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Alexander Grischuk vs Levon Aronian
European Club Cup (2009), Ohrid MKD, rd 6, Oct-09
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  0-1



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Oct-09-09  Vollmer: After a quick look I am wondering if the position after 13...Qe7 is worth a second look . Its quite dynamic and IMHO 14.0-0 might be a mistake . Methinks this might be one of those rare games where neither side needs to castle .
Oct-09-09  DUS: This is a great game. A victory with blacks against such super GM opponent! I remember years ago Levon won a similar game against GM Sokolov, I think. That game was shorter but now the opponent is stronger.
Oct-09-09  shintaro go: Black's queenside attack was strong that the Queen became taboo.
Oct-10-09  ArmeniaNL: just a reminder, Levon spent on this games less than 10 min, while grischuk spent 90 min and then resigned
Oct-10-09  anandrulez: Awesome , I hope levon breaks 2800 too ..he is the playing real great !
Oct-11-09  Eyal: Grischuk already reached the position after 18.Qd3 in Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2007, where Gelfand played 18...e5. Aronian takes a different approach with ...h5, but nothing too amazing in itself. Starting from 21.Nc5 Grischuk initiates a complicated tactical sequence, which according to engine analysis should suffice for a draw (but no more than that) after <26.e5(!)> followed by 27.Ra7 and Black has no good way to avoid a perpetual check; he goes wrong, however, with 26.Be5?

If Aronian really spent no more than 10 minutes on the whole game it was probably all home prep, whereas Grischuk may have been improvising on the board. At any rate, both 22...Ne5! and 26...Bd6! are nice tactical ideas.

Btw, Nc5 after the opening of the a-file is a tactical resource that Black always has to be careful of in this type of Anti-Moscow positions - for example, in Radjabov vs Anand, 2008 White missed a brilliant win with 24.axb4 axb4 25.Nc5.

Apr-23-11  notyetagm:

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