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Alexander Grischuk vs Levon Aronian
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Delayed Exchange (C85)  ·  0-1



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Jan-22-11  Anatoly21: First. Excellent work by Aronian converting the two bishops in an open position into a win.
Jan-22-11  libertyjack: Grishuk converted the position into an open position, it seems?

What are the alternatives to e5?

Jan-22-11  4tmac: Bobby got me playing the Ex Ruy years ago. It's fallen on hard times lately though. This variation was popular in some circles years ago also. Surprisingly, 23. Qc3! seems to give a decent game though I know it's not too my taste. I prefer the instant endgame variation. 5.(0-0)
Jan-22-11  rangek: whats the point of this variation? doesn't it lose a tempo with Ba4 and then Bxc6?

Afterall I understand that Ba4 and Bxc6 is common if Black follows up a6 with d6, thus losing the favourable capture dxc6. Not in this case?

Jan-22-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: BISHOP PAIR!

Grischuk vs Aronian, 2011 "a beautiful demonstration of prelate power" -- Monokroussos

Jan-22-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: HIT DEFENDERS HARD! HIT DEFENDERS HARD!

Grischuk vs Aronian, 2011 32 - Bf8-e7 threatens 33 - Be7-g5, attack on White d2-knight defender

Jan-22-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: FORCING MOVES show where the pieces *REALLY* are

Grischuk vs Aronian, 2011 23 Qe3-a7 Bd6-b4 show where White queen,Black bishop really are

Jan-23-11  notyetagm:

<36.N3d2 Be7 Now threatening ...Bg5. White is getting tied in knots.>

Jan-23-11  anandrulez: Aronian says exf and Ng5 and he feels black is not doing well in that line
Jan-23-11  Hesam7: <anandrulez: Aronian says exf and Ng5 and he feels black is not doing well in that line>

After 22. Ng5 Qf6 my engine likes Black's position quite a bit: -0.60 @ depth 26.

Jan-23-11  Eyal: <whats the point of this variation? doesn't it lose a tempo with Ba4 and then Bxc6?>

The main point is to wait with Bxc6 until Black plays Nf6, because in the "normal" exchange variation f6 is often played to support e5; also, after Black plays Be7 he has to waste a tempo if he wants to bring the bishop to d6. It's called the DERLD (Doubly Deferred) Exchange Variation, btw.

Jan-23-11  acirce: Marin writes that 7..Nd7 is unnecessarily cooperative, and recommends 7..Bg4, which is annoying since White can't easily escape the pin without taking risks as 8.h3 Bh5 9.g4 Nxg4!? is possible. However, since players like Aronian and Lékó seem to consider 7..Nd7 quite fine, it's clearly not that simple.
Jan-23-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: *PLAN* TO REMOVE THE GUARD

Grischuk vs Aronian, 2011 36 ... Bf8-e7 intends 37 .. Be7-g5 attack on d2-knight defender

Feb-08-11  ReikiMaster: 23.Qc3 looks ok. 33.c4 gave black a target - Ng3 may be better. 47...c6 also wins.

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