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Etienne Bacrot vs Levon Aronian
European Team Championship (2013), Warsaw POL, rd 8, Nov-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  0-1



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Nov-17-13  Rhialto: 29.Ne2 seems to have been overly optimistic; after 29.ef Rxc3 30.Rxc3 Rxc3 31.Rc8+ Kh7 32.fg Kxg7 33.Rxc6 Rc1+ 34.Kh2 e5 White will have to trade passers with Black and the position looks drawn, but obviously it is Black who has to make the draw. Bacrot must have missed he must have missed Black's brilliant 34...Nc5! idea leading to the game's spectacular finish.
Nov-17-13  nuwanda: wow, what a fantastic finish.
this game shows once again what an indredible imagination Aronian has, allowing Bacrot to queen, but nevertheless he is helpless. Computer indicates that 37...Kg6 is even stronger 38.c8Q Rxf2 39.Kg1 Rxg2 40.Kh1 Rh2 41.Kg1 Nxe5, amazing...
Nov-17-13  GBKnight: Don't know about computer, but after 37...Kg6 38 Rxd3 as in the game, 38...Rxf2+ 39 Ke1 Rxg2 40 Kf1 Rgc2 41 Rd1 Rxc7 leaves black 2 pawns up in a double rook ending, whereas in the game he would have ended up 2 pawns up in a single rook ending, which is simpler.

But a fantastically logical game, and leaves a far greater impression than the 'wait for the opponent to make a mistake' goings on in Chennai. Of course, Bacrot is not Anand, but still, this is far more accessible for the average/strong player.

Nov-17-13  nuwanda: maybe that single rook is often simpler than double rook. but not in this position, where the black rooks complete dominate and black can exchange one rook whenever he likes. but of course it doesnt matter much. its just that in my eyes 37...Kg6 is even a bit more spectacular.
Nov-19-13  paavoh: This has GOTD potential. Quick-witted punsters, please volunteer!
Nov-19-13  epistle: To Barc on a Rain.
Nov-19-13  mbvklc: Make it puzzle of the day after 35.c7
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  Natalia Pogonina: Impressive finale. Annotations by GM Spraggett:
Nov-25-13  positionalgenius: Incredible game.. another great encounter between these two.
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