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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Nov-14
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1

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Nov-14-09  notyetagm: 13 ... ?


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13 ... ♕d8-g5!


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<Ulhumbrus: ... The move 13...Qg5! attacks the g2 pawn whereupon 14 Qf1 or 14 Rg1 delay White's development, while 14 g3 weakens the white squares.>

Yes, 13 ... ♕d8-g5! is the kind of good chess move that tactics books don't teach you. 13 ... ♕d8-g5! <FORCES WHITE TO WEAKEN HIS POSITION> to meet the threat of 14 ... ♕g5xg2.

14 g2-g3


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Anand's response, 14 g2-g3, -tremendously- weakened his <KINGSIDE LIGHT SQUARES>. And the result of these <WEAK LIGHT SQUARES>? 15 ... ♕f6-f3, 16 ... ♗c8-g4 and Anand is *humiliated*.

16 ... ♗c8-g4


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13 ... ♕d8-g5!

<*FORCE* YOUR OPPONENT TO WEAKEN HIS POSITION>

<*FORCE* YOUR OPPONENT TO MAKE WEAKENING PAWN MOVES>

Nov-14-09  veigaman: <Aronian has a great score against Anand, but he has to prove that he can beat everyone else> he has showed lot of times

<get to the finals (a World Championship match) before he can claim the crown> fide organization doesnt help too much

I like aronian chess approach: fresh, creative, witty, spontaneous and natural.

Nov-14-09  veigaman: it looks bad to me 10. e6??? if anyone can evaluate this move, i would appreciate it. What about 10. f4 for whites? with the idea of reforcing the central pawn structure?

thanks in advance mates

Nov-14-09  donehung: Wow,one Mr.Topalov should hire Aronian as a second.
Nov-14-09
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  tpstar: Remember Anand plays 1. e4 ten times more than 1. d4 Repertoire Explorer: Viswanathan Anand (white)

One trend whenever top GMs err in the opening is missing unconventional moves like 13 ... Qg5 which breaks the rules of development (Queen out too soon) but creates a direct tactical threat against g2 while preventing 14. 0-0 due to 14 ... Bh3 winning the exchange. Maybe White should have tried the ugly 14. Kf1 which at least avoids all those light square weaknesses for the time being. After 14. g3 then 14 ... Qf6 also breaks the rules (moving the same piece twice) but prepares 15 ... Qf3 while threatening 15 ... b4 winning material due to the pin on the Nc3. Then 15. Bb2 Qf3 16. Rg1 (16. 0-0?? Bh3 mates) Bg4 and Black has a strategically superior game.

Get 'em next time, Anand. =)

Nov-14-09  JaneEyre: Vishy's greatest disaster with White since he lost in 25 moves in Anand vs Kasparov, 1995. Both times, he plays b3 and gets his king stuck in the middle.
Nov-14-09  notyetagm: Final position

25 ... c5-c6 0-1


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One chess idea kept playing through my mind as I played over this game: <A WEAKNESS IS *NOT* A WEAKNESS UNLESS IT CAN BE EXPLOITED>.

The Black king arrives on the f7-square on move 11, after 11 e6xf7+ ♔e8xf7.

11 ... ♔e8xf7


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White never manages to get even a *single* <CHECK> against the "exposed" Black f7-king!

Meanwhile Anand (White) loses a *miniature*(!) because his White e1-king is <TRAPPED IN THE CENTER>.

But wait. How can the "exposed" Black f7-king not be weak while the "sheltered" White e1-king be a huge weakness?

<It all boils down to <<<A WEAKNESS IS *NOT* A WEAKNESS UNLESS IT CAN BE ATTACKED>>>: the "exposed" Black f7-king is *not* a weakness because White cannot attack it. In contrast, the "sheltered" White e1-king *is* a weakness *precisely* because Black can attack it.>

Nov-14-09  notyetagm: The position Black gets in the game continuation given by <CHESSOK RYBKA> is just incredible.

http://www.chessok.com/broadcast/?k...

25. Qb6 ?

(25. Qxa6 {} h5 26. Kf1 Re7 27. Rg1 Rhe8 28. Qd3 Kg8 29. Qd4 Bd6 30. Na4 Bh2 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.30) -2.18|d13 Black has a decisive advantage)

c5

(26. Qxa6 d4 27. Qd3 <<<Rhe8>>> 28. Kf1 dxc3 29. Qxd7+ Bxd7 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:09.08) -3.90|d18 Black has a decisive advantage)

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27 ... ♖h8-e8


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My, grandma, what big <PIECE ACTIVITY> and <COORDINATION> you have.

Incredible position of <BLACK PIECE POWER>.

Nov-14-09  WiseWizard: more and more these grandmasters are showing how human they really are when they dont have their homework protecting them and they have to see the position with fresh eyes and find plans otb they fail. anand goes down in flaming defeat just like ponomariov vs carlsen. Although in this case Aronian was on his turf Anand showed inablity to adapt. The masters of old had more fortitude in these situations. Proves once again the power and importance of preparation.
Nov-14-09  VaselineTopLove: I think too much reliance on computers and on seconds makes many players unable to think for themselves when facing new positions. Although there really should be no "new position" for established Super GMs and they should be able to use their experience and chess logic in finding moves that at least hold, if not the best reply at least in the opening phase of the game.
Nov-14-09  VaselineTopLove: Anand should cross-check what his seconds suggest to him. Even in his match against Kramnik he took a huge risk by playing a last minute suggestion by Radek. Fortunately for him, it paid off then.
Nov-15-09  notyetagm: <Kaspablanca: Can somebody explain me Anand`s 20th and 21st moves?>

I'll spell it out for you:

D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N

Nov-15-09  Vakus: Nope, Mr. <donehung>, it is Anand who should hire Aronian as a second.
Nov-15-09  sac2win: really horrible game from anand :-(
moves like 12.b3 and 17.a3 proves that
he went in without any preparation.
full marks to aronian though for playing as he usually does against anand with black pieces!!!
Nov-15-09  cadwallon: <notyetagm: A WEAKNESS IS *NOT* A WEAKNESS UNLESS IT CAN BE ATTACKED> I suppose Aronian was thinking of Aronian vs Movsesian, 2008 where he was unable to exploit this weakness as White.
Nov-15-09  cadwallon: I guess that in the final position the reason Rybka suggests ♕xa6 is the threat of ♖e6, trapping the queen. Everyone else has probably already spotted that, but I thought I'd point it out for the patzers like me :-)
Nov-15-09  cadwallon: <donehung: Wow,one Mr.Topalov should hire Aronian as a second> If I were Aronian, I would be very keen for Anand to remain World Champion... until 2011, at least ;-)
Nov-15-09  A Karpov Fan: What happened here is Anand had White in a *must win* situation, but it was right at the end of the event where he has suffered from fatigue before (Bonn) and he just cracked under the strain of it.

12.b3 is not just a tactical oversight, it shows that he completely misjudged the entire position!

So we have Anand the strong starter and Topalov the strong finisher coming up in a match...could be VERY exciting :-)

Nov-15-09  parisattack: <VaselineTopLove: I think too much reliance on computers and on seconds makes many players unable to think for themselves when facing new positions. Although there really should be no "new position" for established Super GMs and they should be able to use their experience and chess logic in finding moves that at least hold, if not the best reply at least in the opening phase of the game.>

Completely agree, here. The computers are driving the game...you can see it in the type of positions, openings used. The Semi-Slav often results in the type of 'irrational' positions that looks very much computer-driven.

Nov-15-09  notyetagm: <cadwallon: <notyetagm: A WEAKNESS IS *NOT* A WEAKNESS UNLESS IT CAN BE ATTACKED> I suppose Aronian was thinking of Aronian vs Movsesian, 2008 where he was unable to exploit this weakness as White.>

Especially in this game, where after 12 ... ♘c5x♗d3+ White no longer possesses his light-squared bishop.

Nov-16-09
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  Eyal: <At this time, as usual, at the end seat in the back row sits Aruna Anand and reading a book. After a course of Aronian's queen on f3 she raises her eyes, looked at her husband, something to read on his face and starts looking at the position on the monitor. As said in their interviews the world champion, Aruna play chess does not know how, but accurately defines the gestures and posture, that is going on in his head, whether good position. The authors of these lines happened to ascertain the existence of such an unusual phenomenon. So, look at her husband, then on the board, and again at her husband. After that Aruna puts his hand between the pages, and closes the book. All the while, she somehow strained, even compressed. In the press center of the score position was confirmed - in Aronian's obvious superiority.> (http://translate.google.com/transla...)
Nov-16-09  Ishaan: The way Anand has performed in some recent games makes me wonder if he is purposely doing it to hide his preparation for the match against Topalov.
Nov-16-09  Everett: I still don't understand how Topalov deserves a match for the title again after getting beaten by Kramnik. Can someone help me out, as I'm clearly out of the loop.
Nov-19-09
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  Eyal: <The way Anand has performed in some recent games makes me wonder if he is purposely doing it to hide his preparation for the match against Topalov.>

Apart from this game, Anand played overall very well in the Tal Memorial. He was competing for first place until the last round, drew easily most of his games with Black, and won two impressive games with White - the one against Leko involving some fantastic preparation. What happened here might have to do with what seems to be Anand's special difficulties against Aronian with White, as already mentioned, though it has to be pointed out that in none of his previous losses he lost quite like <this>. Anand probably hasn't played the opening so poorly since that other 25-move loss, to Kasparov in the Dragon from the 1995 match, and there's a good chance we won't see again from Anand anything similar until the end of his career.

Nov-20-09  Ulhumbrus: <notyetagm: A WEAKNESS IS *NOT* A WEAKNESS UNLESS IT CAN BE ATTACKED> Suppose that instead of 12 b3? Anand does try to attack Black's King. On 12 Qh5+ Kg8 12 Bc2 White will castle, Black can hardly prevent e4, and Black seems in trouble.

White can plays 12 e4?! at once, but it seems not as good. It is true that on 12 e4 Qe7 13 0-0 dxe4 14 Nxe4 Nxe4 15 Re1 Bf5 16 Qf3 regains the piece and Black is in trouble. However on 12 e3 Nxd3+ 13 Qxd3 Be6 Black may be able to escape.

One reasonable guess is that Anand forgot something.

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