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



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  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.
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