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Levon Aronian vs Zhao Zong-Yuan
Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Sep-22
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0



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Sep-23-10  pulsar: Position after 20...h6:

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Aronian played the audacious 21.Rc1, commencing a tremendous attack against Black's King.

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Sep-23-10  pulsar: *21.Rh1*

Silly. :)

Sep-23-10  arsen387: Silly? is that just your opinion or chess engine's?

Actually the attack that he gets looks very strong, e.g if after 21.Rh1 black will continue with hxg5 then 22.hxg5 g6 23.Qf3 threatening the very strong Rh8+ Kxh8 Qxf7 with a mate to follow, I can't see any defense against this which doesn't weaken the position even more. Also the move 25...c5 which at first glance looks like a blunder allowing the N to come to d6 via b5 is also almost forced, blacks want to defend the e6 pawn whose weakness can be fatal because of white's threat 26.Qh5 g6 27.Qxg6 Rg7 28.Qxe6+ and it's over very soon.

Sep-23-10  pulsar: <arsen387: Silly? is that just your opinion or chess engine's? > LOL! I only said that because I put "21.Rc1" above, hence "Silly (me)." :)

I agree that the attack looks strong after that.

Sep-23-10  arsen387: lol :)

also, I was just watching chessbase's report about second round of the Olympiad and there 21.Rh1 was awarded an exclamation mark, so it's really a great move

Sep-23-10  twinlark: I can't believe Zhao fell for this hackneyed attack; he must have experienced a bad case of being overawed by the world number 4's obviously aggressive intent.

The critical position comes after 22. e5:

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It's not like White is actually threatening anything. It just looks ominous, like he's threatening to threaten something really dire...Zhao obliges by suiciding with 22...f5?? and it's all over Red Rover after 23. Qh5.

Why not simply 22...Nd5. What does White have that's forcing let alone decisive?

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It's a shame as Zhao's a lot better than this.

And contrary to Chessbase's article on the second round, Zhao's not "Australian-based", he's a fair dinkum Aussie citizen.

Sep-23-10  carlsen o: after 25}...c5 maybe there is more solution.
26}Rh8+ K:h8 27}Qh5+ Kg8 28}g6 Nf6! 29}e:f g:f 30}Rh1 Bg7 31}Qh7++ and the game is over
the game is shorter but not forse

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