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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 5, Jun-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Jun-08-14  lost in space: In my active OTB times I would have drawn this with white. I hope Carl can do better...
Jun-08-14  Marmot PFL: 84 Re6 Rh3 85 Rxe3 and black has to give up. Don't play that out against a world ch.
Jun-08-14  Marmot PFL: 84 g5 is probably even easier, dont have to calc 84 Re6 Rxg4+
Jun-08-14  lost in space: Still complicated (at least for a normal person like me)

83...e3 84. Rxc6 e2 85. Re6 Re4 86. Rxe4 dxe4 87. h8=Q e1=Q 88. d5+ Kb3 89. d6 Qb4 90. Qe5 Qb6 and it looks grim for black, but do you see this with out comp assistance?

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  chancho: Aronian testing Carlsen's endgame technique... ludicrous!
Jun-08-14  Marmot PFL: < lost in space> U gave black an extra move. White had taken c6 on move 83.
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  chancho: Aronian resigns.
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  whiteshark: and resigns (basic bridge building underway)
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  eternaloptimist: <chancho: <...Craponian>> lol! :D
Jun-08-14  lost in space: yeah, but even with an extra move black was simply lost
Jun-08-14  DcGentle: Well, this was a long struggle. But whether Aronian had real chances along the way, needs to be examined.
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  chancho: Aronian: "I just went completely nuts."

Jun-08-14  Marmot PFL: 11 fg3 is the kind of move the books always criticize. 11 hg3 looks fine (capture toward the center).
Jun-08-14  Ulhumbrus: Short said that after 32...h5! White was lost and this is what Houdini indicates. Instead of this 32...Qb3? reduces Black's advantage. 33...Qd1+? is a second error which passes the advantage to White. After that each Black error increased White's advantage to a winning degree. As Capablanca says, the good player is always lucky.

Aronian said < I don't know why I did not play 32...h5. It is difficult to explain... It is difficult to explain why a player would not play 32...h5. It is a puzzle.> Aronian said that he missed the move g4 later. Carlsen said < I was outplayed. I was very lucky to get something>

Short said that there was <cumulative fatigue> and Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam said that both of the players looked very tired

Jun-08-14  csmath: 11. fxg3N
[Strange at the first sight but reasonable move in view of aggressive nature of the opening. As usual Carlsen is not looking for opening advantage but an original game.]

17. a5
[17. 0-0 Nxa4 18. Rfe1 would have been a good alternative.]

18. ...Rhe8

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19. Kf2
[19. Nc4 Nxc3 20. Ne5 f6 21. Nxd7 Rxd7 and now few moves all leading to a complex game: 22. Bf5, 22. axb7, 22. Bg6. Carlsen's move is logical.]

20. Kb8!?
[Strange move but trying to avoid pin on a d7 in some variations. There is a better move - 20. b5 stops Nc4 entirely. 20. b6 also seems logical though dangerous.]

24. Ra4?!
[Start of problems for white. 24. Hidden move 24. Qh5 stopping black pawns and threatening Qg6-Qa6 seems better.]

24. ...Ba4

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25. Rc5?
[25. Qf2 Qxf2 26. Kxf2 f4 27. Rc1 Nd1+ 28. Ke2 Nb2 29. gxf4 gxf4 30. Rb1 Nd1 Rxd1 Bxd1+ 32. Kxd1 fxe3 33. Ra6 h5 34. Ke2 seems to be equal game with a plenty of play left.]

25. ...Rf8

[White attack disappeared completely while f-file looms to be opened.]

29. Re2?!
[29. Rxd5 Nxg3 30. Qf2 in hope of sturdy defense in the resulting ending.]

29. ...Qa3

[29. ...Qxb7 30. Bxe4 fxe4 31. Qa1 Ra6 looks like too much of a risk even for Aronian.]

32. Ra5
[Carlsen plays in survival mode but his position is very difficult.]

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32. ...Qb3?!
[Preparing a real bad move. 32. h5 was stronger.]

33. Qa1

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33. ...Qd1?
[Stinker. Completely letting white of the hook. 33. ...Qd3 is probably the best move in the position for example 34. Rb2 Bb5 34. Rb1 (34. Rxb5 cxb5 loses) a6 and black is rock solid while white is cramped badly.]

Now after exchanges white position is very much relaxed and he has the upper hand.

38. ...Rb2
[38. ...Re2 is possibly better.]

40. ...Kxb7
[40. ...Rxb7 is more defensive and possibly more resilient.]

Black is here likely lost.

48. Rh7?!
[48. Rd6 with Nf5 and Rd8 looks mighty stronger plan.]

57. ...Re6?!
[57. ...Bh7 58. Rxg5? Rf7 59. Ke1 Rb7 60. Rh5 Rb2!! with a draw. This is of course hard to see.

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64. ...Kc3?!
[64. ...Rb8 65. Ra2+ Kb3 66. Ra5 Kc2 67. Rc5+ is possibly more resilient but it does not look good to me either.]

65. Ng3

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White is winning.

66. ...Rb8?!
[65. ...Rc7 66. Nh5 Kb4 67. Ra8 is winning as well. Aronian is making it easier for Carlsen.]

66. Rc5+ Kb2
67. Nh5

and this is hopeless. Aronian puts up nice fight but the outcome is never in doubt. Carlsen finishes the game nicely and without errors.

91. Re5!
[preparing Rh5 and clearly showing Aronian that it is a time to resign.]


Rather clumsy play by Carlsen but yet again he shows that he cannot be beaten easily. Aronian blows one more opportunity to beat the champion.

Jun-08-14  devere:

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33...Qd1+? was the turning point of the game. Either 33...Bb5 or 33...Qd3 gives Black a significant advantage.

Jun-08-14  csmath: I think Lemon Erronian (sorry, I could not resist) is developing some magnusitis infection from Nakamura.
Jun-08-14  1971: Wow, great game Magnus! Excellent!
Jun-08-14  bugabay: Wes would have never missed Qd3.... as fate would have it, Magnus keep feeding from these poor souls... a million times so far.
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  whiteshark: <csmath: <Lemon Erronian >>

After reading that I laughed so hard that milk came out my nose...and I wasn't even drinking milk!

Jun-09-14  Beholder: <whiteshark: <csmath: <Lemon Erronian >> After reading that I laughed so hard that milk came out my nose...and I wasn't even drinking milk!>

This presents a logical problem. I believe the easiest way to solve it is to assume you were snorting milk, probably in powder form. You never said the milk coming out of your nose was liquid either.

Jun-09-14  Chris321: Good post yes Socrates.GM Ian Rodgers commented on Carlsen's move 11.fg3 as a"brave move".Yes indeed and one that the "engines"don't approve to!.....!
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  whiteshark: <Beholder: <whiteshark: <csmath: <Lemon Erronian >> After reading that I laughed so hard that milk came out my nose...and I wasn't even drinking milk!> This presents a logical problem...> That may very well be. But actually 'milk' is a 'teapot' here.
Jun-09-14  bugabay: <.GM Ian Rodgers commented on Carlsen's >

Reminds of Wesley beating this GM when he was 12 years old.

Nov-28-14  KchessK: Here is the live cam video of this game
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