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Levon Aronian vs Alexander Morozevich
"Levon on a Jet Plane" (game of the day Feb-11-2007)
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Nov-06
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D27)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-06  Petrocephalon: <I like your nickname, btw. If I am ever elected Pope or Holy Roman Emperor, I may take it as my own.> Thanks! You're welcome to it. Best of luck in your ecclesiastical ambitions. I don't think they let Canadians vote for pope, but you have my support.

<- it was informative! Just for historical purposes, I should point out that no sacs were labeled for this game when I posted my initial comment, but of course that was within hours of the game.> Yeah I've noticed too that recently uploaded games don't have the sacs indicated right away.

Nov-16-06  RonB52734: <I don't think they let Canadians vote for pope, but you have my support.> I don't think they let heathens run, either, but at least we know where we stand!
Nov-24-06  Shajmaty: Best game by Aronian in this tournament, no doubt about it!
May-04-07  Davolni: nice combination start 25 Bxf7+.....
and nice endgame of course.....
Mar-06-08  positionalgenius: A very good game,one of 2006's finest.
Mar-06-08  Gilmoy: 39.Kg4! only move, as 39.Kf2?? would get White's Q skewered, while 39.Kg2 Rh1 gives Black serious counterplay via Qh3+, when White's K has lost contact with the barricade at h4. At g4, White's K Irish-dances on the trap door of the gallows, but his extra N provides just enough cover to frustrate Black. GMs know when to break the rules!
Apr-01-09  arsen387: 25.Bxf7+! and 26.Rc5! initiate a great attack, very precise game by Levon
Sep-25-09  capatal: Aronian plays 'Sunshine Chess' around the clock, beautiful!
Sep-25-09  twoinchgroup: Aronians play is so profoundly instructive to me. Blending attack and defense so logically almost as if by a silk
Nov-08-09  kingsindian2006: this is moro style against himself... beauty of a game
Nov-08-09  kurtrichards: Where is the jet plane? :)
Nov-08-09  WhiteRook48: ouch!
Nov-08-09  RandomVisitor: 3 minutes per move:

Levon Aronian (2741) - Alexander Morozevich (2747)

Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (1), 06.11.2006

[Rybka 3 ]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 a6 5.a4 Nf6 6.Bxc4 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.dxc5 0-0 11.b3 e5 last book move

12.h3 0.24/20 e4 0.24/21
13.Nd4 0.24/20 Ne5 0.50/19
[Rybka 3 : 13...Nb4 14.Nc2 Bxc5 15.Nxb4 Bxb4 16.Bb2 Qe7 17.Nd2 Bf5 18.Nf1 Bg6 19.Ng3 Rfd8 20.Rac1 Rab8 21.Ba1 Ba3 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Rd1 Bd6= 0.24/20 ]

14.b4 0.31/18
[Rybka 3 : 14.Qc2 Nxc4 15.Qxc4 Qxc5 16.Qxc5 Bxc5 17.Ba3 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Re8 19.Nd2 Be6 20.Rd1 Rac8 21.Nc4 Bxc4 22.bxc4 b6 23.Bb2 Kf8 24.Kf1 Re6 25.Rd8+ Rxd8 26.Rxd8+ Re8 27.Rd6 Re6 0.50/19 ]

14...b6 0.52/18
[Rybka 3 : 14...a5 15.bxa5 Bxc5 16.Nb5 Qe7 17.Nd2 Bf5 18.Bb2 Bg6 19.Bxe5 Qxe5 20.Rac1 Rac8 21.Nb3 Bb4 22.Rd4 Qe7 23.Qd1 h6 24.Be2 Rc6 0.31/18 ]

15.Nd2 0.30/20
[Rybka 3 : 15.Qc2 Bd7 16.Nd2 bxc5 17.bxc5 Nxc4 18.Qxc4 Rfc8 19.Ba3 Bxc5 20.Rac1 Bb6 21.Qb3 Qa7 22.Nc4 Bxd4 23.Rxd4 Be6 24.Qd1 h6 25.Nd6 Rxc1 0.52/18 ]

15...bxc5 0.47/19
16.bxc5 0.43/18 Bxc5 0.47/18
17.Ba3 0.30/20
[Rybka 3 : 17.Bb2 Rd8 18.N4b3 Bd6 19.Rac1 Qe7 20.Bd4 Ba3 21.Bb6 Rd6 22.Bc5 Bxc5 23.Nxc5 Bb7 24.Nxb7 Qxb7 25.Nb3 Rxd1+ 26.Qxd1 Nxc4 27.Rxc4 h6 28.Qc2 0.47/18 ]

17...Bxa3 0.30/20
18.Rxa3 0.11/18 Ng6 0.50/17
[Rybka 3 : 18...Bb7 19.Rc3 Qd7 20.Rb1 h6 21.Rcc1 Rfc8 22.Qf1 Rc7 23.Be2 Rxc1 24.Qxc1 Rc8 25.Qb2 Rc7 26.Qb3 Qe8= 0.11/18 ]

19.Nf1= 0.16/19
[Rybka 3 : 19.Rc3 Qa5 20.Rdc1 Qxa4 21.Bb3 Qe8 22.Rc7 Qd8 23.Qc4 Bd7 24.Qc2 Re8 25.Qa2 Re7 26.Qa3 0.50/17 ]

19...Qc5 0.53/18
[Rybka 3 : 19...Ne5 20.Rc1 Qd6 21.Rac3 Bd7 22.Qa2 Qb4 23.a5 Rac8 24.Nd2 h6 25.Rb3 Qe7 26.Rb7 Nxc4 27.Nxc4 Qc5= 0.16/19 ]

Nov-08-09  RandomVisitor: continued:

20.Rc3 0.38/19 Qg5 0.81/20
[Rybka 3 : 20...Qb4 21.Rcc1 Qxa4 22.Ng3 Bd7 23.Nh5 Nxh5 24.Qxh5 Rad8 25.Qc5 Be6 26.Bxe6 fxe6 27.Ra1 Qe8 28.Qc4 a5 29.Nxe6 Rxd1+ 30.Rxd1 Qf7 31.Kh2 0.38/19 ]

21.Ng3 0.81/19 h5 1.16/18
[Rybka 3 : 21...Bd7 22.Qc2 Qe5 23.Bb3 Rfc8 24.Nc6 Qe8 25.Rd6 Kh8 26.a5 h6 27.Nb4 Qe7 28.Rb6 Rxc3 29.Qxc3 Rc8 30.Qa1 Ne5 0.81/19 ]

22.Kh1 0.28/19
[Rybka 3 : 22.Qc2 Bxh3 23.gxh3 h4 24.Bxf7+ Rxf7 25.Rc5 Nd5 26.Ne6 Qe7 27.Qxe4 hxg3 28.Qxd5 gxf2+ 29.Kf1 Qb7 30.Qxb7 Rxb7 31.Rd6 Nf8 32.Rc7 Rb1+ 33.Kxf2 Nxe6 34.Rxe6 Rf8+ 35.Kg2 Rbf1 36.Ree7 R8f3 37.Rxg7+ 1.16/18 ]

22...Nh4 1.56/17
[Rybka 3 : 22...h4 23.Nf1 Bd7 24.Bb3 Qa5 25.Rc2 Rab8 26.Nd2 Ne7 27.Nc4 Qc5 28.Qe1 Qb4 29.a5 Qxe1+ 30.Rxe1 Nc6 31.Nxc6 Rxb3 0.28/19 ]

23.Qc2 1.19/18 Nxg2 1.19/17
24.Kxg2 1.19/20 h4 1.17/19
25.Bxf7+ 1.17/19 Kxf7 1.17/18
26.Rc5 1.17/18 Bxh3+ 1.17/18
27.Kxh3 0.50/18
[Rybka 3 : 27.Kh1 Qg4 28.Rg1 hxg3 29.Qc4+ Kg6 30.Rxg3 Qxg3 31.fxg3 Rab8 32.Qc2 Kh6 33.Nf5+ Bxf5 34.Rxf5 Kg6 35.Rc5 Rfd8 36.Rc6 Rd3 37.Qe2 Kh7 38.Qf2 Kh8 1.17/18 ]

27...Qg4+ 0.69/18
28.Kg2 0.65/16 hxg3? 3.31/19
[Rybka 3 : 28...Rac8 29.Qb3+ Kg6 30.Rf5 hxg3 31.Rf4 Qh5 32.Rh1 Qe5 33.Nf5 gxf2 34.Nh4+ Kg5 35.Rf5+ Qxf5 36.Nxf5 Kxf5 37.Kxf2 Rc6 38.Rd1 g5 39.Qb7 Rfc8 40.Rf1 Kg6 41.Kg3 Nh5+ 0.65/16 ]

29.f3 3.31/20 exf3+ 3.31/21
30.Nxf3 3.11/20 Kg8 3.13/19
31.Qa2+ 2.92/19 Kh8? 5.09/19
[Rybka 3 : 31...Rf7 32.Qxf7+ Kxf7 33.Ne5+ Ke6 34.Nxg4 Nxg4 35.Rd3 Nf6 36.Rd4 Ng8 37.Kxg3 Ne7 38.Kf4 Ng6+ 39.Kg5 Nf8 40.a5 Ra7 41.Rc6+ Ke5 42.Rdd6 Re7 43.Rxa6 Nh7+ 44.Kg6 Nf8+ 45.Kh5 Nd7 46.Rd1 Nf6+ 2.92/19 ]

32.Rc4 5.09/19 Qf5 5.09/18
33.Rf4 5.09/18 Qh7 5.09/18
34.Rh4 5.09/18 Nh5 5.09/17
35.Rd5 5.09/17 Rf5 5.09/20
36.e4 5.09/19 Nf4+ 5.09/20
37.Kxg3 5.09/20 Rh5 5.09/20
38.Rxf4 5.09/19 Rh3+ 5.09/20
39.Kg4 5.09/18 Re8? 6.78/15
[Rybka 3 : 39...Rh1 40.Qg2 g6 41.Kg3 Rb8 42.Qxh1 Qxh1 43.Rh4+ Qxh4+ 44.Kxh4 Kg7 45.Kg5 Rb4 46.Rd4 Rb2 47.Rd7+ 5.09/18 ]

40.Rdf5 6.14/16 Rg8 7.00/17
41.Qxg8+ 5.76/18 Qxg8 6.33/19
42.Rf8 6.62/17 1-0

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  kevin86: Funny,I thought WHITE would lose his queen on a pin!

Great parry and thrust in this one.

Jun-07-11  MountainMatt: Ok this is just weird...I'm at a pizza parlor on the wi-fi, analyzing "Levon on a Jet Plane"...and that very song is playing this moment!

Which reminds me of another song, "I always feel like somebody's watching me..."

Aug-18-11  foldyflops: Doesn't 41.Ng5 work too?
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  Sastre: 41.Ng5 doesn't work because Black has 41...Qh5#.
Aug-19-11  foldyflops: Thank you, Sastre. I feel silly now.
Oct-16-15  waustad: They seemto have messed up the label to the link. Hopefully it will soon be fixed.
Oct-16-15  qkxwsm: It says Wesley So vs Levon Aronian on the front page of chessgames.
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  JointheArmy: Levon was brilliant back then.
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  piltdown man: Where's Wesley?
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  thegoodanarchist: I am aware of the song written by John Denver and performed by some lady singer, but I have no clue what a jet plane has to do with the game.
Oct-16-15  qkxwsm: Ahh, it was the wrong game.
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