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Veselin Topalov vs Levon Aronian
Norway Chess (2015), Rennesoy NOR, rd 4, Jun-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0

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Jun-19-15
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  Honza Cervenka: 50...Ke8 was motivated by idea 51.Rxg7 Nc6 but it don't work for 52.Ra1 b2 53.Ra8+ Nb8 54.Rxb8+ Rxb8 55.Rg8+ Kd7 56.Rxb8 etc. Black is toast.
Jun-19-15
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  Gypsy: Clear x-chanche down, pawns shattered; Black position looks beyond hope.
Jun-19-15
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  Honza Cervenka: 51...fxe5 is clever trick. 52.fxe5 would be blunder allowing black to slip off the hook. But 52.R1c7 wins now.
Jun-19-15
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  Chessical: They think it's all over. It is now.
Jun-19-15
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  FSR: Black is dead. 53...Kg8 54. Rcg7+ Kf8 55. Rd7 Kg8 56. Rxh6 b2 57. Rg6+ Kf8 58. h6 b1=Q 59. h7 and wins.
Jun-19-15
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  whiteshark: 7th heaven! It's seems white can do his own thing.
Jun-19-15
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  Domdaniel: <Honza> Yes, very nice.
Jun-19-15  scormus: Chessical: In bg that would be "They think it's Lalova, ....."
Jun-19-15
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  Penguincw: Giri-Nakamura drawn in 59 moves.
Jun-19-15
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  whiteshark: accto sesse analysis it's <White mates in 15> after 55. Rd7.

PV: 55. Kg8 56. Rxh6 Rd6 57. Rxd6 Nf7 58. Rg6+ Kf8 59. Rd7 b2 60. Rf6 b1=Q 61. Rfxf7+ Ke8 62. Rde7+ Kd8 63. Ra7 Ke8 64. Rg7 Kf8 65. Raf7+ Ke8 66. Rc7 Kf8 67. h6 Qg6 68. Rxg6 exf4 69. h7 e5 70.

Jun-19-15
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  FSR: At least I won my Giri-Naka "not a short draw" bet.
Jun-19-15
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  Domdaniel: They think it's a boring egg ... <awl ova> ...
Jun-19-15
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  FSR: I haven't had too much success with ChessBookie since my brilliant bet on Topalov to beat Carlsen.
Jun-19-15
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  plang: very nice ending
Jun-19-15
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  Penguincw: Aronian resigns, as it's a mate in 8 from this position.

If 58. ... Rd6, then 59.Rdxf7 exf4 60.Rb7 Kg8 61.h6 Rd8 62.Rg7+ Kh8 63.Rff7 b2 64.Rh7+ Kg8 65.Rfg7+ Kf8 66.Rh8# 1-0.

If 58. ... Kg8, then 59.Rfxf7 Rd6 60.Rg7+ Kf8 61.Rdf7+ Ke8 62.Rb7 Rd7 63.Rbxd7 b2 64.Rb7 Kf8 65.Rgc7 exf4 66.Rb8# 1-0.

If 58. ... b2, then it's actually a mate in 6, with 59.Rfxf7 Kg8 60.Rg7+ Kf8 61.Rh7 Kg8 62.Rdg7+ Kf8 63.h6 b1=Q 64.Rh8# 1-0.

Jun-19-15  scormus: Thanks CG. Great play by Topalov!
Jun-19-15
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  whiteshark: Tomorrow is a rest day - time to settle some real life things....
Jun-19-15
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  Penguincw: After the rest day, Topalov will have black against Hammer. Meanwhile, Nakamura (half a point back) has white against Anand. Carlsen with white will try to beat Grischuk.
Jun-19-15
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  Honza Cervenka: 58.Rf6! is right choice. 58.Rxf7? b2 59.Rgf6 exf4! (59...b1=Q? 60.Rf8+ Kh7 61.R6f7+ Kh6 62.Rh8+ Qh7 63.Rhxh7#) 60.Rd7 Kg8 61.Rd1 b1=Q 62.Rxb1 Rxb1 63.Rxf4 should be still winning but it is unnecessary complication.
Jun-19-15  1d410: <Penguincw: Sinquefield Cup (2014) was pretty insane if you ask me> I agree. just watching and wondering, is Caruana going to continue his winning streak? pretty exciting stuff.
Jun-19-15  Steve.Patzer: Isn't this a QGD?
Jun-19-15
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  perfidious: It will eventually be designated a QGD Ragozin.
Jun-20-15  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 9...dxc4 9...Qd8 defends the d5 pawn and frees the N on c6 to move after withdrawing the king's bishop

Instead of 11...Bxc3, 11...Qd8 makes way for ..Be7. 11...Bxc3 both relinquishes the bishop pair and strengthens White's centre. This suggests poor form. Perhaps Aronian is upset by his failure to win in the previous round.

Jun-20-15  SirRuthless: WOnderful game by Topalov! He is a frightening player with the white pieces to be sure.
Jun-20-15  goodevans: Coming out of the opening with a somewhat passive set up, Aranian decides to trade his poor B for Topalov's better placed one with the manoeuver <33...Ba4>, <...Rc6/Rb6> and <...Bxb3>. Stockfish thought this ok but with hindsight this seems to me the point where his position changed from passive to desperate.

Turning white's a-pawn into a b-pawn allows the powerful <38.b4!> which leaves Aronian with the choice between dropping the c-pawn or allowing the c-file to be opened. At this point all the sudden Stockfish wakes up to the fact that white is much better.

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