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Vladimir Kramnik vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 10, Mar-22
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  1-0


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Mar-22-18  Mudphudder: I have to say (and I think many will agree here) that despite Aronian & Kramnik being at the bottom of the candidates barrel....the top two most exciting players at this tournament are indeed Kramnik & Aronian. These two are not afraid of playing sharp continuations or finding the more interesting lines. Even at the risk of uncertainty.

But I guess the risks come with a price. And they're both on the wrong end of it and paying for it.

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  ChessHigherCat: No way, I think Caruana and Mamster, despite being at the top of the list, have played the most exciting and accurate chess, which might just explain why they're at the top of the list. You can't say either one accepted easy draws. Aronian (who is usually one of my favorites, but here he was too nervous or something) and Kramnik took risks, but not sound ones.
Mar-22-18  ReneDescartes: Kramnik took fairly sound risks, but lost. Aronian vs. Caruana, on the other hand, was just bizarre--Aronian lost his composure.
Mar-22-18  dehanne: 36...Rg7=
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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 36 ... Qc7.

A puzzle for the ages.

Mar-22-18  micahtuhy: Gotta agree with <Mudphudder>
Mar-22-18  micahtuhy: <Nietzowitsch> Erro Ergo Sum is actually a famous quote by Tartakower, the king of chess witticisms.
Mar-22-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
37.Ne8+ Kg8 38.Qxe6+ Qf7 39.Rxf7 d1R+ 40.Rf1+ Rff7 41.Nf6+ Kh8 42.Qe8+ Kg7 43.Qg8# +- (#7) Depth: 40 dpa

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  HeMateMe: sharp tactics by Kramnik, you could see the Rook sac on f6 coming.
Herr KRAMNIK has NOT LOST 4 in a Row.
There were 2 DRAWS Thrown in for Good Measure. He has as many WINS as "The Guy On Top". No One else does!!! The Problem is that he is also tied for MOST LOSSES with "The Guy on The Bottom". KRAMNIK only has 3 DRAWS! He appears to be a very "GUTSY" Player. WIN or LOSE He's FINE in my Book! KRAMNIK's Game Ending Disclosed CHECK was his Second of the Day with that Very Same KNIGHT and QUEEN Combination! What was it... 5 or 6 Moves earlier! GIANT BLUNDER on Levon's part. He was NOT even in TIME TROUBLE as I recall Either!

Some Good CHESS in 2 of the games today! Thanks to ALL The Broadcasters and Sites Showing the Games THANK YOU ALL! The WIGS 2 Days ago were just TOO MUCH!


p.s. This Tournament is also on at a decent time here in THE STATES for a change TOO!

Mar-22-18  That Roger: If black didnt play 36 Qc7, what were the odds of outcome? prior to that move who does the position favor?
Mar-22-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

36...Rg7 37.Bxe6 Qc6 38.e4 Rg5 39.Nh5+ Rxe5 40.Rxf8+ Kh7 41.Rf7+ Kh8 42.Rf8+ Kh7 = (0.00) Depth: 6

36...Rg7 37.Bxe6 Rg5 38.Qc3 b4 39.Nh5+ bxc3 40.Rxf8+ Kh7 41.Rf7+ Kh8 42.Rf8+ Kh7 = (0.00) Depth: 29

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  Check It Out: <That Roger> The quick Stockfish eval rates it as dead even after 36.Qe5
Mar-22-18  11thHeaven: 6.Nd5 looks a lot like a beginners move; I'm curious what was the reason behind it. Is there much of an argument that the black knight on f6 is a better piece than white's on c3?
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  ChessHigherCat: You can look in Opening Explorer for all the gory details but I think that if 6...Nxd5 7. exd5 and no matter where the knight goes, white can play Nxe5. For example, 7.exd5 Na5 8. Nxe5 Qe2 9. Kg1 (castles) Qxe5? Re1 wins the queen.
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  offramp: Kramnik has a beautiful attack starting with 25. Ng6.

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Great play.

Mar-22-18  evzal86: I guess Aronian forgot this game between Carlsen and Anand Carlsen vs Anand, 2014
Mar-22-18  drleper: Very nice checkmakte after 37... Rg7 38. Rxf8+ Kh7 39. Nf6+ Kg6 40. Qh5#

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Mar-22-18  Toribio3: Kramnik played like Tal. I am sad that he can't catch up the front runner of this tournament.
Mar-22-18  cormier: if 7...exd5:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
7...Nd4 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.c3 Ba7 10.0-0 d6 11.d4 0-0 12.Be3 e4 13.a4 Qf6 14.Qh5 Qf5 15.Qxf5 Bxf5 16.a5 Bd7 17.Rfe1 h6 18.h3 Kh7 19.Kh2 f5 20.g3 Kg6 21.Kg2 = (-0.02) Depth: 25

Mar-22-18  DansChessLounge: My engine gave the game a dead draw for several moves before Aronian blundered. Easy for an engine but positions like this is extremely hard for human beings to defend. For a video recap of the game check out my Youtube channel -->
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  WannaBe: I am guessing time trouble was the main culprit for 36... Qc7 no other way to explain that move.

Discovered check coming, and you move the Q to a perfectly targeted square. Ouch.

Mar-24-18  Ulhumbrus: 16...b5 seems inconsistent. Having prevented Ng5 he refrains from 17...Re8 followed by ...d5

The computer evaluations suggest that the attack Ng6 does not gain more than a draw against the best defence and it takes at least one mistake on the part of Black to lose the game.

Feb-17-19  rcs784: Not sure if anyone's mentioned this already, but the finish of this game is a near duplicate of Carlsen-Anand from the Zurich Chess Challenge blitz in 2014.
Mar-31-19  Clement Fraud: I love Aronian's style - principled and daring like Topalov: In this game he plays into one of Kramnik's favorite openings, and I like the idea behind 5... a6 - which keeps open the option of retreating black's dark squared Bishop to e7 (following 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Be7!). I didn't care for 8... Bxe3 as I felt this gave white a big advantage; 8... Ne7 looks better from where I'm sitting!?
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