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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  peristilo: 13...Ne7 looks normal, but it is in fact a huge blunder. Instead, 13...Qg5 is good. Great game by Levon!
I wonder weather Mamedyarov was in time trouble when he blundered his queen.
Mar-14-14  another user: <I wonder weather Mamedyarov was in time trouble when he blundered his queen.>

No, he wasn't. He had around 90 minutes left.

I think 14. Nde4 is a good Wednesday puzzle.

Mar-14-14  haydn20: 44. Bh5 and the R at e8 is trapped. Brutally efficient display of Q vs R+B. Getting the longrange DSB off left Black with insufficient resources and his Rooks never coordinated.
Mar-14-14  haydn20: I probably would never have considered 13...Qg5! when 14. fxg6 is losing to 14...Qxe3+ and after White's best, 14. Qe2, 14...Nh4 and Black has a nice game. Aronian shows he is willing to take risks!
Mar-14-14  rogl: I think Shak simply forgot to turn on his spider sense. He played 13...Ne7 almost immediately, apparently not seeing any dangers.
Mar-14-14  haydn20: It must have been horrifying when Black saw his Q trapped. I looked at the miserable 13...Nh8 when at least Black is not immediately losing.
Mar-14-14  kia0708: BRILLIANT
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  HeMateMe: It would appear that Lev hasn't forgotten how to play chess, after all.
Mar-14-14  Ulhumbrus: 43 d5!! displaces the N on f4 which after 43...Nxd5 covers no longer the square h5 and takes away the flight square d5 from the N so that it invites attack by 44 Qe3. This looks like a resource worthy of Carlsen.
Mar-14-14  csmath: The only thing amazing about this game is how long it went on when black was already lost after 13. ...Ne7? 14. Nde4!
Mar-14-14  Ezzy: 11 f4! will probably be the novelty of the tournament. It produced a winning position two moves later :)
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  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...



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  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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