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Levon Aronian vs Vassily Ivanchuk
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 6, Apr-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0

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Apr-21-09
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  luzhin: Excellent demonstration by Aronian of the fact that, with Queens, opposite coloured bishops are a great advantage to the attacker. Ivanchuk's 36...fxe5 was a big blunder, allowing 37.Bd3! He had to try 36...Qb7+. However, 36.Bf7 wouldn't work, because of 36...g4+!
Apr-21-09  notyetagm: 36 ... f6xe5?? (RYBKA 3 @ chessok.com)


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<luzhin: Excellent demonstration by Aronian of the fact that, with Queens, opposite coloured bishops are a great advantage to the attacker. <<<Ivanchuk's 36...fxe5 was a big blunder, allowing 37.Bd3!>>> He had to try 36...Qb7+. However, 36.Bf7 wouldn't work, because of 36...g4+!>

Apr-21-09  notyetagm: An excellent <OPPOSITE-COLORED BISHOPS> attack by Aronian.
Apr-22-09  messachess: I would say that this is a bit of genius by Aronian.
Apr-28-09
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  Gilmoy: Chessgames.com's Spring Newsletter short-lists this game with the blurb: <Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian played a stunning knight sacrifice (13.Nd5!) against Ivanchuk to gain the lead, and currently is in first place with 6.5/10.> I think his "sac" is not that deep (or interesting): Black's Bc6 is pinned and has no desperado, so it's just a slo-mo exchange, and a lengthy forced-trade line. Aronian does get some free tempi for a slightly more aggressive Q+B posting, so he invades behind Ivanchuk's pawns first. Maybe you have to be a GM to see on 13 that <27.Qe4> is worth playing into. (And, heck, maybe it was only good enough for a draw, after all, but Ivanchuk blundered later.)

Wry point: Imagine a patzer who sees only far enough to notice that he's getting his piece back, and pushes wood without a 2-ply plan from 13 to 27. Surprise: He also ends up at <27.Qe4> because, you know, patzer sees threat, patzer makes threat.

Apr-28-09  whatthefat: <Gilmoy: Wry point: Imagine a patzer who sees only far enough to notice that he's getting his piece back, and pushes wood without a 2-ply plan from 13 to 27. Surprise: He also ends up at <27.Qe4> because, you know, patzer sees threat, patzer makes threat.>

Granted it's not the most incredible sacrifice of all time, but to play 13.Nd5 it's necessary to at least examine the game continuation up to the 18th move.

Apr-29-09  aktajha: The most difficult in this case for me would be t judge if there was some sort of advantage after all exchanges
Apr-30-09  musterlukas: Hi, if You leave Your pawn on f7,g6,h5 You can't loose this position
May-01-09  gabikiwi: a chess lesson a la Karpov.
Feb-26-10  jmboutiere: 13 Nd5 +0.34 Rybka 3
22.Rd1 +0.04
36 ...fe5 + 10.26; 36...Qg7 +0.30

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