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Levon Aronian vs Sarunas Sulskis
Cappelle op 17th (2001), Cappelle la Grande FRA, rd 5, Feb-27
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Feb-09-07  Prugno: Anybody ever had a look at this game? (also mentioned in John Watson's book). Far from flawless, according to the Informator notes, but a wonderful struggle between two of the most creative players around: beating Aronian with 4... h5 and 5... h4 surely isn't easy.

Too bad Sulskis' wild style of play leads him to unstable results, otherwise he would be better known, as he deserves to: plenty of his brilliant games in the database waiting to be discovered.

May-31-07  timhortons: these game is feature in andrew soltis book too....a gradual advance of pawn supported by king, with queen stepping in to restrain whites pieces with checks and pins
Dec-30-10  kia0708: battle of two rooks vs Queen,
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  Messiah: A very highly interesting game, I love it.

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<It is totally absurd, but this is actually a losing move. The correct way to preserve the drawing chances was to find the surprising resource of 48.Rf7! (immediately blocking Qf2+) with the plan of doubling on the f-file. This way, the white king on the queenside can remain in a perpetual-like position (as the lone queen cannot deliver a checkmate), and if Black tries to move the pawns, then the rooks (not being harassed by pawns, as not being on the c-file) can also create perpetual-like positions. On top of that, this way the queen cannot pin the rooks against the king. Note, 48.Rh7?? does not work, as it would be put in a fork by the queen after a Kc2. So, for example, after 48.Rf7 a5 (48...Kb6 49.Kc2 Qe4+ 50.Kc1 Qd5 51.Rcc7 or something like that keeps the balance) 49.Kc2 Ka6 50.Rcf3 Qb4 51.R7f4 Qb5 52.Rf6+ it is infinitely far from obvious how Black makes progress. I deeply believe that this position can be drawn, even in a time trouble, if you understand the idea behind. I also do believe that the starting position of chess is a draw, but let's check the rest of the game instead - it does not need annotation, it is pure beauty, delivered by GM Sulskis!>

48...a5 49.R7c4 Qf6 50.Rc5 Ka6 51.Rc7 b6 52.Ka3 Qd6+ 53.Kb3 Kb5 54.Ka2 a4 55.Rc1 Qd5+ 56.Ka1 Ka5 57.R7c2 b5 58.Rc5 Qd4+ 59.Ka2 Kb4 60.R5c2 a3 61.Re2 Ka4 62.Rh1

<Technically, a blunder, but Aronian had no hopes for survival, anyway. Sooner or later the rooks will be forced to remain on different files, and then b3 crushes very hard.>


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