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Levon Aronian vs Peter Svidler
GRENKE Chess Classic (2019), Karlsruhe GER, rd 4, Apr-23
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-19  Kirth Gersen: The computer on the chess24 site gave 20...Rxa5 21.Bxe6 Rxa1 as a better way to sacrifice a pawn; after 20...Nxa5 the a-file pin leaves White with both the pawn and the compensation.

Seeing a top GM, and expert on the 8.a4 anti-Marshall with both colors, completely busted after move 20 is a great advertisement for playing the Berlin or Petroff.

Apr-24-19  Fanques Fair: Aronian is getting nice results after his surprising shift to 1-e4 , after so many years so attached to his 1- d4 and 1- c4, despite his painful failure in the last Candidates tournament.
Apr-24-19  Ulhumbrus: After 12 a5 White's a pawn is a target but so is Black's a pawn.

It is Black's a pawn which will fall first, following an exchange of white squared bishops and the move Qe2 but then White's a pawn will become a target on the a file and also fall.

Perhaps both of the players have foreseen or prepared this. Then the question is which player will be the first to have not foreseen something in time or to not have taken something into account.

21...fxe6 is a sign of trouble for Black, gaining doubled pawns. However on 21...Re6 22 Nb3 Qb6 obstructs the rook on the sixth rank. After this Aronian wins one of the e pawns in a few moves and thereafter goes on to win the game.

The conclusion suggests that it was Svidler who was the first to not have foreseen something in time. However we may have not seen yet the last word on this variation.

Apr-25-19  SChesshevsky: 13...Qd6 might not be that common and could be Svidler's inspiration. Had a few tests with Karjakin in the database with a win in the latest.

Maybe Aronian came a bit better prepared and Svidler just goofed ...Nxa5 otb.

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  Richard Taylor: Black resigned a bit early. I suppose it is eventually a win but White is only a pawn up...I'm probably missing something.

A rather dull game.

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