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Levon Aronian vs Sergei Movsesian
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-22
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-09  jeremy24: maybe Nd2 here
Jan-22-09  SCUBA diver: White continues to make good subtle moves. ..
Jan-22-09  Marmot PFL: There is so little play here for black that I would resign, although I don't blame Movesian for not.
Jan-22-09  percyblakeney: Aronian is really playing well here, if he can continue like this that third title in a row isn't far away.
Jan-22-09  jeremy24: Rc7 deserves a ! Black is in near zugzwang here, down a pawn, and with the less safe king. At this level, this should really be an easy conversion.
Jan-22-09  NakoSonorense: Black's position seems hopeless.

Prediction: Less than 5 moves before Black resigns.

Jan-22-09  Marmot PFL: Gone through 2 beers already on this game. Now I am out, but I will wait for the finish before heading to the store to resupply.
Jan-22-09  OneArmedScissor: Bh7 deserves a ! IMO
Jan-22-09  beenthere240: Can't the g pawn run?
Jan-22-09  benjinathan: Resignation
Jan-22-09  madlydeeply: this means i ACTUALLY WON A CHESSBOOKIE BET!!!!


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Jan-22-09  OneArmedScissor: welp this just got interesting
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  tamar: Was Kxd5 played, or arbiter move? Amazing how many times this comes into play.
Jan-22-09  OneArmedScissor: g6 is next
Jan-22-09  karnak64: Nice finish. Bh7 is almost like an NBA-caliber taunt.
Jan-22-09  beenthere240: This game shows why GMs are so good. If black made an egredious error I don't see it. He just got squoze ala Karpov or Petrosian.
Jan-22-09  OneArmedScissor: <56. Bh7> deserves a !
Jan-22-09  MaxxLange: <Marmot PFL> There's nothing like knocking back a few cold ones and watching the chess game, is there?
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  Eyal: <The Aronian - Movsesian encounter quickly entered a known queen-less middlegame out of the Slav, a variation suggested to Levon by his second, GM Rodstein. After the game white said he had forgotten what to do after 12...Nd5, but was satisfied with his 13.Rd1 and 14.Nd2!? idea. Black would have been wiser not to allow the structurally-weakening capture on c6, playing first 16...Nxa5, and only then 17...Rb8. White's multipurpose 18.Na5 was very annoying, and dominated black's position. Aronian was not tempted by 24.Nb7?! (his 24.Kf2 was best), as this would have given black the chance to sacrifice an exchange for a lot of play with 24...c4 25.Nd6 c3!. Black's decline was accelerated when he allowed the advance of the white kingside pawns h4, g4 and g5, and the white pressure quickly netted Levon a pawn. Some mutual inaccuracies in time trouble did not alter the score of 1-0.> (
Jan-22-09  patzer2: Wow! This was high caliber play on the part of both Aronian and Movsesian. This game offers a lot of instructive play on how to haddle a Queenless middle game and endgame transition, especially from the winning side's perspective.

Starting with 27. Re3! to pressure e6 and restrain e5, as well as setting a nasty trap in the event of 27...Nd5? 28. Nc5+ , Aronian continues to probe and squeeze the position until he gains a decisive advantage.

I wonder if perhaps 34. g5! to force open the h-file wasn't a decisive move.

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  technical draw: <Nakosonorense> <Is Movsesian also Armenian? That's my guess because it rhymes... :S>

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Jan-22-09  messachess: The critical position looks like move 36. This is very difficult for black. Black needs to get on the h file immediately but has to guard the b7 square. Very nice play by Aronian. Maybe 36...e5 followed by ...Bd5 improves.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yet another endgame masterpiece by Aronian. It is such a pleasure to watch him at work--as long as I'm not working across the board from him.
Jan-23-09  arsen387: I didn't understand how whites can win the game till they won a pawn with some mysterious moves. Petrosian and Karpov would be proud. Position seemed pretty even to me, trying to understand such games make me feel like a complete patzer.

<Nakosonorense: Is Movsesian also Armenian? That's my guess because it rhymes> If it was not just asked to provoke jokes from other users, then yes, he is Armenian, like Petrosian, Vaganian, Kasparian, Akopian, Lputian, Sargissian, Asrian (no, not de Firmian :) ) and many many others. More than 95% Armenians' surname ends with 'ian' or 'yan' (I guess in their passports it must be 'yan', like in mine ;) ).

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