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Levon Aronian vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Dortmund Sparkassen (2006), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Aug-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation. English Hybrid (E20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-03-06  Marmot PFL: 35.Be5+ looks like a win with the black king in a mating net which will cost at least the exchange to survive. The line Aronian plays also wins material, but black's passed g pawn gives him enough play to draw.
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  Ron: I think Marmor PFL's suggested 35th move, 35. Be5, is better than what Aronian played. The game could then go: 35. Be5 Kg2 36. Rg1+ Kxf2 37. Rxg5 f6 38. Rf5+ Kg2 39. Nf4+ Kg1 40. Rxf6 Re4 41. Rg6+ Kh2 42. Rg2+ Kh1 43. Rg5 Rc4 44. b5 axb5 45. Nh3 Rxe5 Rxe5 Kg2

It seems that Aronian let slip a possibility to win; the way this tournament is going, it looks like having a +2 score will be enough to win first; one cannot have such opportunites slip by.

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  Mateo: A very interesting game with asymetric material. The King march imagined by Naiditsch was beautiful but in zeitnot he made an unacurracy which provided Aronian good prospects to fight for a win. Levon missed the point and later, after a bold sac played by Black, another possibility to complicate matters. This looks strange as it seems that White was not in time trouble at any moment.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 O-O 6. Bg2 cxd4 7. Nxd4 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Qb6 10. Bxd5 exd5 11. Be3 Bh3 12. g4 Na6 13. a3 <13.Nf5, L'Ami-Naiditsch, Corus Wijk An Zee 2006, 0-1.> Qa5?! <Simpler and better 13...Bc3 14.Qc3 Rac8=.> 14. Rc1 Bxc3+ 15. Rxc3 Nc5 16. Qb4! <Instead of 16.Qb5, the move actually played wins a tempo to trap the light square Bishop.> Qxb4 17. axb4 Na4 <17...Ne4 18.Ra3 h5 (18...Ne4? 19.f3) 19.f3!.> 18. Ra3! <18.Rc7 Bg4 and the Bishop escapes, although White has the advantage.> Nxb2 <18...Nb6 19.Rg1 trapping the Bishop.> 19. Bc1 Bg2 20. Rg1 Nc4 21. Rxg2 Nxa3 22. Bxa3 <Now Aronian has Bishop + Knight vs Rook + pawn, which is in White's favour.> Rfc8 <Looking for counterplay on the open file.> 23. Rg3 g6 24. g5 <Fixing the Black pawns.> Rc4 25. Rd3 a6 26. Kd2 <Here the White King will control c3 with the Rook when Black double Rooks on the open file.> Rac8 27. e3 <To free the Rook.> h6! <The beginning of a highly original idea. Naiditsch searches counterplay with his King.> 28. gxh6 Kh7 29. Rb3 <Aronian’s plan is to put the Bishop to c3 and the Knight to e2.> Kxh6 30. Bb2 Kh5 31. Bc3 Kg4 32. Kd3 Kh3 33. Ne2 <White cannot defend his h pawn after 33.Nf3 Kg2 34.Ne5 R4c7 35.Ng4 f5.>Kxh2 34. Rb1 g5? <A mistake.> 35. f4? <Missing his chance. 35.Be5 Kg2 (35...Kh3 36.Rh1 Kg4? 37.Nd4!, the threat 38.f3 wins the exchange) 36.Rg1! Kf2 37.Rg5 Re8 (37...Rb4? 38.Bg3 Kf1 39.Rf5 Kg2 40.Rf2 Kh3 41.Rh2 Kg4 42.Rh4 wins a Rook in a pretty way!)38.Rf5 Kg2 (38...Ke1? 39.Bg3 Kd1 40.Rf1, mate) 39.Nf4 Kg1 40.Nd5 gives White a big edge. He still has prospects of attack against the Black King, and the f pawn is difficult to defend.> g4 <Naiditsch gets now a strong passed pawn. The immediate threat is 35...g3.>36. Be1 Kg2 <Anticipating 37.Bg3 and 38.Rg1.>37. Bg3 Rc1!? <An interesting sac.> 38. Nxc1 <38.Rc1? Rc1 39.Nc1 Kg3 with passed pawns on both wings.> 40.Kxg3 39. Ne2+?! <39.Kd4 offered more prospects. Now it is a draw.> Kf2 40. Rb2 g3 41. f5 Re8 42. Nd4+ Kf1 43. Nf3 g2 44. Nh2+ Kg1 45. Nf3+ 1/2-1/2

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