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Levon Aronian vs Boris Gelfand
Dresden Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 9, Nov-22
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1

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Nov-22-08  MR. NIMZO: good game by Gelfand

Aronian got nothing out of a better opening and by move 15 the game was equalized

27. Bxd5? was the mistake of the game from there everything went downhill

by the 40th move perhaps Aronian should've resigned.

Nov-23-08
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  Fusilli: What if 27.Rf4? What I see is 27...Bxf5 28. Rh4 Qb1+ 29.Kh2 Bh7 30.Rg4+ Bg6 31.Rh4 Rxg2+ 32.Kxg2 Be4+ 33.Kf2 Qxa2+ and in all the lines I'm looking at white loses the g3-pawn with check. After that it looks like black can stop the mate threats with Qg7 and Bg6. I'm not sure what to think of that... I'd bet that white can take advantage of black's cramped position to kill one of the passed pawns.
Nov-24-08
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  Eyal: <Fusilli: What if 27.Rf4? What I see is 27...Bxf5 28. Rh4 Qb1+ 29.Kh2 Bh7 30.Rg4+ Bg6 31.Rh4 Rxg2+ 32.Kxg2 Be4+ 33.Kf2 Qxa2+ and in all the lines I'm looking at white loses the g3-pawn with check.>

White can answer 27...Bxf5 simply with 28.Rxf5, and after 28...Rxg2 he forces a perpetual by 29.Rg5+! fxg5 30.Qxg5+ etc.

Nov-24-08  DUS: Why Levon didn't play 26.Rf4? Then the black must play 26... Bxf5. And after 27.Rh4, the black must play play 27...Bh2, and the black losses the bishop (28.Qxh7+ etc...) and the game I think.
Nov-24-08  Karpova: <DUS> After 26.♖f4 Black is not forced to play 26...♗xf5 but can answer with 26...♖e4 (since the ♗g2 is pinned).
Nov-24-08  DUS: <Karpova> Thank you! I coudn't see that move indeed... What if the white then plays 27.Rg4+ or 27Rf4 ? Then I guess the black has to exchange the Rocks... Is it any better for whites?
Nov-24-08  DUS: No, it doesn't look better.

<Karpova> thanks again for helping me.

Nov-24-08
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  Eyal: Black probably still has the advantage in lines like 26.Rf4 Re4(!) 27.Rg4+ Rxg4 28.hxg4 Bb5 or 27.Rxe4 dxe4 28.Qe3 Bxf5 29.Qxa7 Kg7, but they should be preferable for White in comparison with the actual game. In any case, it wasn't too late to play Rf4 on move 27 as well.
Nov-24-08  DUS: <Eyal> Thanks for your interesting comments. I will study this game more.

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