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Levon Aronian vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
World Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Mar-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Mar-14-14  Ezzy: 11 f4! will probably be the novelty of the tournament. It produced a winning position two moves later :)
Mar-14-14  marcwordsmith: 44.Qe3, g5 and then what?
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  Check It Out: 11.f4 is the first new move in the CG database.

14.Nde4 must have been a horrible shock to Mamedyarov.

Mar-15-14  ajile: White's whole game revolves around trapping Black's pieces at different times. Never seen a game quite like this. Brilliant.
Mar-15-14  positionalgenius: <ajile> agreed. That's why Aronian is such a fun player to watch. So original and brilliant.
Jan-11-15  M.Hassan: "Insane"
White to play 14.?
Sides are equal but White has a Knight for a Bishop.
Black Queen has blocked her route of retreat or escape to the back rank:

14.Nce4 dxe4
15.Ne4 Qh4 the only square
<if 16.Rf4 Qe1+ 17.Qxe1 Bxe1 18.Rxe1 Bxf5 and loss and gain of material the same>

16.g3 Qh3
17.Nf2 and now, Queen is trapped
18.Qxf1 Bxf5
And White is slightly better
Time to check

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  al wazir: Trapping the ♕ was an obvious possibility and moreover was obviously the only way for white to get anything out of this position. I missed some of the easy puzzles this week, but I solved this one. Go figure.
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  agb2002: Probably too noted to deserve four stars.
Jan-11-15  wooden nickel: The good thing about daily puzzles is knowing ahead of time that something is cooking, making it easier to spot a winning move as opposed to playing an actual game. There's a good Youtube Video from Kingscrusher on this game "How to win a queen!" :
Jan-11-15  Manic: This definitely seems closer to a Wednesday/Thursday-level puzzle.
Jan-11-15  Edeltalent: Can't comment on the puzzle as I know the game. But why is it classified "insane"? There are no variations to consider, and the (not so easy) conversion with queen against rook+bishop is not part of the solution.
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  Penguincw: Okay, this is getting annoying now. 3 days in a row I have see a POTD with a purple link, and 3 days I miss it. :|

FWIW: This game was last visited January 2nd.

At least I rarely have to worry about that on Mondays.

Jan-11-15  gofer: This one looks like a simple queen trap. I have no idea why black managed to get in such a pickle after so few moves, but that's exactly what has happened.

<14 Nde4 dxe4>
<15 Nxe4 ...>

The queen is lost. The only available square is h4 and white can close that down as follows (the other alternative Rf4 doesn't work as black replies Qe1+).

15 ... Qh4
16 g3 Qh3
17 Nf2

or black can trade off immediately

15 ... Qxf5
16 Rxf5 Nxf5

I imagine black goes for the latter and soldiers on for a while, but he has lost a leg. Fighting on without a limb is a forlorn task...

This really isn't "insane" at all...



Jan-11-15  morfishine: I remember this game, but it still took awhile to recall <14.Nde4> traps the Black Queen after 15.Nxe4 Qh4 16.g3 Qh3 17.Nf2


Jan-11-15  varishnakov: 14.N(QB)-K4 PxN 15.NxP Q-R5 16.P-KN3 Q-R6 17.N-B2 QxR

okay, but I thought it wasn't decisive enough and wanted more, so I tried 17.R-B4 (with the idea of preventing black from taking the rook with his queen) P-KN3 18.B-B1 Q-R4 19.N-B6+

I missed the key defensive move in that line 17...NxP which threatens K3 and black escapes with a better position (17...NxP 18.B-B1 NxKP)

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Jan-11-15  dfcx: Insane?

14.? white to move, material even.
I can see that Nce4 probably traps the queen.
14.Nce4 (or Nde4) dxe4
15.Nxe4 Qh4 (only safe square)
16.Rf4 and the queen is dead

Is this really the answer? Looks too easy for an insane Sunday POTD.

Jan-11-15  dfcx: Oops, I missed the reply for black if white plays 16.Rf4 Qe1+

16.g3 is the key play here.

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  Longview: Watched the game, saw the move but not the trapping of the Queen, this time or before. It is apparent that Aronian knew his advantage before it occurred but the end of the game was also very interesting to me. 37. Qa3 Bc4 38. Rg4 Bb5 39. Rg1 Bc4 40. Rc1 Bb5 41. Bf3 Nf4 42. Rd1 Kh8 43. d5 Nd5 44. Bh5

The Q-a3 surprised me and I did not see its value until 44. B-h5 showing that the Black rook on e8 was about to be put out of play and the move e7 was to follow.

I am just now learning to recognize the degree of "pressure" that is created by a passed pawn that attains significant location on the 6th rank irrespective of the balance of power between the two sides. Wonderful display of patient marching of the pawn and exercising the freedom of movement of rook and Queen across a rank and taking advantage of long diagonals to boot.

Jan-11-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: I saw the queen trap quickly and didn't see any complications, so I decided not to post. Interesting that a GM could get to a lost position so quickly. There is some technique required to realize the material advantage, so you might want to try playing the puzzle position against Crafty:

Jan-11-15  cata008: i saw ne4 and the possible queen trapping , but after i thought without much thinking about Rf4 BUT it doesn't work cause black has qe1
Jan-11-15  Lighthorse: <Longview: I am just now learning to recognize the degree of "pressure" that is created by a passed pawn that attains significant location on the 6th rank irrespective of the balance of power between the two sides.>

I guess neither did GM Naiditsch in our game here against him-> The World vs Naiditsch, 2014

Jan-11-15  TheBish: Aronian vs Mamedyarov, 2014

White to play (14.?) "Insane", even material.

Black's queen is not ideally placed, which led me to look for a queen trap.

14. Nde4!

I don't think it matters which knight; does this mean there are two solutions? The knight must be accepted, as 14...Qh4 15. g3 Qh3 16. Nf2 traps the queen and forces 16...Qxf1+, losing it for just a rook.

14...dxe4 15. Nxe4 Qxf5

Or 15...Qh4 16. g3 Qh3 17. Nf2 Qxf1+ 18. Kxf1, with the same material discrepancy.

16. Rxf5 Bxf5

White has won the queen for rook and knight, a small but significant material advantage (like a pawn). Lots of work left, but it seems like the best White has. This seemed easier than Saturday's puzzle.

Jan-11-15  Bycotron: Church was cancelled this morning due to ice on the roads. Nevertheless, is seems to be a day of revelation.

After a minute of studying the position, I spotted the idea of Ne4 and trapping the Qf6. For example:

14.Nde4 dxe4
15.Nxe4 Qh4 (forced)
16.g3 Qh3 (forced)
17.Nf2 Qxf1+ (forced)

and I'm pleased with white's position and the ease with which I solved it. I can't give credit to my playing strength for solving this so quickly, twas pure inspiration!

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