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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian
"Once a Pawn a Mid Knight Dreary" (game of the day Apr-17-2009)
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nakchik RUS, rd 2, Apr-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0

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Apr-16-09  bane77: Black played 32...dxe4. I can't see any progress for white if black decides to keep his pawn on d5.
Apr-16-09  Udit Narayan: Amazing performance from Aronian, and such incredible patience to out-maneuver his opponent! Closed positions, and especially positions with too many minor pieces, give me headaches.
Apr-16-09  notyetagm: <Udit Narayan: Amazing performance from Aronian, and such incredible patience to out-maneuver his opponent! Closed positions, and especially positions with too many minor pieces, give me headaches.>

Will be interesting to see who becomes World Champion first, Carlsen or Aronian.

Do you know that Aronian has scored 4.5/5(!) in his last five Black(!) games aganst Anand(!!!) in classical(!) chess? Unbelievable.

Apr-16-09  DCP23: <notyetagm: Will be interesting to see who becomes World Champion first, Carlsen or Aronian.>

There's also a possibility that someone else will become World Champion before either of these two.

Apr-16-09
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  tamar: An Aronian-Carlsen match would be unpredictable to call right now.

I'd have to give Aronian the edge given his last few months of inspired chess.

Apr-16-09  falso contacto: aronian rocks!
Apr-16-09
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  whiteshark: Was there a mistake in the endgame or was Black lost in any case?
Apr-17-09  310metaltrader: I think at move 82, black is in zugzwang, any move he makes is lousy, if he moves the horsie to f8, white moves his king to h6 and black's king has to retreat. the pawn seemingly cannot be blocked and black is unavoidably heading to a game in which he will not be able to exchange pawns before the horses come off, leaving white a pawn ahead with a king in opposition.
Apr-17-09  NewLine: I believe that the DSB trade early on move 28 was bad, maybe fatal for Black, since the white LSB mobility was much better, and the extra-pressure he put on the pawns was eventually impossible to resist, which lead to material loss, which decided the entire game.

What do you think?

Apr-17-09
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  al wazir: I think white may have had a shorter win with 68. Nf4.
Apr-17-09  YoungEd: If you are right, <NewLine>, then 25. ...♔d8 was the mistake, and Black should have tried ♗b8 instead. After ♔d8, an exchange of DSBs becomes inevitable. I think maybe this was a Black mistake.
Apr-17-09  Andrijadj: Capablanca-like performance of Aronian...
Apr-17-09
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A very rare 4 Knight ending arising from an even rarer 8 minor piece ending. Given Aronian's recent string of astonishing endgame wins, I doubt that the passive strategy Black adopts here is a good choice against him. If I had to face the GM, I'd accept the fact that I was going to lose anyway and go all-out with a sacrificial attack--that has to be a better way to lose than submit to this torture.
Apr-17-09  bgkuzzy: Amazing.
Apr-17-09
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  WannaBe: Is white any better with 77. NxN than 77. KxN ?
Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: the game of knights
Apr-17-09  mendellevin: a pleasure to watch!
Apr-17-09
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  kevin86: A horse!-a horse!-my kingdom for a horse!!!

Knights pass over the chessboard like so many snakes-slow,but lethal.

Apr-17-09  tivrfoa: knight is better than bishop xD
Apr-17-09  TheChessGuy: Here, Aronian pays a great tribute to a legend of Armenian chess. The steady maneuvering, the use of the king, the great knight technique... I think that Tigran himself would gladly sign his name to this!
Apr-17-09
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  Phony Benoni: A common instructional theme is conserving pawn moves because they cannot be taken back. Exchanges and material gains fall into this category as well.

Too often, you'll see weaker players trade pieces for no other reason than to prove their mastery of the Table of Relative Value of the Pieces. The master will not exchange or offer a trade without judging the resulting position, and often delays the trade until better placed to take advantage of it.

Material gain works the same way. How many times have we grabbed material we've worked hard to win, only to discover that the time lost has permitted our opponent a nasty counter attack?

Both players show those skills in this game. For isntance, how long was that Black g-pawn en prise before Aronian decided the time was right to take it?

Apr-17-09  Marmot PFL: Good game by White but black did nothing except wait to be beaten. He didn't cross the 4th rank until move 48 unless to trade pieces and spent much of the game with his knights huddling on the 2 back rows. Top guys like Carlsen, Ivanchuk and Topalov don't play like that.
Apr-17-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: Why doesn't White play 46. Nxg7? Unclear to me.
Apr-17-09  notyetagm: <Phony Benoni: ... Too often, you'll see weaker players trade pieces for no other reason than to prove their mastery of the Table of Relative Value of the Pieces.>

LOL

Apr-17-09  notyetagm: <DCP23: <notyetagm: Will be interesting to see who becomes World Champion first, Carlsen or Aronian.>

There's also a possibility that someone else will become World Champion before either of these two.>

Yep, as soon as I boast about Aronian, he loses to Karjakin.

Karjakin vs Aronian, 2009

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