chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana
Dresden Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 1, Nov-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 84 more Aronian/Caruana games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: The tournament is found above the game. For the newest chess events, this information may be a link which takes you to the tournament page which includes other games, a crosstable, discussion, etc.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-14-08  syracrophy: 31...d4?? was the decisive mistake that loses to 32.♗g5!! when Caruana missed the mate on d8 after ...dxe4
Nov-14-08  shintaro go: Caruana's hit a rough patch as of late, losing again, this time to a sub 2500 player in the second round.
Nov-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: <19..Rd5!> offers an exchange to close the center: 20.Nxd5 exd5 and Black has counterplay on both wings: Rg8, Qc2, Bc8, b4, etc. Aronian ignores it with a Nostradamus-like GM idea: <20.Qe3!> envisioning Qb6!

<21.Bf3> reinforces g2, and <22.b4!> counter-offers a pawn, which looks poisoned: 23..Nxb3? 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.Nxd5 and Black's N has no good retreat, e.g. 25..Na5 26.Nxe7 Kxe7 27.Qb6. Trading Knights 25..cxd5 26.Qxb3 produces a pin-and-triple on Black's weak d-pawn, which recovers White's gambit pawn.

<24.Ne4> He'd rather have the a7-diagonal than the Rook!

<28.Bg5!> offering 28..Bc5. The refutation must be a flabbergast, possibly 29.e6! f6 30.Qg3!! or similar nonsense ...

<29.f4!> amazingly daring to open his own Q-K to the Bc5 skewer -- <29..Qg6> and Black still must settle the e6-threat first! <30.R4d2> protects g2, and Black never had a good answer for Qb6.

Nov-15-08  Strongest Force: Embarrassing; however, it can happen to anyone.
Nov-15-08  Davolni: <syracrophy: 31...d4?? was the decisive mistake that loses to 32.g5!! when Caruana missed the mate on d8 after ...dxe4>

I don't think anybody here missed anything or made any obvious mitakes/blunders.

I'm sure by the time Caruana played 31...d4, he already knew he was lost, it was more of a desperation move, rather than a decisive mistake.

Nov-15-08  hedgeh0g: Well it looks pretty decisive to me...
Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: Caruana's 30...c5? was already a blunder, since 31...Kxe7 also loses outright to 32.Qxc5+, e.g. 32...Ke8 33.Qc7 Qc6 34.Rc2 Qxc7 35.Rxc7 Ba6 36.Rxd5. But it seems that his position actually becomes hopeless a move earlier, after 29...Qg6 - he could have played simply 29...Bc5 instead, regaining the exchange (on move 28, Bc5 fails to 29.Rxd5!, but after 29.f4 the queen on e3 would be captured with a check).

<Gilmoy: 22.b4! counter-offers a pawn, which looks poisoned: 23..Nxb3? 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.Nxd5 and Black's N has no good retreat, e.g. 25..Na5 26.Nxe7 Kxe7 27.Qb6. Trading Knights produces a pin-and-triple on Black's weak d-pawn, which recovers White's gambit pawn.>

In case of 23...Nxb3 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.Nxd5 Black has no reason to play 25...Na5?? - after 25...cxd5 26.Qxb3 White does regain the pawn, but Black's position should be pretty much ok after, e.g., 26...0-0. On the other hand, after 24.Nxd5 cxd5 (or exd5) 25.Qxb3 White gains a lot of material; Black can win back an exchange with 25...Bc5 - the rook cannot move because of Qxg3 - but White is still a piece up.

Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: I'm looking at the final position and thinking black can still try 32...f6. If 33.exf6+, dxe3 and the black king will escape via Kf7, Ke6, Kf5, right? However, I think White can play 33.Qe2 and has a winning endgame after 33...fxg5 34.Qxb5+ Qc6 35. Qxc6+ Bxc6 36.hxg5
Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Fusilli: I'm looking at the final position and thinking black can still try 32...f6. If dxe3 and the black king will escape via Kf7, Ke6, Kf5, right? However, I think White can play 33.Qe2 and has a winning endgame after 33...fxg5 34.Qxb5+ Qc6 35. Qxc6+ Bxc6 36.hxg5>

Yeah, the last line is easily winning for White, but so is 33.exf6+ and in a prettier way - 33...dxe3 (33...Qe4 34.Qxe4+ Bxe4 35.Re1 winning the bishop) 34.Rd8+ Kf7 35.R8d7+ Ke6 36.g4! hxg4 37.Re7+ Kf5 38.Re5#

Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Eyal> Watch out... against 36...g4 black has Qb1+... then 37.Rd1 Rxd8! 38.Rxb1 hxg4, and black lives, and looks pretty healthy, actually.
Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Fusilli> No, there's a white rook on d1 (I said 35.R8d7+, not R1d7+; btw, 35...Kf8 loses to 36.Rxb7 Qe8 37.Bh6+).
Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Eyal: <Fusilli> No, there's a white rook on d1> You are right! I didn't read it carefully. Good winning moves.
Nov-17-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: <Eyal: In case of 23...Nxb3 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.Nxd5 Black has no reason to play 25...Na5??>

It's Black's only try to hold the extra pawn. It fails, but they both had to calculate it (which they did). Obviously, 25..Nc5 just hangs.

<... after 25...cxd5 26.Qxb3 White does regain the pawn, but Black's position should be pretty much ok ...>

Looks OK if Black wants a draw (he could offer it as he plays 25..cxd5). But Caruana was pressing for winning chances, so trading off all center tension, returning the pawn, and castling away his g-threat must be counterproductive.

In this light, <22.b4> was a subtle draw offer from Aronian! It worked because Caruana thought he was winning, and couldn't bear to settle for it.

Jan-19-09  notyetagm: 32 ?


click for larger view

Is Black really threatening to play 32 ... d4x♕e3, opening the d-file for the doubled White d2-,d1-rooks to reach the d8-square next to the Black e8-king?

32 ♗e7-g5! 1-0


click for larger view

Black cannot play 32 ... d4x♕e3?? as this would release the <PIN> on the d-file, allowing a <ROOK AND BISHOP MATE> on d8.

(VAR) 32 ... d4x♕e3?? 33 ♖d2-d1#


click for larger view


click for larger view

Jan-14-14  Dave1: Levon is a baest. No way to surprise him in this kind of games.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Semi-Slav Def. Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44) 1-0 Pinned to mating sq
from A Players Announced to Fredthebear's Audience by Patca63
Semi-Slav Def. Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44) 1-0 Pinned to mating sq
from Spearheads DE (Batteries involving the Queen) by fredthebear
Semi-Slav Def. Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44) 1-0 Pinned to mating sq
from A B C Players 21st Century by fredthebear
Moscow Gambit 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Nxg4 Nxg4
from Semi-Slav 5.Bg5 by KingG
32 Be7-g5! P@d4 defends the d8-square from mate threat
from Pins are like playing crazyhouse chess by notyetagm
32 ... d4xQe3?? not a threat as Black d4-pawn pinned to d8 mate
from Pins! Exploit every pin!!! by notyetagm
53
from Aronian's Games 4 Study by jakaiden
Game collection: d4
by savya2u
32 ... d4xQe3?? not a threat as Black d4-pawn pinned to d8 mate
from Pins! Exploit every pin!!! by Miguel Medina
Aronian's finest
by Dougie39
32 ... d4xQe3?? not a threat as Black d4-pawn pinned to d8 mate
from Pins! Exploit every pin!!! by trh6upsz
Power Chess - Aronian
by Anatoly21
32 Be7-g5! P@d4 defends the d8-square from mate threat
from Pins are like playing crazyhouse chess by trh6upsz

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC