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Levon Aronian vs Arkadij Naiditsch
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017), Baden-Baden GER, rd 5, Apr-20
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Accepted (A13)  ·  1-0



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Apr-20-17  JimNorCal: Only pawn and knight for the rook but position looks winning to my eyes.
Apr-20-17  JimNorCal: Aronian on a roll these last few rounds!
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  offramp: It looks bad for black but the white bishop is useless.
Apr-20-17  Marmot PFL: Without a white rook the black king seems a lot safer than before. maybe he can hang on.
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  offramp: Defending these positions is a piece of weewee. You have only move after only move. How hard is that?
Apr-20-17  Marmot PFL: White needs the queens on to win otherwise the opposite color bishops would be a draw.
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  perfidious: <Marmot: White needs the queens on to win otherwise the opposite color bishops would be a draw.>

With 4-2 on the kingside, that is not so clear, with one factor in Black's favour being that the bishop is the wrong colour for the h pawn.

Apr-20-17  BOSTER: If white move his king on d5 , he wins.
Apr-20-17  Marmot PFL: Carlsen says put the K on e7 and wait
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  whiteshark: Black is in trouble here - Even with opp coloured ♗, a passed p is a passed p. Furthermore black can't create a passer himself
and white's ♔ threats to infiltrate on the kingside
Apr-20-17  User not found: That's a draw imo. White has b1 and a2 covered with the LSB and black can stop white promoting a pawn with his DSB. Only a blunder and someone wins and it's rare these guys mess up in these kinda positions.
Apr-20-17  BOSTER: My guess that correct for black is to give up the game.
Apr-20-17  Marmot PFL: 41...h6 or g6, h6 seems the more natural move.
Apr-20-17  Marmot PFL: The black king side pawns are fine, but he placed both queen side pawns on the same color as the white bishop, not a good idea.
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  technical draw: Aronian wins and takes the lead.
Apr-20-17  cormier: -0.77 6. ... Nb6 7. Ne5 Qd4 8. Qc3 Qxc3 9. Nxc3 Bd6 10. d4 cxd3
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  whiteshark: 3rd win in a row for Aroooooo
Apr-20-17  chessgame901:

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Apr-20-17  chessgame901:

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Apr-20-17  crwynn: Aronian's play in this tournament has been wonderful to watch, but in this game I was most impressed by Black's defense here, even if he failed in the end. I would have been tempted to play 25...resigns in Naiditsch's place.
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  tamar: After surviving a lost position against Carlsen, Aronian has been playing in his best style the past few days.
Apr-21-17  JimNorCal: <Tamar> "After surviving a lost position against Carlsen"

I did not follow that game closely but I saw part of it on chess24. The slider bar on the side of the display was showing Aronian leading at the time I was watching. Perhaps the engine was incorrect but possibly both players survived difficulties.

Apr-21-17  crwynn: Aronian's strength, in my view anyway, is linked to his deep understanding of pawn structures and how to use them. And i'm sure he knows that this is his specialty, as he never seems to stop changing the structure until he gets a favorable one. All of his wins in this tournament showcase this ability to perfection.
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  tamar: <JimNorCal> I was thinking of this position Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017

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It looked like Magnus could crush him with 34 Nfe5, winning a piece, but Magnus thought 34 Qxe4 was simpler, missing 34...Nf4+ 35 Kg3 Ne2!, which saves the game for Black because of perpetual.

Aronian had the better game at points, but never had a won game, I don't think.

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  HeMateMe: I wonder if white's whole game here was home prep?
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