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Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden-Baden GER, rd 3, Feb-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Feb-04-15  notyetagm: Aronian vs Caruana, 2015

Aronian drops out of the Top 10 on the Live Rating list with this loss.

Unbelievable. Lev was 2835 a year ago and now he is on the verge of falling through 2770.

Feb-04-15  maxxowar: 34.Rd8? ooops..
Feb-04-15  Shams: <notyetagm> Even a year ago though you could see signs he was faltering. Whatever that little edge is, Aronian seems to have been missing it for two to three years, don't you think?
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  JointheArmy: <Shams> Needs to spend more time studying and less time on vacation with his girlfriend.
Feb-04-15  Shams: <JointheArmy> He had the same beautiful girlfriend when he was playing his best though.
Feb-04-15  fisayo123: <JointheArmy> Pretty silly comment, that.
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  perfidious: <Shams> Maybe she has worn him out.
Feb-04-15  Shams: <perfidious> I hope they never throw *me* in that briar patch.
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  Penguincw: Aronian has lost each of the last 3 decisive meetings in classical time controls.
Feb-04-15  Alblitz: oh no. more errornians! a pawn is a pawn when it ces to super gm games
Feb-04-15  ColdSong: One can really wonder what's happening since some time to the Armenian Grandmaster.
Feb-04-15  Mating Net: 35...Bxf2! is a nice gut shot. The Bishop is immune because Qf6+ on the next move would have picked up the loose Rook on d8.
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  JointheArmy: Whatever it is, I hope Aronian gets back over 2800. He has to get out of this slump sometime.
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  JointheArmy: Btw, Levon missed 31. Nc7! and white should be in control of the game.
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  Marius: <JointheArmy>31...Qxc7 32.rd7 qc4 seems to hold
Feb-05-15  dehanne: White plays 33.R1d5 after Qc4
Feb-05-15  HilariousWibi: Right... 31. Nc7 Qc7x, 32. Rd7 Qc4, 33. R1d5 and f7 would fall
Feb-05-15  Ulhumbrus: 21...g6 invites 22 f4. On 22 f4 ef 23 Rxf4 g5 it looks dangerius for Black after 24 Rxf6 or 24 Bxf6 or even 24 Rf3
Feb-05-15  MindCtrol9: Good game by Caruana.Aronian is a great player, but lately he has not been doing too good.
Feb-05-15  SirRuthless: Aronian having a tough few events in a row. He is still pretty young, he'll be back for sure.
Feb-05-15  yesnomaybeidontknow: Aronian is brilliant. Don't judge his reputation according to a few games! And his head-to-head with the also brilliant Caruana is 4-4 in classical games.
Feb-07-15  Chichiboy: With the rise of the likes of Wesley So,he may find himself out of the top 10 for good. But I am sure he's gonna fight!
Feb-10-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: A Nimzo in which the last surviving minor pieces are a Black DSB and a White knight. That's counter-intuitive! :)
Mar-10-15  kuppabai: moves 34 and 35 can be easily predicted at GM level. Think it is a bad luck for GM LEVON
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  yiotta: <dehanne and HilariousWibi> after 31.Nc7 Qxc7,32.Rd7 Qc4,33.R1d5 Be7,34.Rxe7 Rf8,35.R5xe5 Qc1+ winning the b pawn, and White is hardly winning.

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