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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 2, Jun-05
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-05-19  Ulhumbrus: 22...Bc5 obstructs White's bishop on the g1-a7 diagonal. It seems that Carlsen won't cooperate with Aronian's plans. They never do.
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  Gypsy: <25. Ne3...> Situation has clarified some and, to my eyes, Black has nothing for the sac pawn.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 26...Qd2 is an amusing threat, but shouldn't Black try to swing his forces to the King side?
Jun-05-19  Ulhumbrus: It remains to be seen whether Aronian can make his extra pawn count
Jun-05-19  BOSTER: Knight g3-f5.
Jun-05-19  Ulhumbrus: 34 Nc3 frees the queen's rook from having to defend the a pawn
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Have to run errands. Hope you all enjoy the rest of the game.
Jun-05-19  BOSTER: White should create pass pawn on the King's side .
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  Gypsy: <47. Rc4> Black looks lost.
Jun-05-19  TheBish: Wow, they just blitzed out a bunch of moves. Or my screen wasn't automatically refreshing.
Jun-05-19  sac 4 mate: Aronian blew it. Not that it's an easy thing when you're down to increments.
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  Stonehenge: I don't think they got extra time after move 40, only the ten second increments.
Jun-05-19  Ulhumbrus: If one variation leads to loss (eg the one in which Black tries to crown his a pawn while White crowns his h pawn miles ahead of Black) Black will want to avoid it. If a number of variations all lead to loss Black will want to avoid all of them. If Black has none others available Black is lost.
Jun-05-19  capafan: 54.h5 was the culprit.
Jun-05-19  TheBish: <capafan: 54.h5 was the culprit.>

Do you mean 57. h6?

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  Gypsy: < TheBish: <capafan: 54.h5 was the culprit.>

Do you mean 57. h6?>

No, he does mean <54.h5?...>, I think; <54.g5...> leads to a simple win.

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  Gypsy: For instance, <54.g5 b4 55.Re8 Rxc3+ 56.Kd2 fxg5 57.hxg5 ...> looks pretty convincing.
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  keypusher: Yes, and then Aronian lost the Armageddon game, so it was a 1.5 point swing.
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  rogge: Aronian was short on time, remember. Just over 2 minutes left for 7 moves before he played h5.
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  MissScarlett: Lev must really hate Magnus's guts.
Jun-05-19  capafan: <54.g5 b4 55.Re8 Rxc3+ 56.Kd2 fxg5 57.hxg5 ...>

Exactly, but this type of break is easier to see, even for GMs under time pressure.. pxp or not results in protected passed pawns.

It is more the Magnus effect. Aronian had an advantage a long time before he got into time pressure. Magnus simply makes opponents doubt themselves, even very good GMs.

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Missing 45.Rd5 is the real killer, a tactic so easy that even Nakamura spotted it.

Jun-06-19  fabelhaft: Surprising that Aronian of all people missed Rd5, itís the type of pretty, tactical shots that beg to be played and wins on the spot. He usually sees such things even in blitz, and here he was in no time trouble and spent 3 minutes 25 seconds on his move.
Jun-06-19  groog: MissScarlett ''....a tactic so easy that even Nakamura spotted it'', hehehe
Jun-06-19  Ulhumbrus: As for why Aronian did not see it, Anand has given one example of an answer: You find what you are looking for.
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