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Alexander Grischuk vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2011), Kazan RUS, rd 1, May-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-08-11  Gogia: that was fast
May-08-11  AndrewMD: Not for a World Championship. No effort in this game.
May-08-11  Robyn Hode: It looks like only Kamsky and Topalov are interested is putting forth an effort to win.
May-08-11  chesstyro: 17 moves? joke.
May-08-11  cjgone: 17 moves...come on... ._.
May-08-11  hedgeh0g: Both players obviously seem to fancy their chances in the rapid tiebreaks. Grischuk may be a strong blitz player, but Aronian is Blitz WC and a formidable player under rapid time controls.
May-08-11  Pygeum Lycopene: i think both guys realized they had another day of grueling chess ahead of them and just wanted a semi off day to rest up. had leven been white today, my guess it would've been just like game 1 and 3. he was playing black and just wanted some sleep.
May-08-11  HolyKnight: I think Grischuk should of tryed his best to win today. Never waste a white opening.
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  offramp: A game that shows good judgement from Grischuk. He obviously fancied his chances in the rapid games and he was right!
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  offramp: Here is a very good prediction, from World Championship Candidates (2011)

< Refused: < Peligroso Patzer: <Anatoly21: *** I think the fact that Aronian has lost only two classical games in the past eighteen months demonstrates his truly impressive strength lately. Add youth, motivation, and plenty of time to prepare, and I think he's got the edge.> Another factor favoring Aronian is that he is very strong in both rapid and blitz formats. The short matches at regular TC, followed by resort to a rapid/then (if needed) blitz/and finally (if needed) Armageddon tie-break format could hurt some players, especially Topalov.>

Depends on who meets in Blitz.

If he doesn't get Grischuk done with regular time controls or the rapid games, this will become a real coin flip, since Grischuk is an excellent Blitz player.

Radja (if he survives round one) is also a great Blitz player. And Kramnik is not a particularly weak Blitz player neither.

The other 4 might be a bit less dangerous in Blitz games, but a showdown against Kramnik down to Blitz is not a totally unlikely scenario.>


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