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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Levon Aronian
Norway Chess (2015), Stavanger NOR, rd 1, Jun-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: MVL starting to turn it around against Aronian. In his 4 first classical games with white against Aronian, MVL was +0,-2,=2, but has since gone on a +2,-0,=1 run!
Jun-16-15  Conrad93: I'm not sure what's wrong 16...Bxf3 17. Rxf3 h4.
Jun-16-15  Conrad93: So, according to might Stockfish my idea is terrible and stupid.

Apparently, the really subtle capture 20...Bxd5 21. Rae1 Be6 22. Rxe5

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22...0-0-0 23. Re1 Bxf5 24. Qxf5+ Qd7

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is very drawish for white, but I still prefer black

Jun-16-15  Everett: Will the old Aronian ever return? He has not been the same leading up to and after his facial surgery.
Jun-17-15  Chess for life: MVL has good queen ending technique. This game reminded me of this one: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Jobava, 2014 (also played in Norway, incidentally).
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  HeMateMe: what happened, regarding his face?
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  Penguincw: Analysis of this game:
Jun-17-15  Severin: <HeHateMe> It wasn't injured or anything. I believe the surgery was cosmetic. He got a nose job, although he said it was because he had difficulty breathing through his nose.
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  HeMateMe: Good to know, I thought he had been injured, somehow.

He's not going to start moonwalking, or anything like that, is he?

Jun-18-15  wildrookie: Was move 20 by Aronian an oversight, a blunder, a miscalculation or a necessity? I'm just a club-level player and can't see the point in sacrificing the Bishop. Can someone shed some light on it, please?
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  moronovich: <wildrookie: Was move 20 by Aronian an oversight, a blunder, a miscalculation or a necessity?> If he withdraws the bishop Rae1 will follow.Same with -BxB,QxB,Knight moves and now Rae1 with decisive advantage.

Hope that helps.The zwischenzug Re1 is probably what you overlooked.

Good luck for further improvement!

Jun-18-15  wildrookie: Thank you, moronovich, for your helpful comment. It's really illuminating.
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  moronovich: <wildrookie> !

You are always welcome.

Jun-19-15  Everett: <HeMateMe> He couldn't breath through his nose. Perhaps it was a deviated septum.
Jun-20-15  Ulhumbrus: After 13 fxg3 White's pawn structure has been spoilt but Black has conceded far more, if Black's king will now be exposed to attack wherever the black king is placed.
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  thegoodanarchist: <everin: <HeHateMe> It wasn't injured or anything. I believe the surgery was cosmetic. He got a nose job, although he said it was because he had difficulty breathing through his nose.>

Now he is receiving too much oxygen to his brain, and is suffering from oxygen intoxication. That is the reason his play has declined.

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