starting at US Championship (2017) (kibitz #633) and also in my forum's header. If you have at least a 4-core computer, you may find it more efficient (less total time) to run all 3 engines concurrently, each using a single thread, with a reduced hash table (to prevent disk swapping) rather than running each engine sequentially using 4 cores and a larger hash table.

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I have annotated this game in great detail on two sheets of European A4 paper, which is a bit like American foolscap. If you send me your address, via this site, I can post that analysis to you.

But be warned I WILL need it back by the end of August 2017, so that I can send it to my friend in Cape Verde.

What might be best is if you photocopy it once you receive it and then send me the original back.

Make sure it IS the original that you send back because that has some pencil writings on it which probably won't photocopy very well. I don't want to ink them in because they would obliterate some other important notes that I have made.

In some parts it might be hard to make out my handwriting. I have written the phone number of my chiropractor in one of the margins. He has read it right through and he will be able to resolve any difficulties in comprehension.

The notes are in standard descriptive, by the way.

Jul-04-17  Hodor: BS Level Defcon 3
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <offramp> LMAO

You are the sole reason I don't quit this site altogether

Are the you the nephew of Benny Hill?

Or perhaps Dave Allen?


Jul-04-17  newzild: Brilliant, brilliant game by Aronian.

Carlsen looks on the brink of recovery for the second half of the game, after the Bxh7+ sac, but Aronian always finds a clever way to keep his initiative alive.

Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: After 13.c5, can white force a sequence where he can recover material?

click for larger view

Stockfish_17061704_x64_modern: <2 hours computer time>

<+0.73/48 13...b6 14.Nb1 Qa2 15.Qc1 bxc5 16.Nc3 Qa5 17.Nxd5 Qb5 18.Nc7> Qb7 19.<Nxa8> Qxa8 20.Ba5 Re8 21.dxc5 Nxc5 22.Bxh7+ Kxh7 23.Qxc5 Kg8 24.b4 Qb8 25.Ne5 Ne4 26.Qd4 Nd2 27.Rd1 Nb3 28.Qc3 c5 29.Qxb3 Qxe5 30.Qa4 Rf8 31.Qc6 c4 32.Bd8 Qb8 33.Qxc4 Bb7 34.Qd4 e5 35.Qd7 Qa8 36.f3 Bc6 37.Qd6 Re8 38.Bb6 Ba4 39.Rd5 Re6 40.Qd8+ Qxd8 41.Rxd8+ Re8 42.Rd6 Re6 43.Rxe6 fxe6 44.Kf2 Kf7

Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <RandomVisitor> Sure, Black had much better giving up his Knight for two pawns, leaving him with an intact 8-pawn strong pawn chain vs a shattered White pawn chain. Black draws at worst

13....Nxc5 14.dxc5 Qxc5 15.Na4 Qa7


Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: After 13.c5, final look:

click for larger view

Stockfish_17061704_x64_modern: <5 hours computer time>

<+0.70/51 13...b5 14.b4> Qb2 15.Nb1 Ne4 16.Ng5 Ndf6 17.Be1 e5 18.f3 exd4 19.exd4 a5 20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.fxe4 axb4 22.Bh4 Rd7 23.Rf2 Qa1 24.Qd3 Ra2 25.Re2 f6 26.e5 Rxc2 27.Qxc2 Qxd4+ 28.Bf2 Qc4 29.exf6 Qxc2 30.Rxc2 Ra7 31.Bd4 Bf5 32.Re2 gxf6 33.Nd2 Ra2 34.Rf2 Bc2 35.Rxf6 b3 36.Rxc6 b2 37.Rb6 b1R+ 38.Nxb1 Bxb1 39.c6 Bf5 40.Rxb5 Rc2 41.Rxd5 Rxg2+ 42.Kxg2 Be4+ 43.Kf2 Bxd5 44.c7 Bb7 45.Ke3 Kf7 46.Be5 Ke6 47.Kd4 Kd7 48.Kc5 Be4 49.Kb6 Kc8 50.Kb5 Bd3+ 51.Kc5 Be4 52.Kd6 Bb7

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: funny GOTD for July 4th.
Aug-02-17  yurikvelo: this game multiPV

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 4)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
best of 2017
by Chnebelgrind
flightsquare's favorite games
by flightsquare
Mack Aroni'
from JonathanJ's favorite games 6 by JonathanJ
2017 games
by Severin
July 4: Norwegian Blue
from Game of the Day 2017 by Phony Benoni
Exchange Sacrifice compromises Queen
from BAJones' Favourite Games by BAJones
Aronian Blasts Carlsen
from OhioChessFan's favorite games of 2017 by OhioChessFan
Semi Slav : Meran
by ISeth
21st Century Masterpieces - Second decade (2011)
by syracrophy
from Jaredfchess' favorite games by Jaredfchess
P+XchngSac + Bxh7+ Sac
from 99_whiteshark's favorite games of 2017 by whiteshark
Aronian wins over Carlsen in fine style flank pawn sac!
from Carlsen games by Mudphudder
samuel66's favorite games
by samuel66
piltdown man's puns
by piltdown man
Volume 132
from # Chess Informant Golden Games by Qindarka
best games of chessgames 2017
by caracas1970
from 70a_middlegame SACS Bxh7+!! (or it may Knott) by whiteshark
World Chump
from Chess Mastery by FLAWLESSWIN64
Eduardo Bermudez's favorite chess games
by Eduardo Bermudez
Best games of 2017
by fisayo123
plus 9 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC