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Levon Aronian vs Wesley So
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Aug-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Aug-08-17  offramp: Wow. So was annihilated. It's like some of the crap I see on Lichess.
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  tamar: So. he's levon on a jet plane
Don't know when he'll be back again
Aug-08-17  epistle: One player levon on a jet plane and the other one suffered the jet lag for him in advance
Aug-08-17  luzhin: Almost a shame So resigned, so we couldn't witness Aronian's amazing concept in full: after 32...Qxd3 33.Rh3!! Rxd5 34.Qh4 wraps up. Or if 32...Qxd3 33.Rh3!! Rc4 34.Qg5 will mate in short order.
Aug-08-17  Nina Myers: <epistle> Agreed up to here. Let's hope for the best to come!
Aug-08-17  Bruce Graham: Suddenly it's So quiet.
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  perfidious: <Bruce Graham: Suddenly it's So quiet.>

Not with such posters as <epistle> and <nimrod moron> to glory in So's latest defeat.

Aug-08-17  wordfunph: Levon is the man!

"Napakasakit Kuya Eddie" or in english.... "It hurts!"

wohohohooooo! Levon's victory made my day :)

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  chancho: Levon tactical menace Aronian.
Aug-08-17  ChessEscudero: And down goes Wesley again. But it's again the mighty Aronian, so there's no shame in it.

The jet lag theory must have been very very serious.

Aug-09-17  Nonnus: Caruana is also mighty!
Aug-09-17  Ulhumbrus: Some of the analysis given by the computer and the commentators suggests that the gap between a position which is easy for Black to defend and very difficult for Black to defend is very narrow.

Perhaps the gap amounts to no more than two mistakes, as Lasker said, so that it takes just two mistakes to first turn a defensible position into one which is very difficult to defend and then to turn a difficult defence into a lost game.

One commentator said that 19...Bxe4 was a mistake.

If that is so, this could have been the first mistake which turned a defensible position into one very difficult for Black to defend after which it took just one more mistake to make the position indefensible for Black.

The move 20 fxe3!! looks like a brilliant decision on the part of Aronian who may have foreseen its consequences better than So. If there were no immediate threats, the slower or more gradual threats turned out to be enough to win the game.

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  whiteshark: <Ulhumbrus: <One commentator said that 19...Bxe4 was a mistake.>> iirc, Aronian intricately said it, too.
Aug-09-17  paavoh: It seems to me that recently Aronian has been a fountain of creativity. Lots of unexpected ideas. That's great!
Aug-09-17  wordfunph: Fountain of Creativity vs. Abyss of Mediocrity
Aug-09-17  The Kings Domain: Fine win by Aronian. So's going to have to regroup and bounce back.
Aug-09-17  ONHSdefender: Puta... Asan na ung mga fans ni So???

D kayo ngayon magdiwang..

Aug-10-17  SugarDom: wow, fruitybreath chicken is not a sole loser anymore. Thumbs up dude.
Aug-10-17  Nina Myers: Where have you been, <perfidious>? We missed your emotional outpourings at #85 W So vs Carlsen, 2017
Aug-10-17  Calli: Wesley looks out of Sinque.
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  chancho: Indeed.

Way behind the rest of the field.

Aug-10-17  doozyrook: Lol So & his fans jetlag theory. A better love story than twilight!
Aug-10-17  john barleycorn: <doozyrook> I think the jetlag theory is on hold for a while.

So's hardcore fans now insist that all of his mistakes are intentional for the sake of avoiding a draw.

<jimmy77: An indication of a change in Wesley's strategy is his comment in an interview after he won his game against Nepo.

He said that he'd rather have wins and losses rather than draws and wins to come up to a certain tournament score.>

Aug-10-17  Nina Myers: The loss of energy from jetlag is a key factor not to be under estimated.
Aug-11-17  epistle: Jet lag, gravity pull and soon to come: solar flares.
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