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Boris Gelfand vs Levon Aronian
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 3, Mar-17
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1-0

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Mar-17-08
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  whiteshark: As Tartakower once commented: <Black missed excellent resigning chances!>
Mar-17-08  Bobsterman3000: <whiteshark> LOL
Mar-18-08  hedgeh0g: The only explanation I can think of is Aronian bet on himself to lose in 55 moves.
Mar-22-08
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  tpstar: 54. Qe5+ wins the Rook due to 54 ... Kg8 55. Qb8+, or 54 ... Kh7 55. g6+ Kh6 56. Qh8+ Rh7 57. Qxh7#. The game ended after 54 ... Rg7 55. g6 1-0 with mate next move (55 ... Kg8 56. Qe8#) as 55 ... Rxg6 is illegal.
Mar-22-08  chessya11: <tp*> Gotcha, missed the illegality of the move. Thanks!
Mar-23-08
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Was 6...a5 a touch-move error?
Mar-23-08
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  tpstar: <An Englishman> Good Afternoon. :-)

John Watson in "Play The French, 3rd Edition": "Black advances the a-pawn and prevents b4 in order to capture on c5 with a knight. ... a5 also anticipates White's move Nb3 (to which ... a4 will be the reply) and opens up the two possibilities of ... Na6 (hitting c5) or ... b6 and ... Ba6. The negative side of 7 ... a5 is of course that it doesn't develop a piece, but these flank pawn moves are increasingly acceptable in modern chess."

He gives a main line for 3 ... Be7 as 4. Bd3 c5 5. dxc5 Nf6 6. Qe2 and now he recommends 6 ... 0-0 7. Ngf3 a5!? ("a sound way to avoid having to keep up with the latest nuances of theory") whereas this game went 6. Qe2 a5 instead, which was probably an intentional deviation.

Mar-24-08
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Nice work, <tpstar>. I went into the Opening Explorer and found a few earlier games.

Black might want to "keep up with the latest nuances of theory" instead of playing ...a5. Aside from one draw, White has won every game.

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