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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
Grand Slam Chess Final (2012), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 2, Sep-25
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-25-12  rapidcitychess: Even a world champion can't get anything on the Berlin Wall.
Sep-25-12  fisayo123: This line was already played in Zurich in the Kramnik-Aronian match.
Sep-25-12  Maatalkko: World Champion?
Sep-25-12  voyager39: <Maatalkko: World Champion?> Like it or not, HE still exists. Aronian was and remains the best man to throw him off the high horse.
Sep-25-12  Jacob Arnold: <Maatalkko> Anand is current world champion....
Sep-25-12  Ulhumbrus: If 14 e6 leads to no more than a draw, an alternative is 14 Ng5-e4.
Sep-26-12  NGambit: Aronian having won the first game (and probably taking into consideration that Carlsen lost his first), went for the safe Berlin. Anyways, he may have thought, "I can get Vishy in Bilbao". No surprise here.

However, why did Anand allow a Berlin? I guess he was hoping for another Marshal when he played 1.e4. But, I would have hoped for a more proactive approach. Two draws in two white games is not very inspiring especially given the 3-1-0 scoring.

Oct-07-12  Caissanist: Have we really reached the point where 1.e4 is something a GM only plays when he is satisfied with a draw? How depressing.

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