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Levon Aronian vs Peter Svidler
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Nov-08
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1



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Nov-08-06  notyetagm: <bane77: ... Really doesn't make sense that Aronian didn't play such an obvious move at two occasions, but found 25.Bxf7!! against Moro.>

I know, isn't that ridiculous?

Nov-08-06  dabearsrock1010: what a huge errornian...HAHA
Nov-09-06  crazy monk: This is even worse than Topalov missed mate in 3, could win the "blunder award" '06.
Nov-09-06  Albertan: <Shajmaty: <Fisheremon: <virginmind> Aronian played the opening carelessly and came to the lost position after 23th move. The next blunder just ended the game (still rather young).> Aronian didn't play a bad opening, he just made two mistakes with 23. Qxd3? and (a big one!) and 24. exd4??>

Aronian' 21st move is not very good ei ther.Instead he could have played 21.Rc1 (threatening to win a tempo) with this continuation possible: 21...Qe6 22.Rxc7 Rac8 23.Bd6 Bxd4!? 24.Rd1 Bxe3!? however even this line is not good for White after 25.Qxd3 Ba7 26.Rxc8 Rxc8 27.Ba3 Qc6 28.Qd8+!? Rxd8 29.Rxd8+ Kg7

Nov-09-06  Fisheremon: <Albertan><Shajmaty> Right 21. Rc1, or even 22. Rac1 much better with equality, so the first big error was 22. Bg5.
Nov-09-06  MaxxLange: blunders are about perception, not calculating strength...poor Aronian is very off his game
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  Dim Weasel: <<MaxxLange> blunders are about perception, not calculating strength> Good point. It's a real lesson for a patzer like me to see that also GMs should sit on their hands and always take a fresh look on the position (although I have no idea if Aronian's bad moves were played hastily or not).
Nov-09-06  hpdrifter: <FORK-OVERLOAD TRICK> Haven't heard that one before. Strip away all the lexical complexity and we're left with a simple 'deflection' - one of the simplest tools in the box.
Nov-09-06  cavaleiro: Tsc, tsc... what a blunder! How could a super-gm play a move like that?!?!?!
Nov-09-06  jdadamo: Why white doesn't take 18.Bxe7 ?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Tsc, tsc... what a blunder! How could a super-gm play a move like that?!?!?!> Quite simply. A possibility 24...Re1+ at the moment did not cross his mind. But as you see it can happen to anyone.
Nov-09-06  setebos: Actually, I enjoyed the blunder> A bit of schadenfreude perhaps:)
Nov-09-06  Shajmaty: <bane77, Albertan, Fischeremon> Yeah, 22. Rac1 seems to be enough to equalize.
Nov-09-06  Fisheremon: <jdadamo: Why white doesn't take 18.Bxe7 ?> Almost same as in the game 18...Rfe8 19. Bc5 Nd7 20. Be7 Nb6. Other Bishop retreats give Black initiative, e.g. 19. Bh4 Nd5 20. Rb3 (20. c4 Nb4) Bh6, or might be worse 19. Bg5 Nd5 20. Rb3 f6 21. e4 fxg5 22. exd5 Qxd5 23. Rb5 Qf7 and White has to care with pawn d.
Nov-10-06  notyetagm: <ketchuplover: I hope he plays that way vs. Carlsen in the candidates match :)>

You better hope that when Aronian plays Magnus he plays like he did against Svidler (24 ... exd4??) and not like he did today against Shirov (48 ... ♔e8!!).

Nov-19-06  ahmadov: The position is already not good for Aronian after 22...c5. Even if not for that blunder Svidler would win the game. But the blunder adds to the beauty of win.

-1.12 accourding to Fritz 9. (depth 15/34)

Nov-19-06  ahmadov: <-1.12 accourding to Fritz 9. (depth 15/34)> Sorry, I meant this after 22...c5.
Nov-30-07  addiction to chess: After Svidler played 24. ...Re1+!, Aronian was forced to resign, because Black's move forces the reply Rxe1 (or Qf1 Rxf1+ Rxf1 which amounts to the same thing), after which White's queen is undefended and therefore lost.
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  Bobsterman3000: Aronian has come a long way since this game, it seems.
Aug-31-08  sallom89: what a game! added to my new born collection. (Game Collection: chess jokes!)
Dec-22-08  notyetagm: 24 ?

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24 e3xd4??

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24 ... ♖e8-e1+! 0-1 <fork-overload trick>

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24 e3xd4??, allowing the standard trick <FORK-OVERLOAD TRICK> 24 ... ♖e8-e1+!, is probably the worst blunder I have *ever* seen the tactical genius Aronian make, even in blitz or bullet games.

Dec-22-08  Eisenheim: At the Tal Memorial as a tribute to the master
Jul-15-09  WhiteRook48: 24 exd4??
24 Qxc4 was necessary
Aug-12-16  Virgil A: Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee, went the Svidler.
Aug-21-19  notyetagm: <Bobsterman3000: Aronian has come a long way since this game, it seems.>

Maybe not. :-)

Caruana vs Aronian, 2019

46 ... ♕d5-c5?

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47 ♖e3-e8+!+-

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