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Levon Aronian vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Grand Slam Chess Final (2008), Bilbao ESP, rd 4, Sep-05
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D27)  ·  1-0

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Sep-05-08  kellmano: oh yeah. The knight should never have left b4
Sep-05-08  Davolni: imagine somebody, with no knowledge about chess whatsoever, walking by this acquarium at this time of the day, in a dark street and a glass cage, with lights on... only 2 people sitting and thinking, no talk, nothing....
Sep-05-08  Marmot PFL: Knight isn't trapped, it's the rook.
Sep-05-08  Marmot PFL: Losing isn't so bad for Ivanchuk if he can win tomorrow. The guys who draw them all are the ones that get left behind.
Sep-05-08  Davolni: Levon is blitzing, probably has calculated everything already....

Sep-05-08  Hesam7: And how is that a good thing? To reward W-L more than D-D in a game that is most likely a theoretical draw anyway.
Sep-05-08  TheBB: <Marmot PFL> Losing them all is also not a recipe for success, however.
Sep-05-08  crafty: 69. ... ♘a8 70. ♔b4 g5 71. hxg5 h4 72. ♔c5   (eval 11.44; depth 19 ply; 200M nodes)
Sep-05-08  Marmot PFL: I didn't say it was good, just that it helps streak players more than steady drawing types.

Surprised black hasn;t resigned yet.

Sep-05-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Maybe <52...Bh3> was the last chance to keep the balance...
Sep-05-08  Udit Narayan: Carlsen is #1 in live ratings! Congrats!
Sep-05-08  Intrepid Spiff: Game over...
Sep-05-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Some statistics on my ChessBookie bets for today's round:

Number of tickets: 12
Total amount of chessbucks on them: $17418
Number of winning tickets: 0

Some sort of record, or has <TIMER> done worse? ;-)

Sep-05-08  seagull1756: must be a mistake - both of my tickets won today...
Sep-05-08  Davolni: i guess i will be the only one congratulating Levon!!!

Congratulation on the first win!!!

Sep-05-08  theodor: congrats, Levon!
Sep-05-08
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to every one of you for participating in today's live broadcast. Come on back tomorrow morning at the same time (11:00am USA/Eastern) for round #5 of the Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final.

Looking forward to next week: On Sunday the players get a well deserved rest day, and then the action will continue on Monday morning with round #6.

Sep-05-08
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  whiteshark: An interesting middlegame struggle where Aronian took advantage of the opportunity. Congratulations!
Sep-05-08  DUS: I think in this game Levon demonstrated the advantage of two Knights! (like the advantage of two Bishops).

Congratulations for such nice game!

Even for non professional like me the move Ncb5 was seeming very natural and I was thinking it was the beginning of the end.

Sep-05-08  Bobsterman3000: Nice win for the cheap tactician :-)
Sep-06-08  clocked: Could black have survived after 53...Bd3
Sep-20-08  Black Pawn: This was a nice example of taking advantage of an opponent's isolated pawn by controlling and/or occupying it with a knight, and trading down so as to nullify the attacking potential the isolated pawn gives. Very well indeed.
Sep-20-08  euripides: Very instructive strategy. At about move 44 White's advantage is not only the isolated d pawn but the rather less visible possibility of a pawn break with f5. So between moves 44 and 55 Aronian brings the king to the queenside and puts the rook on the f file where he has a pawn break waiting.
Sep-20-08  Phoenix: Everything old is new again. White nails down the IQP as a target and opens a second front via f4-f5. The "principle of two weaknesses."

Botvinnik vs E Zagorjansky, 1943 is a classic example that runs along similar lines, except Botvinnik plays for g4-g5 and a direct attack against the king.

Sep-22-08  euripides: <phoenix> yes it's a nice parallel.
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