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Ding Liren vs Levon Aronian
World Cup (2017) (rapid), Tbilisi GEO, rd 7, Sep-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1



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  ketchuplover: 21...Nef6 is reminiscent of 16...Nc6 Averbakh v. Spassky Leningrad 1956 in my humble opinion :)
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  Sally Simpson: I can the link between this game and Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 but here Black is winning his piece right away.

Good move and fitting end

Here (before anyone asks)

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if 31.Rxf4 Qh5 wins. Instead White played 31.Rf-e1 and met the same move. You have to stop 31...Qh5 so it looks like 31,Qg4 is the only move.

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Very little praxis on the 7...Bf5 variation, according to the database, and for the second straight game, Aronian brought the innovation, in this case the mild-mannered 9...Be7. Doesn't look like an earth-shaking move, does it?

Favorite move of the game: 20...Kh8. How on earth did Black know the g-file would open up?!

Sep-27-17  7he5haman: <<An Englishman: Favorite move of the game: 20...Kh8. How on earth did Black know the g-file would open up?!>>

Because he knew he was going to play 21...Nef6

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  Sally Simpson: There is a nice mirror tactic with Knights sacced on f4 and f5 and Queens going to h4 and h5 here - Black to play.

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25...fxe4 26.Qh5+ wins.

and later with White to play.

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31. Rxf5 Qh4 wins (not Qh5 as I posted earlier.)

Sep-27-17  BOSTER: < SS 31.Qg4 is the only move >. Wrong.
Sep-27-17  cormier: anyway , ... 31.Rfe1 is loosing .....

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Analysis by Houdini 4

<31.Qg4> Qh4 32.Qxh4 Nxh4 33.Re3 Nf5 34.Re4 Rd8 35.Rfe1 Rxd4 36.Rxd4 Nxd4 37.Re8+ Kg7 38.Kg2 Kg6 39.Rg8+ Kf5 40.Ra8 Rg7+ 41.Kf1 f6 42.Rxa5+ Ke4 43.Bg3 b5 44.Ra8 Kd3 45.Bh4 Rg6 46.Rf8 f5 47.Bg3 Re6 48.Kg2 Re2 ⩱ (-0.31) Depth: 25 dpa

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Boster,

"< SS 31.Qg4 is the only move >. Wrong."

I don't mind being wrong but if you are going to quote me, then quote what I say.

I said:

' it looks like 31,Qg4 is the only move.'

if you think I'm wrong. That's OK no harm done. But a reason why I'm wrong would have been helpful. I would agree and say yes, good, I missed that.

White to play

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Black is threatening 31...Rxh2+ and mate in a few. Also 31...Qh4. White's choice appears to be limited. If there is a valid defence then I've missed it.

I see an engine has looked at it and came up with (I assume best) 31.Qg4

31. Rg1 perhaps with 32.Rg2 ideas. Surely 31..Rxh2+ 32....Qh4+ and 33...Rg8+ is mating or winning a bucket load of material. If it's not then it looks like it should and reason enough to reject it in a rapid game when time to dig out moves is limited and you have to run on instinct.

Sep-28-17  4tmac: 23.Qc1 Kh7 (23..Kg7 24.Bh2 Rh8 25.h5 f5 26.Be5+ f6 27.Qg5 fxe4 28.Qxg6+ Kf8 29.Bg3 Qe8 30.Qf5) 24.Bg3 f5 25.Ng5+ Bxg5 26.hxg5 fxg4 27.Kg2 Kg8 28.Rh1 Qd7 29.Be5 f6 30.gxf6 Nxf6 31.Qh6 Qg7 32.Qg5 Kf7 33.d5 appears to win ( 23. Qd2 is similar but second best )
Sep-28-17  4tmac: Both used a lot of time moves 19-22 & white played move 23 too quickly. The idea of 23 ♕c1! is to force black to choose Kh7 vs Kg7 first so white could choose the "right attack". Aronian played on the clock with 20..Kh8 & 21..Nef6.
Sep-28-17  cormier: 1) -0.02 (22 ply) 20...Nef6 21.Bf3 Nxe4 22.Qxe4 Re8 23.Rfe1 Bb4 24.Re2 Bd6 25.Rd1 Qd7 26.Bg4 Qc7 27.Rde1 Re7 28.Qf3 a4 29.Qg3 Bxe5 30.dxe5 a3 31.bxa3 Ree8 32.Qf3
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  HeMateMe: Aronian's a stud! Can he play this well against Magnus? Suddenly a Magnus/Aronian title match has some real bite.

Of course Lev Aronian still has to win a Candidates tournament, a meat grinder. he hasn't had the consistency to do so in the past. Maybe this is his best chance, with Karjakin being his chief rival.

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