Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
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



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 116 more Aronian/Nakamura games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can make these tips go away by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Simply check the option "Don't show random tips on game pages." and click the Update Profile button at the bottom.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
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:

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

click for larger view

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:

click for larger view

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

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

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: BLITZ. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
f3 g1
from long games by truepacifism
127.Kf3 1/2-1/2
from Endgame: Bare Kings by Penguincw
Opus 1 (A00-A99)
by Chessdreamer

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC