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Levon Aronian vs David Navara
"The Guns of Navaro" (game of the day Apr-11-2021)
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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  LIFE Master AJ: White got a terrible opening - it all started there.
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  LIFE Master AJ: No advantage at all after about 23 moves ...
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  LIFE Master AJ: Aroninan was (is) the leader before this game, Navara was the tail-ender ... draw whatever conclusion you like ...
Jan-27-12  capanegra: Please watch David Navara's comments after the game, and tell me if you wouldn't like to give a big hug to the guy.
Jan-27-12  Reisswolf: I'll bet right about now Aronian is wishing that he could end the tournament by playing black against Anand, just to guarantee the point for himself.
Jan-27-12  Ulhumbrus: 8 Bb5+ loses time. It induces the move 8...c6 and prevents the move ..Nc6, but the a pawn is not placed all that nadly on c6 and the knight can develop to a6 instead.

9 Ng5? starts an attack before the opening is even over, and this before Black has made any mistake. It is an unsound attack, then, one which can be expected to fail and does. This displaces a defender of White's centre and because the d4 pawn lacks this defender, this will lead to another concession.

10 Be2 exchanges bishops but it is the consequence of the premature knight attack because the d4 pawn is attacked as well as the bishop.

12...Qd6 prepares the manoeuvre 13...Qb4 which leads to an advantage for Black. An alternative is the plan 12...e6 followed by ...Rc8 and ...c5 in which case White's queen bites on granite on the a2-g8 diagonal, White's N on g5 seems displaced.

14 Qxb4 may lead to an advantage for Black and an eventual win.

This game looks like an example of how a premature unsound attack leads to an advantage for Black.

Jan-27-12  wordfunph: "Yes, but it was a difficult game because Levon defended very well. OK after the opening I had a big advantage but it was very difficult to convert it into a full point. And I am rather tired now.

In fact Levon had a score of 6-1 against me so I'm very happy that I managed to win. I wanted to win some game even though I did not believe I would win some."

- GM David Navara

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  Penguincw: An unexpected win for Navara. Ivanchuk also loss with the white pieces, but Aronian couldn't extend his lead to 1 1/2 (and pretty much out of reach).
Jan-27-12  Pedro Fernandez: You know what you guys? I'm proud to be a Chess Games member, because anyone of our members underestimate/overestimate any Chess Master player. I always have seen here pure constructive criticism.
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  LIFE Master AJ: I think that Aronian is playing great chess.

A.) He is leading the tournament.
B.) He has a very high level of decisive games.

I appreciate his fighting attitude. Gutless draws - say, in 10-15 moves - have always turned me off.

Jan-28-12  achieve: <capanegra: Please watch David Navara's comments after the game, and tell me if you wouldn't like to give a big hug to the guy.>...

Well said. :) He'll probably fall asleep with his head on your shoulder...

Jan-28-12  kellmano: <capanegra> Good vid. I have always enjoyed listening to Navara speak.
Jan-28-12  asiduodiego: <capanegra> Hahahahaha, he looks so happy. And well deserved: he played a great game. I think the problem with Aronian was allowing the Queen exchange: After that, he just couldn't regain the activity, and after the opening of the center and the bishop trade, he was put in a bad position. Nice game!
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  FSR: Shocker! Navara refutes White's Aroneous play.
Jan-28-12  Shams: Aronian said he missed 11...Na6.
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  FSR: <Shams> A knight on the rim is full of vim!
Jan-28-12  kia0708: <capanegra: Please watch David Navara's comments after the game, and tell me if you wouldn't like to give a big hug to the guy.>.

yes, he is a sweet fellow, very boyish
I wish him good luck

Jan-28-12  SuperPatzer77: White to move after 58...hxg5+ - See diagram below:

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White's another try is 59. Kg3 instead of 59. Kh5 -

59 Kg3 Ne4+, 60. Kg2 Qd2+, 61. Kf3 Qd3+, 62. Kg2 Qg3+, 63. Kh1 (63. Kf1 Qf2#) Nf2#

59. Kh5 is much better than 59. Kg3 because 59. Kg3 may lead to a quick mate by Black.


Jan-28-12  SuperPatzer77: Black to move after 59. Kh5 - See diagram below:

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Black's powerful move is 59...Qe4!! (threatening Qg6#) - see below

a) 60. Kxg5 (only move) Ne6+ and White resigns - 0-1.

b) 60. Qh6 (preventing Qg6#) Ne6! (putting White into zugzwang)


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  FSR: <Shams> A knight on the edge will hammer you like a sledge.
Mar-16-12  serenpidity.ejd: < The game of the tournament!!!>
Apr-11-21  Brenin: In the final position, 61 Kh4 (Kh6 Qg6#) Qe1+ 62 Kh5 Ng7+ leads to a quick mate. As a Gruenfeld player, I enjoyed this game.
Apr-11-21  Ironmanth: LOVE this game. First time seeing it! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today. Keep playing chess!
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  HeMateMe: 61.K-h4...Q-e1+
62. K-h5...N-g7+
63. K-g5...Q-e5+
64.K-h4...N-f5+ picks off the white Queen.
Apr-11-21  Saniyat24: The 4.5 guys packs a punch against the hole in 9 guy...this theme is often seen in many a tournament...but Aronian the guy with the spectacle plays well against Caruana another guy with spectacle...maybe Navaro really hits the gym, and so as <FSR> says, " A knight on the rim is full of vim!"
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