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Levon Aronian vs Richard Rapport
"Good Rapport" (game of the day Nov-17-2016)
European Club Cup (2016), Novi Sad SRB, rd 3, Nov-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense (D07)  ·  0-1



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Nov-09-16  fgh: Rapport seems to have Aronian's number (though the statistical sample is too small to draw a definitive conclusion from it).
Nov-09-16  tonsillolith: I think this qualifies as more evidence of the synergy of queen and knight, as Capablanca opined.
Nov-10-16  Steve.Patzer: I am dense, but what happens after 42. Kc1?
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  perfidious: <Steve.Patzer....what happens after 42. Kc1?>

The quietus would be 42....Rb5.

Nov-10-16  Sina73: Pulo y Gata - After 37. Kh1 Rf5 white plays 38. f4 and controls the both squares g5 and h5. The best way for black to continue the game is maybe: 38. ... Rh5+ 39. Qxh5 Qxd1+ 40. Bg1 Qe4+ 41. Kh2 Qxf4+ 42. Kg2 Qd2+ 43. Bf2 Qxa2 (or Qxc3) and in this case I think white has the upper hand and the best black can get might be a draw.
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  Pulo y Gata: Sina, you're a staunch defender! Lol! I'll look into the position closer when I get the time. There must be some win for black after 29.exd4 but I can't find a clear cut line for now.
Nov-10-16  Sina73: Pulo y Gata, I've seen the game in Judit Polgar's FB page. She had said after 27. ... Rh1+ 28. Kxh1 Bxd4 29. exd4 Qh4+ 30. Kg1 Ng4 Black has a deadly attack. But how much I looked into the position, couldn't find a certain way to win for black. I've posted the same question on that page and didn't received any convincing answer, therefore I've searched the net to find a winning variation for black that maybe I've missed but until now I've found nothing. Maybe you can find the solution or maybe we have to admit that not only Rh1+ wasn't a brilliant combination but also it was a hard way to get only a half point!
Nov-10-16  John Abraham: beautiful game. Rapport's style reminds of a combination between Alexander Morozevich and Mikhail Tal!
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  Pulo y Gata: Sina, just to guide us, and anyone who may want to analyze the position where we left off.

This position comes after 29.exd4 (not played in the game), and Black plays Qh4+ 30.Kg1 Ng4 31.Re1 Qh2+ 32.Kf1 Qxg3 33.Be3

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I've thrown in several lines and you posted several defensive lines that ward off the attack, but this is the critical position.

White is virtually tied up, but how to proceed? Earlier I could not make 33...Qh4 work with your 34. h3 because the black rook could not join the attack in time. How about we modify this with 33.Rf6, a waiting move putting white in virtual zug and also preparing the rook swing.

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What will be your defense here?

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  Pulo y Gata: I meant 34. f3 above, of course. ;-)
Nov-11-16  Sina73: Now that is something! It takes time for me to analyze the position and think about your suggested move. But your suggestion made me think that black is able to play 33. ... Rf5 immediately (instead of 33. ... Qh4 34. f3 Rf5) and that might be even better than 33. ... Rf6. It seems we (mostly you) finally have found something for black that can keep the pressure on white's position. Now is hard to find something that works for white. Maybe he should play something like 34. a4 to see what happens next! I'm not sure that white can save the game in this situation but I need some time to take a deeper look. As Arnold schwarzenegger always says "I'll be back"! :)) (Maybe not with good news for white!)
Nov-11-16  Whitehat1963: What do you say, <Crafty>, what if 29. exd4?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amazing that Black could combine the Chigorin Defense with a deferred Budapest Defense (4...e5!?). Not sure White should have combined 12.h4 with King side castling. If the silicon monsters verify its soundness, 27...Rh1+ is the move of the year.
Nov-17-16  waustad: I'm glad to see that both Rapport and Jobava have come back after brief periods of poor form. They are two of the most interesting players out there. I'd love to see them play a match.
Nov-17-16  Robyn Hode: What a wonderful game!
Nov-17-16  paavoh: Five moves with the White Queen during the first 20 moves... And look at the position. I thought there was a basic lesson about these aspects of opening play. Nicely punished.
Nov-17-16  cunctatorg: Play once a Chigorin Defense in a WCC match!!
Hooray for the Chigorin Defense and twice hooray for Richard Rapport ... and Alexander Morozevich also!!
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  kevin86: Black's pieces more active., whites too passive!
Nov-17-16  morfishine: <CG> really should retire anymore using of obvious names like Tal, Sax, Short, and here again for the umpteenth time, Rapport. Its so infantile

I thought chess people were somewhat smarter than the average person, at least enough to comprehend what is and what is not a pun

Enough already


Nov-17-16  theodor: 25. Rd5; Nf3+!
Nov-17-16  wrap99: What if instead of casting g4 attacking the rook and it looks like the knight has to take the pawn?
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  Check It Out: <morfishine> We look forward to your brilliant puns. Instead of criticizing, use your imagination.
Nov-23-16  wrap99: i can answer my own question: g4 would be met by nd6
May-03-17  Qindarka: This was deemed to be the best game in Volume 130 of the Chess Informant.
Jul-23-17  SpiritedReposte: <27. ...Rh1+!!> A double exclam move if there ever was one.
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