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Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian
Nakamura-Aronian Match (Blitz) (2014) (blitz), St Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Nov-25
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: 10 ... Nbd7 is more common than 10 ... Be7 = Opening Explorer

Then 15. a4 is more common than 15. Ne4 = Opening Explorer

I like the exchange sacrifice with 19. Rxa6 gaining a strong Nc5, then Aronian gave the exchange right back with 20 ... Qxc5 trading down.

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  PawnSac: < tpstar: 10 ... Nbd7 is more common than 10 ... Be7 >

True, but i can think of several reasons he would play ..Be7 a) this is blitz and the less common path is favorable if you know it. b) In this line white has the outside passer and the DSB is very useful in such lines, so black is seeking to eliminate it c) with the DSB off the board whites d pawn is weaker

< Then 15. a4 is more common than 15. Ne4 >

and i thought to myself, "and Nxb5 isn't so great because the d pawn falls after Rd8 or 0-0-0" but then i clicked the opening explorer link and discovered that Ulmann actually played it! sheesh. an adventurous guy! lol

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  tpstar: <PawnSac> I didn't recall the Botvinnik Line in either of their repertoires, but it turns out both have two database games, meaning Nakamura two with White and Aronian two with Black. I forgot about Nakamura vs J Smeets, 2011, and I was unaware of Kramnik vs Aronian, 2013 .

Pretty deep preparation for a blitz game. =)

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