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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 2, Apr-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  1-0

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Apr-22-13  Catholic Bishop: LOL at the last move!
Apr-22-13
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  tamar: The sacrifice 37 Rc8 was Houdini's choice relying on the two connected passed pawns to defeat the rook. However Timman thinks Aronian may have seen this move and decided against it, since Black might find some fortress with Rook and extra pawns versus Queen.

Unfortunately Aronian did not discuss this at the press conference.

Apr-22-13
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  Gilmoy: You can't fire me, I <check>!!

The middlegame felt like Grünfeld Caveman Line, or lemmings. Aronian knows how Black feels when Topalov rammed two passers down the aisle, so maybe he's studied positions that he can steer towards that. Oddly passive by Kramnik, never finding any counterplay.

<40.Kd5!> was cute, using the pawn lee trick to queen. When is a check harmless? When it "forces" your K to move <where he wants to go anyways>.

Apr-22-13
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  Eyal:


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34.Rc5 was apparently an inaccuracy that gave Kramnik his last chance to save the game by <34...f6!> (instead of Qg3), the point being that 35.e6 doesn't work: 35...Qg3! 36.e7 (or 36.Rc6/d5 Qe1+ & Qxe6) 36...Rxd6!!

Apr-22-13  King Sacrificer: One of the rare royal forks with the Queen at the end.
Apr-23-13
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  HeMateMe: White seemed too passive, leaving his queen out on the h file, while all the action was in the center.
May-02-13  Boris Schipkov: A good game, a good novelty. My commentary in the Chess Siberia http://www.chessib.com/aronian-kram...
May-05-13  John T. Lutz: 47. Re8!
Jul-03-13  notyetagm: Aronian vs Kramnik, 2013

37 ?


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(VARIATION)
37 ♖c5-c8! <Houdini>


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<tamar: <<<The sacrifice 37 Rc8 was Houdini's choice relying on the two connected passed pawns to defeat the rook.>>> However Timman thinks Aronian may have seen this move and decided against it, since Black might find some fortress with Rook and extra pawns versus Queen.

Unfortunately Aronian did not discuss this at the press conference.>

http://chessbomb.com/o/2013-alekhin...

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HOUDINI 3 eval:

<2.64 37. Rc8 Rxc8 38. d7 Rc2+ 39. Kf3 Rd2 40. e6 Rd6 41. e7 Rxd7 42. e8=Q Rd3+ 43. Ke2 Rg3 44. Qa8 Ra3 45. Qd5 Rc3>

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