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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian (2006)
Photo copyright © 2006 Michiel Abeln

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Jan-15-06  Saruman: <Mateo> How then are you going to make progress as black? Rf6+ if the king tries to guard f7 in order to release the rook from duty, so that doesnt work.
Jan-15-06  Ludamad: they agreed to a draw
Jan-15-06  Doctor Who: Clap clap clap zzzzzzz
Jan-15-06  polu: Ivanchuk may have mishandled his position. I don't see a win for him anymore.
Jan-15-06  Aseem: which game will you be showing tomorrow?
Premium Chessgames Member We'll announce which game we're covering tomorrow shortly, after Ivanchuk's game is over.
Jan-15-06  Aseem: Alright, thank you
Jan-15-06  Jack Kerouac: Well. Back On The Road.See yah next post-mortem....
Jan-15-06  bobbyboomer: Thanks <chessgames> for bringing us these games!!
Jan-15-06  you vs yourself: <> Thank you for the live games!
Jan-15-06  badmove: Thanks <> See you tomorrow.
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  offramp: <Doctor Who: Clap clap clap zzzzzzz> Exactly. That game was like watching a disk defragmentzzzzzzzzz.
Jan-15-06  sciacca khan: As I wrote on the main Corus chalkboard, credit where credit is due! I got the game right on all three points: 1) Ruy Lopez, Closed...2)Aronian fights for his...3) draw. Y'all didn't even have to watch to know the result.
Jan-16-06  yalie: So, did Vishy miss a win against Aronian? 55.Kg2 looked stupid ... but was it just his way of signaling a draw? I dont see how he can make progress after 55.Ke2. Any analysis (even preliminary) would help.
Jan-17-06  schnarre: Don't see too many draws from Anand.
Feb-08-06  tacticsrule: I think the Match of the Tournament! Can anybody tell me different?
Feb-08-06  shirova: <tacticsrule: I think the Match of the Tournament! Can anybody tell me different?>

What's the difference between a match and a game?

Feb-11-06  John Abraham: A game is a game. A match is more than one game.
Feb-11-06  pankajdaga: Could someone explain how this game would proceed for a draw?
Feb-12-06  Udit Narayan: <pankajdaga> I am not sure but it seems white's rook can keep on checking black's king so that black's pawn can't make progress.
Feb-13-06  schnarre: <Udit Narayan> Looks that way!
Mar-23-06  lynnrsy: good job!
Sep-05-06  dravid: I recall watching this game live!
Sep-25-06  mahnavian: very good play
Aug-31-15  newzild: <pankajdaga>: <Could someone explain how this game would proceed for a draw?>

From here, White can easily achieve the Philidor position, which is one of the most important rook-and-pawn positions. Basically, White puts his king on g1 and his rook on a3. This stops Black from moving his king to White's third rank, so he has to move his pawn there instead. Then White plays Ra8 and starts checking Black from behind.

Everybody who plays chess should learn the Philidor position.

Wikipedia has an article on it.

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