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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
Morelia-Linares (2008), Morelia MEX, rd 2, Feb-16
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  0-1

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Apr-26-08  PinnedPiece: <erniecohen: Ok, I'm missing something... why does everyone say that Anand is lost after move 27? Where is the win for Black after 29. gxf4?> Not that I know much, but I would think after 29 ..Bxf4, the game could continue on pretty much as it did. With one difference, even weaker defense. Anyway, apparently Anand did not want 30 Rxd2 because if Qxd2 then black Q cannot be denied F3 and mate.

I think 30 ..? would make a good puzzle because it would show kibitzers that it isn't easy to find 30 ..Re3, a small move with big impact. I'm sure its at least Wednesday, the day my analysis skills start fading out.....

Jul-21-08  percyblakeney: Anand on the game, from NIC 3/2008: <I still find it quite embarrassing that I missed this rook e3 completely [---] I thought I must look like some 2100 player. Just ridiculous>.
Sep-01-08  Davolni: Such a nice game, worth going over and over...

;)

Sep-01-08  chessarmenia: After extensive analysis, both with the aid of computers and raw human intellect, I believe I have found the true blunder by Anand in this game: ...8.c3??
Sep-28-08  blazerdoodle: < - computers can out play even the best player now. but do you really care if rybka is better then fritz?>

Admittedly, computers have taken a bit of the mystery out of the game. To put a human up against a Ferrari would be equally absurd in any race. A model T Ford might do it! Or a horse. Horses race horses, and Ferrari's race Ferrari's (or other similar vehicles ), and it doesn't bother world class runners that much. It reminds me of that commercial where the runner, jockey on horse, and a race car take off on a dirt track. But maybe one day they'll decide that the machines have us ( even though we invented them ) - Eventually, Capa's game ( or one like it ), might prevail, and although those games are interesting, it will be a sad day if at the world championship level no true champion can be determined. Go Anand! Oops, I meant Go Kramnik! I love both of these guys. Aronian is a cool player too.

Oct-06-08  yalie: watching this game I cannot believe Aronian plays 24..f5 after a long thought - so the obvious 25.Bg5 has been considered. I just cannot understand why Anand played it so quickly instead of Qb3. This is simultaneously Anand's big weakness & big strength - to play impulsively. Here it was a weakness. It is not even like Aronian was in a time crunch was it?
Oct-25-08  transhuman7: Very nice finish by Aronian.
Nov-17-08  dramas79: Good play by the master of the Marshall gambit!
Nov-17-08
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  Bishoprick: Please! 8.a4 was played with success for a long time before Kasparov. It is one of the standard Anti-Marshall lines.
Dec-14-08  positionalgenius: awesome game.
Dec-14-08  veerar: 25.Bg5,and the subsequent B moves take it away from defence.It also opens the K file for Black.A fine game by Aronian.
Sep-06-09  capatal: Beautiful game by Aronian! Not often does WC Anand lose with White.
Sep-07-09
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  Open Defence: just when I thought 13.g3 maybe the answer to the Marshall
Oct-02-09
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  Open Defence: 15...Ra7.. nice strategy from Aronian
Feb-15-10  notyetagm: Anand vs Aronian, 2008

30 ... ?


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30 ... ♖e2-e3!! <interference: d3,f3>


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<patzer2: The obstruction move 30...Re3!! makes for an impressive finish to Black's well calculated Marshall attack.>

<percyblakeney: Anand on the game, from NIC 3/2008: <I still find it quite embarrassing that I missed this rook e3 completely [---] I thought I must look like some 2100 player. Just ridiculous>.>

May-14-11  erniecohen: <PinnedPiece: <erniecohen: Ok, I'm missing something... why does everyone say that Anand is lost after move 27? Where is the win for Black after 29. gxf4?> Not that I know much, but I would think after 29 ..Bxf4, the game could continue on pretty much as it did. With one difference, even weaker defense. Anyway, apparently Anand did not want 30 Rxd2 because if Qxd2 then black Q cannot be denied F3 and mate.>

No, it's not weaker defense. But even better defense is is 29. f3 ♖e8 30. ♗h4 and black has nothing.

Nov-26-11  Sularus: <erniecohen> <No, it's not weaker defense. But even better defense is is 29. f3 e8 30. h4 and black has nothing.>

If 29. f3, then I think black will play
29. ... BxN

Nov-29-11  serenpidity.ejd: <BreakingnewsBreakingnewsBreakingnewsBreakingnews- >

ANAND SUCCUMBS TO AN ATTACK.

Dec-30-11  erniecohen: <<Sularus> If 29. f3, then I think black will play 29. ... BxN>
30. ♕xf1 fxg3 31. h4 ♖e3 32. ♗g5 and Black still has nothing.
Mar-21-13
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  FSR: I tried submitting the pun <He Shall Be Levon> for this game, but someone beat me to it.
Aug-25-13  chesssalamander: 30....Re3! Love it!
Sep-26-14  SpiritedReposte: White's traitorous bishop prevents any back rank checks from the rook.

Setting the stage for the killing blow Bf5! A pretty deflection.

Sep-03-15  JohnBoy: A fun finish would be 34.Rg1 Be4+ 35.Rg2 Qh2#
Sep-03-15  JohnBoy: Regarding TIny Dancer, <FSR>, how about the variation "Levon wears his war wounds like a crown"?
Sep-03-15  FairyPromotion: <FSR>, <JohnBoy>

If you guys want to "pun" an Aronian game, this one should be your priority: Aronian vs A Volokitin, 2008

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