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Levon Aronian vs Etienne Bacrot
young masters (2001), Lausanne SUI, rd 2, May-23
King's Indian Attack: Double Fianchetto (A07)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: White chose a KIA formation with d4, while Black played a Grunfeld setup with d5 & c6. At first the Be3 seems misplaced, yet it does prevent ... c5 and is later redeployed to d4 challenging the long diagonal. Black unbalanced the game by sacrificing a piece with 24 ... Ne5!? (allowing 25. f4) but got 2 Pawns for it plus open lines against White's King. So White wisely returned the material and tried to trade down into the better endgame (35. Qd6). When Black declined the Queen trade, he quickly succumbed to a Kingside onslaught; 40 ... Nxf1 41. Rxf1+ Ke7 42. Qd6#.

Great fighting game.

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  whiteshark: Actually, <24...Ne5> was a blunder.

<24...Qf6!> would bring relief

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