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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
Morelia-Linares (2008), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-06
Queen's Indian Defense: Anti-Queen's Indian System (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tamar: Last move 27...b5 giving Aronian pause.

28 Qxb5 Rc4 is a mousetrap theme, shutting the queen out from protection of e2.

Mar-06-08  Eyal: <Anyone know when it deviated from "theory"?>

Apparently as early as 9...Bxd5. 9...Nxd5 was tried in Karjakin vs F Bindrich, 2007, not very successfully...

Mar-06-08  Wild Bill: What kept you, outplayer?
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  Domdaniel: There's a touch of the <Nimzo-Kasparov-esque Immortal Zugzwang Octopus> about this ...
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  chancho: <Wild Bill> If you only knew the power of the darkside... :-)
Mar-06-08  radu stancu: <outplayer: First!> Hehehe.
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  chancho: These two just agreed a draw! NOOOOO!
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  plang: 1/2 - 1/2

That didn't last long

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  keypusher: Right after it was made, I thought Carlsen's exchange sacrifice was total junk. Judging from the comments, a number of posters felt the same way.
Mar-06-08  ajile: Interesting game. Rc3 maybe?
Mar-06-08  Open Defence: < radu stancu > long time no see! Hi! :)
Mar-06-08  Wild Bill: <chancho: <These two just agreed a draw! NOOOOO!>>

You're joking, aren't you.

Has any one besides me done a space count? I think Black is better here.

Mar-06-08  ajile: Draw? Wow that sucks.
Mar-06-08  chessmoron: 1 more LIVE!
Mar-06-08  Marmot PFL: If black is better taking the draw is strange, as he has a chance to tie for first. Probably black has enough to hold the position but no more.
Mar-06-08  Ybrevo: A draw in this position? Sometimes I wonder why I waste my time watching this kind of chess. What a drag ...
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  Domdaniel: Is it because we is here?
Mar-06-08  whiteshark: Now this was only a little enjoyment, if any.
Looks as if both players were happy sharing points.
Mar-06-08  radu stancu: <Open Defence> Hi. I haven't been kibitzing too much lately, job interfered. ;) So did some net problems at home. But this Linares really got me back in the mood.
Mar-06-08  Shajmaty: <ajile: Draw? Wow that sucks.>

<Ybrevo: A draw in this position? Sometimes I wonder why I waste my time watching this kind of chess. What a drag ...>

I totally agree. Draw in a position full of life... what a shame!

Mar-06-08  percyblakeney: I suppose 28. ... Rc3 followed by queen exchange and not that much could have happened.

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The black knight is stuck and so are white's pieces, but if black plays d3 white can just sacrifice the exchange back with Rxd3 after exd3 exd3 and the endgame is very equal.

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  al wazir: I don't understand this draw. Black had 28...Rc3, with two likely continuations:

A) 29. Qd2 Rxg3+! 32. fxg3 Ne3 33. Qxe3 (forced) dxe3 34. Rf1 (34. Rd3? Qc4) d4.

B) 29. Qxe4 dxe4, and now if 30. Rd2, then 30...Nxb4 31. axb4 Rxc1+.

Mar-06-08  percyblakeney: <B) 29. Qxe4 dxe4, and now if 30. Rd2, then 30...Nxb4 31. axb4 Rxc1+.>

The question is how black can make progress if white doesn't play 30. Rd2 but just moves the king back and forth between g1 and f1.

Mar-06-08  hellopolgar: after 24 Bc1 Rc4, every single piece is where it's supposed to be, it's a beautiful equilibrium. nothing will happen besides trading queens, which both players will try to avoid, so nothing will happen, and its a dead draw.
Mar-06-08  mindkontrolle: coulda, woulda, shoulda
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