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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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Feb-21-09  slomarko: <percyblakeney> what is his score against Kamsky?
Feb-21-09  hovik2003: This is my only comment on this forum(because I am cheap and I don't wanna pay the premium), and I have only one thing to say now that I have the chance:

I feel good!!

Feb-21-09  percyblakeney: <what is his score against Kamsky?>

It should be 10-7 to Anand.

Feb-21-09  anandrulez: Gelfand was someone Anand had trouble early on in his career . Aronian has become a tough customer for him . For someone of his rating / calibre his record is not impressive vs the Top bracket . Atleast nothing like Kasparov . But even Kramnik and Topalov is like that
Feb-21-09  percyblakeney: <Atleast nothing like Kasparov . But even Kramnik and Topalov is like that>

Yes, some of Kasparov's results just aren't normal. The oldest rating list on FIDE's site is from July 2000. Against #4 to #7 Kasparov had a career score of 30 wins and 0 losses... Anand was at #3, and Kasparov had something like 15-3 against him (14-1 after a good start for Anand). Then of course 4-5 against then #2 Kramnik.

Feb-21-09  percyblakeney: GM Zagrebelny's annotations:

Feb-21-09  znprdx: <Sneaky: Anand says "So you offer me a check on e7 to win the exchange? No thanks, I'll pass. .....I'll never be a GM.>Hey I didn't evenmake it to Expert....don't feel bad ...any absolute analysis that shows in retrospect that the obvious was preferable. Also was 33.Rxd4 playable (as suggested on ChessOk) during the game or is Ne5 just too strong?
Feb-21-09  notyetagm: <arkansaw: I don't think the x-ray is so unique, it seems like the obvious thing to do except that the white queen is there>

No, my point is that Aronian saw the 34 ... ♖e8xe4+!, 35 ... ♖e4-g4! idea and the genius Anand overlooked it.

It cannot be that obvious if a genius misses it.

Feb-21-09  Ulhumbrus: <Shams> I have just seen the lesson on a K B and N checkmate from the book mark you have given The Delaland "three triangles" method may well be better than that of Philidor, and easier to learn, too. The lesson is VERY good and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it.
Feb-22-09  acirce: <Aronian, who is turning into something of a nemesis with black for Anand, played a wild piece sacrifice in a Semi-Slav. If computers can see a way through the complications we usually assume Anand can, too, but the crazy lines against his open king were too much even for him and he went down in a hail of enemy fire. Well, actually he went down in a blizzard of enemy pawns, seven (!) (!$*%&) for the piece at one point! Going back to Linares last year, Aronian has scored 3.5/4 with black against Anand. Amazing.

Anand sacrificed a pawn in a sharp line known to both players. White gets dangerous changes on the kingside for the material. Aronian isn't the kind to defend passively and he came up with an ingenious idea to lift a rook and counter-sac a knight to get at the exposed white king. I've often called Anand the world's best tactical defender, but just like he did in his loss to Aronian in a wild Marshall kingside assault in Linares last year, Anand blundered when it looked like his defense was going to hold. Here the culprit was 33.Rg3, which allowed Black a remarkable rook maneuver that left the remaining White forces in chaos. The liquidation required to break the pressure left far too many black pawns for White to handle. As complicated as the position is, Anand couldn't have missed anything deep. The position after 35..Rg4 is lost. 33.Rxd4 looks best for White, though he still has unpleasant moments to come. If 33..Rg4 34.Ne3 Rxh4 35.Nxg2 Rh2 36.Rxd7 Bc8 37.Rc7 Rxg2 and with the bishop pair and Black having only two pawns for the piece White should even be better. 33.Rxd4 Ne5 looks very menacing but the nullifying move 34.Rd8 keeps White in control.

A remarkable achievement by Aronian, who takes a share of the lead.>

Feb-26-09  Noll: Why not 28. Ne7+ ?
Feb-26-09  outplayer: <Noll> I have thought about 28.Ne7+ too. It wins the exchange at the cost of opening the f-file for black rook. 28.Qc3 is stronger. Anand may not have wanted to open more attacking lines toward his king.
Feb-26-09  Stanley Yee: I wondered about that too, then saw your comments. Mr Fritz gives 27 ... Qxg4? 28 Ne7+ Kh7 29 Nxg6 fxg6 30 Qe3 exd4 31 Rxd4 Ne5 32 Bd1 as everything is covered.
Feb-27-09  Ybrevo: <percyblakeney> Thanks for the link to annotations by Zagrebelny. The Google translation is hilarious! If not ridiculous or simply nonsense in the spirit of Monty Python. How do they do that?
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  moronovich: Yes , everybody should take a look at the googletranslation.It is beyond words!Hilariuos-awesome.
Feb-27-09  Open Defence: < If it were not for extra pawn, then we would both directly and said: the black pipe. >
Feb-27-09  Ybrevo: <Open Defence> Nice to meet you here again - and I could not have expressed it better - even though I have been a well respected poet of strange outbursts for about 30 years. I would love to meet the people on Googletranslation - and the drugs they take - when we encounter another chess game involving extra black pipes. Directly or not ...
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  patzer2: What a fascinating game! Anand sacrifices a pawn by subjecting himself to a discovered attack after 12. Ng5 Bxh2+! After this, Aronian decides to complicate matters by sacrificing a piece for two more pawns with 25...Nxg4!? Anand defends well, but then makes a blunder with 33. Rg3? Instead, 33. Rxd4! would have held with a likely won position.

As many times as I've lost my way in a Chess battle, it's comforting to know that even world champions sometimes slip up in complicated tactical positions.

Feb-28-09  2ndNature: <Ybrevo> Google translation is a real-time translation created by a machine that doesn't have much aprieciation for the beauty of a language, hence it's a bit lame. These days technology may cause reactions like yours but it's getting better every day and soon you will not be able to tell whether translated text is of human origin.

There are even attemts to make machines write poems (hint, hint...)

Mar-01-09  Ybrevo: <2ndNature> Judging from the translation of this chess game annotation, the machines already write a very sophisticated kind of poetry, the kind that makes you wonder - once again - if there is something extramural going on inspired from Outer Space. And please donĀ“t get me wrong, I loved what I was reading, and in a way I hope Google will never improve their machine. What a loss of creative talent!

Now back to the chess ...

Jun-07-09  chillowack: <notyetagm:

Please take a laxative and chill out.

Oct-24-09  capatal: Great attacking chess by Levon Aronian! Leaving WC Anand on a slippery slope, again.
May-12-10  M.D. Wilson: I hope that there's an Anand vs. Aronian World Championship Match in the not too distant future.
Oct-12-11  serenpidity.ejd: This game is entitled: GM ARONIAN CAN SACRIFICE A KNIGHT. This game deserves a brilliancy award! When the sacrifice was made they were still in the middle of the total number of moves made before resignation. What a deep well calculation!
Nov-04-11  M.D. Wilson: I've said for some time that Aronian is the most gifted player of his era; certainly up there with Spassky and Karpov in terms of pure chess talent. It's no surprise that he has the wood over Anand, who has not played enterprising chess for any sustained period, if any, since becoming WC. The psychological element is vastly important. Korchnoi crushed Tal for decades, but I think Tal was more talented. Maybe Korchnoi was always objectively stronger, even though he didn't become WC?
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