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Levon Aronian vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 11, Aug-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-08  whiteshark: As <acirce> put it in a nutshell:

"So Aronian-Gelfand followed W Hase vs A Brenke, 1999 for 24 moves.

Then Aronian deviates by playing <25.Nd7>,

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Gelfand immediately blunders, and after Aronian's 26th he resigns.


Aug-12-08  notyetagm: <whiteshark> Just like Alekhine said, the response to a novelty is usually a mistake. :-)
Aug-12-08  Marmot PFL: 25...Rfe8 looks dead even. Gelfand should have remembered what Aronian said, that he was just a cheap tactical player. The key to these traps is not to play so fast that the other player knows there is something prepared, but not so slow that he wonders what you are up to either.
Aug-12-08  yevlev: Even though Qe5 is a "one-move-tactics", it's not so easy to find - but, surely, not so difficul, either. Even the greatest players can "afford" themselves such mistakes onece in a while. But, unfortunately, it happend to Gelfand too many times after his great achievement in Mexico. I feel really sad for him because I still think that he's one of the greatest and deepest chess players of our time!
Aug-13-08  ex0duz: Gelfand always seems to blunder really badly once every couple games.. and i'm not talkin about blundering in a really sharp and complex middlegame, but rather a relatively dry and dull middle/end-game position etc. Ok, if you're Navara or something, it wouldn't be as bad, but when your rating is as high as Gelfands then it's abit surprising and perhaps a sign of things to come(he's getting old? lol)

I'll forgive him here though, since he must have used all his energy during his deep game vs Ivanchuk yesterday :p

Aug-14-08  notyetagm: Does anyone know if Aronian (White) had prepared his <TN> 25 ♘e5-d7!? at home, including the trap 25 ... ♖f8-d8?? 26 ♕b2-e5! 1-0 that Gelfand fell straight into, or did Aronian come up with this over the board (OTB)?

Obviously a tactical genius like Aronian would quickly see the winning <PIN> 26 ♕b2-e5! OTB without needing home preparation for it, I am just curious if anyone knows whether this was all home prep or not.


Aug-14-08  notyetagm: Aronian vs Gelfand, 2008

Black to play: 25 ... ?

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25 ... ♖f8-d8?? ♕b2-e5! 1-0

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I just love this one-move tactic by Aronian (White), because it uses three(!) tactical ideas:

1) Game Collection: Pins against undefended pieces

2) Game Collection: Weak back rank

3) Game Collection: Telegraphing your move

I particularly like how Aronian's 26 ♕b2-e5! turns the intended 26 ... ♖d8x♘d7?? into a deadly blunder, allowing the <BACK RANK> mate 27 ♕e5-e8+!.

Aug-15-08  Ulhumbrus: After 26 Qe5 the Black R 0n d8 is overworked. If it has to cover the back rank, it cannot also remove the Nd7 obstructing its defence of the Nd5 on the d file.
Aug-15-08  notyetagm: <Ulhumbrus: After 26 Qe5 the Black R 0n d8 is overworked. If it has to cover the back rank, it cannot also remove the Nd7 obstructing its defence of the Nd5 on the d file.>

Yes, 26 ♕b2-e5! 1-0 is a wicked tactical shot by Aronian that utilizes several tactical motifs, as I explained above.

Sep-01-08  notyetagm: White to play: 26

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26 ♕b2-e5! 1-0

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This tactical shot by Aronian is my favorite <PINNING> tactic of the year thus far.

Sep-01-08  Davolni: I wonder how long Gelfand thought before playing Rf8, was it instantly or after several minutes....


Sep-02-08  notyetagm: <Davolni: I wonder how long Gelfand thought before playing Rf8, was it instantly or after several minutes....


According to the ICC game record, Gelfand thought for <8 minutes, 54 seconds(!)> before he played 25 ... ♖f8-d8??. He just didn't see the <PINNING> idea 26 ♕b2-e5!.

Aronian then thought for <1 minute, 58 seconds> before playing the winning <PIN> 26 ♕b2-e5! 1-0.

This tactical sequence is a *great* example that <THERE IS *ALWAYS* DANGER!>.

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