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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik
Botvinnik Memorial Rapid (2011) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Sep-03
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-03-11  Ulhumbrus: The finale of the game suggests that after 35 Kf2 White's King threatens to march not just to f4 but from there to c7. In order to answer this threat it may be necessary for Black to threaten to capture the d7 pawn as quickly as possible and so to play, instead of 34...f5, 34...Kf8 eg 35 Kg3 Ke7
Sep-04-11  sevenseaman: Kramnik has been truly outplayed here.
Sep-04-11  Rook e2: English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation

Is the 'Carls' named after Carlsen?

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: My guess would be it's named after Carl Johan Margot Carls.
Sep-05-11  polarmis: This game was stopped after 18.Rfe1 for the players to comment (in Russian). It was Aronian's first and last chance to speak at the Botvinnik Memorial. It also included the funniest moment of the day:

<Levitov: Could you say something about the opening?

Aronian: Unfortunately my other games were more interesting (smiles), as I see it. But the sporting component is also a factor. Generally, weve played quite a rare variation. Vladimir played a move I dont know very well. It seemed to me that with the move 16.Ne4 I started to play more carefully, but Vladimir played Qg6 and for now Im happy. It seems to me that at this point Ive managed to achieve something. But as the previous games showed, my feelings might be deceiving me a little.

Levitov: What are your immediate plans now?

Aronian: In principle plays very concrete here. If Vladimir manages to develop then he cant possibly have any problems. My plans to keep the queens on and to worry his queen on g6. Ideally Id maybe put my rook on g3, and try and stop him developing his bishop to a comfortable position.

Levitov: You evaluate the position as slightly better?

Aronian: In any case I'm not at any great risk.

And then Kramnik:

Levitov: Could you say something about the opening?

Kramnik: We played a variation of the English Opening that was popular in the 80s but is now half-forgotten. White maintains some pressure. Usually he gets to keep a couple more pieces while I managed to exchange a knight for his bishop using an accurate move order, which is good, overall. But still, White maintains some pressure. Black needs to play accurately to completely equalise. Now, at this moment, Im inclined to play 18Bf5 and commence very concrete play, because Im threatening to exchange the bishop for the knight when itll definitely be drawn. So, more likely than not, the knight will retreat. But there are some very sharp variations there. It could start, lets say, with 19.Ng3, and the principled move is 19Bd3 to try and take the pawn, though White can play 20.Qe5 there, and for example, 20Bxc4 21.Nf5 and jump around like that. On the other hand, theres 21Kh8. For now it seems to me that Black holds there. Its a little dangerous, but on the other hand I might be able to seize the initiative if Whites play dies down. For now Im inclined towards 18Bf5 but of course in principle you can play some calmer move, 18b6 or 18Bd7. Theres nothing terrible for Black. I still prefer 18Bf5 but Ill think about it a bit.

Levitov: And how do you evaluate the position?

Kramnik: Its a little bit better for

Here Aronian indicates that he can hear!

Kramnik (loudly): Blacks got a big edge! (laughter and applause)>

All the comments on Day 2 of the Botvinnik Memorial:

Sep-11-11  Piewalker: I briefly reviewed this game with only a little analysis here on YouTube:
Nov-12-16  Saniyat24: White is initiating all the attack in the middle game, making Black play a very passive game. Black's bishop is moving around and not doing much, and the Black Queen is sitting there, only guarding the bishop.

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