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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-18
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  WannaBe: Never seen that before, 4...Ba6 5...Bb7 weird...
Jan-18-07  suenteus po 147: I curse Aronian's name with every key on my keyboard!

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Jan-18-07  nescio: <WannaBe: Never seen that before, 4...Ba6 5...Bb7 weird.> 4...Ba6 has been known at least since Euwe vs Alekhine, 1938 and is probably much older, but 5...Bb7 seems to be a more recent idea. Luring the queen to c2 helps to get in an early ...c5, but I must agree, at first glance the whole manoeuvre looks illogical.
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  keypusher: <4...Ba6 has been known at least since Euwe vs Alekhine, 1938 and is probably much older, but 5...Bb7 seems to be a more recent idea.> I read somewhere that 4...Ba6 was Nimzowitsch's idea. Here is an example:

Sultan Khan vs Nimzowitsch, 1930

I think <nescio> is exactly right that the justification for 5...Bb7 to help get in ...c5. Since one of White's main ideas in the QID is to push a pawn to d5, it's not a bad idea for Black to lose a tempo in order to lure the white queen off the d-file.

Jan-19-07  positionalgenius: Aronian should have pressed harder if he wants to win the tourney.But this is another short draw...
Jan-19-07  nescio: <keypusher> Niemzovich! Yes, that seems quite plausible. Here is an even earlier game in which he played ...c6 and ...b5, an idea that is still used from time to time I believe: Gruenfeld vs Nimzowitsch, 1925

He and Rubinstein covered between them almost all of the important opening setups.

Jan-19-07  nescio: <wannabe> <keypusher: the justification for 5...Bb7 to help get in ...c5> If I played with the black pieces I would probably not hesitate long to answer 5.Qc2 with 5...d5. Pressure on c4 and if cxd5 potential pressure on e2 would be enough justification for me. But the choice of grandmasters is often influenced not only by their own ideas and preferences, but also by past results or home analysis.
Jan-19-07  cocodrillo: Drawronian !!

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