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Levon Aronian vs Slobodan Munizaba
Wch U12 (1993), Bratislava SVK, rd 1, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack (B23)  ·  1-0



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Mar-11-06  twinlark: It's surprising that there is no kibitzing on this page yet. Young Aronian shows in this game the potential that will lead him to future greatness.

This game is a pleasure to behold. Playing a Closed Sicilian, Aronian achieves a clear advantage out of the opening without Black making any obvious errors. White's immediate threats on the King side that gel with 13.Qg3 prompt Black to force some exchanges in the centre starting with 13...Nd4. This strategy must have been a decisive mistake as after the exchange of both sets of Knights White appears to me to have a decisive advantage if not a forced win when he plays 17.Qf2 forking Black's Rook on d4 and the weak f7. A couple of elegant Bishop pseudo-sacrifices divert the overloaded Black Queen from the protection of the Rook, and the rest is history, but what elegant history!

The flow of the game from here is inevitable, a graceful ballet, as the White Queen terrorises Black all over the Board. Two consecutive Queen sacrifices by White on his 30th and 31st moves to divert the Black Queen from his defence of the back rank are explicitly reminiscent of E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920, except that the purpose of the sacrifices is to position the Queen for the ending which Aronian wraps up very quickly and neatly.

This is a beautiful game that I'm sure Aronian will always treasure.

Jan-29-07  Rama: I didn't understand 15. bxc3 ..., at first. I thought 15. Bxc3 ..., was the way to isolate and destroy the d4-pawn. Otherwise, why play the B to d2 in the first place?

But Aronian knew it would be easier to dislodge a piece from d4 than a pawn, and he saw the powerful double-attack 17. Qf2 ..., long before I did. Nice work for a youngster.

29. e6! ..., was a great move, and then the rogue Queen (Qg5-a5) was fun to watch, very entertaining.

I have begun to examine Aronian's games following his brilliant performance at Corus.

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