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Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian
Nakamura-Aronian (2014), St Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Nov-23
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-23-14  RookFile: Should he have followed up with 9. Bxc6? It would appear that was an original idea behind Bb5 in the first place.
Nov-24-14  SirRuthless: That is one option but I think an immediate h5!? would have been intriguing. The computer doesn't spot that move but I tried it out and at good depth it begins to like it better than the other options. Just a fast caveman attack on the Kingside.
Nov-24-14  Rhialto: It does look odd to play 8.Bb5 and not meet 8...0-0 with 9.Bxc6, but I think in this case he simply meant to develop his bishop without hanging d4 or blocking e2 for the knight, though he was obviously willing to capture if Black wasted a tempo forcing it (by 8...a6). As b5 is obviously not a stable square, he played 11.h4 partly to prepare Nf4, letting the bishop back to e2, and not simply to bust through on the k-side (though that is obviously the idea as well).

To me Nakamura's development scheme is very clever but somewhat dodgy-looking, I am surprised that chessbase described it as Aronian pulling something dubious-looking but tactically just good enough, as it looks rather the other way around to me. Admittedly both sides are obviously in considerable danger in this opening.

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  paavoh: Perhaps Black would have an opportunity to strike the White center, not once but twice, with the advance of the c pawns. The weakened white squares would not be a major problem when the White LSB is missing - that is how I read the decision of not playing 9.Bxc6. May be wrong though...
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