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Levon Aronian vs Alexey Shirov
Candidates Match: Aronian - Shirov (2007), Elista RUS, rd 2, Jun-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-11-07  Inf: 1st! aronian will advance
Jun-11-07  ounos: I have a strange de javu feeling. I think I've seen these moves up to move 25 or so. In a Kasparov's game? Topalov's? Not sure.
Jun-11-07  amateur05: The game followed Topalov-Shirov from Corus 2007 until Shirov deviated with 25. ...Rf7. Aronian spotted the perpetual on move 32 and went on to draw without further tempting his fate.
Jun-11-07  Davolni: was this just a well defensed game by Shirov againts Aronians home prep?
Jun-11-07  Sydro: <ounos> Topalov vs Shirov, 2007
Jun-11-07  Davolni: so Topalov was able to win this game, but not Aronian...

Probably Shirov did study the right lines after the game, so he won't make the same mistake again. I wonder why Aronian went for the same moves, since he knows Shirov would have studied the rigth lines....


Jun-11-07  Chuckles: Is there a reason that 28. Bxa5 or 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.Bxa5 is bad?
Jun-11-07  Marmot PFL: <Is there a reason that 28. Bxa5 or 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.Bxa5 is bad?>

They look like only token edge for white. To take the latter line black could play 29...Rc8 threatening Rc2 and if 30.Bc3 maybe just Rd8 winning d5. White's knight is constrained by backrow threats and the king will be out of play for some time.

Jun-20-07  Hesam7: <Chuckles: Is there a reason that 28. Bxa5 or 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.Bxa5 is bad?>

I have no concrete proof but it seems that after: 28. ♕xg7+ ♔xg7 29. ♗xa5 ♖c8!

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White will lose his d-pawn sooner or later.

Jul-03-10  willychess: what about 22 .. g5 ? itīs playable ? i donīt find a forceful continuation for white.

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