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Levon Aronian vs Anish Giri
European Team Championship (2011), Porto Carras GRE, rd 8, Nov-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-11  bronkenstein: Finally , Levon`s fine strategical game , and based on series of short tactical nuances .

Qf5!?-b1-b2-b1!?-f5!!(last one being decisive point ) somehow reminds me of Ballet , so even just visually it produces pleasant effect. I wish him to keep this form in Tal Memorial.

Nov-10-11  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 15...Rfa8, 15...b5 blocks the b4 pawn and gets ready for ...Rfa8
Nov-10-11  The silent man: I think if 15...b5, then 16 f5 would be good for white.
Nov-10-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ARONIAN: TACTICAL GENIUS

Aronian vs A Giri, 2011 34 Qb1-f5!! masterfully exploits Black's weak back rank

Nov-10-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: WEAK BACK RANK
Nov-11-11  Ulhumbrus: <The silent man: I think if 15...b5, then 16 f5 would be good for white.> I did not think of it. This suggests an important point: Following the move the move 13...Ba6, the move 15 Qe2! is going to make a double threat by attacking simultaneously the Rook on a6 directly and attacking indirectly the bishop on e7.

This suggests 13...Re8 preparing the move ...Ba6 by defending the bishop on e7 from the potential double attack.

The pawn 15...b5 16 f5 Rfa8 17 fxe6 Nf6 18 exf7+ Kf7 19 Ng5+ Kf8 20 Qe6 Bd8 may be worth a look at.

Nov-11-11  checkmateyourmove: 33. Qb1 is a beautiful move to counter the upcoming rook slide over. Aww to think like a gm , how splendid it must be!
Nov-11-11  Shams: <Ulhumbrus> Your line allows Ne6+ forking the Queen. I think 15...b5 might be just bad.
Nov-11-11  Ulhumbrus: <Shams> It looks as if 13...Re8 may be the right move.
Nov-12-11  notyetagm:

33... Rb4?

After 33... h6 Black can still fight.

34. Qf5!

Suddenly the threat of 35.Rc2 is killing.

Nov-12-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ARONIAN TEACHES TACTICS
Nov-12-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Coordinated play -- Capablanca
Nov-12-11  Ulhumbrus: In the position before 32...Rb4 White's f pawn is doubled and Black's pieces seem more centralized, but White's b pawn is more advanced and the White Rook defends the second rank. The position may warrant further examination, but one alternative to 32...Rb4 is 32...Qb4 when the black rook on e4 blocks the way for White's Q to go to f5.

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