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Levon Aronian vs Emil Sutovsky
World Team Championship (2011), Ningbo CHN, rd 1, Jul-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Jul-17-11  Anatoly21: First look analysis of a pretty entertaining game.

9.Nd2? While not technically a novelty, it is a relatively rare move. 9.Qd2 is much better and for good reason. Black just fails to find the correct continuation later.

10...dxe3? Throwing away equality and giving White the advantage. 10... Qd8! was correct here. For example, 11.cxd4 O-O 12.Rb1 b6 13.Be2 Bb7 and White can only claim a slight advantage. After this blunder, White remains in control for the rest of the game.

13.Kxe3!?. Interesting. 13.Qa4!? Nc6 was another way to go.

19...Be6?! This exchange only helps White with his attack. Better seems 19...Bc8!? since Black keeps the two bishops, threatens Bxf2, and White still has to prove that his Queen is worth a bishop, a knight, and two pawns. White still has the advantage, but considering how things go after 19...Be6, it must be losing.

26...Bd4?! Why not just 26...Nf4!?, trying to hold on to the weak e6 point? Sure, it doesn't save, but you can't just give the point to Aronian for free ...

The entire combination beginning at 27.Qxe6 is sheer genius, especially 29.g3!

All in all, a very instructive game by the Armenian master.

Jul-17-11  Kinan: Not much to analyze, Sutovsky made an unsound queen sacrifice and when couldn't justify he resigned quickly.
Jul-17-11  polarmis: Sutovsky and Aronian apparently spent an hour analysing - and decided the sac was fine (whatever the computer says) but 17...Bg4 was the blunder:
Jul-17-11  Kinan: from
Emil Sutovsky: “I simply wanted to play an interesting game”

He knows how to make people forgive him.

Jul-17-11  goodevans: Had Sutovsky played <17 ... Rd7> we might have had a very interesting game indeed.

A missed opportunity for a really great game of chess. I wonder if we'll see <10 dxe3> again any time soon?

Jul-17-11  Hovik2009: I agree with <polarmis>, while 10..dxe3 wasn't the best move but it looks like playable in a bloodbath!, 17...Bg4? was the main blunder, this move doesn't add anything substantial on white's wandering king position
Jul-17-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: RELOAD!

Aronian vs Sutovsky, 2011 34 Rc8-c5+! intends ... Bd4xRc5 Qf8xBc5+, forking Black f2-rook

Jul-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ARONIAN TEACHES TACTICS

Aronian vs Sutovsky, 2011 34 Rc8-c5+! intends ... Bd4xRc5 Qf8xc5+, forking Black f2-rook

Jul-18-11  stst: In addition to the very questionable Q-sac:

@12...Bxa5(N) I would rather take the R@a1, since the N on edge has no immediate effect, and a rook would prove too much for Bk too soon, as it's ready to drive out of the garage!!

Jul-18-11  DrMAL: Well, at least the bishop trade (g4 to e6 take) rook trade (c8 to c1) and silly tactics (Bd4) helped make it quicker.
Oct-29-11  notyetagm: CHESS EVOLUTION September 2011 ->
Nov-08-11  Karpova: Borki Predojevic annotates this game in the Oct-29 edition of Chess Evolution:

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