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Levon Aronian vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 3, Aug-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  0-1



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Aug-17-13  doublemint: 43..Ra2 44 Bf1 Ra1 45 Ke2 Ra2 47 Rd7 and White looks ok...
Aug-17-13  DcGentle: <doublemint>: Don't forget pawn g3.
Aug-17-13  Octavia: bl is aiming for Rg2 & then get 2 passed pawns @ ~ 47 or so
Aug-17-13  DcGentle: <45... Rg1+> followed by <46... Ra1> looks strong.
Aug-17-13  doublemint: Be5 Rxa4 g5 Be3 Rxg3 Bf2 then Rh3 or Rc3... and Black has pressure..
Aug-17-13  intuitivesac: Aronian now in dire straits. F4 is about the worst square for the bishop, needed for queenside defense. The cost of 35. b5 and 43. Ke1 is now apparent. Shame, this game did not have to be lost.
Aug-17-13  doublemint: Nice play by black...Kf2 will lose the a pawn and Ke2 or d2 will lose the g pawn after Be5.
Aug-17-13  chessdgc2: After 1. Kf2 Ra1, Black is en-route to win more material
Aug-17-13  doublemint: Ra2 Nice Zuggy...
Aug-17-13  chessdgc2: Where's that bugal?.....
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  chancho: Aronian now in a must win situation... with black!
Aug-17-13  parisattack: Nice Dutch by Tomashevsky. White usually looks optically better out of the opening - but Black has a grip in the center, resources.
Aug-17-13  doublemint: white's overpushed static pawns have bit him and black's active king just infiltrated right around them. Black just has too much activity and white doesn't have any good moves..this will end soon.
Premium Chessgames Member That's going to be it for today. Come back tomorrow at 9am USA/Eastern and we'll see the second game in this mini-match, where the #1 seed Levon Aronian has been backed into a must-win situation with the Black pieces. Should be exciting--hope to see you then!
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  HeMateMe: Hmm...perhaps a dancing 'Toma Rook will have to be configured?
Aug-17-13  csmath: If you show the position after 17 moves to a decent ordinary chess player he would likely chose to move f-pawn. I would probably have dilema between f3 or f4.

If you show this to a patzer then patzer would probably exchange some piece.

Meaning for some reason Aronian made a patzer-like move 18. Nxe4? The reason for this move completely escapes me. To whose benefit is to open f-file? Then he follows that up 19. Qb3 which makes x-ray sense but I wonder how many people would make that move given how weakened his kingside has become. I certainly would not. Wouldn't you rather make f3 or f4? It certainly makes more sense to me, I would definitely consider f4 as the my top choice and Houdini agrees. Maybe I would pull f3 if I wanted to be "original."

Tomashevsky moves make A LOT MORE sense to me! I am glad that Aronian lost else I would have started to doubt in my own chess reasoning.

Aug-17-13  shivasuri4: Aronian apparently offered a draw after 19.Qb3. After the game, Tomashevsky said, "If I agree (to) a draw in such a position, for what do I play chess? I need to fight for a victory."
Aug-17-13  cro777: Aronian offered a draw after 22.f3.
Aug-17-13  wordfunph: from twic..

<Levon Aronian was coughing during the game and reportedly hasn't been well but certainly not using this as an excuse so far. Aronian was defeated by Evgeny Tomashevsky who described the win as the best of his career so far.>

Aug-18-13  kurtrichards: <"If I agree (to) a draw in such a position, for what do I play chess? I need to fight for a victory.">

Rd. 3.2 - You need only a draw to advance to round 4. Good luck, Evgeny.

Aug-18-13  jphamlore: Didn't Tomashevsky suggest 18. Nd3 to possibly induce .. b6 creating counterplay?
Aug-18-13  Ulhumbrus: I thought at the time that 26 e4 won a pawn on d5 but 26...Qh3! defends the e6 pawn and on 27 ed the zwischenzug fork 27...Nd4!! forces the white queen to abandon her attack on the d5 pawn and ends up gaining a pawn instead of losing it.

Is there any need for 37 Rf1+? 37 Rc1 takes the c file

Aug-18-13  Poisonpawns: I think 10.Nc3 became problematic for white. Aronian could not really find a duty for it and wound up making a shady exchange on move 18.Nxe4?! but things are getting difficult already for white(perhaps Nb1 admitting the wrong,but black can still pursue initiative on Kingside) . I like white to continue with the old Kasparov plan of a4 follow by Ba3 trying to force the exchange of dark bishops or Qc1 with the same idea in similar set ups. Finally Nbd2 with the Reshevskian idea of bringing it to f3. Well played game by Tomashevsky. Chess T-shirts here:
Aug-18-13  cro777: This is the first time Tomashevsky played the Dutch stonewall in a classical game. Against the stonewall Aronian likes to use the system where White plays e3 and develops his bishop to d3. Instead of the popular plan 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Qc1 (which he used to play), in this game Aronian opted for 8.Ne5.

According to Tomashevsky, the early critical stage was between moves 15-20.

Position after 17...Bc7

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The position is approximately equal.

Here, 18.Nxe4 was an error (better was 18.Nd3) and 19.Qb3 a further one.

After 18.Nxe4 fxe4 "Black had an easy game". (Tomashevsky)

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  kingscrusher: Amazing that the Dutch stonewall set up can take out Aronian
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