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Levon Aronian vs Pavel Eljanov
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 10, Apr-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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Apr-26-09  brucejavier: 1sttt and aronian takes the lead
Apr-26-09  jmboutiere: 11. Qb4 ♘
(11. e3 {} O-O 12. Bd3 Ne4 13. O-O Nb6 14. Be5 Nc4 15. Bd4 Qc7 16. Qc2 Re8 17. Rfb1 b6 18. Rb4 Bd7 19. Rxc4 dxc4 20. Bxe4 Bc6 21. Bxh7+ ... 1-0, Gual ♙ascual Antonio (ES♙) 2448 - Gonzalez Freixas Albert (ES♙) 2153, ♗arbera (Spain) 1993) b6 ?!
(12... Nxc3 {} 13. e3 a6 14. Bd6 Qxb4 15. Bxb4 Ne4 16. a4 Ne5 17. f3 Nf6 18. Rc1 Bd7 19. Kf2 Nc6 20. Nxc6 Bxc6 21. Bd3 Nd7 22. a5 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:19.35) +0.47|d20 white stands slightly better) (15... g6 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:01.11) +0.76|d16 White has the upper hand) 18. e3 ?!
(18. O-O-O {} Rd8 19. Rxd5 Nf6 20. Bh4 Rxd6 21. Bxf6+ Kd7 22. Rxd6+ Kxd6 23. e4 Ba6 24. Bxa6 Rxa6 25. Rd1+ Kc6 26. Be5 Ra7 27. Rd6+ Kb5 28. a4+ Kxa4 29. Rxb6 Nc5 30. Bd4 Rc7 31. Kd2 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.00) +1.23|d18 White has the upper hand) f5 ?!
(20... f6 {} 21. Nb5 Bxb5 22. Bxb5 Ne5 23. Rhc1 Rac8 24. Bf1 Rc6 25. a4 Nc4 26. Rd1 Na3 27. Rb3 Nc4 28. Rb5 Nc5 29. e4 Nxa4 30. exd5 Rcc8 31. Rb3 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:12.12) +0.22|d20 equal chances) Kf7 ?
(30... Kf8 {} 31. Bf3 Ra2+ 32. Kd1 Rc8 33. Bf6 Rcc2 34. Rxb6 Rf2 35. Ke1 Rfc2 36. Rb1 Ke8 37. Bd5 Re2+ 38. Kf1 Rac2 39. Bc3 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.01) +0.23|d18 equal chances) (33. Rb7+ !? {} 33... Kh6 34. Rc7 Rb8 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:01.30) +2.15|d19 White has a decisive advantage) Kh6 34. Rc6 Ra7 ?!
(34... Rf8 {} 35. Be5 Rd8+ 36. Kc2 Rd7 37. Bf6 Rb4 38. Bc3 Rbb7 39. Bxa5 Ra7 40. Be6 Rdb7 41. Bc3 Rc7 42. Rd6 Ra3 43. Bb3 Raa7 44. Rb6 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.28) +1.44|d17 White has the upper hand) 36. Ke1 ?!
(36. Be2+ {} Kh6 37. Bg5+ Kg7 38. Bc4 Rd7+ 39. Ke2 Ra7 40. Kd3 Rd7+ 41. Ke2 Ra7 42. Kd3 Rd7+ 43. Ke2 Ra7 44. Kd3 Rd7+ 45. Ke2 Ra7 46. Kd3 Rd7+ 47. Ke2 Ra7 48. Kd3 Rd7+ 49. Ke2 Ra7 50. Kd3 Rd7+ 51. Ke2 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.42) +2.33|d17 White has a decisive advantage) Rb7 ?
(36... Rxc4 {} 37. Rxc4 a4 38. Rc2 Ra6 39. Bd8 Ra8 40. Be7 Re8 41. Rc7 Ra8 42. Ba3 Kxh4 43. Rxh7+ Kg3 44. Kf1 Ra6 45. Rh3+ Kg4 46. Kf2 Rc6 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.44) +1.12|d18 White has the upper hand) 37. Kf2 Rab4 38. Bg5 Rb2+ 39. Be2+ Rxe2+ 40. Kxe2 Kg4 41. Kf2 Rb2+ 42. Kg1 Kg3 43. Bf4+ Kxh4 44. Rc7 h5 {? 44. Rc7 h5 ?
(44... a4 {} 45. Rxh7+ Kg4 46. Ra7 g5 47. Rg7 a3 48. Bxg5 Kh5 49. Bf6 Re2 50. Rg5+ Kh6 51. Rxf5 Kg6 52. Rf3 a2 53. Kf1 Rc2 54. e4 Rc4 55. Rf4 Rc1+ ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.04) +1.27|d15 White has the upper hand) 45. Rc4 Rb4 46. Rd4 g5 47. Bd6+ Rxd4 48. exd4 Kg4 49. d5 f4 50. Bxf4 (50... Kf5 51. d6 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.00) +3.36|d16 White has a decisive advantage) 1-0 [1-0]
Apr-26-09  notyetagm: Aronian is just so *damn* strong!



In the Ragozin Defense Levon created non-trivial problems for the opponent with his novelty 11.Qb4! I think Pavel’s reaction wasn’t optimal. Instead of 11…Ne4 much stronger is 11…a5!, for instance, 12.Qd4 b6!, and Black can castle and develop the bishop to a6. The Black’s knight arrived to e4, but it only provoked the raid of its White counterpart. White placed his knight to d6 and got strong pressure on Black’s weak pawns. Eljanov initiated exchanges, <<<after which Aronian’s bishops began to dominate.>>> Black’s 29…Nfe4+ was played out of desperation. Aronian confidently converted the decisive advantage.>

Apr-26-09  notyetagm: Another dominant <BISHOP PAIR> on an open board.

39 ♗c4-e2+

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Apr-26-09  notyetagm: The <BISHOP PAIR> is just *killing* people at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009).

E Alekseev vs Karjakin, 2009

45 ♗f2-b6

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Aronian vs Eljanov, 2009

39 ♗c4-e2+

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Apr-26-09  shintaro go: Breakaway pawn wins
Apr-27-09  notyetagm: 50 ?

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50 ♗d6xf4! 1-0

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Does Aronian's 50 ♗d6xf4! remind anyone of Shirov's famous ... ♗h3!! move?

Aronian moves the White d6-bishop out of the way of the passed White d5-pawn <WITH TEMPO>, <CAPTURING> the Black f4-pawn. A fine example of the <CLEARANCE> theme, getting out of the way with a <GAIN OF TIME>, here a <CAPTURE>.

Apr-27-09  Vasilyev90: levon the great!!!
Apr-27-09  notyetagm: <Vasilyev90: levon the great!!!>

Yes, I am really curious to see who will become World Champion first: Carlsen, Aronian, Karjakin, Caruana, So, Hou Yifan, or Giri. :-)

Apr-29-09  shintaro go: Its fair to say that the more experienced batch of Carlsen, Aronian, and Karjakin should yield the next world champion. Caruana, So, Yifan and Giri (and soon Nyzhnyk) must wait in line.

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