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Levon Aronian vs Anish Giri
20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) (blindfold), Monaco MNC, rd 1, Mar-12
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-11  YourNickname: Aaaaaaaaaaaah Dammit.
Mar-12-11  jmactas: Poor Anish, he had that won.
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  Domdaniel: I don't think Giri's position, after winning the Queen, was so simple. Paradoxically, he might have had better ways to win.

Much the same happened to me about 25 years ago, playing a much higher rated opponent who blundered his Queen for two pieces. His Bishops knocked me around the board for 20-odd moves, before his passed pawn forced me to resign. I didn't even have to blunder: a Queen simply isn't that big an advantage, versus two strong Bishops plus passed pawn (with Rook support).

Afterwards, he jokingly thanked me for helping him to find the 'brilliant' Queen sac.

Of course Giri could have drawn, but it's hard to settle for a draw when you seem to have a large material advantage.

Easily the best game of the round, though. Flawed, but dazzling.

Mar-12-11  Hovik2009: really amazing game to follow live, I was really excited to the outer limits, who was that ignorant who said that chess is boring?!
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  moronovich: <Dom> And Kasparovs first trainer joking and serious told the young promise to sack his queen as early as possible cause it is such a troublesome and fragile piece which merely causes the enemy to chase it and win the important tempos and later the game ;)

And the rest is history..

Mar-12-11  luzhin: 40.Ke3 turning down a draw was a great example of Aronian's fighting spirit. Giri almost immediately went wrong with 42...Rg5? although even after the sucker-punch 43.Be7! he could have kept drawing chances with 43...Rxd5 44.Bxd8 Rxd7. Great recovery by the Armenian magician, especially after Giri missed the crushing 27...Nxg2 28.Kxg2 Re8!
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  Penguincw: At first I thought 15.g4 was weak.But,in the game,it was strong.
Mar-13-11  TheoNov: Aronian's "key" move 25.c5 is objectively bad. Yes, too bad for Giri that he missed 27...Nxg2
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  Bishoprick: I believe there's a variation on the black side of the King's Indian in which Bronstein discovered that a Queen vs. 2 strong bishops didn't fare all that well. It was quite popular for awhile.
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  moronovich: <Bishopprick> you are right -and it shows up occasionally.

First was Amsterdam 1956.
The motif is -Qh4+.g3-Nxg3.Qf2-NxBf1.QxQh4,Bxe3 and black has changed the Q for 2 bishops and a pawn.

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  moronovich: correction:should end with -NxBe3
Mar-21-11  tonymontaro: What's wrong with 5. Nxe5?
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  chancho: 5.Nxe5 Qe7 with the black threat of Nf3#
6.f4 protecting the Knight messes up the pawn structure for White. 6...d6 chasing the Knight, etc.
Mar-25-11  abuzic: 30...Qf4!?, is it any better?
Mar-25-11  Garech: Aronian is just incredible - in a league of his own at the moment. I really am reminded of Fischer.


Mar-25-11  BobCrisp: Based on his rapidplay score, in what league would you consider <Carlsen>?
Mar-25-11  Garech: Well, on his rapidplay score, he too is in a league of his own. Given a match basis, it would be very close between the two of them. As I've said before, it's a great shame that Magnus isn't competing in the Candidate's Tournament. One can only assume it's Kasparov's influence, but I think Magnus will sorely regret his decision next year.


Mar-25-11  BobCrisp: Could they be in the same league then?
Mar-25-11  Garech: It's hard to say, because in the debate above we were talking about rapidplay. However, in proper tournament conditions, I think we can expect to see both players remaining in the top ten - at worst - for the next decade. Kramnik may fade out a little sooner, but he is still a great - and one always has to keep an eye on Mamedyarov, he's a dark horse and could come out on top in the Candidate's matches too. A Mamedyarov - Aronian final would be quite something.


Mar-25-11  BobCrisp: So both players are part of a bigger league. It's all becoming completely unclear.

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