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Levon Aronian vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 5, Sep-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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Sep-01-12  Alesavio: Great game by Aronian
Sep-02-12  Libispusher: White elegantly fashions out a high-level quarantine on the black monarch pair before snaring a piece at the end.
Sep-02-12  shakespeare: Chucky did not even make any major mistake - Aronian who seems to be in best shape at the olymp simply outplayed him - great game - great style - gaining the quality - pawn sac to open the a line - sacing back the quality - outmanoevering Chucky at the end with a dancing queen - wow!
Sep-02-12  Eyal: <Chucky did not even make any major mistake>

Well, 15...d4? turns out to be a rather major one - much better was 15...Bxe3 16.fxe3 (or 16.Bxe3 Ne4) 16...Qe8! 17.Bxf6 (17.Qd2 Ng4) 17...Qxe3+ 18.Rf2 gxf6 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Bxd5 Bc6 and Black should be able to draw. And on the next move, it was better to get rid of White's other knight, which in the game reaches such a great attacking post on g4 - 16...dxe3 17.fxe3 (17.Bxa8?? exf2+ with big advantage to Black) 17...Rb8 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Be4 which is similar to the game but in a somewhat better version for Black.

Regarding the way Aronian conducts the final attack, I especially like the a3-b4 idea, to add pressure via the Q-side with the rook invading on the opened a-file (that's why engines recommend 24...Ra8[!] as the best defence for Black, btw). Kicking the knight from c7 with 27.Ra7! (27...Rc8 loses to 28.Ne7) leaves d5 undefended, which a move later makes 28...Rg7 unplayable because it loses a piece to 29.Nxd5.

In the final position, Black is going to lose the knight on c7 and remain a whole piece down - 42...Kg7 43.Qe5+; or 42...Qg7 43.Qc8+; or 42...Qg8 43.Qf6+ Qg7 44.Qd8+.

Sep-02-12  whiteshark: You'll find the game (fully) annotated by Alejandro Ramirez, here:
Sep-02-12  Eyal: Btw, Ramirez is wrong in saying that 10.d5!? is a new move, though it's very rare and may well have surprised Chucky. Previous games continued 10...exd5 11.Nd4 c6 12.cxd5 and now either 12...Nxd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Nf5 or 12...cxd5 13.Nf5 Nc5, where 14.Bf4! (aiming for the d6 square) should give White an edge. Chucky's 11...Bc5 may actually be an improvement - provided Black plays more accurately on move 15, as I mentioned in my previous post.
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Sep-03-12  Pulo y Gata: Beautiful game. Levon made it look easy to win against Chucky.
Sep-03-12  LoveThatJoker: Hella GG!


Sep-03-12  Andrijadj: What.A.Game. Probably the best game I have seen in 4-5 years. Rybka with black would have had troubles drawing against Aronian in this form.
Sep-03-12  whiteshark: You ain't seen nothin' yet
Sep-06-12  master of defence: What if 40...Kxf8?
Sep-06-12  whiteshark: <master of defence: What if 40...Kxf8?>

Black will lose ♘+♙, at least after <41.Qxb4+ Kg8> (41...Ke8 42.Ba4+ Kd8 43.Qb8+ Ke7 44.Qxc7+ etc) <42.Qb8+ Qf8 43.Qxc7>

Sep-10-12  lemaire90: Hmmm, 35.Ra8+ seems pretty obvious ?!
Sep-10-12  Robed.Bishop: <whiteshark> Nothing wrong with a BTO fan.

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