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Sergey Karjakin vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 4, Mar-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Did White ever have enough compensation for the 2 pawns sacrificed in the opening?
Mar-14-18  Marmot PFL: You have to question white's preparation for the game when after 18 moves he is 2 pawns down and can't castle.
Mar-14-18  ChessHigherCat: Now that's the Aronian we know and love. Not a single peccable move in the whole game.
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  lunchwithgina: <An Englishman> I think at 22...Nf6 white has a pawn's worth of compensation, but 23. Bb7 wins back a pawn at the cost of allowing black to exchange or activate his Q-side pieces. Perhaps 23. Nb3 is better, intending Nc5 or Na5, keeping black's Q-side bottled up a little longer.
Mar-15-18  Ulhumbrus: The commentary of Svidler and Gustafsson indicates that 16...Nc5! instead of 16...Ne5 is the innovation which gains Black the advantage. It keeps the option of ...e5 attacking the pinned knight on d4 and it also keeps White's rook out of the square d3. It also uncovers Black's bishop in the event of Nf5. Karjakin may have found no satisfactory answer over the board.
Mar-15-18  DonPepe: Nice comeback by Aronian after a terrible loss
Mar-15-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

8...Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bxf6 Qxc3+ 11.Kf1 gxf6 12.Rc1 Qa5 13.h4 Ke7 14.Rh3 Nc6 15.Nxc6+ bxc6 16.Rd3 Rb8 17.Qf3 Rd8 18.Rxd8 Qxd8 19.Qa3+ Qd6 20.Qxa7+ Rb7 21.Qe3 Rb4 22.Kg1 c5 23.a3 Ra4 24.Be2 Qd4 25.Qxd4 Rxd4 26.Rxc5 Rxe4 27.Rxc8 Rxe2 28.Rc7+ Ke8 = (0.15) Depth: 28 dpa

8...Bxc3+ 9.bxc3
= (0.23 --) Depth: 29 dpa

Mar-15-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

14.Rh3 a6 15.Be2 Ne5 16.Rb1 Qd6 17.Rc3 b5 18.Nb3 Qxd1+ 19.Rxd1 0-0 20.h5 Bb7 21.Nc5 Bc6 22.f4 Nc4 23.Bxc4 bxc4 24.a4 Rac8 25.Rd4 f5 26.Rdxc4 Bxe4 27.Nxe4 Rxc4 28.Rxc4 fxe4 29.Rc6 Ra8 30.Ke2 Kg7 31.Ke3 Kh6 32.g4 Rg8 33.g5+ Kxh5 34.Rxa6 = (0.19) Depth: 26 dpa

Mar-16-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

1. = (0.00) d 30 dpa: 16.Bxd7+ Bxd7 17.Rd3 Rd8 18.Kg1 Bb5 19.Rd2 Qf4 20.Rbb2 0-0 21.Nxb5 Rxd2 22.Qxd2 Qxd2 23.Rxd2 axb5 24.Rb2 Ra8 25.Rxb5 Rxa2 26.Rxb7 Ra5 27.f3 h5 28.Kf2 Kg7 29.Kg3 f5 30.exf5 Rxf5 31.Kf2 Ra5 32.g4 Ra4 33.Kg3 hxg4 34.fxg4 Ra3+ 35.Kf2 Ra2+ 36.Kf3 Ra3+ 37.Kf4 Ra4+ 38.Kg3 Ra3+

2. = (0.00) d 29 dpa: 16.Rd3 axb5 17.Nxb5 Qh2 18.Nd6+ Ke7 19.Nxc8+ Rhxc8 20.Rxd7+ Kf8 21.a4 Qh1+ 22.Ke2 Qxg2 23.Rbxb7 Qxe4+ 24.Kf1 Qh1+ 25.Ke2 Qxd1+ 26.Kxd1 Kg7 27.Rxf7+ Kg6 28.h5+ Kg5 29.f4+ Kxf4 30.Rxf6+ Ke5 31.Rf2 Rxa4 32.Re2+ Kf5 33.Rxh7 e5 34.Rf2+ Rf4 35.Rxf4+ exf4 36.Rf7+ Kg5 37.h6 Kxh6 38.Rxf4 Kg5 39.Rf7 Rh8 40.Kc2 Kg4 41.Kc3 Rg8 42.Kd4

3. = / + (-0.42) d 29 dpa: 16.Be2 Nc5 17.Rc3 b6 18.Nb3 Qxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Nxe4 20.Rc7 f5 21.Bf3 a5 22.Bxe4 fxe4 23.Rd6 Ba6+ 24.Ke1 a4 25.Nd2 Bd3 26.f3 0-0 27.fxe4 Rad8 28.Rxb6 Rd4 29.e5 Rxh4 30.Kf2 Bg6 31.Nf3 Re4 32.Rb5 Bh5 33.a3

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