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Levon Aronian vs Hannes Hlifar Stefansson
5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004), Antalya TUR, rd 3, May-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-06  LIFE Master AJ: This game could be significant to the theory of this whole opening system, I have not (yet) had the time to analyze it in detail.
Mar-28-08  notyetagm: White to play: 29 ?

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Here Aronian (White) uncorked the fabulous tactical shot 29 ♖g2-g5!!.

Position after 29 ♖g2-g5!!

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The tactical point is that the Black e4-knight is <PINNED> to the Black f5-queen by the White d3-bishop while the Black f5-queen cannot <DEFEND> both the f7-<TACTICAL BASE> -and- the g5-<TACTICAL TARGET> of the White e5-knight.

That is, since the Black e4-knight must <BLOCK> the diagonal b1-h7 and since the Black f5-queen must <DEFEND> the f7-square, which is a <TACTICAL BASE>/<CHECKING FOCAL POINT> for the White e5-knight, neither the Black e4-knight nor the Black f5-queen actually <DEFENDS> the g5-square. Hence 29 ♖g2-g5!! and the White g5-rook is taboo.

A wicked tactical shot by the super-tactician Aronian.

Apr-06-09  notyetagm: Love this game by Aronian.
Apr-06-09  notyetagm: 29 ?

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29 ♖g2-g5!!

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A *brilliant* move by the tactical genius Aronian, exploiting both a <PIN> (29 ... ♘e4x♖g5?? 30 ♗d3x♕f5) and a <KNIGHT FORK> (29 ... ♕f5x♖g5?? 30 ♘e5-f7+).

29 ... ♘e4x♖g5?? 30 ♗d3x♕f5 <pin>

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29 ... ♕f5x♖g5?? 30 ♘e5-f7+ <knight fork>

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Dec-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: !! --: A square only appears multiply defended

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