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Levon Aronian vs Teimour Radjabov
Morelia-Linares (2006), Morelia MEX, rd 1, Feb-18
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1-0

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Feb-18-06  ARMENIA: ARMENIA! Get some sleep Aharonyan... You be needing it tomorrow!
Feb-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: A Walk to Remember!
Feb-18-06
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  offramp: 78.Qe6 - very clever!
Feb-18-06  Fan of Leko: Aronian very strong in queen endings. maybe Radjubucv didn't see his win over Kamsky.
Feb-19-06
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  Ramin: keep playing the kings indian and you wont get invited next year to any tournaments..same with varuzhan akobian and his french
Feb-19-06  ahmadov: It is really very sad that Radjabov lost this game. But I would say that he did not play that badly.
Feb-19-06  ahmadov: Fritz gives the Black very big advantage if he plays 32....Rf5. But Radjabov preferred Qb6. However, I do not think that that was the decisive inaccuracy to lose the game.
Feb-19-06  vaxel: GO ARONIAN! much expected result against radj but a bigger challenge for him against Ivanchuk.
Feb-19-06  Mameluk: Mexico, Mexico. The players are getting crazy. 27. h4 brought me decent heart-attack.
Feb-19-06  alicefujimori: My goodness. When I left the game I thought things were looking good for black.

Just browsing at the moves without any detail analysis, it seems that Black had thrown his advantage away around move 32 or so. 32...Rf5, suggested by <ahmadov> looks like a good try. An idea with this is that 33.Ra4 Qb6 34.Rb4 Qa5! looks alright. But Radjabov never played it probably because he didn't want to expose his first rank to a possible white's rook invasion.

Anyway, credit to both players and especially Aronian for winning the game.

Feb-19-06  TruthHurts: Radjabov was in time pressure. This is the main reason why he lost his advantage...
Feb-19-06  percyblakeney: I think Radjabov had less than two minutes left for the last eight moves before the time control at move 40. But in any case it was a very good game by Aronian and a deserved victory. 27. h4 must have been better than looked initially. Maybe.
Feb-19-06  alicefujimori: <TruthHurts><percyblakeney>Thank you for the clarification. That explains a lot. I wonder if chessgames.com could somehow record the time left for each player after every move. That would help us understand the situation more.

<27. h4 must have been better than looked initially. Maybe.>I don't know. The idea behind h4, as the game turned out, could be used to threaten a possible h6 advance if white got the chance to play Rxg4 in some variations. But on the other hand, 32...Rf5, as suggested by <ahmadov>, would of doomed that pawn. So the h4 idea turned out to be double edged and it doesn't look to good if Radjadov had followed up correctly.

But anyway, well done to both players. This is certainly better than the short draws that dominated most of Linares 2004.

Feb-19-06  ARMENIA: WOW all of a sudden we have believers in Aharonyan! Well, just cross your fingers and don't try to jinks him!

The guy needs support but don't make him look over his chessboard because you are being too loud and interuptive! Just kidding! Scream on top of your lungs! Jump up and down! Run around with his name written on your foreheads!

We had a good start (Round 1), lets see if he can finish off the job!

God Bless Armenia

Feb-19-06  notyetagm: <Armemia> I like Aronian. He seems like a nice fellow. I love his tactical play, that's why I am a fan of his.

I was disappointed by his play at Corus but he is off to a good start here.

Feb-19-06  LancelotduLac: <truthhurts: Radjabov was in time pressure. This is the main reason why he lost his advantage...> Leave it to <truthhurts> to take all credit away from Aronian whenever he wins ... he's been doing that ever since his World Cup victory in Siberia.

A nice start by Aronian, let's hope he can keep it up!

Feb-19-06  bane77: 27.h4 is played to avoid mate on the weak first rank. Aronian was much better until 23.Qa4 which allows black queen to enter on d2. Much better was 23.Qc2.
Feb-21-06  Knight13: Moves the same piece so many times in the opening. Well... GMs are good players so I got no right to argue.
Aug-31-06  argishti: very nice, and well fought game!! good job Levon!
Oct-05-06  Bufon: <Radjabov was in time pressure. This is the main reason why he lost his advantage.>

Advantage??

Jan-20-07  percyblakeney: The only decisive game this far (with standard time controls) between Radjabov and Aronian. A very interesting game where Aronian sacrifices a couple of pawns and goes on to score a win that eventually would decide the order between the top two in Linares 2006.
Mar-16-16  QueensideCastler: According Lomonosov Tablebases | Draw | 61...♚g8
May-16-16  Smothered Mate: More specifically, the Lomonosov tablebases say ​ 73. ... c5 ​ was the losing move, and that black had exactly two drawing moves there - Qh2+ and Kg7.

(They also say white kept the win for the rest of the game.)

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