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Levon Aronian vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Norway Chess (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 4, Jun-01
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Yes, 12...e5 does constitute a deliberate gambit of a pawn, and yes, it does have 21 games in the database. But White enjoys a significant plus score. Any Grunfeld experts out there? What compensation for the pawn minus does Black obtain? It was invisible to me in this game.
Jun-01-18  Marmot PFL: I don't get it either. I still remember the first game in this line Topalov vs Svidler, 2006 where Topalov gave back the pawn in order to play Nd5 and thought the position looked awful for black.
Jun-01-18  ChessHigherCat: Well it seems okay if white doesn't make the best move (as he did here):

1) +0.25 (35 ply) 13.dxc5 Be6
2) =0.00 (35 ply) 13.Qa4 Bd7
3) -0.13 (34 ply) 13.d5 f5

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  HeMateMe: as long as black keeps the a7 pawn doesn't he have drawing chances?
Jun-03-18  Saniyat24: agadmator covered this game beautifully in his youtube channel. Here's the link...
Jun-03-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
38...gxf4 39.gxf4 h5 40.Nf6 Kg6 41.Rc6 Rd2+ 42.Kg3 Rd3+ 43.Kg2 Kf5 44.Nxh5 Rd2+ 45.Kf3 Rd3+ 46.Ke2 Rxh3 47.Rf6+ Ke4 48.Rxf7 Rh2+ 49.Kd1 Bc5 50.Ng3+ Kf3 51.Nf5 Kxf4 52.e6 Ke4 53.a4 Ra2 54.Ng3+ Kd5 55.Rf5+ Kxe6 56.Rxc5 Rxa4 57.Kc2 a5 58.Nf5 Rf4 59.Ng7+ Kd6 60.Rxa5 Kc6 61.Ne6 Kb6 62.Rd5 Rf3 63.Nd4 Rg3 64.Rb5+ Kc7 + / = (0.31) Depth: 26
Jun-04-18  Toribio3: Viva Levon the Great! This is a very difficult end game. Only gifted player like Levon can do this in a spectacular way.
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