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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Levon Aronian
Tal Memorial (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Nov-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  0-1



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Nov-18-11  Ulhumbrus: On 20 f3 h4 fixes the g2 pawn

After 31 f5 the f pawn becomes vulnerable to attack because Black can displace the N on d4 which defends it by ...c5

Nov-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: PDOBP: PAWNS DEFENDED ONLY BY PIECES

<Ulhumbrus: On 20 f3 h4 fixes the g2 pawn.

After 31 f5 the f pawn becomes vulnerable to attack because Black can displace the N on d4 which defends it by ...c5>

<Aronian was always in very good shape, and first White's e-pawn and then his f-pawn got into trouble. Aronian picked up the latter, and collected more weaknesses along the way.>

Instructive play by Aronian against the White e- and f- pawns.

Nov-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: PDOBP: PAWNS DEFENDED ONLY BY PIECES

Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2011 Aronian instructively targets the White e- and f-pawns

Nov-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRADING ONE ADVANTAGE FOR ANOTHER
Nov-19-11  serenpidity.ejd: "VASSILY IVANCHUK WILL NEVER BE A CHAMP"
Vas can sometimes play remarkable chess and sometimes bad chess. Inconsistent. And boy, this game just made you suck. You played like my next door neighbor. Why did you over-extend the f-pawn? Look what happened. The e and f pawns dropped like bowling balls. What pissed me is that you played f5 without a purpose. As a result of this move you weakened the e-pawn.Terrible.END.
Nov-19-11  Xeroxx: A win with the Berlin Defense? No way.
Nov-19-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRADING ONE ADVANTAGE FOR ANOTHER

Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2011

<Showing instructive technique in a rook ending, Aronian returned his extra material in exchange for tremendously active pieces and dangerous passers, and Ivanchuk had to resign.>

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  sfm: <Xeroxx: A win with the Berlin Defense? No way.> Wekll, just understand the deeper background of the maneuvre Nf6-e4-d6-f5-e7-d5-b4-d5-e7-d5-e7-f5-e7-g6-e5-g6- -e5 and it becomes clear that it must win.
Nov-25-11  serenpidity.ejd: Hey <Mr. Notyetagm> I have a collector's item. Please see Kasparov vs. Torre,1987.
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  kingscrusher: <serenpidity.ejd:> It really isn't as simply as you portray. For black to pressurise the f5 pawn, black had to consider c6-c5 - which does weaken d5 control. It is only because of black having resources like Rh6-c6 if needed to protect against Nf4-d5xc7 that this idea was possible.

There was a great deal of provocation in Black's play, kind of continually saying "come and get me", and in the end Ivanchuk was tempted forward.

Video soon.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Tal Memorial 2011 : Ivanchuk vs Aronian - How to play a very solid weakness-provoking game

Dec-01-11  Ulhumbrus: From an interview given by Levon Aronian to Maria Manakova and published in the chessbase website:

<Which of your games do you consider to be the best?

- My game with Ivanchuk.>

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