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Levon Aronian vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013) (other), Beijing CHN, rd 5, Dec-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  0-1



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Dec-19-13  luzhin: Not often that Aronian is blown away like this: if 23.Qxd6 Qe4 24.f3 Qxe3+ 25.Rf2 Neg4! 26.fxg4 Ne4 is curtains.
Dec-19-13  parisattack: Shak got nice piece play after the center liquidated.
Dec-20-13  bravado1: All those "brilliant" players who like complex, unstable, difficult to evaluate positions seem to struggle in the long run. Aronian like Topalov and in part Morozevich represent this style, although in my view Aronian is the most talented of them. The main problem appears to be consistency - they are able to win only when on top form. The only one who avoided such fate was Kasparov, yet even he had lapses. On the other side of the spectrum are players like Karpov in the past, Carlsen and Nakamura; they tend to aim at the best move in given circumstances or, if in objectively inferior position, they seek pratcal solutions, or try to make matters as complicated and unclear for their opponents as they can be. Overall, they fare better. They are less likely to produce "chess brilliancy", but more so to win a tournament and improve their elo. Also, they stay on top for a longer period of time.
Jul-22-16  SWAGATO BARMAN ROY: @bravado1, very well said. But it is unfortunate to see today's chess hall of fame is full of mostly the second kind of players who just play cautiously and perform better, rather than playing sharp and producing brilliance.

Anyway, I think definitely Fischer and possibly Anand fall in the former category as well. So the other side is not as hopeless. Also, the rising prodigy Wei Yi is someone you want to watch out for in that camp.

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