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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 5, Mar-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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Mar-19-09  brucejavier: wow what a game by aronian by the wat 1sttttt
Mar-19-09  asianmonkey147: wow. look at all those bishop moves!
Mar-19-09  messachess: A remarkable win by the crafty Armenian. Congrats!
Mar-19-09  Eban: Wonderful resilience by Aronian. Almost any other player would have folded, nevermind go on a counter attack.

61...Nf4!! clamps down whites position

Mar-19-09  Warheart: <In a slightly worse position I blundered a pawn and then next I blundered an exchange. Which was bad, but in fact it was good, as I got practical chances. I am proud that I didnít resign myself to a defeat, but that I fought.>


Mar-19-09  Avarus: Amazing to be able to pull a comeback from the position after 36.Ba7. The sacking some 3 pawns to gain the initiave in the endgame!! It seems as though both black minor pieces are better than the white rook in the end. Magnificent.
Mar-19-09  parmetd: wow Carlsen must be banging his head against the wall.
Mar-19-09  chessplanet8: is 86 Re2 the final mistake for White ?

I am wondering if 86 Rh2 was enough to hold.
if 86..Nb3+ 87 Rd1 Bg4+ 88 Kc2.
otherwise white could play 87 h5 to swap another pawn.

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Mar-19-09  chessplanet8: Also 69 g4 seems suspicious.
What about 69 Re2 with idea Re5+ and Rg5 or alternatively 69 Re3 to win c3.

Looks like Carlsen blundered toward the very end.

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  Eyal: <As Aronian commented: "I've said this many times before, there's nothing sweeter than a win that is not deserved."> (
Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: great game by Aronian!
Mar-19-09  karoaper: re: amberchess report.
I love how the reporter eats up the comments that were said in humor and self-deprecation. Of course, he deserved the win. It still his brain that had to find the resources and tactics to turn the game around. Since when is a winning position at a certain point in the game enough to tell the whole story.

Anyways, maybe the reporter was also being humorous, but seemed like favoritism influences reporters too much.

Mar-19-09  Aspirador: <As Aronian commented: "I've said this many times before, there's nothing sweeter than a win that is not deserved."> Aronian is honest here. Most players would say that they wouldn't want to win "in such a way".
Mar-19-09  karoaper: I can understand calling it "undeserved"(still pushing it imo) if the side that had a winning position throughout the whole game blundered right before all their hard work was about to pay off and then on top of it lost the game.
Mar-19-09  notyetagm: <Eyal: <<<<As Aronian commented: "I've said this many times before, there's nothing sweeter than a win that is not deserved."> >>>(>


Mar-19-09  Aspirador: <notyetagm> It's more than ROFLMAO, it's more like ROFLCOPTER. :)
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  Peligroso Patzer: < Eyal: <As Aronian commented: "I've said this many times before, there's nothing sweeter than a win that is not deserved."> >

Aronian's win in this game may not be "deserved" from the perspective of his play over the course of the entire game (which is no doubt the sense he intended), but in terms of playing creatively and courageously after first digging himself into a big hole, this win was extremely well-deserved, IMO.

Mar-19-09  swarmoflocusts: 99.Kh1 Ng3# is actually quite pretty.
Mar-19-09  karoaper: <Peligroso Patzer> Ok that was well put.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Magnificent comeback. Even after giving up the Bishop, White still had 3 pawns and a Rook vs. 2 minors, yet after 63.Rf2, that poor castle looked very sad.
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  tamar: The flip side of the sweetness of an undeserved win is the bitterness of knowing you had a path to victory, but no time to play it correctly.

65 a5 let Aronian corral the a5 pawn easily with 65...Kc5.

Better but probably impossible to see during a rapid game was Rybka's line activating the rook

65 b4 Kc4 66 b5 Bf7 67 g3 Nd5 68 Re2 Kb4+ 69 Re4+ Ka5 70 Rc4 Bg6 71 Rc6 Bxc2 72 Ra6+ Kb4 73 b6 with a winning advantage, as the King and Rook can stop the c pawn, after the knight takes on b6. 2.53/22

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Mar-20-09  Atking: <tamar: The flip side of the sweetness of an undeserved win is the bitterness of knowing you had a path to victory, but no time to play it correctly.> So true. I like Aronian (he is positive in a charming way) but no doubt this game was one of the most luckiest I have seen in the top. <Better was Rybka's line activating the rook> A beautifull line. But very difficult (If not impossible as you said) to see that with few minutes on the clock. This is the kind of game which affect a player in tournament. I hope Carlsen will recover as soon as possible.
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  tamar: <Atking> Looks like Carlsen recovered well.

Even though he was winning, it was very tough to play his moves quickly, because the evaluation depends so much on move order.

At some point he just had to move, being down to one minute, and then the advantage shifted to Aronian.

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