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Levon Aronian vs Luke McShane
London Chess Classic (2011), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-03
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-03-11  Nezhmetdinov: Well played Luke
Dec-03-11  bubuli55: Surprise!?
Dec-03-11  bubuli55: Thx Luke! I shot from 21 to top 10! :)
Dec-03-11  LoveThatJoker: @Nezhmetdinov: Luke did play well. But 29...Re8? is quite the bad move. After this, Black starts getting in some serious trouble. I would have preferred 29...Qxd5. That would have been much better.


Dec-03-11  LoveThatJoker: Although after 29...Qxd5 30. c7 Rdc8 31. Ba6 White looks much better.

Now 29...Re8 starts to look like a good counter-shot to me! I see now that the strength of 29...Re8 is in that it takes away the tempo that White would gain from hitting that same R with pawn to c7; also, it gains a tempo by hitting the unprotected B and e2! Nevermind what I said about 29...Re8? as it is actually 29...Re8!


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  Everett: The power of punctuation <LTJ>!
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  Penguincw: Interesting. A slight queen sac and an imbalance. Pretty interesting.
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  Everett: Really enjoy these draws... Well-fought with both players attacking and defending imaginatively over the board.
Dec-03-11  wordfunph: "I'm not sure I'm competent (to comment), the game was too complicated."

- GM Levon Aronian

Dec-03-11  LoveThatJoker: @Everett: TY, man!

Can someone do me a favour and help me with my question at the Adams vs. Anand game? Please.

Adams vs Anand, 2011


Dec-04-11  kurtrichards: Isn't this a Chebanenko Slav characterized by 4. ... a6?
Dec-07-11  pulsar: <kurtrichards> Yes, the Chebanenko Slav is also referred to as the Chameleon Variation. Among the foremost practitioners of this line, Bologan and Shirov use the former to honor the Moldovan chess coach Vyacheslav Chebanenko who championed this line and taught it to his students.
Dec-10-11  luzhin: McShane's tremendous tactical intuition did not let him down when he avoided the tempting 28...Qg5. After 29.c7 Rde8 30.Rc2 exd4 31.exd5 Qxd5 32.Bb5 d3 33.Rc5 Re2+ 34.Kh3 Qxf3 35.c8(Q)+ Rxc8 36.Rxc8+ Kh7 Aronian would have unleashed 37.Rh8+!! and after 37...Kxh8 38.Qd8+ Kh7 39.Qxd3+ Black can resign!

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