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Boris Gelfand vs Levon Aronian
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 9, Apr-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: "This game is theoretically important. Aronian made a very strong novelty in the Vienna Variation of the Queen’s Gambit – <19…Rg8!>, and it forced Gelfand to fall asleep at the board!

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An hour and a half was spent for a good reason. It was a heroic effort in Lev Polugaevsky’s style! The exchange sacrifice <24.Rxe4!> forced Black to fight for a draw.

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And the Armenian grandmaster succeeded: he returned the extra material and proceeded to a dull rook ending."

-- Sergey Shipov

Apr-25-09  pankajdaga: After 11. Bxf6, can't black take on c3 with the queen?
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  whiteshark: <pankajdaga: <After 11. Bxf6, can't black take on c3 with the queen?>>

There is a 'forced sequence of moves' after that, <12.Kf1 Bxb5+ 13.Nxb5 Qxf6 14.Nc7+ Ke7 15.Nxa8>

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Both Kings are stuck in the middle and White is ♖:♘+♙ up (if Na8 get lost). I'd prefer the white side as there a enough open files for the rooks.

Apr-25-09  Chlipchlop: After 11. Bxf6 Qxc3 12. Kf1 I don't see why 12. ...Bxb5 is forced, as it helps white to replace the knight for Nc7. Why not then simply play 12. ... gxBf6 ?
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  whiteshark: <Chlipchlop: <Why not then simply play 12. ... gxBf6 ?>>

After <13.Rc1!> you're going to lose the other rook via a Rc8 check, e.g <13...Qb4 14.Rc8+ Ke7 15.Rxh8 Bxb5+ 16.Nxb5 Qxb5+ 17.Kg1> (threating 18.Qd8#)

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Apr-25-09  Chlipchlop: You're right.
Haven't seen that here

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Rc8 ! is deadly.
Then ...BxB5+ is more or less needed in this variation, and it would just be too dangerous. Aronian did well to be cautious...

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