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Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-24
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Jan-24-12  Knight13: Caruana was already lost before move thirty.

Shows what Aronian can do.

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  Gypsy: <Knight13: Caruana was already lost before move thirty. > Twenty.
Jan-24-12  Knight13: <Gypsy> You're right. Black's piece coordination is already destroyed by then.
Jan-24-12  harish22: That was awesome performance. I was looking for the mistake and looks like Bb4 was the mistake which allowed opening the b file. just awesome tactical game. I hope Caruna would have played 14 .. Qb8 and returned material.
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  Penguincw: Aronian's win puts Caruana out of the main race for first. Also, Carlsen had a surprising loss putting him 1 point ahead of the field.

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Jan-24-12  sicilianhugefun: Beautiful Chess! Morozevich style
Jan-24-12  teken: Aronian is prving to be stronger
Jan-24-12  roninmb: Hmmmm. Things aren't so simple. Looks Aronian had a decisive advantage after 25. Qxa7 but wasn't able to find the right plan to realization. It was obvious, especially between moves 30 and 40, that he was struggling to solve the black chain c5 d4 e3 problem. Though the worst move was 39.g4 where Caruana had the opportunity to play Nxg4. One of the sharp possibilities which would arise is 40.Bxg4 hxg4 41.Qb1 Qxc4 42.Qe4 Kg8 43.Qe8+ Kg7 44.Qe7 e2 45.Qf6+ Kg8 46.Rb1 Kh7 47.Kf2 d3 48.Rb8 e1Q+ 49.Kxe1 Qc1+ 50.Kf2 Qd2+ 51.Kg3 Qe3+ 52.Kxg4 Qg1+ 53.Kh3 and it's still far from over.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 3...e5 was premature, unless theory has changed a lot since my playing days. It's too easy for White to blow up the center with 4.e3 and 5.d4.
Jan-25-12  kereru: @Englishman 3...e5 is not the most popular move, but a quick click on "find similar games" will show that plenty of strong GM's are prepared to play the black side in this line. Probably just a matter of taste.
Mar-01-12  kurtrichards: The only loss of Fabiano at Tata Steel 2012 which booted him out of the race for first. But the last four rounds were remarkable, Fabiano scoring 3.5/4 with wins from Topalov, Giri and Gelfand. Navara escaped with a draw.

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