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Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana
Sinquefield Cup (2015), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: A very clever and destructive final move.
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  Penguincw: Wow, already in the database. With this win, Aronian improves to +6,-1,=4 with white against Caruana in classical time controls.

26.Qh5 was a nice rook sacrifice, and white even offered a 2nd rook with 27.Nxg5. Obviously black didn't accept due to 27...Nxe1 28.Qxh7+ Kg6 29.Ne4# 1-0.

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  whiteshark: Caruana's opening shot (f6/g5/e5/f5) goes to the rear
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  JointheArmy: 25. Ne4!! is just brilliant.
Aug-23-15  john barleycorn: very good game by Aronian. he still can do it
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  whiteshark: <29.Rxf5!!> with the idea of 30.Ne6+, winning the black ♕.
Aug-23-15  tivrfoa: beautiful game
Aug-23-15  Imran Iskandar: Good game by Aronian, hope it marks the end of his slump. Caruana was too ambitious in this game, in my opinion.
Aug-23-15  Marmot PFL: usually the Queen's gambit is played as a quiet defensive line, but Caruana seems to think that black should be attacking.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A Double Rook Sacrifice? At this level of play?? In this day and age??? Of course Black had to decline the second Rook, but it still astonishes.
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  HeMateMe: loved this game. What a great opening salvo for the tournament.
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  Sokrates: Don't put your hands in the mouth of an old lion. As Imran said, Caruana wanted to overplay "the old guy" snd hubris punished him.
Aug-24-15  paavoh: Pride goeth before a fall...
Aug-24-15  kamagong24: had to admire Caruana's spirit!!! great final blow by Aronian!!!
Aug-24-15  Ulhumbrus: After 19...f5 either 20 exd5 or 20 exf5 can be answered with 20...e4.

However after 20 f3! it is not so easy for Black to play 21...e4 in reply to either 21 exd5 or to 21 exf5 and perhaps for this reason Caruana plays 20...dxe4?

However according to the commentator GM Ashley this releasing of the tension is a mistake and Black should play 20...Re8 even though Black can no longer play ...e4 as easily.

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  Jambow: Well played by Aronian looking much like his 2800 former self. Aronian was always strong with a passed pawn, always able to exchange with advancement when on his game.
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  thegoodanarchist: What a crush by Aronian. I agree with <Jambow> that LA is looking in form here.
Aug-26-15  Nonnus: Aronian indeed is in good form
Aug-27-15  Ed Frank: Incredible vision by Aronian.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Very nice.
Sep-18-16  diagonalley: i "guessed" the first couple of moves, but couldn't see far enough to justify them... brilliant aronian!
Sep-18-16  plumbst: I saw the mate if Black takes both Rooks, but that was it. Way too much for me.
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  WorstPlayerEver: The first two moves are easy, but it's the last move which collects the bonus. Guess I need to practise some more ;)
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  al wazir: Got the first two moves, but after that I would have continued 28. Qf7+, which goes nowhere.

As black I would have answered 28. Rf1 with 28...Bg6. Then 29. Rf7+ Bxf7 30. Qxf7+ (30. Qxh7+ Kf6 31. Qxf7+ Kxg5 32. Bd3 e4 0:1) Kh6 31. h4 Rh8 32. Qe6+ Kg7 33. Nf7 Qe8 34. Nxh8 Qxe6 35. dxe6 Kxh8 36. e7 Ra8 37. Bf7 Nd4 38. e8=Q+ Rxe8 39. Bxe8 looks pretty even.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Never would have solved it if I hadn't already seen it. 6/6 this week. After looking at the game again, one thing comes through that I missed the first time--from the 25th move onward Aronian had to find the absolutely best move every time or lose his advantage if not the game. He had no room for error.
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