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Levon Aronian vs Nigel Short
Gibraltar Masters (2018), La Caleta GIB, rd 7, Jan-29
English Opening: King's English. General Variation (A21)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-29-18  luzhin: 8.g4 is an Aronian invention, which he also used to beat Ivanchuk in the blitz world championships 2017. Surely the most testing response would be 8...Qh4.
Jan-29-18  ChessHigherCat: I was thinking of 8..Qh4, too, 9. gxf5 Bc5 10. e3 and white has problems developing his DSB and a weakness on f2. Maybe 10...Nf6 11. Qc2 Ng4 12. Nxe4 Bf4 13. Ng3 or something?
Jan-29-18  ChessHigherCat: Correction: 8..Qh4 9 gxf5 Bc5 10. e3 Nf6 11. Qc2 Ng4 and 12. Nxe4 is dubious because Bc5 pins the Q on c2
Jan-29-18  JPi: Correction of the correction <ChessHigherCat> you surely mean <"Bf5" (12...Bxf5) pins the Q>. I got the impression Aronian played this game like "cat and mouse" as we use to say in French. Surely 8...Qh4 is relevant. What about 11.Rg1 in your line? 11...Bxf5 12.b4 Ng4 13.Rg3 ^ Bxb4? Qa4+ xB or Qxh2?! RxN... I should check on a board however I'm afraid it's a bit more complex than its first appearance.
Jan-29-18  ChessHigherCat: <JPi> Thanks for the "meta-correction", I did mean Bf5. I just played through your line on WinBoard and it looks really good.
Aug-07-21  Saniyat24: Aronian, turning defense into offense, very interesting game...!
Aug-07-21  NARC: To a "3 0" player 9. ... Bxf2 looks good enough.
Aug-08-21  Saniyat24: If Levon doesn't accept the bishop sacrifice (9...Bxf2), and moves his King to 10.Kd1, he should be all right.

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