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Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 6, Jan-30
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-08-05  johnwgoes: Where is the draw?
Feb-08-05  Vodochka: The draw is very simple, repetition of knight checks on the K side.
Feb-08-05  azaris: We already went through this once, the score is wrong. Aronian did NOT play 35...Ke5?? losing.
Feb-08-05  iron maiden: I remember the official site said he did; probably chessgames got the PGN from there.
Feb-15-05  patzer2: Black forces a draw by repetition after 34...Kf5!

Some possible continuations are


[35.hxg5 Kxg5 36.a6 Nh5+ 37.Kh3 Nf4+ 38.Kg3 Nh5+ 39.Kh3 Nf4+ 40.Kg3 = (draw by threefold reptition);

35.Bh3+ Kg6 36.Kg4 (36.a6?? Nh5+ 37.Kg4 Rb4+ 38.f4 Rxf4#) 36...h5+ 37.Kg3 Ne2+ 38.Kf2 Nd4+ 39.Kg3 Ne2+ 40.Kf2 Nf4+ 41.Kg3 Ne2+ = (with a draw by threefold repetition)]

35...♘h5+ 36.♔h3 ♘f4+ 37.♔g3 ♘h5+ 38.♔h3 ♘f4+ 39.♔g3 ½–½ with a draw by threefold repetition of moves.

Feb-15-05  e4Newman: i think aronian deserves a fair bit of credit here for pulling off the draw. although i don't remember seeing much of it in the recent corus event, i think polgar has had luck with 12.d3 in the past. is it not used as much now?
Oct-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: good game by both players! the credit must go to Aronian who managed a draw against the mighty Nakamura!
Mar-15-06  PinkPanther: I'm pretty sure most of this game has been analyzed it not played before.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yet another example of why I feel the Marshall has become too drawish. Poor Frank must be rolling in his grave.
May-22-08  lost in space: 12 d3 is very good to reduce the posibilities for Black. Maybe <An Englishman> is right: the game tend to get drawish after 12. d3.
May-22-08  VinnyRoo2002: What does the move 27. f3 accomplish? It seems like a waste of tempo as it drives the rook to a more useful square.
Jan-16-14  chesstones: 23...Bf3+ very nice move!

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