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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Nov-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-12-09  seagull1756: Kramnik has gone totally insane - but I assume he thought his position after pxd4 would be too passive... what happened to him, second youth? )))
Nov-12-09  Ulhumbrus: 18 Nb5 may be the best move
Nov-12-09  seagull1756: I can smell a white rook on the seventh rank in some variations...
Nov-12-09  seagull1756: he's pushing the "c" pawn - again!!!
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  keypusher: Drawn shortly, I expect.
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  Willem Wallekers: Oops, Aronian overlooked 20 c4!
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  tamar: Kramnik is a machine.
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  bernieno: a3 was a mistake according to shredder. But to capitalize, black has to play the less than obvous move ...c4.
Nov-12-09  Marmot PFL: Draw coming soon - I expected a bit more from Aronian but there it is.
Nov-12-09  Ulhumbrus: Aronian has avoided a trap: 21 Nc7 Rc8 22 Rxc4 Bc5! 23 Nb5 Bxf2+ winning the Rook on c4
Nov-12-09  AdrianP: Svidler-Carlsen, please, after the handshake.
Nov-12-09  Fiberking: Pretty weak by Aronian. A3?? Gone is the plus.
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  tamar: The trick was 21 Nd4 Rd5 22 axb4 Rad8 23 Rxc4 b5! and Black is winning.

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  bernieno: a3 looked like a trivial zwischenzug, but it gave away the advantage. That was not easy to see though,.
Nov-12-09  kb2ct:

No play left.


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  OhioChessFan: At lower plies, a3 was Fritz's second choice but that disappeared in a hurry.
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  keypusher: <Fiberking: Hello all. After Nb3, white has a nice little +. Presure on c5 and the black bishop with a possible a3 coming.>

<Fiberking: Pretty weak by Aronian. A3?? Gone is the plus.>

Ah, the pleasures of hindsight.

Nov-12-09  Jack Kerouac: You may draw the bath, Hines.
Nov-12-09  PinnedPiece: Holy cow I overestimated the draw by two moves.
Nov-12-09  Marmot PFL: Could be all draws today, not so surprising after 3 wins yesterday. Ivanchuk-Gelfand is interesting ending but Gelfand probably hold it.
Nov-12-09  netlava: I was looking for a "zwischenzug" but still couldn't see c4.
Nov-12-09  Ulhumbrus: After 12 Rc1 Black's threats upon White's B on d5 and the e5 pawn appear much more quickly than White's threats upon the c5 pawn. An alternative to 12 Rc1 is 12 Qb3 eg 12 Qb3 Nc6 13 0-0
Nov-12-09  VargPOD: A short draw as expected. Hopefully Kramnik uses the energy spared to demolish Leko tomorrow.
Nov-12-09  shintaro go: Kramnik neutralized Aronian with ease.
Dec-07-10  AuN1: supposedly this is a semi-slav, and the last time kramnik has played one in classical chess.
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