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Levon Aronian vs Jan Gustafsson
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-27
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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Nov-27-07  ArmeniaNL: can somebody tell the the continuation, i do not see why gustav has resigned
Nov-27-07  pawn to QB4: Looks like quick death on the black squares. 37...Kb6? 38.Bd4+ Kc6 39.g3 and similar for 37...Kc6. 37...Kb8 38.Qd6+ and 39.Be5 (39...Ka7 40.Bd4+ and 41.Be5); leaves 39...Kc8 40.Bd4 I guess, aiming at b6. Think that forces 40...Qd5 41.Bb6 Kb8...shall we let the poor guy resign here, he really took a lot of punches for our entertainment in this one?
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  Mateo: Aronian is the modern Tal. Well, I don't see the reason why Gustafsson sacrificed his Knight with 24...Nxe5? He was two pawns up, although White may have some compensation. Why not the simple 24...Nb6?.
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  whiteshark: <Mateo: <Why not the simple 24...Nb6?.>>

After <25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.Rxd8+ Qxd8 27.Qxc5+ Kb8 28.Nxh5 Bf8 29.Qc2> white regained all material and is still pressing...nonetheless better than 24...Nxe5

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Nov-28-07  Riverbeast: whiteshark: After your 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Rxd8+ black would capture with the king, not the queen.

Then on 27. Nxh5 black has 27...Bxe5

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  whiteshark: <Riverbeast: <Then on 27. Nxh5 black has 27...Bxe5>> Well, that's what I would call a profound observation.
Nov-28-07  Riverbeast: I'm just analyzing and correcting a variation, whiteshark, I didn't say it was profound.

That time of the month again?

Nov-28-07  Resignation Trap: After 14 moves we get this position:

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White to play.

The players were probably zipping through the moves, following the well-known game Aronian vs Anand, 2007 , until this point when Aronian tried the new move 15.Bg3, offering his d-Pawn as well.

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  whiteshark: <Riverbeast> Yes , I've been a bit lazy.... After <25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Rxd8+ <Kxd8> 27.Qd2+! Kc8 28.Qg5 Bf8 29.Qg8 Qe7 30.Bf4 Qd8 31.Qxf7 >

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  Eyal: <The players were probably zipping through the moves, following the well-known game Aronian vs Anand, 2007, until this point when Aronian tried the new move 15.Bg3, offering his d-Pawn as well.>

Not really new - it's already been tried in several games (the earliest - Sakaev vs V Borovikov, 2002), including Grischuk vs Svidler, 2007 from Mexico. According to chessbase database, the "novelty" of the game was 17.b3 by Aronian; Qd2 and e5 were tried at this point before.

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