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Levon Aronian vs Loek van Wely
Amber Rapid (2006) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-18
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-18-06  Jim Bartle: I have to admit my heart sinks when queens are exchanged on move seven.
Mar-18-06  Jim Bartle: Nice play using the three minors in the last few moves, though.
Mar-19-06  alexandrovm: ouch, Kb6 allows the fork at the final combination Ne5+ forking King and bishop, facing an ending with a piece down Loek resigned.
Mar-19-06  notyetagm: What was wrong with 30 ... ♘db8 with 31 ... ♗e8 to follow?

The 31 ... ♗e8 idea is not possible after 30 ... ♘de5? because now 31 ♘d3 comes with tempo from threatening the undefended Black e5-knight (i.e., 30 ... ♘de5? 31 ♘d3 ♗e8?? 32 ♘xe5).

Mar-23-06  Cyphelium: <notyetagm> After 30.- ♘db8 31. ♘d3 ♗e8 (forced, else exchanging on c6 and ♘e5+) 32. ♘xc5+ white is pawn up. Eventually black will also have a hard time covering pawn h7, so white wins. For example 32.- ♔b6 33. ♘7xc6 ♘xc6 34. ♗xc6 ♗xc6 35. ♘e6 ♗d5 36. ♘f8 ♗g8 37. ♘d7+ ♔c7 38. ♘f6 . No better is 33.- ♗xc6 34. ♗xc6 ♔xc5 (34.- ♘xc6 35. ♘e6 ) 35. ♗e8 ♔d6 36. ♗f7 ♘d7 37. ♗g8 ♘f8 38. f4 .
Jan-08-07  The Chess Express: I think 7...QxQe2+ was a mistake. Why does black trade Queens when it's up to white to do so? Check it out 7. Nc3 d4! 8. Bxd7+ Nxd7 9. Nb5 Kd8 10. Qxe7+ Bxe7 11. Nf3 a6 12. Na3 b5 13. O-O-O Ngf6 and black is better. In my opinion White has got to play either 5. d4 or perhaps 5. Bb5+ followed by d4.


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