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Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian
Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Feb-04
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0



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Feb-04-14  Refused: Wow, I just checked out of curiosity whether the position after 66.Rxd3 was won or not. Turns out it's still a tablebase draw, with precise play by Aronian. Either 66...Rc6+ or 66...Rb1 hold the draw.
Personally I find 66...Rb1 looks like the most logical of those alternatives.
Feb-04-14  SirRuthless: What a crushing defeat of the great Aronian by Nakamura. Totally outplayed...
Feb-04-14  luzhin: Aronian was doing well until he played 23...Re3? after which 24.Rb1! set up the idea of Rxg7+ and Bxd4+ winning the Qb3. But if he played 23...Re5! I think he would have had the better chances.
Feb-04-14  offramp: So, a <crushing defeat> [Sir Ruthless] that had a drawn position at move 66 [Refused]!
Feb-04-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Black's Move 58 looked weird to me, as if he foolishly wanted to avoid an exchange of rooks. But upon review the position was somewhat zugschwangisch.

My point about the rook exchange, of course, is that White was down to his last pawn, and it was a rook pawn of the wrong color for his bishop.

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