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Ding Liren vs Levon Aronian
"On a Ding and a Prayer" (game of the day Sep-22-2017)
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 1, Apr-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious: <Richard> Y'all mean it took ya more'n a nanosecond? Rough day at the office (wink).> Sorry I meant 1 pico second!<patzer2><newzild> but I solved it in a billionth of pico second.................
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  Richard Taylor: To be fair I was tired as I'm in the middle of tourney and I thought it was Aronian who won (although I know about Liren he's very good); and I just looked the game up although it didn't look too hard. Quite poetic though. I mean Black was knackered for sure, I thought White could sac or even just somehow keep Black in Zug.

But I was just too tired to even think one move ahead...

The ones earlier in the week are for me!

It's strange how hard it is to calculate relatively simple lines OTB. Then you need to have a good plan and so on.

Great stuff!

Apr-08-14  LIFE Master AJ: Ding,Liren - Aronian,Levon [D45]
[G. Margvelashvili]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 e6 6.c5 Nbd7 7.b4 The main line. In the World Championship match, Gelfand surprised Anand with the rare 7. Qc2 Gelfand was able to get a slight advantage from the opening and eventually convert it into full point. 7...b6 8.Bb2 a5 9.a3 Be7 10.Bd3 0-0 11.0-0 Ba6 Black wants to exchange passive c8 bishop. 12.Ne1!? I really like this move by Ding. White prepares to retake on d3 with a knight and possibly play f3 with the following e4 in the future. 12...Bc4?! a very interesting but risky move. Instead of trading bishops on d3, Aronian wants to exchange bishops on c4, creating passed pawn and more dynamic position. 13.Bxc4 dxc4 14.Qe2 Rb8 15.Ra2! Defending b2 bishop in case black chooses to exchange pawns on c5. 15...b5 16.e4 Rb7 17.Nc2 Nb8 18.Raa1 As a result of 12...Bc4, Aronian finds himself in a difficult position with little counterplay. Ding uses his dominance in center to further increase pressure on black's position. 18...Qc8 19.Rad1 Rd8 20.Bc1! Another strong move by Ding. The bishop has nothing to do on b2, so Ding transfers it to f4, where it controls important squares in center. 20...Na6 21.Bf4 Rbd7 22.h3 Ne8 23.Qe3 Bf6 24.e5 Be7 25.Ne4! The knight goes to d6, where it paralyzes all black pieces. 25...Nac7 26.Nd6 Qa8 27.Qg3 Nd5 28.Ne3! Nc3 allows white to demonstrate the tactical idea of 28. Ne3. Better would be to play 28...Nac7 and continue defending unpleasant position. 29.Rde1 Bxd6 30.exd6 Ne4 31.Qh4 Nd2 looks like black has won an exchange, but... 32.Nd5! Nxf1 33.Nb6 Qa7 34.Rxf1 Nf6? this move looks very natural, but it falls to a beautiful combination. [34...Rb8 would be stronger, forcing White to take the rook on d7, but still after 35.Nxd7 Qxd7 36.bxa5 Ra8 37.Bd2 White has excellent winning chances.] 35.Be5! Nd5 36.Nxd5! exd5 37.Bxg7!! Amazing! 37...Kxg7 38.Qg5+ Kf8 39.Qf6 Kg8 40.Re1! And suddenly black has no defense against the following Re3 or Re5 deadly rooklift. 40...axb4 41.Re5 h6 42.Rh5 Qxa3 43.Qxh6! [43.Rxh6?? would be a huge mistake, since after 43...Qc1+ 44.Kh2 Qxh6! 45.Qxh6 b3 White would be forced to give perpetual check and settle for a draw! This is yet another example that one should never lose his focus, even in the most winning positions.] 43...f6 44.Qxf6 And black resigned. A very impressive performance by the Chinese grandmaster and painful lose for Aronian. But knowing Aronian's resilience, I am sure he will be able to rebound in the upcoming rounds. 1-0

May-16-14  epicchess: This is a very interesting variation, where many "obvious moves" are quickly punished. For example, in this game: M G Isakov vs Srinivasan Ramanujam, 2014
May-17-14  epicchess: 33..Nf3! seems to bring some life into this game, Aronian should have thought a while longer when he realized that all blacks pieces were stuck on the other side of the board!
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  Penguincw: Analysis of this game:
Apr-23-15  ToTheDeath: What a beauty of a game, and against such strong opposition too! Another jewel in Ding's crown.
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  FSR: ♫♪♫ Ding, Ding, Ding, goes the Liren!

Clang, clang, clang, goes the bell!

Ding, Ding, Ding, goes the Liren, and dispatches your ass to hell! ♫♪♫

Sep-21-15  zanzibar: <FSR> channeling Judy Garland, pretty funny.

(Though I think the cadence (and song's innocent tone) work better with "pieces" vs. "ass", but that's just me) (about 0:40 in)

Or maybe he was channeling Carol Burnett?

May-05-16  iammortal: i call this 1: "the thing!" ;)

p.s. ding comes (also) from german and means thing.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White's King side sacrificial attack looks almost amazing as that Queen side pawn structure at game's end.
Sep-22-17  Saniyat24: such a complex game...!
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As a consolation, Aronian won the game of Go that was taking place on the queenside.

Sep-22-17  bane77: I wonder if white could have played 34.Kxf1 instead or Rxf1 and save a tempo for Re5. But also, black had to play 34...axb4 instead of Nf6. This is very, very deep game by white. Even Stockfish thinks that 37.Bxg7!! leads to draw rather than to win.
Sep-22-17  Isilimela: Great game from Ding - you gotta love the pawn square b4-d6. No way home for the black queen!
Sep-22-17  acapo: I Just want to add I really like the new format, I usually stop once a day to review the games and read the comments great job to for the improvements!
Sep-22-17  Andrew Chapman: Are they playing Go?
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  offramp: User: Andrew Chapman no. I was making a joke.
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  4tmac: Aronian wasn't watching his Kingside because he had his eye on c5. AHAHAHAHA....HA....hehehe....(ahem).... ....(chirp)....♘d5 & ♗g7
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  kevin86: I think this one rings a bell.
Sep-22-17  WorstPlayerEver: The chime of the clock..
Premium Chessgames Member <Even Stockfish thinks that 37.Bxg7!! leads to draw rather than to win.> At a sufficient search depth Stockfish finds the win: analysis of move 37.?

Apparently Black can delay the mate for a while by giving up ruinous amounts of material.

Sep-22-17  WorstPlayerEver: 利刃

l rn

sharp blade

Sep-22-17  NightKnight: Really beautiful game by Ding. Positional tactics.
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