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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Levon Aronian
FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017), Geneva SUI, rd 8, Jul-14
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: What has got into him?
Jul-14-17  SirRuthless: He's just inconsistent. Brilliant enough to win Super tournaments in dominant fashion and then he goes and does this. Credit to Nepo but this isn't Aronian near his best and it's pretty frustrating to see him still doing this at 34.
Jul-14-17  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been < 19... Nxf2 20. Rxf2 fxe4 21. Rbf1 Rxf2 22. Rxf2 Qc7 >

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Jul-14-17  fisayo123: <whiteshark> Nothing. He's not just Anand, Kramnik, Carlsen caliber. He's failed in every Candidates Tournament he has played. There's a reason for that. Tremendous player but ultimately never *THAT* good.
Jul-14-17  SirRuthless: I think he's good enough but just not consistent enough. Karjakin isn't a better player than Aronian. Hell, he's been better than Carlsen this year in terms of classical tournament results but he has lapses at bad moments and those moments tend to be in the qualification cycle.
Jul-14-17  fisayo123: Who said anything about Karjakin?
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  JointheArmy: <fisayo123>.Aronian failed in the most recent Candidates tournament, which Karjakin won. It was implied.
Jul-15-17  notyetagm: Back to being his nemesis, Lemon Erronian.
Jul-15-17  Boomie: Aronian has always been a well prepared player. But in a Swiss tournament, you don't know who your next opponent is until well after the end of the round. So there is less time to prepare. Although this may be part of his problem, it doesn't fully explain how awful his results have been.
Jul-15-17  groog: SirRuthless, yes I fully concur. Aronian pulls off some dazzling tourneys, but it seems he sort of drifts off as if his mind is somewhere else. Consistency is his downfall.
Jul-17-17  Ulhumbrus: If after 24...Nxf1 Nepomniachtchi's two pawns give him too much for the exchange an alternative is 24...Nxg2 25 Kxg2 Qxh3+ 26 Kf2 Qh4+ 27 Kg2 Bxb3 and the exposure of White's king may give Black too much for a pawn

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