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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 5, Aug-11
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1


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  saffuna: Maybe when playing 20. Bh7+, Carlsen didn't see that 23...Re4+ would leave his N on e7 trapped. So he gave up his Q and N for the two black Rs.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Rapid game.

Here (White to play)

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Who would not instantly flick out 21.Nh4 for the Family Fork on g6 missing that the f8 Rook is going to e4 with a check in 3 moves. (site times indicate Carlsen took 9 seconds on 21.Nh4 though the 10 second delay will have also figured.)

It's not often Carlsen tosses you a lifeline, Aronian gleefully grabbed it with both hands with 21...Rxf4! when again the instant 'quick play reaction' would be 21...Rf6, though the speed of Aronian's reply (7 seconds) indicate he obviously saw this lifeline in Carlsen's hands and was ready to snatch it.

I'm not joining in on the stone throwing at Carlsen for this one, I would have played 21.Nh4 and a lot quicker than 9 seconds.


Aug-12-19  Ulhumbrus: If after 11 Rh4 White will not be able to play g4 and g5 an alternative is 11 e4
Aug-12-19  DrGridlock: Three cheers if this portends the type of chess we're going to see over the next two weeks in St Louis!

To Sally's suggestion of 21 ... Rf6 for black - that is just miserable for black after:

22 Nxg6+ Rxg6
23 Bxg6 Qg5
24 Rf7 Qxg3+
25 Kf1

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian

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In the game continuation White is "ok" (and probably needs to find something better than 26 b4).

Interesting is that Aronian almost throws away his advantage with 27 ... Kf7 (where is his majesty headed anyway?). After:

28 a5 bxa5
29 Rxa5 Nb6
30 Rc5 Bd7

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian

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We're still in "game-on" mode for both sides.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

21...Rf6 was not a suggested improvement it's the move that first comes to mind, M.C. may have been expecting it, it's quite obvious he did see all the ramifications of 21...Rxf4.

After that shock no time to re-adjust frame of mind. Carlsen, who was well up on the clock, tried to blitz Aronian into an error but could not complicate it. Just a bad day at the office for Carlsen.


Aug-13-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 23 dpa done

1. = (0.17): 21.Rxf8+ Qxf8 22.Bd3 Qd6 23.Qf2 Kg8 24.0-0-0 Bc6 25.Bxa6 Rf8 26.Qc2 Qxg3 27.b3 Nf6 28.Kb2 Ne4 29.Rf1 Be8 30.Ne5 Rxf1 31.Bxf1 Nxc3 32.Bd3 Ne4 33.Bxe4 dxe4 34.Qxe4 b5 35.a5 Qf2+ 36.Kb1 Qf1+ 37.Kc2 Qf2+ 38.Kd3 Qa2 39.b4

2. = (0.06): 21.Bd3 e5 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 24.Qe2 Qc7 25.Rxf8+ Rxf8 26.0-0-0 Qxg3 27.Kb1 Bc8 28.Qe7 Rg8 29.Bc2 Qxg2 30.Qf7 Qg5 31.Rxd5 Qf6 32.Qc7 Re8 33.Rd6 Be6 34.Qxb6 Qf1+ 35.Rd1 Qc4 36.Rg1 h5 37.Qa7 Bg4 38.Bg6 Rd8 39.Qe7 Rb8

3. = (0.01): 21.0-0-0 Rxf4 22.gxf4 b5 23.Bd3 b4 24.Re1 bxc3 25.bxc3 Qd6 26.Kb1 Rb8 27.Ka2 Bc6 28.f5 exf5 29.Bxf5 Qf4 30.Bd3 Qf6 31.Rb1 Rf8 32.Qb3 a5 33.Qc2 Re8 34.Bg6 Re6 35.Bf5

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