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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Levon Aronian
16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (rapid), Monaco, rd 1, Mar-17
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Exchange Variation (C63)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Aronian is one bad mutha...
Mar-17-07  percyblakeney: At move 28 and 34 Vallejo avoided repetition and with two pieces against a rook it looked as if he wouldn't have to lose, but Aronian is resourceful...
Mar-17-07  adinospedro: Please, why Aronian did not play 72...RxNf3?It's winning, right?
Mar-17-07  shr0pshire: I wonder why Vallejo-Pons didn't play the main line with 4. Nc3. It is a sharper line and has a reputation for being bad for black. The only reason I can think of that white played this less theoretical line is that he didn't know the complexities and didn't want to risk going into more theoretical lines in a rapid game where he would have less time to sort it out in his head.
Mar-17-07  Veryrusty: <adinospedro: Please, why Aronian did not play 72...RxNf3?It's winning, right?> Probably, but as the game demonstrates, Aronian could always make that exchange, and he decided to reposition his king for better advantage, to preclude the possibility of Vallejo-Pons being able to set up distant opposition.
Mar-17-07  Shajmaty: <percyblakeney: At move 28 and 34 Vallejo avoided repetition> 25. Nb2, 28. Nb2 and 34. Ke2 would have meant a draw. Paco was up, and he played for a win. That's is something.

<shr0pshire: I wonder why Vallejo-Pons didn't play the main line with 4. Nc3.> Yeah, 4. Nc3 is much better for White, but 3...f5 was unexpected from Aronian.

Mar-17-07  euripides: <72...Rxf3> looks drawn to me after 73.Kxf3 Kd4 74.Ke2 Kxc5 75.Kd3 and if 75...Kb4 76.Kd4 c5+ ? (Kb3 draws) then 77.Kd5 wins for White; or 74...Kxc4 75.Kd2 Kxc5 76.Kc3 and White has the opposition and draws.
Mar-17-07  euripides: Vallejo's defeat after avoiding draws and underrating the impact of outside passed pawns suggests he has learned something from being Topalov's second.
Mar-17-07  Shajmaty: <euripides: Vallejo's defeat after avoiding draws and underrating the impact of outside passed pawns suggests he has learned something from being Topalov's second.> Good one!
Mar-18-07  argishti: LEVON is a cheap tactician. what a guy, man this guy impresses me everyday. lmao. this game should have been a draw or a bad position for Aronian because of the rook vs knight and bishop exchange. He ends up offering draws to his opponent for the entire game, wow what a game.

LEVON, u r my hero buddy!

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  tpstar: After 75 ... Kc7:

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White draws if he can win Black's last Pawn, leaving R vs N. 76. Ke5 looks better, aiming for Kd7 & Ne7 (without dropping the Nf5). If Black blocks with 76 ... Kd7 then White could repeat the position with 77. Ke4 and Black can't make progress (77 ... Ke6?? 78. Ng7+) or try 77. Kf6!? shuttling between e5 & f6 (or d4 if the Rook attacks the Pawns) keeping the enemy King honest. Once Black's King reached b4 attacking both Pawns, the end was near.

Nice conversion into a won K&P endgame.

Mar-19-07  amateur05: After 14. ... Qc5 black would have quite a good compensation for the sacrificed pawn with threats such as ..Bc4. The combination starting with 14...Qxe4 was unsound and lead Aronian into considerable difficulties. It is only due to Vallejo's subsequent mistakes that he managed to draw a win out of this game. For example, 25. c4 (instead of 25.a4) would have opened the diagonal a1-h8 for the bishop and black would face serious problems.

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