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Levon Aronian vs Richard Rapport
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Haarlem NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-17  Rat1960: ... Kg8 ; Rg7+ Kh8 ; Rg5+ Kh7 ; Qf5+ Kh6 ; RxQh5#
Jan-25-17  bugoljubow2000: 28. ...Kg8 29. Rg7 Kh8 30. Rg6+ Kh7 31. Qf7#
Jan-25-17  Ulhumbrus: The computer analysis on the chess24 website suggests that Aronian made a piece sacrifice worthy of a brilliancy prize.

If 24...Qh7 is insufficient after 25 Qg2, one alternative is 24...Nc6 eg 25 Qg6+ Bg7 26 Bxf6 Rxe6

Jan-25-17  Marmot PFL: You don't see miniatures like this often at high level chess where the players use computers and extensive databases to prepare their openings. in any case black from move 9-14 leaves his own king almost defenseless and also doesn't develop his QN or QR, and quickly gets crushed by Aronian.
Jan-25-17  offramp: If there's a brilliancy prize then this will win it. It's great great chess!!
Jan-25-17  Sally Simpson: Great Game. Aronian drops one of these gems in our laps every now and then.


According to this site both players do not have much OTB experience with this position.

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This was Aroniann 4th time in 15 years and Rapports 2nd time in 10 days! He first met it v Wes So in Rd.3.

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They had been following the Rd.3 game W So vs R Rapport, 2017

Wes So played 9.Rc1 and Rapport took on d2.

In hindsight Rapport should have suspected something different was coming.

Aronian played 9.Be1. Not a TN but latter play suggests Rapport was taken by surprise and drifted badly.

Doubt very much if the attack had been worked out in the Aronian Lab. This a good player punishing some slack play. When you prepare you should be looking at the good replies, not the iffy ones.

Jan-25-17  savagerules: Game of the year so far. Maybe Aronian is now recovered from the nosectomy surgery.
Jan-26-17  zanzibar: Wow, whatda game. (Memorist my ar*se.)

Now officially a member of <Decisive Pawn Pushes> collection - which I guess can go both ways.

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  perfidious: <Geoff....According to this site both players do not have much OTB experience with (the position after 7.Nc3)....>

No surprise there: this was a tabiya back in the 1970s, and one I had a number of times back then as White, but Polugaevsky's success with 7.d5 in Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980, followed by Kasparov's advocacy of first the old Petrosian line 4.a3, followed by 4.Nc3 and 5.a3, drove the old main line out of master praxis. Then there was 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5, which accounted for a snootful of games in every Informator by the mid eighties.

Jan-26-17  groog: Aronian really produces some gems. Yet he so so often under performs. This is a beauty.
Jan-26-17  Ulhumbrus: The move 9 Be1 is an undeveloping move and this suggests opening of lines by 10...d5.

Moreover the capture 12...Bxd4 takes a valuable central pawn which White has offered and this suggests that the move is correct.

Then how can the move 10...d5 be a mistake leading to a winning attack for White?

One answer is suggested by a comment from Najdorf < If you want to make count a lead in development you have to open lines even if you have to sacrifice>.

This suggests that the right choice for Black may be to offer a sacrifice instead of accepting a sacrifice.

On 13 Rd1 suppose that Black does not try to save his bishop but offers it for a pawn. Black has taken already a pawn, so if he offers the bishop for a pawn, he will have two pieces for a pawn.

This suggests 13...f5 14 Nb3 c5.

Jan-26-17  Moszkowski012273: 20...c6 MIGHT of held for black. 20...c5 doesn't work at all.
Jan-26-17  zanzibar: <moszkowski0122...3> Yes, I saw that playing over the game with an engine.

It was really curious, almost shocking, why it should have made such a big difference when first encountered.

I was baffled until I realized difference the move made on 24.Qg2.


Jan-26-17  zanzibar: On <CB> there's a video of Aronian's post-game interview:

He talks about 9.Be1 being part of his prep.

Jan-26-17  john barleycorn: <zanzibar> the group picture reminds of older pictures. Cannot help it but for me van Wely looks like Amos Burn, Giri like Tarrasch.
Jan-27-17  zanzibar: <jbc> I'm not sure I agree on the Burn comparison, but now that you mention it, I do see the Tarrasch in Giri.

The glance askance from the others, the distant look, the head held up as if to effect the slight sense of disdain...

(waxing a little poetic for effect)

Jan-27-17  tigreton: As Jan Gustaffson says, this is the march of the penguins (in reference to the lethal advance of the doubled f-pawns).

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