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Levon Aronian vs Alexander Morozevich
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 9, Mar-24
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-24-09  ounos: This game seems like a strange kind of joke...
Mar-24-09  Coleman: Nice try Moro.....Looks like he misplayed the opening and tried to confuse things. He's not playing that well, perhaps he miscalculated.
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  jessicafischerqueen: This game is junk.

It's a good example of why Rapid can never be considered "serious chess."

It looks more like a 5/0 Blitz game in fact.

Mar-25-09  zealouspawn: Maybe it's just Moro's rapid thats junk.. Aronian seemed to play pretty well
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  tpstar: [Fritz 7]: 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. 0-0 Nc6 7. e3 Bd7 8. Qe2 b5 9. Rd1 [last book move] Opening Explorer Bb4 10. b3 cxb3 11. axb3 0-0 12. e4 Ne7 [12 ... a5 13. Qxb5 Nxd4 14. Qd3 Nxf3+ 15. Qxf3 ] 13. Ne5 Nc6 14. Bg5 Be7 15. Nxd7 Qxd7 16. d5 exd5 17. Nc3 [17. exd5 Rad8 =] Rae8 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. Nxd5 Bd4 20. Qc2 f5 21. e5 [Clearance to allow g2-d5] f4? [21 ... Bxe5 22. Nf6+ Double Attack] 22. Nf6+ Rxf6 23. exf6 Nb4 [The knight likes it on b4] 24. Qd2 c5 25. Re1 [25. Qxf4 Qe6 26. Rxd4 cxd4 27. fxg7 Qe5 =] Rf8 [25 ... fxg3!? 26. hxg3 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 gxf6 =] 26. Re7 [The rook is the rook!] Qf5 27. fxg7 fxg3?? [27 ... Rf7 saving the game 28. Be4 Qf6 29. Rxf7 Qxf7 ] 28. gxf8=Q+ Kxf8 29. Re2 gxf2+ [29 ... gxh2+ 30. Kxh2 ] 30. Kh1 Nd3 31. Qh6+ Kf7 32. Rf1 Ne5 33. Qh4 [33. Qxa6 Kg7 ] Ng4 34. h3 [34. Qe7+!? ] Nf6 35. Rexf2 Bxf2 36. Rxf2 1-0.

This was a thrilling game to follow in real time. Black tried to consolidate the gambit Pawn, giving White play in the center. Note Fritz suggests 12 ... a5 meeting 13. Qxb5 with 13 ... Nxd4 (Discovery) trading Knights and Black is still a Pawn up. Later 19 ... Bxa1? is out due to 20. Nf6+ & 21. Rxd7, yet 19 ... Bd4 was a clever move, centralizing the Bishop while also threatening 20 ... Qxd5! (20. Rxa6!? Qxd5! 21. exd5 Rxe2 22. Rxc6 Bxf2+). But after 20. Qc2 f5:

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I think White could play 21. Rxa6 with a Double Attack on the Nc6; 21 ... Nb8? 22. Rxd4 Nxa6 23. Nf6+ again, or 21 ... Re6 22. exf5. Here 21 ... Nb4?? is out because the Nd5 covers b4. Maybe Black planned 21. Rxa6 Re6 22. exf5 Rd6:

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Anyway Black wasn't losing until 27 ... fxg3?! allowing White to Queen with check and there wasn't enough for the Rook. Black probably overlooked that 30 ... Bxa1 lost to 31. Qd8+ & 32. Re7+ and White wins. The tragedy of rapid play: once the game gets interesting, you run out of time. =)

Jun-15-09  notyetagm: <zealouspawn: Maybe it's just Moro's rapid thats junk.. <<<Aronian seemed to play pretty well>>>>

Yes, Aronian annotates this game in the latest issue of New In Chess Magazine, <2009/3>.

Jun-15-09  notyetagm: Aronian is so strong tactically that it really is *scary* sometimes.

I lost track of the number of times I said to myself "Does that work?" when I quickly played over this game. :-)

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Annotated by Aronian himself in New In Chess Magazine 2009/3
from ARONIAN: TACTICAL GENIUS by notyetagm
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