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Levon Aronian vs Andrei Volokitin
European Club Cup (2008), Kallithea GRE, rd 6, Oct-22
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Oct-25-08  Warheart: Oh yea, outstanding game by one of my pet players! :)
Oct-25-08  you vs yourself: Tactical masterpiece indeed. Game of the year candidate.
Oct-26-08  notyetagm: Wow.
Oct-26-08  notyetagm: <you vs yourself: Tactical masterpiece indeed. Game of the year candidate.>

Then it would be his second(!) one: Aronian vs Anand, 2007 won the 2007 Game Of The Year award from IM Max Notkin's panel.

Oct-26-08  THE pawn: Im not analysing this. Crazy and beautiful game.
Oct-26-08  notyetagm: <THE pawn: Im not analysing this. Crazy and beautiful game.>

Aronian's <TACTICAL MASTERY> is unreal.

You should see some of the blitz games played by <AndrinoGiardino> on ICC, who is rumored to be Aronian: one outstanding tactical blow after another.

Oct-26-08  notyetagm: <2008 KING HUNT OF THE YEAR> ?

35 ♕h5-e2+ 1-0

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Mar-30-09  notyetagm: <aragorn69: Wow!!! Tactical masterpiece by Aronian!>


Mar-30-09  notyetagm: 28 ?

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28 ♖h1-h5! <pin: e5>

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28 ♖h1-h5!: Black f6-knight is <PINNED> to the e5-square next to the Black f5-king.

May-01-09  notyetagm: Aronian vs A Volokitin, 2008


<you vs yourself: Tactical masterpiece indeed. Game of the year candidate.>

Anyone know when IM Max Notkin will announce his <2008 Game Of The Year> winner?

I think this game is a *definite* candidate.

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  whiteshark: <notyetagm> 'https'-adresses never work as links for others.
May-01-09  notyetagm: <whiteshark: <notyetagm> 'https'-adresses never work as links for others.>

You have to be a *paying* member, then the link works fine.

Sep-21-12  fischer2009: This link provides the masterclass annotations of this game by Levon Aronian himself.Check the videos and there is one called Masterclass with Levon Aronian at the link,That is where u can find it.Its truly masterclass following the logical path of Aronian's thinking for such a wild attacking game.Brilliant LEVON!!!
Sep-22-15  SpiritedReposte: What an initiative!
May-19-16  posoo: How on ERTH has chusgums not used da pun


i hereby NOMMANATE.


Sep-25-16  yadasampati: Took me less than a minute to find Ng5. Seems pretty obvious.
Sep-25-16  stacase: I got 20.Ng5 and 21.Qh7+ but I would have moved 22.Qh5+ and then snagged Black's troublesome Knight and probably those two near by Pawns all for the price of the Bishop but opening up the f file to continue the romp.
Sep-25-16  diagonalley: aronian at his most awesome
Sep-25-16  YouRang: Insane Sunday 20.?

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I notice that <20.Ng5> threatens mate (Qh7#) if black doesn't take the knight. So, we can expect black to take the knight: <20...hxg5>, but then that opens the h-file for the rook to attack h7 instead.

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So, I can still play Qh7+, but then the king escapes to f7. So how about we first seal off f7 with <21.dxe6>? This has the added benefit of opening the d-file for my Rd1 to attack Nd7.

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Black seems to solve both problems with <21...Qxe6>: The pawn that was sealing off f7 is gone, and the queen guards the attacked Nd7.

With no way to seal of f7, I can only give check with <22.Qh7+> and the king escapes with <22...Kf7>

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About all I can do here is threaten a K+Q fork with <23.Ne4>

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The threat of Nxg5+ seems to create some problems for black. He can't protect the Pg5 with the queen (e.g. 23...Qg6 allowing 24.Rxd7), nor can he move his king out of checking range (e.g. 23...Ke8 allowing 24.Qxg7).

It looks then like I at least get my piece back, with some attacking potential to show for it.


Checking with the engine, I'm surprised that this line is actually winning. The material is about even, but white has enduring tactical threats that are beyond my scope. Amazing play by Aronian.

Sep-25-16  mel gibson: This was the easiest "insane" puzzle I've seen so far.

Instead of taking the knight black could have blocked the Queens's attack with the rook

20 .... R-f5

but when I tried it on my computer black still loses eventually.

Sep-25-16  LIzzard: Did anyone else go for e6+ for white after black's Kf7 move?
Sep-25-16  dunamisvpm: Notice the two black rooks in this game, Levon demonstrated the following qoute also from "The losing side has the greater part of his army in positions where they had no bearing whatever upon the questions at issue. They might have been just as well anywhere else but on the board." --- Em. Lasker
Sep-25-16  patzer2: What a great game for today's (20. ?) Sunday puzzle! Guessing the first couple of moves with 20. Ng5! hxg5 21. Qh7+ might not be beyond a club player's expertise, but finding the follow-up in this complicated King Hunt was above my skill level. As such, I found it less a difficult puzzle to solve and more a game to play over and enjoy.

After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. h3 O-O 7. Bd3 Be6, Aronian appears to have a patent on the move 8. Ng5 = to in attacking the QGD slav defense. In the opening explorer, the only other game with 8. Ng5 is another White win in the blitz game Aronian vs Kamsky, 2013.

Black's decisive mistake was apparently 19...f4?, allowing 20. Ng5 (+2.48 @ 29 depth, Komodo 9.01). Instead, 19...Rae1 20. Rhg1 Rf7 = to (-0.34 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15) seems to hold.

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  agb2002: White is two pawns down.

Black threatens fxe3, Nd(g)xe5.

White has a number of moves: dxe6, Na4, Ne4, Ng5, Rdg1, Rhg1, Rxh6, Qe4, Qg6.

The latter looks losing after 20.Qg6 Ndxe5 21.Nxe5 Nxe5 with the triple threat Nxg6, fxe3 and Nd3+.

After 20.Rxh6 Nxh6 21.Ng5 Rf5 White is losing.

Another option is 20.dxe6:

A) 20... Ndxe5 21.Ng5

A.1) 21... Nd3+ 22.Rxd3 cxd3 (22... hxg5 23.Rd6 with the double threat 24.Qh7# and 24.Rxb6 seems to win) 23.Qxd3

A.1.a) 22... hxg5 23.Qh7#.

A.1.b) 22... Nf6 23.Nd5

A.1.b.i) 23... Qd8 (23... Qc6 24.Ne7+ wins; 23... Nxd5 24.Qh7#) 24.Nxf6+ Rxf6 25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Bxc5+ Ke8 27.Qxg7 looks winning (27... hxg5 28.Qg8+ Rf8 29.Qxf8#).

A.1.b.ii) 23... Qa5 (to protect c5) 24.Ne7+ Kh8 25.Qg6 and the threat 26.Rxh6+ Bxh6 27.Qxh6+ Nh7 28.Qxh7# seems to be decisive.

A.1.c) 22... Rfd8 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.e7+ Kxe7 25.Qxg7+ Kd6 (25... Ke8 26.Qf7#) 26.Bxf4+ (or 26.Bxc5+ wins the queen after 27.Na4+ or 27.Ne4+) 26... Kc6 27.Qg6+ Kd7 28.Qf5+ and mate in two.

A.1.d) 22... Rfe8 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Nd5 Qa5 25.Bxf4 with the threat Bd6+ looks winning.

A.2) 21... Nf6 22.Nd5 looks similar A.1.b.

A.3) 21... Rfd8 22.Qh7+ as A.1.c.

B) 20... fxe3 21.Ng5 loks similar to previous lines.

C) 20... Qxe6 21.Ng5

C.1) 21... hxg5 22.Qh7+ Kf7 23.Ne4

C.1.a) 23... Rh8 24.Nxg5+ Ke8 (24... Ke7 25.Qxg7+ wins) 25.Qxg7 with the double threat Rxh8+ and Nxe6 seems to win.

C.1.b) 23... Qf5 24.Nd6+ wins.

C.1.c) 23... Ke8 24.Qxg7 with the black king in the center and the threats Bxc5 and Rh7 looks good for White.

C.2) 21... Qf5, unclear.


I'm not sure but I'd play 20.dxe6.

Sep-25-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: I would have tried the sequence de/Rd6/e6 over the board. I didn't even look at the more classic mating attack kind of combination.
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