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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-15-07
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  Sneaky: if Black is force to liquidate the queen with Qc2+ Qd2 Qxd2+ Bxd2 then that extra pawn in Vishy's hand is as good as an extra queen.
Jan-15-07  Marmot PFL: Just arrived interesting game. Isn't f5 black's most active move?
Jan-15-07  yunis: can we see the other games ' where /thx
Jan-15-07  Tomlinsky: Yeah. Bxg3 looks good here. It may even force Qd2 and exchange of queens.
Jan-15-07  radu stancu: Rest of the games: http://www.coruschess.com/openlive....
Jan-15-07
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  plang: Anand deserves some credit defending against dangerous gambits two days in a row. Many players avoid defending against gambits like the plague.
Jan-15-07
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  OhioChessFan: I don't think Black would choose that Sneaky. I was thinking maybe Qc2/g6. The Bishop move looks better anyway.
Jan-15-07
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  Sneaky: <Tomlinsky: Yeah. Bxg3 looks good here. It may even force Qd2 and exchange of queens.> Surely you must be looking at an old position. 30.Qe3 puts an end to that bishop sac once and for all, doesn't it?
Jan-15-07  samikd: I dont understand Qe3. Can anybody explain the idea ? what was wrong with b3 etc ?
Jan-15-07  Marmot PFL: He may be right- Bxg3 Kxg3 Re8! looks like a draw.
Jan-15-07  RandomVisitor: 30...Bxg3 31.Kxg3 Re8 32.Qd2 Qf1 33.Qf2 Qh1 34.Qh2 Qe1+ 35.Qf2 and so on.
Jan-15-07
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  Mateo: Anand missed 30.b3! and instead blundered with 30.Qe3?.Now 30...Bxg3!! is great. If 31.Kxg3 Re8!! saves Black. If 32.Qxe8 Qg1+ is a draw by perpetual. If 32.Qd2 Qh1!, the threat is Re1. Then 33.Qh2 Qe1+ with draw in view. The same after 32.Qf2.
Jan-15-07
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  OhioChessFan: <tomlinsky> maybe Qf2 instead of d2?
Jan-15-07
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  OhioChessFan: Yes, Mateo, it ends up the same.
Jan-15-07  Marmot PFL: games like this show why white usually avoids the Marshall main lines - too easy to miss some tactical shot, and even if you don't the endings are usually drawn.
Jan-15-07
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  Sneaky: <Mateo> Woah! I saw that ...Re8 attempt but I didn't think of ...Qh1!! in that position. Will Aronian see all of this? Sure enough, he just did. Well done!
Jan-15-07  Tomlinsky: Drawn.
Jan-15-07
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  OhioChessFan: The Qh1 covered both Qd2 and Qf2. Vishy must be kicking himself.
Jan-15-07  Marmot PFL: Draw- but all the rest still playing (except Kramnik :)
Jan-15-07
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Jan-15-07
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Jan-15-07
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Jan-15-07  yalie: does 30.b3 really give white a big edge?
Jan-22-07
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  Mateo: Anand got an edge in a well-known variation of the Marshall but Aronian found an amazing salvation. This would be a beautiful puzzle.

1.e4 e5 2.Cf3 Cc6 3.Fb5 a6 4.Fa4 Cf6 5.0–0 Fe7 6.Te1 b5 7.Fb3 0–0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Cxd5 10.Cxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 Bf5 18. f3 Nf6 19. Qg2 <A novelty. 19.a4 (like in Shirov-Aronian, 2001, 0-1); 19.Re1 (like in Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 0-1); 19.Bc2 are known.> Qg6 20.Re3 Rae8 21.Ne4 Nxe4 22.g4! Ng3!? <With 22...Bxg4 23.fxe4 Bd7, Aronian could win back the pawn, but this variation gives White a big edge. Anand has attacking prospects on the King side.> 23.hxg3 Bb1 24.Qe2 Rxe3 25.Qxe3 h6 26.Qe1 Bc2 27.Bxc2!? Qxc2 28.Qe4 <28.b3 Bxg3!! 29.Qxg3? Qxc3 30.Rb1 Qc2 31.Ra1 Qd1+ 32.Kg2 Re8, the threat Re2+ wins for Black!> Qd1+!? <28...Qxe4 29.fxe4 Bxg3 gives White a better ending. For instance, 30.a4 Re8 31.Kg2 and Kf3. He will have control of the only open file, and Black is very passive.> 29.Kg2 Kg7 <29...Bxg3? 30.Rb1!, White wins. However, the move actually played allows Anand to attack the Black Queen with powerful effect.> 30. Qe3? <30.Qxc6?? Qe2, Black wins. But 30.b3 (surrounding the Queen and threatening Rb1 followed by Bxg5) was interesting. After 30...Ba3 (30...a5? 31.Rb1 Re8 32.Bf4! Rxe4 33.Rxd1 Re6 34.Bxd6 Rxd6, White has a winning Rook ending with an extra pawn) 31.Bxa3 Qxa1 32.Bxf8+ Kxf8 33.Qc2, Anand a queen ending with an extra pawn. I am not sure it wins, but Aronian would have a much more difficult task than in the game.> Bxg3!! 31. Kxg3 Re8!! 32. Qxe8 <32...Qg1+ 32.Kh3 Qh1+ is a draw by perpetual check. 32.Qd2 Qg1+ 33.Qg2 Qe1+ 33.Qf2 Qh1, the threat Re1-g1 forces 34.Qh2 Qe1+, draw. The same after 32.Qf2 Qh1.> 1/2-1/2

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