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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 9, Sep-23
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-23-07  THE pawn: And...a draw LOL.
Sep-23-07  scolley: Draw!
Sep-23-07  seaotter: draw,...
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  Domdaniel: <oraclesathya> Aronian couldn't have missed the forced draw after ...Qh3 -- that pattern is just too familiar to a GM. By avoiding it he's playing for a win -- which is brave, as <seaotter> might be right about Anand disentangling himself. But I suspect Aronian can keep up the pressure with Rae8, Qh3, etc.
Sep-23-07  ajile: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww- !!


Sep-23-07  percyblakeney: Offering draw here was Anand's best move in the game.
Sep-23-07  you vs yourself: Lame! Anand offered a draw in a very interesting position.
Sep-23-07  Boomie: <anands position looks really silly> Chess can be a very silly game
Sep-23-07  chesstoplay: After White's 21. a3 ... F10 calls it (-0.38)
Sep-23-07  Marmot PFL: Kind of a letdown
Sep-23-07  Wolfgang01: White his still the sacrificed pawn. Every equal exchange of pieces will only help white. Therefore I see the attack on the queenside as the only chance for black. The more pieces he keeps, the better are his chances to defeat white, who is not yet well developed. His q-R has no move and his dark B can only help to defend c3/b4; e3 also.
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  Domdaniel: So much for my elaborate ifs and buts and maybes. Couldn't they have at least played out the flashy line with sacs?
Sep-23-07  Ulhumbrus: It looks as if Anand's preparation went wrong in some way.
Sep-23-07  suenteus po 147: Plenty of options for switchover. We have our first Sicilian of the tournament with Leko-Svidler. Morozevich-Kramnik is also quite interesting. Gelfand, in second place, might press quite a bit.
Sep-23-07  Billosky: Well it looks like we have already found out what Anand is made of! It only took him three moves to free himself up considerably. Still it seems strange to see HIM play this way.
Sep-23-07  ajile: sucks. White has a miserable position with Knight on back rank and Q-bishop development issues. Black is a pawn down but has chances to win IMO.
Sep-23-07  percyblakeney: h5 and h4 from Aronian looks as if it would have been uncomfortable for white, I think Aronian may have had the better winning chances if they had played on.
Sep-23-07  Wolfgang01: 21. a3 is a step into the right direction. I think 21. ... a4 would be suicide, because black kills his only attacking chance on the Q-side. White's last move helps to remove a pair of Ps off the board.
Sep-23-07  thesonicvision: i hate seeing draws in positions with
such potential for dynamic play.

oh well, at least anand is securing
his lead.

Sep-23-07  WBP: In addition to H5, I wonder if Aronian could have considered f5 at the point the draw was decided. Obviously 22 Qb3 is met by f4, which is the threat anyway.
Sep-23-07  you vs yourself: Rybka's eval of the final position: <(21... h5 22. Kg1 h4 23. Qb3 Bc7 24. a4 Rfb8 25. axb5 Rxb5 26. Qa4 Rab8 27. Qd1 h3 28. Re2 Rybka (0:09.35)-0.12|d20)>

Weird game but Aronian played well to refute Anand's home prep.

Sep-23-07  herby rawley: we wanna see blood ...the players dont wanta' lose ...against a 2600GM aronian plays on ...considering his place in the tournament and aware that he may just be missing some tiny deadly thing like the krait in riki tiki....he takes the draw wisely...reports are he ain't feelin' so well besides...for anand it's a great rest day ...he can only be caught by gelfand ....3 of 5 should win for him ....i have been enjoying this no end and tomorrow night the yankees at the stadium....
Sep-23-07  nikolajewitsch: Well, I like Black's position here too, but considering that Aronian probably is still not yet fully recovered, I guess he was happy to draw with black against the tournament leader. I hope he is able to score +2 in the remaining games to get a postive score in the end...I guess that is all we can hope for here.
Sep-23-07  adair10: Aronian in last two games with Moro and Anand drew in better positions. That's an improvement over the dismal start. He must be feeling healthier now... At least I wish him so.
Sep-24-07  Eyal: <WBP: In addition to H5, I wonder if Aronian could have considered f5 at the point the draw was decided. Obviously 22 Qb3 is met by f4, which is the threat anyway.> After 21...f5, 22.f4 by White is almost forced - the question is whether Black has any good way to develop his initiative after that.
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