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Sergey Karjakin vs Levon Aronian
Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Feb-19
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Much admire how Aronian conjured complications from such a quiet and calm opening, Even if the silicon monsters can prove that Black's Exchange sacrifice was wrong, refuting it over the board using human software proved too challenging for White.
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  beatgiant: Why not 60...Rxd3 or 61...Rxd3?
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  beatgiant: My guess is the score sheet is wrong and 59...Re4 was played (instead of 59...Rd4).
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  PawnSac: < beatgiant: Why not 60...Rxd3 or 61...Rxd3? >

No, the score sheet is correct. Black has 4 pawns to white's two, one of which is an outside passer. This should be a clearly won ending if played correctly, BUT Rxd3 would be a blunder as it gives white a drawing resource, illustrated with the following absurd line (note that at no time can black capture the white rook as white would be stalemated):

60. ..Rxd3 61. Ra8+ Ke7 62. Re8+ Kd6 63. Re6+ Kd5 64. Re5+ Kc4 65. Rxc5+ Kb3 66. Rc3+

The white R can chase the black K all around the board. This is a well known drawing technique.

Thus one can see why Aronian played 60. ..Kd7! to prevent a rook check. White replies with Ra6! and again, if Rxd3 then Re6! with the same drawing maneuver. Again, black sidesteps this ploy and improves his position with c4! advancing the passer and forcing the knight to move as after PxN there is no draw (Ra4 doesn't work since after Rxd3 the white rook can't get at the black king). The rest of the game needs no explanation.

Feb-28-15  shivasuri4: The scoresheet is correct, but there is no stalemate if the knight is taken. Aronian didn't bother calculating deep enough as there was an alternate win available.

After 60...Rxd3 61.Ra8+ Kf7 62.Rf8+ Ke6 63.Rf6+ Kd5 64.Rd6+ Kc4, when no more checks are possible (65.Rd4+ simply loses to 65...Rxd4), White can resign.

Feb-28-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: The way the move repetitions worked, it seems Aronian would have been content to draw partway through.

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