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Baadur Jobava vs Levon Aronian
European Championship (2004), Antalya TUR, rd 9, May-24
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C52)  ·  0-1



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Oct-24-04  Catfriend: Very impressive - black plays calmly, using simple but working tools. White's desperate attempts are disrupted as his pieces are exchanged, his king is weakened, and black's game improves. Quite a counter-example for the once-infamous Evans gambit.
Jan-10-18  millert: Aronian is a magician. None of this should work for Black and yet somehow it does.
Jan-10-18  morfishine: <millert> No doubt White can improve somewhere, it appears Jobava played too sloppily (if thats an actual word) or with too much confidence tossing two pieces in an unsound manner
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  louispaulsen88888888: White might have to go back to 6.d4.
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  louispaulsen88888888: I mean we might have to go back to the 6th move to find a way for white to save the game. 6.Qb3?! Is unusual and this game might put it out of business!
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  PawnSac: < morfishine: appears Jobava played too sloppily (if thats an actual word) >

yes it actually is!

< ..or with too much confidence tossing two pieces in an unsound manner >

His kung fu was too weak to be messin' with Aronians mojo. lol. Seriously tho, the strength of the Evans is against an unprepared opponent. but.. Tossing a pawn against a top level opponent for an equal game? Why? One can get an equal game with a quiet Italian, and hold on to the pawn. I would only use it against strong players after very deep and thorough computer assisted opening prep, for the main purpose of getting a time advantage while black finds his way to full equality.

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  PawnSac: < louispaulsen88888888: I mean we might have to go back to the 6th move to find a way for white to save the game. 6.Qb3?! Is unusual and this game might put it out of business! >

Jobava lost a previous game with the same line the year before.

Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga Aeroflot Open (2003), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Feb-17
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C52) 0-1

I guess he didn't learn his lesson yet. In all fairness tho, engines were not that strong yet in 03 and 04.

The customary 6.d4 ran all the way thru the Stockfish 11 eval. Note that it is only -0.23 for white (dynamically equal):

41/67 17:12 1,312,290k 1,271k -0.23 d2-d4 d7-d6 Qd1-b3 Qd8-d7 d4xe5 Ba5-b6 Bc4-b5 a7-a6 Bb5-a4 Ng8-e7 O-O d6xe5 Nf3xe5 Qd7-e6 Bc1-f4 Qe6-f6 Bf4-g3 O-O Ne5xc6 Ne7xc6 Qb3-c2 Nc6-e5 Nb1-d2 Rf8-d8 Bg3xe5 Qf6xe5 Nd2-c4 Qe5-e7 Nc4xb6 c7xb6 Ba4-b3 b6-b5 Ra1-d1 Bc8-e6 Bb3-d5 Be6xd5 e4xd5 Qe7-d6 Rd1-d4 Rd8-e8 Rf1-d1 Ra8-d8 c3-c4 b5xc4 Rd4xc4

here is the eval at the same depth after 6.Qb3 note black has a +1.04 :

41/69 16:21 1,228,819k 1,252k +1.04 Qd8-e7 d2-d4 Ng8-f6 Bc1-a3 d7-d6 d4-d5 Nc6-d4 Qb3-a4+ Bc8-d7 Qa4xa5 Nd4-c2+ Ke1-d1 Nc2xa1 Nb1-d2 O-O Kd1-c1 Rf8-b8 Kc1-b1 b7-b6 Qa5-a6 Bd7-c8 Qa6-b5 a7-a6 Qb5-b2 Qe7-d7 Kb1xa1 b6-b5 Bc4-d3 a6-a5 Rh1-b1 Bc8-a6 Nf3-e1 c7-c6 d5xc6 Qd7xc6 f2-f3 Nf6-d7 g2-g3 Nd7-c5 Bd3-c2 Rb8-b7 Ba3xc5 d6xc5 c3-c4 Qc6-h6 Rb1-d1 Ra8-e8 c4xb5 Rb7xb5 Qb2-c3 Qh6xh2 Nd2-f1 Qh2-h1

and again a little deeper its worse for white:

45/75 32:48 2,498,225k 1,269k +1.24 Qd8-e7 Bc4-b5 Ba5-b6 O-O Ng8-f6 d2-d4 O-O Rf1-e1 d7-d6 h2-h3 Nc6-a5 Qb3-c2 h7-h6 Nb1-d2 c7-c5 d4-d5 Bb6-c7 Bb5-f1 Bc8-d7 a2-a4 a7-a6 c3-c4 Nf6-h5 Bc1-b2 b7-b6 Kg1-h2 Ra8-e8 Qc2-d1 Nh5-f4 Re1-e3 f7-f5 Bb2-c3 f5xe4 Nd2xe4 Bd7-f5 Ra1-b1 Re8-b8 g2-g3 Nf4-g6 Bf1-d3 Qe7-e8 Bc3xa5 b6xa5 Rb1xb8 Qe8xb8 Bd3-f1 Bf5xe4 46/59- 34:22 2,624,668k 1,273k +1.14 Qd8-e7 Bc4-b5

The bottom line is... If you're gonna play the Evans, play 6.d4

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