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Peter Svidler vs Levon Aronian
Morelia-Linares (2007), Morelia MEX, rd 1, Feb-17
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-17-07  Atking: The opening debate continues... I thought that white is clearly pawn up, he think he have enough threat to force the draw...
Feb-17-07  Atking: 32.f4 may be investigate.
Feb-17-07  masig: yeh, why not f4?..white is clearly a pawn up going to the end game
Feb-17-07
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  al wazir: Why didn't white try 37. Qc1, and if 37...Re8 or Rd3, then 38. Ke2, unpinning?
Feb-18-07  ahmadov: Was Svidler under time pressure? It is a bit surprising that he did not continue with one extra pawn...
Feb-18-07  mikayel: I think it was Aronian's home made sacrifice, so his plan worked out, draw with blacks and win with whites.
Feb-18-07  marcwordsmith: Would somebody help a poor patzer please? Why did Aronian choose not to win the exchange on moves 18 and 19?
Feb-18-07  sitzkrieg: <marc>

1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Pxd5 10.Pxe5 Pxe5 11.Txe5 c6 12.d4 Ld6 13.Te1 Dh4 14.g3 Dh3 15.Te4 g5 16.Df1 Dh5 17.Pd2 Lf5 18.f3 Lxe4 19.fxe4 Pb6 20.Df6 Dg6 21.Dxg6+ hxg6 22.e5 Le7 23.Pe4 g4 24.Lh6 Tfe8 Line

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Feb-18-07  cannibal: <marcwordsmith>
That exchange sac is thematic in the Marshall. It's sometimes accepted, but white is okay with the extra pawn and the strong center.
Feb-19-07  marcwordsmith: thanks guys
Feb-21-07
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  Mateo: <al wazir: Why didn't white try 37. Qc1, and if 37...Re8 or Rd3, then 38. Ke2, unpinning?> Good question and natural suggestion. The draw seems premature.
Feb-28-07  euripides: I guess Svidler must have seen something he didn't like, as at first glance it looks like a solid extra pawn.

After <37.Qc1> Black might play 37...f5 and I think he may get counterplay e.g. 38.Ke2 f4 39.gf gf 40.Rd3 Rxd3 41.Kxd3 Qf2 42.Qd1, or 40.Re4 g5 and Black might be able to get the queen to the h file.

Alternatively possibly <37.Qc1> Rd5 38.Ke2 Qd6 hitting g3, or 38.Kg2 where 38...Rd1 39.Qxd1 Qxe3 gives an interesting queen ending :


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White cannot immediately activate his queen without allowing perpetual check or giving a pawn back, but 40.Qc2 and pushing the c pawn may be dangerous. So perhaps Black should keep his active rook with <37.Qc1 Rd5 38.Kg2> Qd6 when it's not clear whether his better central control compensates for the extra pawn:


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It would have been interesting to see it played out.

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