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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
Sinquefield Cup (2013), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Sep-10
Dutch Defense: General (A80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-10-13  ajile: Well White has to defend the f4 pawn. But Bxe3 Rxe3 and now the Bd3 is attacked allowing Black to double rooks. But does this allow any advantage?
Sep-10-13  ajile: ..Rbe8 Kf2 looks OK for White.
Sep-10-13  Tomlinsky: The problem for Carlsen with doubling the rooks was that all retreat squares were dark and the advanced rook would either need to exchange or get pushed around by a bishop.
Sep-10-13  chessdgc2: Absolutely NOT! Carlsen hasn't lost any threads :) He's playing mind games with Aronian who is likely being tortured by it unless he's very strong mentally. Carlsen is en route to creating every weakness he can before going in for the assault
Sep-10-13  cormier: ...Rbe8
Sep-10-13  MTuraga: < haydn20: < DcGentle: I really wonder whether Black lost the thread somewhere. I'll have a second look. > While you're at it, could you try 24...Rf7, doubling up after White has given the chance by 24. Be1?>

24...Rf7 25. Ne4 Qb6 26. a5 Qc7 27. Ng5 Rfe7 28. b4 (equal position)

Sep-10-13  DcGentle: <haydn20> <24...Rf7>, yes, maybe this is worth a try... lemme check something.
Sep-10-13  haydn20: 34. Kf2 will lead to a tradeathon and draw.
Sep-10-13  Marmot PFL: The dark sq bishop trade was like a draw offer, and the white king can participate now.
Sep-10-13  DcGentle: <haydn24> <24...Rf7> unfortunately fails due to <25. Ne4> with discovered attack on Black's queen.
Sep-10-13  haydn20: 37...Nd4 and we are looking a that vast sea of 0.00's on all the computer evals.
Sep-10-13  Marmot PFL: Kamsky made a few time pressure blunders which kills my daily double
Sep-10-13  asiduodiego: After a difficult battle, Aronian has equalized, and a draw should ensue. Let's see if Carlsen accepts the draw, or perhaps he'll try to grind something of this.
Sep-10-13  Shams: Nakamura-Kamsky has gone clownshoes
Sep-10-13  cormier: black K must get to f6 first
Sep-10-13  ajile: Good news is I made some chessbucks. Bad news is Black didn't win after getting what appeared to be an advantage. Kudos to Aronian for wiggling out of danger.
Sep-10-13  chessdgc2: It takes Black's K 6 moves to go from g8 to a5.....(yawn) get ready for a Daytona 500...
Sep-10-13  SirRuthless: Nakamura was perfect in extreme time pressure. Yesss.1-0 forthcoming .
Sep-10-13  haydn20: < DcGentle: <haydn24> <24...Rf7> unfortunately fails due to <25. Ne4> with discovered attack on Black's queen. > But then 25...Qb6 covers everything,no? e.g., 26 Ng5 Rfe7 27 b4 cxb4 28 Bxb4 Qc7--ah nuts, that's ==. OK thanks.
Sep-10-13  chessdgc2: It will be interesting to see Aronian square off against Kamsky: "The Battle of the Beatens"
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  whiteshark: Fair outcome.
Sep-10-13  asiduodiego: It's official now: it's a draw. Aronian messed up the opening, and got in positional troubles against Carlsen, but defended with energy, and Magnus wasn't able to get a breakthrough. A nice game.
Sep-10-13  JoergWalter: I also look at chessbomb and the computer evaluations. Except for 1...f5 it is according Houdini's first or second choice moves. Is not this claimed to be highly improbable? Or did I get something wrong???
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Sep-10-13  chessdgc2: Yes, Aronian did a great job holding...
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