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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-06-06  vaxel: Just an amazing game by Aronian! Next victim: Shakira tommorrow.
Nov-06-06  nikolajewitsch: Shakira? That would be fun, I believe, but I am afriad it is not going to happen....This game is very nice indeed. I hope Aronian has overcome his mini crisis and his back in the great shape of the first half of 2006.
Nov-06-06  Ybrevo: A great game indeed - but you have to give Moro credits for his attack on the King-side. Aronian defended brilliantly, and they both gave us the best game of day one in this tournament. I think Tal would have liked this :)
Nov-06-06  bane77: Probably 25.Bxf7+!! is the move that Moro didn't see.
Nov-06-06  Lt. Col. Majid: Interesting game. I have to say though that I expect sounder attacks from 2750+ players.

I am afraid Moro will forever be stuck in 2nd gear super grandmaster mode.

He is not solid enough; this is why he struggles to take his game to the next level. Topalov had this problem for years, though he did improve considerably recently, still, his lack of solidity and stability was his undoing in Elista. Shirov's main problem despite his brlliance was always his inconsistency due to not being solid and stable enough.

Moro's wild, exciting dare-devil attacks would wreck havoc and garner points against weak players but unless he now focuses on solidity, stability he would always be found wnating against the strongest players ... winning today, losing tommorow like a lottery.

Kramnik and Anand are still notch above the rest of the super grandmatsers.

Nov-06-06  DUS: Great game today by GM Aronian! It seems he is in good form.

Interveiws with GMs Aronian and Gelfand (in Russian).

Nov-06-06  Ezzy: Aronian,L (2741) - Morozevich,A (2747) [D27]
Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (1), 06.11.2006
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 12.h3 e4 13.Nd4 Ne5 14.b4< Novelty. Milov played 14 Bb2 against Karjakin EU Championships 2005.> 14...b6 15.Nd2 bxc5 16.bxc5 Bxc5 17.Ba3 Bxa3 18.Rxa3 Ng6 19.Nf1 Qc5 20.Rc3 <Threat is 21 Bxf7+> 20...Qg5< counter threat of 21...Bxh3> 21.Ng3 h5 <With the idea 22...h4 23...Bxh3> 22.Kh1 Nh4 23.Qc2 Nxg2 24.Kxg2 h4 25.Bxf7+ Kxf7 26.Rc5 Bxh3+ 27.Kxh3 Qg4+ 28.Kg2 hxg3? <Black needs to challenge the ‘c’ file with 28...Rfc8> 29.f3 exf3+ 30.Nxf3 <Threat is 31 Ne5+ and the queen is lost.> 30...Kg8 31.Qa2+ <31.Rd4! and the black queen is struggling to find squares. 31...Qe6 32.Ng5 Qe7 33.Rc7 Qe5 34.Qc4+ Kh8 35.Rh4+ Nh7 36.Rxh7#> 31...Kh8 32.Rc4 Qf5 33.Rf4 <The black queen is being harrassed to death.> 33...Qh7 34.Rh4 Nh5 35.Rd5 Rf5 36.e4 Nf4+ 37.Kxg3 Rh5 38.Rxf4 Rh3+ 39.Kg4 Re8 40.Rdf5 Rg8 41.Qxg8+ Qxg8 42.Rf8 1–0

Great win by Aronian. On an open board it is unusual to see a queen run out of squares, but that’s what happened here. Total harassment of the black queen, who had nowhere to go.

Nov-06-06  outplayer: Aronian! Aronian! Aronian!
<Ezzy>!nice report!
Nov-06-06  shintaro go: The black queen was stuck defending the h file since the white queen attacks g8.
Nov-06-06  RonB52734: When I understand why <> does not classify any of a number of moves in this game as sacrifices, I will understand....

(a) the true meaning of a piece sac, or

(b) the true nature of <>'s software regarding sacs.

Your answer here:

Nov-07-06  Atking: Truly to himself Morozevich dreamed an attack on the king side... but I doubt at this level that 20. ...Qg5 is realistic. White has too much the control of the center and Aronian proved it almost perfectly. Black should keep the balance in a drawish ending by 20. ...Qa5 or may better 20. ...Qb4!? then B7 and exchange rooks on c file. Yes it is a bit boring and may be Aronian cleverly waited for an overpusch from his opponent. I liked very much the way Aronian finished the game. Like a cat, softly as a very balanced hunter.
Nov-07-06  Fisheremon: 25. Bxf7+! a nica combo in the Bronstein style.
Nov-07-06  virginmind: <I liked very much the way Aronian finished the game. Like a cat, softly as a very balanced hunter.> those were the only winning moves. others appearing as sharper were either leading to quick disaster for aronian, either towards a drawish position.

bravo aronian!

Nov-07-06  Maroczy: It's only the first game, he's just warming up. Morozevich will shift to first gear and find himself in first place.
Nov-07-06  virginmind: still its true, the senzation is that morosevich was stalked by a big, soft and deadly cat.
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  al wazir: What would black have done if white had played 32. Rd4 ?

If 32...Qxf3+ then 33. Kxf3 Nd7+ 34. Kxg3 Nxc5 35. Rh4#.

If 32...Qg6 then 33. Rh4+ Nh7 35. Rch5, and black loses the ♘.

Nov-07-06  ahmadov: The end of this game (Qxg8) is a good Monday puzzle.
Nov-07-06  bane77: <al wazir>
On 32.Rd4? Ne4 attacking the knight at f3.
Nov-07-06  Fisheremon: <Ezzy> You should add in your commentary 27. Kxh3?! since after a 28...Rfc8! Morozevich could equalize the game. The right 27th move leading to the clear win is 27. Kh1.
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  al wazir: <bane77>: Thanks, that works.
Nov-07-06  Petrocephalon: <RonB> Under the 'suggest a correction' link one of the options is to correct the indicated sacrifice.

There's no way cg could go through all the games in the database manually indicating sacs. It has to be automated. The rule must be something like 'of a player drops material (other than pawns) and wins, there's a sac'. From what I can gather,

- If a player sacs a piece and loses, it doesn't register as a sac.

- If more than one sac is made during the course of a game, only one is indicated (except for double sacs)

- Pseudo-sacs where the material is recovered by force are usually reported as sacs, but sometimes the software seems to recognize that no real sac has been made.

In this game, 41.Qxg8+ is probably indicated as a sac because Black resigns before White plays RxQ+.

Nov-07-06  alayo: Does anyone agree that 36.Ng5 wins more quickly?
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  technical draw: <alayo> If 36. Ng5 then 36...Nf4 check
Nov-08-06  ahmadov: <vaxel: Next victim: Shakira tommorrow.> Come to your senses!
Nov-08-06  Rocafella: 36.Ng5? Rf2+
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