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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
"Three Point; Won for White" (game of the day Mar-14-2013)
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Dec-03-12  5hrsolver: 59.Rf8+ Re8 60.Nxd6 cxd6 61.c7+ Kxc7 62.Rxe8 a2 63.Re1 Bxd5 64.Kf5 Kd7 65.Kf6 Kd8 66.Kg6 Be4+ 67.Kh6 Bd5 68.Kh7 Be4+ 69.Kh8 Bd5 70.g8=Q+ Bxg8 71.Kxg8
Dec-03-12  DrAttitude: This post has a video of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian that is a must hear video!
Dec-03-12  DrAttitude: I thank 5hrsolver for the final position analysis.
Dec-05-12  bamaexpert: It's a well known healthy man ever lost a game of chess.
Dec-09-12  Novirasputin: After 66. Kg6 what if Bg8?
I know there is a win but you can't just use that solution as a be all end all black can come up with stalls and inaccurate moves do give black drawing chances. The point isn't that black prematurely resigned but that the win would still take some technique
Dec-09-12  lost in space: <<Uhlumbrus> (snip) both players did not arrive in London at least a few days before the start, so as to have time to acclimatize. (snip)>

Is it possible to acclimate in what ever time in a country were you recognize that it is sumer because the rain is getting warmer?


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  Check It Out: <Novirasputin>: Aronian didn't resign, he lost on time.
Dec-11-12  LIFE Master AJ: I though Aronian played a stupid opening ... he gave up a button in the beginning, and never got it back.
Dec-12-12  Helloween: <lmaj>...Then you'd be incorrect. Levon made improvements over previous play such as in Morozevich vs Korchnoi, 2004

and was rock solid if not until 30...Rb1(instead of 30...Rb2).

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  Phony Benoni: I suppose the pun has something to do with the 3-1-0 scoring system. But I don't see any real connection.
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Today is Pi Day (3.14). The pun is supposed to be a slice of pi (3.14159265358979323846264338327950...). Sorry, that's all I know. Here's the next 999,968 digits:
Mar-14-13  master of defence: I donīt understood this pun. Through is a 'Pi Day' 03/14, the pun 'Three point, won for white' doesnīt make sense.
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  FSR: <master of defence> It's a stretch, but presumably "Three Point; Won for White" is supposed to bring to mind 3.141.
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  al wazir: What was wrong with 38...dxc5 ? After 39. Nc3 Ra5 40. dxc5 Rxc5 41. Nxa4 Ra5 42. Nc3 f6 43. Ke3 Bf7 44. Ke4 (44. Ne4 c6) Kd6, is black any worse off than in the game line?
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  FSR: <al wazir: ... In the final position, what happens after 59...Re8 ? 60. Nxd6 cxd6 61. c7+ Kd7>

I think you're hallucinating: 62.Rxe8 Kxe8 (62...Kxc7 63.Rxg8) 63.c8(Q)+.

Mar-14-13  WiseWizard: Aronian played a bad opening here. I don't understand why. 8...NxN sets an immediate problem for Black. Was it his preparation to sacrifice the pawn after 10...Ne7? Surely there are easier ways to gain equality...In his post-game analysis Aronian said 9...Rb8 was a bad move, him saying that leads me to believe he was out of prep here, on move 9 though?!? That's unlikely and unprofessional. More probable is he analyzed 10...Ne7 and the fancy idea of sacrificing a pawn and playing this middlegame with some vague compensation, but to prepare this against Carlsen who plays these positions so strong doesn't seem right. A couple inaccuracies and its over. Something is not adding up, could explain Levon's recent poor form. His handling of this opening gives me doubts about his chances in the candidates, I just don't think anyone who makes these mistakes can seriously contend for the title.
Mar-14-13  Abdel Irada: "Three point one four"?
Mar-14-13  NightroGlycerine: A reference to pi, 3.14, which is today's date.
Mar-14-13  Abdel Irada: <NightroGlycerine: A reference to pi, 3.14, which is today's date.>


My post was in reply to a question appearing in one of the posts above, so now the question may be considered twice answered. ;-)

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  Check It Out: I watched this game live and the ending was full of drama. Stuart Conquest and others were madly dashing off variations on the big board. London Chess Classic 2012 was a thing of beauty.
Mar-14-13  morfishine: A wonder that Aronian would toss his e-pawn like that; Black would've been better served with <7...Bb7 8.Nd5 d6 9.Bg5 h6> even though he gets a difficult position after <10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nh4 Nd4 12.c4 Nxb3 13.axb3 Bxd5 14.cxd5> he has the resource <14...Bb4+ 15.Kf1 a5> cementing the Q-side; true after <16.Nf5> White is better, but Black can castle 'in-hand' after <16...Qd7 17.Ng7+ Kd8> followed by 18...Kc8 & Kb7

I wouldn't want to play this, especially against Carlsen, but there has to be a better plan than tossing the e-pawn (again, especially against Carlsen)

Mar-14-13  YetAnotherAmateur: There's some good stuff in here by Carlsen - the king maneuver starting at 32, the lovely play against the LSB, that kind of thing.

Is 46. Nf4 with a threat of Ne6 and shots at the base of black's pawn structure a viable option as well for white, or not?

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  Eggman: Some have asked how White would proceed to win after 59...Re8. I think the win is 60.Nxd6 cxd6 61.c7+ Kxc7 62.Rxe8 a2 63.Re1 reaching this position:

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Now on 63...Bxd5 White plays 64.Ke3 and brings his king to b2 to cover the a-pawn, when White's freed Rook can go to f8 and then the g-pawn can promote and Black loses the bishop and the game.

Maybe the best Black can do is to play 63...Kd7 and then 64.Ke3 Ke7 65.Rf1 Bxd5 66.Kd2 a1=Q 67.Rxa1 Kf6 68.Rg1 Bg8 gives us this position:

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Surely White can win this since Black's bishop cannot move and the Black king is very restricted, being unable to come to (Black's) 5th rank or the d-file, since White could then win with Rh1-h8.

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  kevin86: Easy as pi! PI is a trancendental number-meaning it is non-termanating,non repeating and cannot be defined by any power or root of any integer.
Mar-14-13  chesssalamander: "Typical" fantastic game by MC against one of the very best players in the world. I say "typical" is quotes, because although the Ruy Lopez is one of the best known and analyzed openings of all, this young man is still finding nuances! How is that even possible? Careful pushing for advantages midgame to endgame. Using the mate threat by the rook for tempo was gorgeous.
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