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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura-Aronian Match (Blitz) (2014) (blitz), St Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Nov-25
English Opening: King's English Variation. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  norami: Well done by Aronian to gather himself together and hold the draw after the blunder on move 63.
Nov-29-14  Edeltalent: The video of the game is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS9f...

Extremely impressive to see Aronian holding the draw with just 15 seconds on the clock. Looking with a tablebase, he actually only coughed it up once


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99.Ra4? loses, while any other rookmove on the a-file draws, as after e.g. 99.Ra1 Kf2+, White can safely take the pawn 100.Kxh4 f4 101.Kg4 f3 102.Kh3 and drawn like in the game. With the rook on a4, this of course fails to the trade of rooks after 100...Re4+.

And the position of the White rook on a4 also allows Black to gain a vital tempo in the variation 99.Ra4? Kf2+ 100.Kh2 Re4 101.Ra2+ Re2 102.Ra4, allowing the devilish f4! (103.Rxf4+ Ke3+), and this time, the White King is not in time to collect the h-pawn and return to contain the Black King.

Instead, 100...h3? by Nakamura threw away the win for good.

Nov-29-14  Edeltalent: By the way, would you have guessed that in the position after move 79:


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only 79.Rg8+ and 79.Kf2 draw, while the completely natural looking 79.Kf4? loses to 79...Kg7! (the only winning move)?

Feb-13-15
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  Penguincw: Aronian seems to be good at defending rook and pawn endgames where he's down at least 2 pawns: Carlsen vs Aronian, 2014. ;)

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