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Levon Aronian vs Sergey Karjakin
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 13, Mar-27
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Quite an intriguing draw featuring some resourceful and imaginative defense in a very bad position. Perhaps White should not have sought the exchange of Queens with 34.Qc7?
Mar-28-16  ndg2:

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It's a really strange decision from white not to play Rxb8+ first and only then to take the knight on a3. Would have prevented the a pawn from advancing.

White's advantage would have been considerably higher than in the game continuation.

Mar-28-16  Ulhumbrus: 15 bxc5 clears the fourth rank for the manoeuvre Qd1-a4-h4 to support a king side attack as - with colours reversed- in the game Janowski vs Lasker, 1924

However 15...a4 prevents this manoeuvre and supports the move ...Bb3

Feb-19-21  War62: A very well played game! then came 22...Bf7, I thought Nd4 would have been a little better. 23...Bg6, bishop is better placed at d5.
25...Na3? c6 is better!
29...Nxe3? Nb5 is better!
30.Qxa3? this is where white loses his shot at winning, 30.Rxb8+ Rxb8 31.Qxa3 Nxg2 32.Kxg2 Qd7 33.Nd2 Bb3 34.Rc3 - With a good chance for a win. 50.Rc5? Bd4 is better, but after missing his shot 20 moves ago he now lacks the material for a victory.

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