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Anish Giri vs Levon Aronian
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-07
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: < Classical games: Levon Aronian beat Anish Giri 4 to 0, with 8 draws. >

When Giri has white, he's +0,-3,=4.

1/3 done the tournament, and Giri is tied with MVL for the lead. MVL has black against Grischuk.

Prediction: draw.

Dec-07-15  waustad: OK, so the weekend games were earlier. The final two games will also be earlier.
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  juan31: <Penguincw; Prediction draw> in this "draw festival" i belive in your prediction
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  whiteshark: They were following M Mchedlishvili vs I Nyzhnyk, 2009 and <8...d5> looks like a TN
Dec-07-15  lost in space: seems to me that Black has equalized. The bishop pair is the trump of white and the better pawn structure the plus of black. 16...Bg4 and the develops,went is also even.
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  WannaBe: Wow, huge turnout here at for this game. Plenty of good seats available!
Dec-07-15  lost in space: What do you folks think about 16...f6
Dec-07-15  MindCtrol9: True,there are not too many washing.I think Aronian is taking his time to figure out the best plan to develop the Bishop.Perhaps he is thinking to keep that Bishop,I just got here,but he needs a little more development.
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  Gypsy: <16. Rfe1 Nb6> Probably saying just the obvious, but Black is under a bit of a pressure and has problems to equalize.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: The other leader game seems more tense as Griscuk and MVL have all their pieces and castled opposite ways.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: My mistake MVL hasn't castled yet, and probably won't play 0-0
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: Once again Topalov seems to be in danger.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: Giri's bishops might mean but probably draw.
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  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL> White's rook is quite passive atm, defending ♙a2, which is a target itself. Black's piece coordination on the queenside leads to active (counter)play there and this all seems to be enough (compensation).
Dec-07-15  norami: All the games today are interesting - except this one! Oh well, sometimes you just guess wrong.
Dec-07-15  paavoh: No obvious targets on black squares in Black's camp. The B pair does not mean much here,
Dec-07-15  norami: How about Grischuk-MVL?
Dec-07-15  john barleycorn: well, well, I don't know what in particular I would associate with Giri's play or with the player Giri. He is among the top 10 players and when seeing one of his games I always ask myself "is this still chess?".

Oh wait, I remember Jobava in a press conference with Giri and somehow my sympathies were with Jobava.

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  whiteshark: 1st draw of the day
Dec-07-15  kamagong24: no Berlin? :(
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  perfidious: <kamagong24: no Berlin? :(>

Kid screwed up and touched the c-pawn; Aronian was willing to play into the Spanish Torture anyway, but the arbiter would have none of it.

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  Penguincw: < juan31: <Penguincw; Prediction draw> in this "draw festival" i belive in your prediction >

+1 for you and me.

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