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Levon Aronian vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack. Grünfeld Gambit Capablanca Variation (D83)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-11  DAVI DE RAFE: aronian aara mon!
Jan-18-11  percyblakeney: Nepomniachtchi made Carlsen's opening against Giri look like a success...
Jan-18-11  Eyal: Well, this was an opening accident pure and simple. An immediate 8...Qb6 is definitely playable in this line, as in several recent games (Opening Explorer), where in case of 9.Qxa8 the white queen would get trapped after the knight on b8 is developed. But following the pawn exchange on d4, 9...Qb6?? just drops the rook, as Black cannot trap the queen anymore because of (e.g.) 10...Nbd7 <11.c5!>.
Jan-18-11  Eyal: Unfortunately for Shipov ("I’d like to pay particular attention to the performance of the newly-crowned Russian Champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi. I’ve trained him, and we’re still in touch – so I’m not going to manage to hide my relationship with him behind the mask of commentator’s impartiality. I’m rooting for Ian!"), that's the game he was commentating on today...

<A bitter and annoying loss – but it’s also very useful for the future. I can only repeat what I said in the introduction about the internal cause of any result. Ian needs to take a responsible approach to making known moves. He needs to spend a couple of seconds longer on each move, maintaining concentration instead of relaxing. Now, though, he should rest and get away from today’s incident. And, when it comes down to it, has anything terrible happened to Ian, if you look at his start as a whole? Not at all! He won a drawn ending against Wang Hao and lost… something he didn’t need to lose, against Aronian. Now Nepomniachtchi is on 50%, and that’s a good starting point for the coming struggle. I wish our favourite spiritual strength! It’s a test of his maturity and strength of character. I’m sure that the new Russian Champion will be able to meet that challenge – the title obliges him to now. Keep it together, Ian! We’re rooting for you…>

Jan-18-11  Marmot PFL: Yesterday he was openly for Shirov so his favorites are suffering.
Jan-18-11  polarmis: At least Giri, another Russian/Shipov favourite, is doing well! :)

Here's my slightly cleaned up version of Sergey Shipov's commentary on this game:

Actually, I might add to it later - apparently Shipov talked to Nepo after the game (he's in good spirits, you'll be glad to know!), so we might get the full story.

Jan-18-11  crazybird: <“As a rule, we don’t make a habit of preparing for blunders.”> Levon Aronian, after this game, when asked if he had prepared against 8..cxd4
Jan-18-11  hedgeh0g: Somebody please arrest this man for child abuse.
Jan-18-11  polarmis: I've updated Shipov's analysis (link just a little above) to include what Nepomniachtchi told him after the game. It wasn't just a question of mixing up preparation - Nepo took the crazy (at least in hindsight) decision to come up with something new at the board in a very sharp line of the Grunfeld! There was a minor hole in his idea :)
Jan-18-11  kdogphs: I looked at this game and thought one of my students had replaced Ian... this was just awful...
Jan-18-11  Eyal: <[Nepo's] idea was that after 10. Qxa8 Nbd7 11. c5 he could play 11…Qxb2, and both the queen and the c1-rook would be under attack. Alas, the fly in the ointment was that the exchange of pawns also meant the c1-rook is now protected by the f4-bishop – and Black’s completely lost.> (as reported by Shipov)
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  Penguincw: Aronian gets both rooks on the 7th rank.This reminds me when Topalov places both his rooks on the 7th rank in his first game against Anand in the World Championship 2010.Game:Topalov vs Anand, 2010.
Jun-15-11  notyetagm: Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011

<Eyal: [Nepo's] idea was that after 10. Qxa8 Nbd7 11. c5 he could play 11…Qxb2, and both the queen and the c1-rook would be under attack. <<<Alas, the fly in the ointment was that the exchange of pawns also meant the c1-rook is now protected by the f4-bishop – and Black’s completely lost.>>> (as reported by Shipov)>

The blunder 8 ... c5xd4?? 9 e3xd4 is the first example covered by GM Maurice Ashley in his new chessbase video.

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8 ... c5xd4?? 9 e3xd4 <line-opening: c1-f4>

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<GM Maurice Ahsley - What GM's don't see Vol.2: Discovered Attack>

Jun-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: WHAT GMS DON'T SEE, VOLUME 2: DISCOVERED ATTACK

Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 8 ... c5xd4?? 9 e3xd4 opens c1-h6 diagonal, protecting c1-rook

Jun-13-13  notyetagm: Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011

GM Maurice Ahsley - What GM's don't see Vol.2: Discovered Attack ->

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