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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-20
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation (D17)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-27-07  Atking: No comment on this game!?? That looks incredible. Both Aronian and Kramnik (If he wants (No short draw)) may able to win the tournament. I will try a global analysis hoping I will argue to a better understanding of this game. (Be not aggressif, I know that is an hard task). A draw but not an easy one. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.f3 c5 8.e4 Bg6 9.Be3 cxd4 <9. ...Nc6!? I'm not sure of the move order but I think Smyslov plaid the Black side of this position. 10.NxNc6 bxNc6 11.Bxc4 Rb8 12.Qd2 cxd 13.Bxd4 c5 14.BxNf6 QxQd2+ 15.KxQd2 gxBf6 16.Bb5+ Ke7 seems playabale.> 10.Qxd4 QxQd4 11.BxQd4 Nfd7 12.NxNd7 <12.Nxc4!?> 12. ...NxNd7 13.Bxc4 a6 14.h4!? <14.Ke2 was I think Topalov's choice of a game some of you call "The Berlin of the Slave defence". Effectively Kramnik seems to like to show us that he is able to defend apparently difficult position. Like Steinitz in his mature days he received the same understanding.> 14. ...Rc8 15.Ba2 h6 16.Rc1 Bc5 17.Ne2!? <17.BxBc5 NxBc5 18.Ke2 Ke7 19.b4 Nd7 White has just a theorical space advantage.> 17. ...O-O 18.O-O Bd6 <As I said in live, I like this move. It is very easy to go wrong with Black. For if 18. ...BxBd4+ 19.NxBd4 RxRc1 (20.RxRc8 and 21.Nxe6 was the threat) 20.RxRc1 Ne5 21.h5! Bh7 22.a5 as on 22. ...Rd8 23.Rc7 is possible.> 19.Be3 Ne5 20.Nf4 RxRc1 21.RxRc1 Bh7 22.Kf1 Rb8 23.Ke2 Kf8 24.g4 Ke7 25.Ng2 f6 <During the game I thought that 25. ...b5 was the "normal" move. 26.a5 Kd7 but may be there is some subtle points here ? Kramnik didn't want to weak c6.> 26.h5 Bg8 27.Ba7 Ra8 28.Bb6 Bf7 <As I said in live this "dead" Bishop just become active.> 1/2-1/2 <29.Nf4 (29.a5 Rh8 30.Nh4 g5 31.hxg (31.Ng2 Be8 Bishop in action) 31. ...Nxg6 32.NxNg6 BxNg6 then 33. ...h5) 29. ...Nxg4 30.Nxe6 Ne5 31.Nc7 Rc8 32.f4 Nc6 33.BxBf7 KxBf7 34.Rd1 BxNc7 35.Rd7+ Ne7! 36.RxBc7 RxRc7 37.BxRc7 f5!(38.e5? Nd5) in this ending N is good as B. Equal or somewhat (for the pawns ending) better for Black...>

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