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Juan Pablo Hobaica vs Levon Aronian
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-24
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  0-1



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Nov-25-07  nikolajewitsch: Isn't this game falsely classified an English opening? I think it transposes into a QGD exchange, D36....
Nov-25-07  apple pi: It transposes, but nowhere in the move order is there the actual gambit because c4 is played before ...d5. It's a bizarre move-order technicality that also allows openings with d4 to be called english even though the position suggests queens pawn game or QGD.
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  Mateo: A strange way to play chess, complicated and wild: that's Aronian. Here, against a weaker opponent, it works. At Mexico, it doesn't. That's a limit in his style.

For instance, after 24...a5, what's the problem with 25.Nxa5?

29.f4? was a blunder losing a pawn because it allows a nice little combination. It seems that 29.Qb6 was the only move.

Nov-30-07  notyetagm: J Hobaica vs Aronian, 2007

Position after 27 ... a4-a3!:

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Comment by GM Shipov: <"Black comes up with a neat geometric operation: 27...a3! It is important to remove the foundation for the c3-knight.">

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