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Levon Aronian vs Leif Erlend Johannessen
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 4, May-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: Nothing spectacular but a very instructive win. Johannessen got a nearly equal ending but then Aronian was able to make it the more difficult he could and Black made some inacurracies. This was enough for Aronian great technical skill. In such a game, you can feel one of the main differences between a good IGM like Johannessen and a top IGM, not only tactical skill but technical accuracy.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. Bg5 Bb7 6. Nd2 h6 7. Bh4 Nc6 <7...unusual> 8. e3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qe7 10. f3 e5 11. d5 Nb8 12. Bd3 Na6 13. O-O g5 14. Bg3 Nc5 15. Bc2 O-O-O 16. f4 exf4 17. exf4 Nce4 <17...Qe3 18. Kh1 Qc3? 19.Rf3 Qb2 20.Rb1 > 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. Re1 Qc5+ 20. Qd4 Qxd4+ 21. cxd4 Nxg3 22. hxg3 Rde8 23. Re5 f6 24. Rf5 Re2 25. Bb3 Rf8 <Maybe slightly inacurrate as he could play an active defence with 26.Rf4 ( Rg8). For instance, 26...Ba6 (giving the b7 square for the King and attacking the c pawn in some variations. 26...Rg8 27.Rf6 Rg3?? 28.Rf8#) 27.Raf1 (27.Rf6 Rd2 28.Rf4? Re8) Rg8 28.Kh2 Rd2, nearly equal. In those variations the Rook goes to g8, a much more active position than f8> 26. fxg5 hxg5 27. Raf1 Kd8?! <Another inacurracy. White wins a pawn. Better 27...Ba6 28.Rg5 (28.Rf6 Rf6 29.Rf6 Rd2 ) Re4 29.Rg6 Rd4 30.Rf4 Rf4 > 28. Rxg5 Ke7 <Better seems 28...Re4 29.Rg6 Rd4 30.Rff6 Rf6 31.Rf6 , White won a pawn, but as it is a double pawn, Black has some drawing hopes> 29. Rg7+ Rf7? <Losing. Better 29...Ke8 30.Rf4 and 31.Rh4, but White would have, of course, a much better game> 30. Rg8 Re4 31. c5! <31...bc (31...d6 32.Bc2 Re3 33.Kf2 Ba6 34.Ke3 Bf1 35.Rc8 ) 32.dc d6 (only move) 33.Rb8 Ba6 34.Rc1 > 1-0

May-29-06  Drifter: I can see that white is winning, but surely black could have fought on? Topa would not have given up in this position. IMO
Apr-29-10  sulotas: Actually, the reason why Black here resigned is that Aronian says that Johannessen touched his f7 rook, probably intending to play it to h7 but immediately realized that 35.Bc2 would fork the two black rooks and he resigned at that point. There is a detailed annotation of this game by Aronian in the chess magazine New In Chess , Issue 2006#5; that is where he explains Black's slightly premature-looking resignation. Aronian's annotations are very instructive by the way and they are only second to Kramnik's in my humble opinion.
Mar-24-13  wachter123680: a lot of complicated posts. 29..Rf7 looks like the key mist of black. sum.

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