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Anish Giri vs Levon Aronian
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 10, Sep-07
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  0-1



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Sep-07-12  fisayo123: 19..f5! Its interesting because that move completely stunned Giri as he then proceeds to blunder with 23.Qb3. Its not the strongest move but its aggressive and sharp, suiting Levon's game. He is the re-incarnation of Alekhine.
Sep-08-12  Xeroxx: Great game by Aronian. (Not the best play by Giri tho.)
Sep-08-12  whiteshark: Game instructively annotated by Alejandro Ramirez:
Sep-08-12  master of defence: What happens if 28.Kxf2?
Sep-08-12  whiteshark: <mod>;
Sep-08-12  whiteshark: Here's an in-depth video-analysis of this game by IM Christof Sielecki:
Sep-08-12  whiteshark: ... not to mention Danny King on his channel.
Sep-08-12  Everett: <He is the re-incarnation of Alekhine.>

Or a re-incarnation of a competitive/responsible Bronstein.

Best comparison is he is actually Lasker, with modern openings.

Sep-09-12  SetNoEscapeOn: Absolutely brilliant game by the world #2.
Sep-09-12  SamAtoms1980: Just a coffee-house player...
Just a coffee-house player...
Just a coffee-house pla---- oh, snap.....
Sep-09-12  master of defence: <whiteshark: <mod>;> What a hell is this?
Sep-10-12  King Sacrificer: <master of defence: What happens if 28.Kxf2?>

28. Kxf2 Qd2+ 29. Kg1 Rxc1 seems like winning the game.

Sep-10-12  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 12 Nfd2 12 Nb1-c3 gets the knight out. Perhaps there was something which Giri saw too late.
Sep-10-12  mrbasso: 12.Nc3 is not better. 12...g5 13.Be3 Nd6
is comfortable for Black.
Perhaps 12.Nbd2 is best however Black can now transpose to a Dutch Stonewall with f5.
Sep-10-12  Eyal: <[11].Nc3 is not better. [11]...g5 [12].Be3 Nd6 is comfortable for Black. >

Yeah, with Nf5 coming - this possibility is due to Aronian's clever 9...h6. Danny King, in his video analysis of the game (, mentions several points later in the game where White keeps having trouble developing this knight - for example, on the next move 12.Nc3 is met by 12...Nf5! attacking d4 - and now 13.Nf3 g5 followed by g4, or 13.e3 g5 trapping the bishop. And a few moves later, 15.Nbc3 is bad because of 15...f5 16.Nd2 Nc5!. Giri gets to developing this knight only on move 24, and by then it's apparently too late.

Sep-10-12  Eyal: <King Sacrificer: <master of defence: What happens if 28.Kxf2?> 28. Kxf2 Qd2+ 29. Kg1 Rxc1 seems like winning the game.>

That's actually bad for Black because of 30.Ng6+; so he has to play 28...Rxf4+! first and only then 29...Qd2+ & 30...Rxc1

Sep-10-12  master of defence: <Eyal:<King Sacrificer: <master of defence: What happens if 28.Kxf2?> 28. Kxf2 Qd2+ 29. Kg1 Rxc1 seems like winning the game.> That's actually bad for Black because of 30.Ng6+; so he has to play 28...Rxf4+! first and only then 29...Qd2+ & 30...Rxc1>. After 28.Kxf2 Rxf4+ 29.gxf4 Qd2+ 30.Kg3 Rxc1 31.Rxc1 Qxc1 32.Bxa6 white wins. Black must play 30...Rg6+ 31.Kh3 Qxf4 and in this position black wins, or I´m wrong?
Sep-10-12  Eyal: Yes, I was assuming 30.Kg1 after 29...Qd2+. 30.Kg3 just leads to immediate mate after 30...Rg6+ 31.Kh3 Bxf1+ 32.Rxf1 Qg2+ & Qg4#.
Sep-10-12  rapidcitychess: <master of defense>

Actually, Black would play 31...Bxf1+ 32.Rxc1 (32.Kh4 Qh2+ 33.Qh3 Qxh3#) Qg2+ 33.Kh4 Qg4#

I do hope my analytic skills haven't failed me this time. ^^

Sep-10-12  rapidcitychess: <Eyal>

I was ninja'd again!!

Sep-11-12  Ulhumbrus: On 11 Nc3 g5 12 Be3 Nd6 13 cd ed 14 Bd2 Nf5 White's development looks restrained but in return Black has exposed his king side and White may even consider playing 15 e2-e4 as a pawn sacrifice eg 16 Nxe4 g4 17 Ne1 Nxd4 18 Qc4 Nf5 19 Nd3 and Black's f4 square is exposed to occupation
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  chrisfalter: Superficially, 30. Ng6+ looks like a fork that might save white. In fact, it loses on the spot! 30...Rxg6 31. Qxg6 Bxf1 32. Rxf1 Qd5+ 33. Qe4 Qxe4#. There's a reason Aronian is world #2!
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  chrisfalter: One final trap by Giri: 47. a6 hoping for 47...Bxa6?? 48. Bf2+! Kxb4 49. Bxa6=. Of course, Aronian does not fall for this, and Giri resigns a move later.
Feb-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
26.Bf1 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 Qd6 28.Rc2 Rb8 29.Qc4 Rbc8 30.Qb3 Ba7 31.Rxc6 Qxc6 32.Ne3 Bxe3 33.Qxe3 Qc2 34.Qd4 Rb8 35.Qc3 Rxb2 36.Qxc2 Rxc2 37.Rd1 Ra2 38.Rd5 Rxa4 39.Rxf5 g6 40.Rf7 Ra2 41.Rf6 Ra1+ 42.Kg2 Kg7 43.Re6 Re1 44.Ra6 = / + (-0.51) Depth: 20

Feb-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
27.Rxc5 Rxc5 28.Nxf4 Rc6 29.Bxa6 Rxa6 30.Qc4 Qf6 31.Qxe4 g5 32.Nd3 Re6 33.Qg4 Rd8 34.Qc4 Red6 35.Ra3 Qf5 36.Ne1 Re8 37.Nd3 Rf8 38.Qc3+ Kh7 39.Rb3 Rd7 40.Qc4 Qf3 41.Qc2 Qe4 42.h3 Rf6 ⩱ (-0.55) Depth: 21

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