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Levon Aronian vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-14
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  0-1

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Jan-14-06  thathwamasi: poor aronian
Jan-14-06  Devilz: This is a really interesting endgame.
Jan-14-06  ahmadov: I think 25. Ne5 was a blunder by Aronian. This lost a piece for him.
Jan-14-06  atragon: Bad blunder 25. Ne5 for 2752 GM.... is it possible he missed 26. ... Nc4? it is a very simple move....
Jan-14-06  s4life: Maybe if white had advanced the c-pawn instead of the a-pawn he could have had a better ending, still losing probably.
Jan-14-06  badmove: Sakaev on Aronian-Ivanchuk:

"Aronian played overambitiously today, while Ivanchuk conducted the game perfectly. It is possible that he approached the Wijk aan Zee in excellent form, and then he might challenge the main favorites Topalov and Anand."

http://e3e5.com/eng/petersburg/comp...

Well, at least he tried to play for a win! I guess the inexperience leads to these things, but I hope Aronian recovers (in other words, take a draw with Anand and try to win Leko).

Jan-14-06  Unicornio: Aronian lose but played a very interesting game, he tooked risks and thats the kind of chess i want to see.
Jan-14-06  Ezzy: Awful start to the tournament for Aronian. A loss like this can really harm your confidence. Any game when you overlook straightforward tactics can not make you feel too good.
Jan-14-06  Unicornio: At least he played agressive, i think he can recover and finish in 5 first places.
Jan-14-06  sciacca khan: An ooops experience for Aronian. 26...Nc4 caught him off guard. Would 28.Re4 have been better? And his bishop on h3 at that point wasn't actively involved. I picked him to finish second. He has his work cut out for him now. Too bad he miscalculated, but tried to turn it into something positive.
Jan-15-06  Ybrevo: A big cheer for both players! The game was very unbalanced and interesting. A pawn on the 7th rank is something to reckon with, but maybe Aronian put too much confidence in it. Time-trouble could also have been a factor.
Jan-15-06  Drifter: why is this a kings indian? looks like a grunfeld to me.
Jan-18-06  SEMENELIN: poor offensive strategy on the part of aronian. His offense was meaningless.
Jan-18-06  euripides: It seems likely that Aronian missed something deeper than 26...Nc4+. Here's one possibility.

Aronian may have been looking at 24 Ne5+ - I don't know if this works - and then thought that the idea would be stronger after Kf2 Bf4 because White gains a tempo by Re4 hitting the bishop. Unfortunately, the Bf4-d6 manoeuvre is very useful for Black, because it protects e7, and the king's position on f2 allows Nd3+ after 30 Rad1, so the inserted moves on move 24 are not in White's favour.

Jan-18-06  ajile: <Drifter: why is this a kings indian? looks like a grunfeld to me.>

I agree. In the KI Black plays for d6 and e5.

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