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Levon Aronian vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  1-0

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Jan-22-17
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  chancho: Drawanish got shellacked.
Jan-22-17  Conrad93: Aronian is too tactical and unpredictable for Giri.
Jan-22-17
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: 8.Na3 doesn't appear in the database until this game. Curious idea--White develops the Ra1 as soon as possible in order to sacrifice it as soon as possible. Looking forward to seeing the silicon evaluations of the game.
Jan-22-17  Mudphudder: Dang, this game almost rivals the Adhiban vs Andrekin game of round 8.

Good to see someone finally crush the drawmaster in convincing fashion.

Jan-22-17  Sularus: What a TN! Home cooking at its finest!
Jan-22-17  Sularus: 23. ... Ba8, oops! Legend has it that it's still there.
Jan-23-17  tivrfoa: <Conrad93> Classical games: Levon Aronian beat Anish Giri 6 to 0, with 14 draws.

=)

Jan-23-17
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  SpaceRunner: Brilliant game by Aronian!

The TN Knight a3 and the sacrifice of the rook is real marvelous Chess!

In the middlegame Giris pieces looks clumsy !!

Jan-24-17
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  HeMateMe: heavy prep?
Jan-25-17  CountryGirl: How come Aronian has such a massive plus score against Giri, the DrawMasterExtraordinaire(TM) ? What is it in their styles, openings or personalities that produces such a result?
Jan-26-17  Conrad93: < How come Aronian has such a massive plus score against Giri, the DrawMasterExtraordinaire(TM) ? What is it in their styles, openings or personalities that produces such a result?>

Aronian is usually better prepared, and more tactical than Giri's usual opponents.

Jan-26-17  Mudphudder: I really feel like it's a conflict of styles. Aronian's best wins have always been tactical masterpieces, in my opinion. Giri's drawish style has always taken on a slow positional press of sorts.
Feb-05-17  Dave12: Levon once losed a similiar game to Ding. Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013
Nov-17-17  Abdullah Alkhalifi: 43...Qg2+ 44. Kf5 Qxg6+ 45. Kxg6 f2 46. Bf7 f1=Q 47. Rd8#
Oct-06-18
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  Jambow: <How come Aronian has such a massive plus score against Giri, the DrawMasterExtraordinaire(TM) ? What is it in their styles, openings or personalities that produces such a result?>

Beyond the obvious tactical genius Levon is, I asked myself the same question. What I then observed is that Aronian stylistically at least, is his ability to play the whole board. Anand also seems more adept than most in this aspect of playing style and so they remind me of one another. So both are dynamic tactical players with this caveat Aronian seems to employ his tactical prowess from jump street to get a pawn or minor piece well posted deep in his opponents camp. So many of his great games have that theme in them. His opponent has a positional/tactical thorn to contend with while Aronian pivots off of it. This game we see Giri finally capitulating and giving up the exchange sacrifice to remove the thorn, but the wound was already infected. Where is Androcles when you need him?

I'm a certified patzer but that's my 2 cents and that is probably over priced. Fritz agrees with my conclusions but do you trust your chess to a feline is the question? Better late than never.

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