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Luke McShane vs Levon Aronian
"Aron Go Bragh" (game of the day Jan-19-2013)
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-04
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  0-1



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Dec-04-12  positionalgenius: Fantastic. This tournament has been a great one so far. Aronian tends to find himself in some pretty entertaining games
Dec-04-12  Marmot PFL: There are many key points, but one in particular I thought came on white's 56th move.

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Black threatens Qxh4#, and white defends with 56 Ng6. Instead he could play 56 Rd5+ and make and escape square on f5, then play 57 h5 when the adjacent pawns on the 5th rank are threatening to advance. As it was the Ng6 blocked its own g pawn, and the black bishop easily stopped the e pawn.

Dec-04-12  Comejen: I love 21...e4, I dont know if I could ever find such an accurate move over the board
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  HeMateMe: Exciting game. Was aronian too slow in creating his own passed pawn? He seemed to give up material and time to get a pair of rooks off of the board. I guess breaking up the rook pair is the best way to avoid a draw.
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  piltdown man: Why does the scoresheet have the colours the wrong way round?
Dec-05-12  Aniara: Seriously, what is wrong with 67. ♖c8+? What am I missing?
Dec-05-12  khursh: <Aniara: Seriously, what is wrong with 67. Rc8+? What am I missing?> After fork combination Second Queen will check from c1 and take white knight standing on c4.
Dec-05-12  bubuli55: 67.Rc8+ Kxc8 68.Nd6+ Kd7 69.Nxc4 Qc1+ 70.Kh7 Qxc4 71.h5 Ke7 and wins
Dec-05-12  bubuli55: 20.Ncxe5
Dec-05-12  ikipemiko: <Ezzy: I can't imagine you would find a more entertaining game than this. Absolutely incredible.> This one:
Anand vs Topalov, 2005
Dec-05-12  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 46 Nh5, 46 Kg2 begins the plan of advancing the g and h pawns whilst maintaining a fortress to shelter white's king from checks
Dec-05-12  Ezzy: <ikipemiko: <Ezzy: I can't imagine you would find a more entertaining game than this. Absolutely incredible.> This one: Anand vs Topalov, 2005>

Yes that was a great game. Another game between Anand and Topalov where I watched it live, and was engrossed for the full 7 hours it lasted. The picture said it all. It was an epic struggle.

Topalov vs Anand, 2005

They played some great games. Even their World Championship Match was extremely exciting.

Dec-05-12  holland oats: <Marmot> I agree that 56.Rd5+ looks more potent than what was played. 56...♔c6 57.♙h5 ♕h4+ 58.♔f5 ♗g3 59.♘e6 ♕xh5 60.♙f4 ∞ is a possible continuation with white losing a pawn but distracting black's focus from the a-pawn:

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Dec-05-12  holland oats: Another try for McShane could have been 62.♘g6 a3 63.♖f8+ ♕xf8! 64.♘xf8 a2 65.h5 a1♕ 66.♘g6 ∞. I am a bit ignorant when it comes to Q vs. N+3P endings. I wouldn't be surprised if Luke knows them :)
Dec-06-12  notyetagm:

<H3: -2.01 variation> => [ 25. Qc2 Nxc4 26. Ree1 Qc7 27. Nd2 Bg5 28. Nxc4 Bxc4 29. Rad1 Bf6 30. Re3 Qe5 31. a5 Bg5 32. Ree1 Bd8 33. Qa4 Bb5 34. Qa3 Bc6 35. c4 Kh7 36. f3 Bc7 37. Rd2 f5 38. Red1 fxe4 ]

Dec-06-12  notyetagm: McShane vs Aronian, 2012

A fantastic tactical sequence:

21 ... e5-e4! undermine
22 ... Nd5xBe3 line-clearance
23 ... Rb8xBb3! remove guard
24 Qc2cRb3 decoy into pin
24 ... Nc6-a5 reinforce pin

Dec-06-12  Marmot PFL: <holland oats> It's a tough position to play. Sometimes white can make enough threats with his 3 pawns to trade 1 for the black pawn, then make a fortress using the others. But I don't know if it holds or not.
Dec-06-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: REMOVE THE FOUNDATION!

McShane vs Aronian, 2012 21 ... e5-e4! strikes at White d3-pawn stabilizing c4-knight

Dec-08-12  bubuli55: It really doesn't get any better than that
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  FSR: Erin go braless would be preferable.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Great game to watch and study, no matter how many errors. One thing that stood out for me was how many pawns Aronian was willing to sacrifice just to create one passed c-pawn.
Jan-19-13  Garech: McShane's creativity is palpable.


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  FSR: A great struggle, and a valiant effort by McShane.
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  kevin86: An oddity:black promotes to a queen,white to a knight,yet black wins.
Aug-23-17  Dave12: 21..e4! removing the defense of the knight on c4 to allow a beautiful combination.
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