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Loek van Wely vs Levon Aronian
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 1, Mar-15
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1



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Mar-15-08  percyblakeney: <For a while the observers believed that 28.Rc2 would have defended for White, until Magnus Carlsen indicated 28...Qf3! and White is lost. The game also saw a curious incident when Van Wely replied to Aronian’s 22...Nh4+ with the illegal move 23.Qg3 (and mind you, this was not a blindfold game!)>

Mar-15-08  DeltaHawk: 16. O-O?? That has to be the worst mistake ever.
Mar-15-08  DeltaHawk: Or did Van Wely make that move intentionally?
Mar-15-08  Kwesi: The exchange sac 16.O-O is a not so close relative of the well known and quite theoretical exchange sac line in this game Topalov vs Shirov, 2008 where the weak dark squares are meant to be ample compensation, or something...
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  Bobsterman3000: 31. Qxc8 seems a bit weak, too. Sure, it gains a pawn, but now the queen is too far away to help defend the white king, who soon finds himself in major trouble...

Mar-16-08  hovik2003: Van Wely 29th move was a obvious trap, so he was expecting after 29.Qe3 Aronian grabs the piece by 29...Rxb5? 30.Qh6! now if 30...Qg7 31.Rc8+ wins
Mar-16-08  hovik2003: <DeltaHawk: Or did Van Wely make that move intentionally?>

That is really a hawkeyed observation of the situation in horizen!!, simply put Van Wely is far inferior to these new generation power trio(Aronian, Carlsen and Radjabov), today he got routed by Carlsen 2-0 in blindfold and rapid, and that too smell really fishy to you I bet!

Mar-17-08  minasina: Here is Rybka(?) analysis samples for this game:
May-20-08  minasina: …Rybka analysis relocated (see my previous message):
Jun-16-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 20 ... ?

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Aronian (Black) is so tactically sharp. Here he plays 20 ... ♘e5xf3!, snatching a pawn in broad daylight.

Position after 20 ... ♘e5xf3!

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The tricky tactical point of Aronian's play is that the Black f3-knight is taboo due to the <UNDEFENDED> White a1-rook being susceptible to a <QUEEN FORK> in the line 21 ♔g2x♘f3? ♕b6-f6+.

(VAR) Position after 21 ♔g2x♘f3 ♕b6-f6+ <queen fork>

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And of course the White b3-queen cannot <DEFEND> both the White f3-pawn -AND- the White b5-bishop (<OVERWORKED>).

(VAR) Position after 21 ♕b3x♘f3 ♕b6x♗b5

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Dec-13-11  aggronxxl: Why don't Aronian pick up the pawn on h3 at move 25 ? There's a deadly attack on kingside after the capture.
Jun-10-12  YoGoSuN: After a quick look, maybe 25. Rxh3 26. Qxf6 exf6 27. Rb2?

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