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Levon Aronian vs Alexander Areshchenko
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Dec-03
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Interesting is 26...Rxb2 setting up a race between pawn majorities.

Areshchenko may have feared giving Aronian the check on d7, but it looks like Black can regain the initiative.

after 26...Rxb2 27 Rd7+ Ke8 28 Rg7 Ne6
29 Rxg6 Kf7 30 Rh6 Rd8 Black gets doubled rooks on the 2nd.

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  Mateo: The real beginning of Black's problem is 31...Na5?!. After the accurate 32.Bg2!, followed by 33.Bd5, the Knight cannot move.

36.Bd5 seems strange. Why not 36.f3 followed by Rb6? White may lose "a2" but wins "g6" and "h5".

The same about 38.a3, instead of 38.Be4. Here it seems that 38...Rd7 (instead of 38...Rd3) to free the Knight offered some drawing prospects.

Nov-11-08  notyetagm: This game is annotated by IM Max Notkin in New In Chess Magazine 2006/1.
Jul-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Aronian's Best Games

Aronian vs Areshchenko, 2005 Annotated by IM Max Notkin in New In Chess Magazine 2006/1

Nov-26-11  elisha winche: nice one.
Apr-21-12  MarkFinan: From moves 33-39 white could have taken the b7 pawn with his Bishop, and saved his a pawn giving him a passed pawn.. Even now after going back through the game once more, I can't see why Aronian kept leaving the pawn, he had so many opportunities to take it, and there wasn't exactly any trap he would fall Into, even the engine here agrees with the move..

Well he still won, but part of this endgame went straight over my head...

God know's how deep these super GM's can see!

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