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Dmitry Andreikin vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 13, Mar-29
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0



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Mar-29-14  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Aronian, 2014

Damn, Aronian was a big favorite when this tournament began and now he is only <+0(!!)> after 13 rounds!

In the immortal words of GM Susan Polgar, WOW!.

Mar-29-14  manojelanjickal: 16... B X C4 i would prefer B X e2.
Mar-29-14  SirRuthless: Impressive play by andreikin. Not impressed by Aronian who hasn't been right since losing to Anand early on. He probably sealed his fate when he took the quick draw in the second leg of their mini match.
Mar-29-14  chesswar1000: what an abysmal performance by aronian
Mar-29-14  Marmot PFL: Carlsen - There are many good ways to play against the Tromp, but this isn't one of them.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Houdini thinks that black could have drawn after 33..Rb8. I guess that allowing the white king to get to c6 led to the fatal weakening of black's position.
Mar-29-14  csmath: 2. Bg5
[Andreikin's lack of opening preparation leads him to play rather restrictive set of openings.]

12. 0-0-0
[Peculiar choice.]

19. a4

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White has a devious plan.

20. Kb2 [sac offered]
20. ... Bxa4?!

[Accepting sac was dangerous:
...Bxd1 21. Rxd1 h5 22. Rd7 Kg7 23. Ra7 and white passers are going to become extremely dangerous. However Aronian's choice is not better at all.]

23. Rd7

and white is winning as unbelievable as it might have looked just a few moves ago. Andreikin strategy is not only impressive but also extremely effective.

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24. e4?

[24. Rc1! Bf5 25. Rb7 which looks like a completely hopeless position.

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24. ...a4!
[support for Bb3. Aronian has found the way to defend.]

25. Rc1?
[In vastly superior position Andrekin misses Aronian's point. 25. Bd5! Kg7 26. Rxf7 Kh6 27. Kb4! still looks like a overwhelming advantage.

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33. Kb5

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This position is not without hope for black but now Aronian makes a horrible error:

33. ...Rxf2?

[This was just too early 33. ...Rb8 34. Rd3! Rxf2! (...Rb2 cannot stop the king) 35. Rb3 Rxh2 and with threat of his own passers black can continue to fight.

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34. Kc6

and black is simply one move too late

34. ...Re7
[34. ...Rb8 35. Kc7 Re8 36. b7 Rb2 37. Rad6! Rc2+ 38. Kb6 Rb2+ 39. Rb5 looks also hopeless.]

the rest is self-explainable.

Rather tough loss for Aronian. Brilliant concept of Andreikin in the opening. I will remember this game as his talent comes through for me finally.

For Aronian a consolation is that the games he lost to Mamedyarov and Andreikin are both brilliant games. Some tough losses though.

Mar-29-14  csmath: By brilliant I mean a brilliant opening concept though there are some errors in the game. The strategy initiated by Andreikin is extremely impressive and it was hard to find the right way to defend. Eventual error by Aronian is understandable
Mar-29-14  kdogphs: Andreikin has definitely impressed me after his sluggish start, he truly does deserve to be in this tournament for sure.
Mar-29-14  thegoodanarchist: Weirdest looking game I have ever seen in my life.
Mar-29-14  Ulhumbrus: 3 Bxf6 concedes the bishop pair.

4...Bb4 makes no attempt to keep the bishop pair but passes the bishop pair as well as the advantage back to White

Mar-29-14  1971: This is the Andreikin I expected to show up, I was surprised when he lost two early games.
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  ajk68: Aronian should have punished this opening. Instead he traded down pieces and went into a rook endgame with a shattered pawn structure and his king cut off from the action.

5...c5 looks like a terrible move.

Mar-29-14  Jambow: <Weirdest looking game I have ever seen in my life.>

At the top level at least.

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