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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Levon Aronian
FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009), Jermuk ARM, rd 5, Aug-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-09  Marmot PFL: Excellent game by Kasimdzhanov, one of the best of the tournament.
Aug-13-09  Karnatakiaditya: Brilliant!
Aug-13-09  ROADDOG: Hats off to Kas for beating one of the hottest players in the world right now.
Aug-14-09  messachess: Patients, judgment and judicious sac.'ing of material--wins. Congrats.
Aug-14-09  euripides: 12.b4 varies on

Anand vs Aronian, 2009

Kazimdzhanov offers his b4 pawn and then plays on the slight awkwardness of the Black pieces. 19.e6 is pretty (I wonder if it was prepared), leaving Black looking a bit loose for the rest of the game, though Aronian fights all the way. At the end White threatens Rf7 and 41...Kg8 allows 42.Qa8 winning.

Aug-14-09  Davolni: Levon was outplayed so easily. looks like it was totally the opposite... Just by looking at the game, one would think he's got white...
Aug-14-09  euripides: ... actually, I find from the tournament site that 19.e6 varied from a game between Svidler and Kariakin:

Aug-14-09  euripides: ...Svidler played e6 a move later:

Svidler vs Karjakin, 2008

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  Troller: 19.e6 is the novelty, deviating from Svidler vs Karjakin, 2008

This move was obviously prepared. After a long thought Aronian tries to enter well-known waters with the risky 20..Qc5 (instead of the more natural ..Qd6), but with the exchange on e6 having already taken place, Black's position is rather loose. Still, the position should be defendable, but Black commits some inaccuracies (24..Bc8! could have covered some of the critical squares and activated the bishop), and White exploits ruthlessly. A strong effort by Kasimdzhanov.

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  Troller: Whoa, too late! A bit funny that the stem game was played in a previous FIDE GP.
Aug-15-09  Ulhumbrus: For several moves after taking the pawn on b4, Black's Queen is tied to the defence of the Bishop on b4 and so not free to attend to any second task.

Eventually 21 Qb3 forks the bishop on b4 and the e6 pawn.

Aug-20-09  positionalgenius: a great game here
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  whiteshark: excerpt from an Kasimdzhanov interview at Jermuk:

Q: What is the role of computers in your preparation. Do you rely on the evaluations of chess engines?

A: <Computer plays an enormous role in my life. I follow the innovations and recommendations of chess programs. They are simply great helpers. For me it is important to create positions where I feel comfortable, regardless of the exact computer evaluation.

<For example, the position that I have prepared in the game against Aronian, the computer considered black’s position to be advantageous.

<Anyway, people are not computers and I understood that for me it would be easier to navigate better through the expected difficulties, as I had studied the analysis beforehand.>>>

May-23-15  TheFocus: <I have always liked to play stronger players. Concentration is essential for playing chess well, and I find it much easier to give my full attention to the game if I expect no mistakes from my opponent, and no mercy> - Rustam Kasimdzhanov on playing Levon Aronian at Jermuk (New In Chess, issue #7, page 42).

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