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Levon Aronian vs Vassily Ivanchuk
European Club Cup (2010), Plovdiv BUL, rd 3, Oct-19
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  1-0



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Oct-19-10  DUS: It was very interesting to follow this game online. GM Levon Aronian played the most part of the game (last 20-25 moves) with no time, just with the increments for each new move, and it was very impressive to follow that for about a half an hour. His brain is a super computer, his nerves are of iron.
Oct-19-10  Ulhumbrus: It is not obvious that the purpose of the pawn sacrifice 25 Nb5!! is to gain the post c4 for White's other N on d2, by removing Black's QB.

After Black accepts the pawn sacrifice by 25...Bxb5 26 axb5 Qxb5, White is going to prepare the move Nc4 by the exchange 27 Bxe5! and Black has no satisfactory to recapture White's QB.

On 27..Rxe5 as in the game, 28 Nc4 forks the R on e5 and the d6 pawn. On 27...dxe5 28 d6 Rd7 29 Nc4 Ne8 30 Qd5+ Kh8 31 Qe6 Rd8 32 Nxe5 Bxe5 33 Qxe5+ Kg8 34 Bd5+ Kf8 35 Qh8 is mate.

Oct-19-10  amateur05: The Nostalgic Bishop ...
Oct-19-10  messachess: Aronian shows that he is a positional player par excellence. After 35.g5, if...Ne8, the simple 36.Bd6+ wins the queen. So, white's 35th is essentially the winning move.
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  tamar: Clash of the Titans!

Aronian wins and nears 2800.

Or has he gone over?

Oct-20-10  Sydro: He is at 2801,1.
Oct-20-10  micartouse: For beauty in chess, a curious fan can refer to the last 20 moves or so of almost any Aronian victory. And who hasn't dreamed of playing a move like 50. Bh1 - Ivanchuk resigns?
Oct-20-10  Atking: 10...Nh5 & 11...Qb6 are not very natural. Queen side pieces are waiting and Ivanchuck started an attack. Was he affected by the speed of play of Aronian as Vachier Lagrave was at the Olympiad? More than Hammer's victory, Ivanchuck looks here to play on his crazy mood "God will come". Busy he didn't. Nevertheless Aronian played it almost perfectly. A great game.
Oct-20-10  Davolni: Does anybody know what the insider story of this game was? It was kind of strange to see Aronian being in a time trouble with white and blitzing out 20 moves on increments only.

While watching the game, I thought Ivanchuk may have prepared a "surprise" for him.

Any ideas?

Oct-24-10  kurtrichards: <36.Bd6+ wins...> messachess meant 36. Bd5+...
Oct-28-10  positionalgenius: excellent positional game. Aronian plays some awesome chess
May-22-11  Pygeum Lycopene: Maybe 24...Nf7 instead of ..b6
Aug-30-12  Abdel Irada: <Atking: 10...Nh5 & 11...Qb6 are not very natural.>

Actually, these moves are not only natural, but statistically extremely successful. The first is intended to drive the white bishop off f4, relieving pressure from the d6 pawn; the other is a logical placement for the queen after the bishop attacked it from g5, pressuring White's b-pawn and gaining a tempo.

Aug-30-12  goldenbear: I don't know what's "natural", but I would have preferred 10.Na6.

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