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Levon Aronian vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-14
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black concluded the game with a very nice little mating attack. 59...Bc5 was quite the subtle stroke.
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  patzer2: White's decisive error appears to be the desperation piece sacrifice 51. Bxc3? which allows 51...Bxc3 ∓ to -+ (-1.74 @ 42 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Instead, 51. Kg2 = (0.00 @ 33 depth, Stockfish 8) holds as play might go 51.Kg2 Nxd4 52.Re4 c2 53.Bxb4 Rxb4 (not 53...c1=Q?? 54.Bf8+ Kg8 55.Ba3+ Rc8 56.Bxc1 Rxa8 57.Rxd4 +-) 54.Rc8 Nc6 55.Rxb4 c1=Q 56.Rb6 Qe1 57.Rbxc6 Qxe5 58.R6c7 Qd5+ 59.Kg1 Qd1+ 60.Kg2 e5 61.Re7 Qd5+ 62.Kg1 Qd1+ 63.Kg2 = (0.00 @ 48 depth, Stockfish 8.)

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