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Levon Aronian vs Ivan Sokolov
"Levon Nothing To Chance" (game of the day Feb-20-2019)
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-29
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-06  ARMENIA: Thank you for finishing strong!
Jan-29-06  Petrosian63: Aronian has done well.
Jan-30-06  Ybrevo: This game took Aronian about 25 minutes to win! It was all home-prep. 20. Rxd6! is very strong, so it is interesting to see what White can find as an improvement in this line.
Jan-30-06  Madman99X: Very instructive. I think up through move 14 is all book, but 15 Qb3 is perhaps a novelty?
Oct-29-06  acirce: Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, New In Chess 2006/3:

<The first time I saw Aronian 'in action' was at the closing dinner of the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The hour was getting late and the glasses had been refilled many times. Suddenly Aronian walked over to the table where Ivan Sokolov was sitting. They had played each other in the last round and Aronian had won, thanks to a stunning piece of opening preparation by his second Gabriel Sargissian. Addressing Sokolov, he asked in a high voice: "Ivan, what do you think of the work of my friend? Isn't he a genius?" There was no denying that Sokolov was not happy with the question, and temporarily discouraged Aronian went back to his table. But not for long. "Ivan. I feel unhappy about this game. I want to apologize, because in fact I didn't play a single move." Again Sokolov tried his utmost to remain calm and limited himself to muttering, "If you had so many problems with it, then why didn't you simply play 1.g3?">

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Madman99X: Very instructive. I think up through move 14 is all book, but 15 Qb3 is perhaps a novelty?>

I believe this line was first extensively tested in the matches between Alekhine and Euwe in 1935 and 1937. Here are several games between these two players in this opening (including one game from 1936):

As noted in the comment quoted by <acirce>, above, Aronian came to the board for this game armed with some devastating preparation done by his second, Sargissian.

Jan-15-11  gunnar373: Good game by Aronian
Feb-20-19  jith1207: <Good game by Aronian>: nah, good game by Sargissian.
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  OrangeTulip: Once I had win with white against a talented youngster at the club with the English. He walked into a develish route that Simon Williams showed in one of his dvd’s. Within 20 moves it was over. Indeed it never felt like a real victory at all because it was not my own chess creativity
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  HeMateMe: All home prep? It did seem like a marvel of calculation. Fine work by Lev and his team. I love the trash talking. We do need more personality in chess.
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  Jambow: Amazing down the back stretch, great game by Sargissian. I'm sure Levon moved the pieces with style though.
Feb-20-19  The Kings Domain: Impressive win by the young Aronian, sparkling middle game from an unorthodox opening. Nice pun too. :-)
Feb-20-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa

1. + / = (0.27): 24...Qb4> 25.Qe4 Qc5 26.Rd1 a6 27.Nd6 Rfd8 28.Nxf7 Rxd1+ 29.Nxd1 Kxf7 30.e3 a5 31.h3 Kf8 32.Qd3 Nh4 33.Bd5 g5 34.Nc3 Qc7 35.Nb5 Qc1+ 36.Qf1 Qb2 37.Qd1 Qe5 38.Bc6 Nf5 39.Kg2

2. + / = (0.66): 24...Ne5 25.Qc2 Qxc2 26.Nxc2 Bc4 27.f4 Ng6 28.e3 Nh4 29.Be4 Rf7 30.Ncd4 Bxb5 31.axb5 Rbxb7 32.Bxb7 Rxb7 33.Kf2 g5 34.fxg5 fxg5 35.Ra5 Rd7 36.Ke2 g4 37.Kf2 Kf7 38.Ra6 Ng6 39.Nc6 Ke6 40.Rxa7 Rxa7 41.Nxa7

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