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Anish Giri vs Levon Aronian
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 1, Mar-12
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  0-1



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Mar-12-11  Per: Fantastic bold play from Aronian payed off!
Mar-12-11  checkmateyourmove: Levon is ready for the upcoming WCC matches. He will be the new challenger to Anand.Now go tell your momma you heard it here.:)
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  Penguincw: < checkmateyyourmove >

It's not going to be easy.First,he has to face Grishcuk,who has beaten Kranmik 2-0 today.Then,he has to face either Topalov (who has scored 6.5/7 points at a World Championship tournament) or Kamsky (who had played Karpov for the title back in 1996.

Mar-12-11  luzhin: 31.Rd3?? turned a winning position into a losing one. Giri had to cover the f-file with 31.Rf7!
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  kingfu: Botvinnik many times played e6 against d4 or e4. It was The French or The Dutch. It is nice to see The Dutch still being played. However, it is nice to be rated 120 points higher than your opponent.
Mar-12-11  notyetagm: A Giri vs Aronian, 2011

24 ?

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24 ♘d7-b6?? (Kortchnoi)

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<If the first game had been a typical case of swindling, the rapid game was vintage Aronian in swindling overdrive. With a broad grin he admitted after the game that indeed he had gone too far, calling his highly dubious 16…c6, ‘too wise’. Typical for his sense of humour was his choice of the opening. As Giri is living in the Netherlands these days, Aronian chose the Dutch Defence, and as Giri was born in St. Petersburg, Aronian had selected the Leningrad Variation. But as said, after his ‘too wise’ move he ended up in a totally lost position. But instead of confidently converting his advantage Giri lost his calm. <<<Viktor Kortchnoi (born in Leningrad!), who attends the first week of the Amber tournament as a guest of honour, chided the young Dutchman for his move 24.Nb6, calling it ‘the worst move he had ever seen’.>>> Probably his memory failed him at that point, but it is true that it would have been a steep task for Aronian to confuse his opponent if Giri had kept the knight on d7. With the knight sidetracked and Black’s pieces closing in on the white king, the Armenian’s task was a more grateful one and exploiting the chances he got he also won his second game.>

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  JointheArmy: <Viktor Kortchnoi (born in Leningrad!), who attends the first week of the Amber tournament as a guest of honour, chided the young Dutchman for his move 24.Nb6, calling it ‘the worst move he had ever seen’.>

I LOL'd.

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  kingfu: notyetagm,

You are a GM!!

I have seen your analysis on Chessgames for years and it is GrandMaster quality.

We do not need to have some outside group tell us who we are.

You should change your avatar GMINYOURFACECHECKMATE!!!!!

Mar-13-11  ajile: I always check out the Dutch games. And if they are Leningrad lines so much the better!
Mar-13-11  jmboutiere: According to Rybka 3 the decisive move of the game is 31.Rd3 (?) - 2.76 The correct move is closing the f file with Rf7 + 0.00; and 24.Nb6 is not a mistake + 0.70 but 24.Bf3 is better, +1.40
Mar-17-11  Manuel G. Vergara: You just don't have to mess around with Lev!!!
May-27-11  onlinechesslessons: Aronian is a Beast! What a great performance this year at Amber. I had to make a video covering a few of his games, this one is available at:

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