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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic (2017), London ENG, rd 9, Dec-11
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  0-1



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Dec-11-17  Gregor Fenrir: 39. b4 looks like a mistake. Correct move was 39. R7xd6 Nxd6 40. Rxd6=
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  ChessHigherCat: <Gregor Fenrir: 39. b4 looks like a mistake. Correct move was 39. R7xd6 Nxd6 40. Rxd6=>

I agree, I was just playing through thee game and looked down for the first time to see if there were any notes at that point because I didn't understand why he didn't want to win 2 knights for the rook, protect the pawns and regain equality, but he got too fancy. 36. Ne6+ was over my head, too.

Anyway, I'm glad to see Carlsen's problem yesterday was only temporary, although I'm much more of an Aronian fan.

Dec-11-17  Reisswolf: Carlsen is still the strongest player in the world in my books. Once again, he beats in the last round, when most players try to avoid defeat and a poor end to a tournament.

People mention Aronian's two victories over Carlsen in 2017. But with the victories here and in St. Louis, I think Carlsen got the better of the Aronian in their personal battle.

Caruana, So, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian--these are all very strong players, but I feel that Carlsen in form is still stronger than all of them.

Dec-11-17  MrCarciofo: I think Aronian also lost this game with his long Knight journey to f3 - Carlsen waited and then took the piece. Magnus today was very confident and fresh - i'm happy with it.
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  MissScarlett: This was their hundreth game according to the DB. Definitely one of the great rivalries of the game, even if Magnus has held the whip hand for the last decade, but they really need to play a title match to top it off.
Dec-11-17  Reisswolf: <MissScarlett>, the onus is on Aronian to make it happen. I don't want to say that time is running out for him, but I think he would be better off challenging Magnus at the age of 36 instead of 39.
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  MissScarlett: Until recently, I still held out hope for Kramnik to challenge Magnus, but I now think a Carlsen-Aronian match might be more be interesting. That said, I'd favour Caruana's chances of coming through the Candidates.
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  chancho: Carlsen loses like a chump to Nepo and comes back huge with black pieces to beat Aronian.

Definitely resilient when push comes to shove.

Dec-12-17  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen has done it again, outplaying Aronian from a worse position and going on to win. Either Carlsen or Aronian or both indicated that it took just two mistakes for the advantage to pass from Aronian to Carlsen.

The computer evaluations suggest that 35 b6? is the first mistake and that 35 Bf1 is better. The computer evaluations suggest that 39 b4? is the second mistake and that Aronian should just take two knights for a rook by 39 Rd1xd6.

Dec-12-17  Mirovsk: "Horwitz Defense: General" this real?...with this game the draws are completely forgiven....
Dec-12-17  Mirovsk: Magnus moves 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 are very peculiar in a chess game where the number one faces the number two.....the black knight jumps 5 times...and then white has a passed pawn...Magnus again would have to play for a draw like in some other previous games....but Aronian not only lost his advantage, he lost the game...
Dec-13-17  cormier: 1) +0.25 (32 ply) 6...d5 7.c4 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.b3 Ba6 10.O-O Nf6 11.Nd2 Be7 12.Bb2 O-O 13.Qc2 Rfd8 14.Rfd1 Rab8 15.Nf3 dxc4 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.Ne5 cxb3 18.axb3 Bb5 19.Nxc6 Bxc6 20.Qxc6 Qxb3 21.Bd4 Nd5 22.Qa6 Bf6 23.Qxa7 Bxd4

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Dec-14-17  Ulhumbrus: <Mirovsk: Magnus moves 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 are very peculiar in a chess game where the number one faces the number two.....the black knight jumps 5 times...and then white has a passed pawn...Magnus again would have to play for a draw like in some other previous games....but Aronian not only lost his advantage, he lost the game...> Aronian has the advantage both before Carlsen's knight manoeuvre and after it, but with one difference: After the manoeuvre White can't get his knight into play by taking the e4 pawn. That means that his bishop also cannot get into play. Before the manoeuvre of the N on e7 to d6 White threatens to get both his knight and bishop into play by Nxe4. This begins to suggest that Carlsen's knight manoeuvre is a brilliant two pawn blockade sacrifice which does not equalize but does give Aronian a chance to go wrong, which Aronian does. Carlsen may have said during his interview that he sacrificed the two pawns on purpose.
Dec-15-17  mrfuddington: With our luck, double Anand match, Gelfand, Karjakin. Probably be Grischuck who wins it this time. Or Radjubov/Carlsen, can anyone imagine that? That would be awful. Imagine Ding wins though or Wesley So, that would be wild.
Dec-18-17  yurikvelo: multiPV:
Dec-19-17  Mirovsk: Or Kramnik...doing with Carlsen what he did to Kasparov...

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