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Levon Aronian vs Emil Sutovsky
European Team Championship (2007), Heraklion GRE, rd 9, Nov-06
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-08  acirce: Anyone knows this gambit line? 8.g3 is not the most common and still here it seemed like any initiative Black is supposed to get was extinguished pretty quickly. In his NIC annotations, Aronian said that already after 15.0-0 he was expecting to win -- but he doesn't really say where Black had gone wrong, except to say that the immediate 12..Re8 would have been "more flexible". Then if 13.Nd2 he could have played 13..Qc7 "temporarily preventing b4". Ok, but it doesn't seem to make such a huge difference to me in the end.

Maybe 8..Ng4 is better?

Anyway, very fine game by Aronian.

Jan-15-08  veigaman: 22... Nf4 is a mistake because it allowed to active the rook and then king side attack, i think.
Jan-15-08  syracrophy: After 34.♕xe4 I was thinking of 34...f5, but this loses immediately to 35.♖xg7!! fxe4 36.♖xe7+ ♕g7 37.♗xg7+ ♔g8 38.♖xc7
Jan-16-08  acirce: <22... Nf4 is a mistake because it allowed to active the rook and then king side attack, i think.>

Yes, seems quite possible. Aronian says "After the approximate 22..Qf5 23.Nc5 Re7 24.Rd4 Black has an unpleasant position. It is not easy to defend against Rcd1 with the idea of a4. Black decides to avoid these problems at the cost of allowing a strong attack on his king." Still the attack quickly becomes extremely dangerous no matter how Black tries to defend and I doubt this was Black's best try.

Jan-16-08  Resignation Trap: I last took a serious look at this line about 25 years ago. I was looking for "safe" alternatives to playing the White side of a Benoni. I concluded that after the usual 8.e3 e4 9.Be2 Qe7 Black has more than adequate compensation for the Pawn. See Mikhalchishin vs Kasparov, 1981 for example.

None of my opponents played 4...e5 and 5...d5, so most of my preparations were wasted. I later learned to enjoy the White side of the Benoni!

Instead of 8.g3 Qb6, I believe 8...Ng4 <is> a more unpleasant move to meet, since Black's compensation dissipates in Sutovsky's line.

Jan-16-08  Resignation Trap: For a photo of this game in progress, click here: .
Jan-16-08  veigaman: <acirce> what about 22. Bd4 instead of nb3? It seems the structure more solid
Jan-17-08  acirce: <Resignation Trap> Thanks. I've only looked at this very lightly, mainly from the Black side. I'll look at 8..Ng4 -- what would you say are the main continuations for the next few moves?
Jan-17-08  nescio: <acirce: I'll look at 8..Ng4 -- what would you say are the main continuations for the next few moves?>

9.e3 f5 10.Bg2 f4!? looks interesting, but would have to be worked out. After 9.e3 f5 10.Be2 Nf6 followed by ...Nbd7-b6 Black has a nice position in my opinion, but I can't say if it's worth a pawn.

9.Ne4 Bb6 follwed by ...f5 or perhaps 9...f5 immediately (10.Nxc5 Qa5+).

Some other ideas (instead of 8...Ng4):
8...e4 9.Bg2 e3!? 10.Bxe3 Bxe3 11.fxe3 Qb6
8...Re8 9.Bg2 e4 10.0-0 Bf5, unclear I think.

Jan-17-08  Resignation Trap: I've spent a few hours looking at 8.g3 Ng4. And White's usual continuation is 9.e3 f5 10.Be2 Nf6 11.a3. Here, it appears that after some consolidation, White emerges with an excellent game, whether Black restrains the Queenside expansion with 11...a5 or not.

I'm not sure if this gambit has any "official" name, but here's an article on it: .

May-14-08  The Chess Express: If somebody could explain to me what the idea behind 8. g3 is I'd appreciate it. Is it simply to lure black's ♕ to b6?
May-16-08  The Chess Express: Well, another line black could try is 9. Rd8!?. The idea is to make it difficult for white to keep the extra ♙. For example 10. Bg2 Bg4 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. 0-0 Rac8 13. e4 Bd4 14. Re1 Nc5 15. Na3 Nd3 16. Qxd3 Bxf2+ 17. Kf1 Bxe1 18. Kxe1 Qg1+ 19. Qf1 Qxh2 20. Qf2 Nh5

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Jun-16-08  notyetagm: White to play: 36 ?

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Here White (Aronian) played the lovely <RELOADER> 36 ♖h-e5! based on the <UNDEFENDED> Black c7-rook <LINED UP> with the Black h8-king via the e5-tactical base (<FORKING SQUARE>) for the White d4-bishop.

Position after 36 ♖h5-e5!

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Of course the point is 36 ... f6x♖e5? 37 ♗d4xe5+.

(VAR) Position after 36 ... f6x♖e5? 37 ♗d4xe5+ <fork>

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Oct-04-12  whiteshark: "The book is completely dedicated to the opening repertoire for Black against 1. d4. ... But I also covered possible deviations from White and included the Blumenfeld gambit (if White tries to avoid Benko playing 2.Nf3), <Vaganian Gambit <(1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d5!>>, where I found an interesting line against White’s most dangerous setup seen in the game Aronian-Sutovsky, 2007)" Valeriy Aveskulov

I wonder which moves he has in mind...

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