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Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Mar-21
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-16  jith1207: Yes, I loved the last "cute" move.
Mar-21-16  Jack Kerouac: And now a lull in the road for the Championship Challenger with more obstacles ahead. who emerges as the 'Killer on the Road'? A commentary from the past...
Mar-21-16  morfishine: Make no mistake, positionally, which is all that matters, this was a slaughter, from beginning to end
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  beenthere240: The "killer" Guico! I remember when this opening was supposed to guarantee a dead draw.
Mar-21-16  RookFile: Big league win by Vishy.
Mar-21-16  IndianFan: If the win against Svidler was a one-round knockout - this was 15 rounds of constant punishment.

This serves notice on Carlsen that Anand may be able to out-Carlsen him.

Mar-21-16  DrLecter: What about 38. g4 instead of Kg4? Anand himself mentioned hesitating to play Kg4 before playing it anyways.
Mar-21-16  dunamisvpm: 65...Rxg7 is not a gross blunder but a white flag move by Aronian. Have fun and GOD Bless
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  Gypsy: Today, Anand was channeling Capablanca:

Capablanca vs E Eliskases, 1936

Mar-22-16  dynamica: After move 7.a4 better
The Giuoco Piano is the oldest Opening:
1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bc4 Bc5
Mar-22-16  thickhead: Anand's last move was a beauty keeping black K away from white R before capturing black R.
Mar-22-16  activechess55: Can't black play 17...be6 18 be6 fe6. This open position would afford open f file for Aronian. He needed to play open tactical game which suits him. In the closed position, Vishy just played positional monster that he is.
Mar-22-16  thickhead: Any way it does not matter. 1...Rxg7 2.Kxg7 Kd6 3.Kf6 serves the same purpose.Invented a beauty when it was not there.
Mar-22-16  ndg2: Of course the guico piano is mainly manouvering. However black either manouvered too much or in the wrong way. Why not 8...Be6 to tray to open the f-file?
Mar-22-16  dunamisvpm: Pulo y Gata: I think it's getting clearer now: The only way to stop Carlsen from having the longest reign as world champion is to stop Anand from having the longest streak of winning as Challenger. Trying to situate Anand in the LOTR context of chess history... < I agree >
Mar-22-16  The Kings Domain: Skillful game by Anand. I'm glad he won.
Mar-22-16  dehanne: Karma calls.
Mar-22-16  morfishine: <Pulo y Gata: I think it's getting clearer now: The only way to stop Carlsen from having the longest reign as world champion is to stop Anand from having the longest streak of winning as Challenger> I've been saying that for two years
Mar-22-16  pantlko: Do you have any plan to stop him?
Mar-22-16  kuppabai: Hope this time Carlson has to work hard to retain the title.
Mar-22-16  Fanques Fair: It seems to me that 12..., Nf4 is much more stronger than Ng4, as played by Aronian. The only way for White to take it out would be at some point do play Nd5, because g3 would weaken the light squares around the White king.
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  AvidChessMan: My favorite move in this game is 23. Qd4. So quiet and yet so powerful. It demonstrates white's control of the center and furthers the press into black's territory.
May-12-16  Chessinfinite: Aronian-Anand head to head stands at 9 -6 classical games in favour of Aronian. The score is wrong at Chessgames.
Jun-06-16  Chessinfinite: Ah, i see that this year Zurich tournament was not classical format, but of 45 mins per game. Hence, Anand's win against Aronian at Zurich 2016 does not count. Hmm.

Aronian - Anand: 9 - 5 classical games record till date is correct it seems.

Feb-06-17  Rafaelvleite: Aronian last move was "ok, you won, take my rook and be happy", and Anand's last move was "come on, I am not in a hurry, I am older anh have more experience, I will just finish patiently and with style"
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