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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019) (rapid), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-08
Reti Opening: Advance Variation. Michel Gambit (A09)  ·  1-0



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Dec-09-19  spingo: There is a wonderful Steinitz-Chigorin vibe coming from this game. Nothing specific, it's just that I can imagine this game being played at some time between them.

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White is the exchange down. He has only his queen in the vicinity of Black's king. His rook is doing nothing so he uses it to deflect the black queen from access to f7.
37.Rc1! Qxc1
38.Qe8+ Kh6

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<It is hard to see in a rapid game, but the best move here is 39...Kh5!>
40. Bf8+!

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White now has a forced checkmate. A huge turnaround.
41. Qe7! <A quiet move to finish off the game>.

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Anish Giri said, <I think if someone goes out of his way and sacrifices two rooks to deliver a checkmate, one should generally let him.>

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  fredthebear: MC's Overall record: +740 -275 =811 (62.7%)
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2120 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

Magnus can't touch Fischer or Kasparov. He's becoming more careless.

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