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Levon Aronian vs David Navara
St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (rapid), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-14
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: Just the way I would have played it.
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  al wazir: 23...Qc7 foils the attack.
Aug-14-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: 2 great sacs that I never saw coming. Some real classy play at the end there.
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  Domdaniel: Rapid game of the century? Well, OK, of the year...
Aug-14-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: Black was okay until

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Qd8. The engine saw those sacs though. Amazing what these GM's can see.

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  HeMateMe: did this really happen?
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  OhioChessFan: I can undestand Qd8, wanting to defend the f Pawn, and keeping an eye on e7, but that was what led to the smashing attack.
Aug-14-17  zanzibar: <<al w> Just the way I would have played it.>

Ah, but which side?

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  Honza Cervenka: Poor David. Such a harsh treatment...
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  tpstar: After 13 ... bxc5, Black has Hanging Pawns on c5 & d5, then they are quickly challenged with 15. e4. One way to play against Hanging Pawns is to force one to advance, trying to weaken their combined power.

After 22 ... gxf6, White is a full Rook down! The two passed Pawns are some compensation, but I wonder if this second sacrifice would hold up in a longer time control.

After 27. Rh4, trying to hold the second rank with 27 ... Rcc7 or 27 ... Qc7 is met by 28. Bf4, then maybe d5-d6.

Great game.

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  Honza Cervenka: 23...Qd8 was probably a mistake. 23...Qc7 may be the last chance for black defense to hold.
Aug-15-17  ajile: I don't like 8..d5? since now White gets 9.cxd5 and Black gets a weak c pawn on the half open c file. IMO the ..c6 variations are better than this for Black.
Aug-21-17  talwnbe4: Navara was still finished after 23..Qc7 24. Re4 Bg7 25. Rh4 h6 26. Be4 +-6.9

even Stockfish is having trouble analysing this game.. 23..Qc7 24. Re4 h5 25. Qxf6 Qg7 26. Qf5 Re7 27. Qxh5 Qh7 28. Rg4+ Bg7 29. Qxh7+ Kxh7 30. Bg5 +-1.9 white down a bishop but has many pawns
and can win the B back

23..Qc7 24. Re4 h5 25. Qxf6 Bg7 26. Qf5 d3 27. d6 Bxe4 28. Bxe4 Qxd6 29. Qf7+ Kh8 30. Qxh5+ Kg8 31. Bh7+ Kh8 32. Bxd3+ Kg8 33. Bh7+ Kh8 34. Bg6+ Kg8 35. Bxe8 Qd4+ 36. Kf1 Qd3+ 37. Ke1 Qe4+ 38. Kd1 Qh1+ 39. Be1 Rd8+ 40. Bd7 Bc3 41. Qg5+ Kh7 42. Qe3 Bb4 43. Kc2 Qxe1 44. Qxe1 Bxe1 45. e7 says white is winning

Aug-21-17  talwnbe4: 20..Ba6 21. e6 Bxf1 22. Rxf1 Nd7 23. Be4 h6 24. Bxh6 Nf6 25. Bg6 Qd8 26. Bf7+ Kh8 27. Bd2 +- 2.0

looks like home cooked knock-out


Oct-12-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Move 29 would be a nice Monday puzzle (on the "hard" side).
Feb-24-18  AgentX: There were too many wins for it to be a valid puzzle. And Qc7 didn't defend, 18...Nd7 or 20...d3 comes closest to defend. Personally, I feel like 16...d4 and 18...f6 really led to this crushing loss.
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