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Levon Aronian vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Batumi Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 5, Sep-28
Spanish Game: Open. Open Variation (C80)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-28-18  Marmot PFL: Surely this is hopeless for white. If this wasn't an Olympiad he would probably resign.
Sep-28-18  whiteshark: What a thrilling game. After time-control Aronian might hope for a miracle...
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  sbevan: Looking grim for W

1) -3.88 (24 ply) 42...Be5 43.b4 Kh6 44.Ne7 g5 45.Nf5+ Kg6 46.Ne7+ Kf7 47.Nc6 Rh8 48.Nxe5+ fxe5 49.Rh1 h4 50.Kd3 g4 51.Ke3 Kf6 52.Ra1 Kf5 53.Rxa6 h3 54.Ra1 g3 55.Kf3 g2 56.Kg3 Ke4 57.Kh2 Kf3 58.Ra6 e4 59.Rf6+ Ke2

2) -3.50 (23 ply) 42...Bb8 43.Nb4 Rh8 44.Nxa6 Be5 45.Nb4 g5 46.Nd3 h4 47.Rh1 h3 48.Kd2 Bd4 49.c5 g4 50.Nf4 Kf7 51.b4 g3 52.Nxh3 g2 53.Rg1 Bxg1 54.Nxg1

3) -3.18 (23 ply) 42...Bd6 43.b4 Kh6 44.Ra3 h4 45.Rxa6 h3 46.Ra1 g5 47.Ne3 Kh5 48.Rd1 Re8 49.Rxd6 Rxe3 50.Rd8 g4 51.Rh8+ Kg5 52.c5 g3 53.c6 h2 54.c7 g2 55.c8=Q g1=Q 56.Qc6 Kf5 57.Qd5+ Kf4

Sep-28-18  whiteshark: Final moments of game: (~ 5 mins)

"It was the top board clash between two of the strongest teams at the Batumi Olympiad 2018 - Azerbaijan and Armenia. Both the teams are well matched and their rivalry goes beyond chess board.

In this crunch situation it was Azerbaijan who came out on top thanks to the victories of Mamedyarov against Aronian and Radjabov against Sargissian. In this video we capture the final moments of Aronian's dejection at losing the game and also Radjabov's final handshake to win the match! A great moment for Azerbaijan fans."

Video by: Amruta Sunil Mokal

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  Honza Cervenka: Blast from the past...:-) Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1916
Sep-29-18  Imran Iskandar: What a game by Mamedyarov. Bxg2 must have come as a nasty shock to Aronian.
Sep-30-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 19 dpa

1. - + (-2.59): 30...Rd8+ 31.Kc1 Qf5 32.Qe4 Qg5+ 33.f4 Bxf4+ 34.Kb2 Be5+ 35.c3 Rxe1 36.Rxe1 Qd2+ 37.Ka1 g6 38.Rg1 Qd3 39.Qxd3 Rxd3 40.Kb1 Kg7 41.Kc2 Rh3 42.c4 h5 43.Rd1 Rh2+ 44.Kd3 Rxa2 45.c5 g5 46.c6 h4 47.Nc5 Kg6 48.Ne6 Rb2 49.c7 Rxb3+ 50.Ke4 Rc3 51.Rd3 Rc6 52.Kd5 Rxc7 53.Nxc7 Bxc7

Sep-30-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

<d 22 dpa 1. = (0.00): 27.Nc3> Qh5 28.f3 Bg3 29.Rg2 Bxe1 30.Rxg5 fxg5 31.Kxe1 Qh1+ 32.Kd2 Rd8+ 33.Ke2 Qg2+ 34.Ke1 Qxc2 35.Qe7 Qd2+ 36.Kf1 Rc8 37.Qe6 Rd8 38.Qe7 Rc8

d 21 dpa 2. = / + (-0.56): 27.Ba3 Rg1+ 28.Ke2 Qh5+ 29.f3 Re8 30.Be7 Rg5 31.Kd1 Bg3 32.Rf1 Re5 33.Qg1 Qh3 34.Kc1 R5xe7 35.Qg2 Qxg2 36.Rxg2 Bf4+ 37.Kb2 Be5+ 38.c3 g5 39.b4 h5 40.Nc5 h4 41.Rh1 Rc7 42.Kb3 Kh7 43.a4 Rb8 44.Kc2 Rbc8 45.Kb3 Kh6 46.Rd2 Kg6 47.Rd3 a5 48.Rd5

Sep-30-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa done

<1. + / - (0.80): 24.f4> Bxb2 25.Qxe8 Rxe8 26.Nxb2 Bh3 27.Kf2 Kg8 28.Nc4 Rh5 29.Nd6 Re7 30.Re1 Rxe1 31.Kxe1 Bd7 32.c4 Kf8 33.Re2 Rh3 34.Kd2 g6 35.c5 Rh5 36.b4 Rh3 37.Rf2 Ke7 38.Kc2 Bc6 39.Kb2 Kd7 40.Rd2 Kc7 41.f5 g5 42.Re2 Kd7

2. = (0.17): 24.Kxg2 Qg6+ 25.Kf1 Bxh2 26.Nc5 Re8 27.Ne6 Qg1+ 28.Ke2 Qg4+ 29.f3 Qxe6 30.Qxe6 Rxe6+ 31.Kf1 Bc7 32.Rd7 Bb6 33.Rad1 h5 34.R7d6 Re3 35.R1d3 Rxd3 36.Rxd3 Rf5 37.c4 a5 38.Kg2 Kh7 39.Bd4 Bxd4 40.Rxd4 Re5 41.Kf2 Kg6 42.f4 Rc5 43.Kf3 Kf5 44.Rd7 g5 45.fxg5 fxg5

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  HeMateMe: Pins and weak squares, terrific attack. Looks like blacks bad pawn structure from the opening wasn't expected to produce a good position.

So many of these positions seem to end up with a Knight sitting on a rook file and an uncastled king.

Nov-06-18  Nietzowitsch: Lemon Erronian strikes again...
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Kiddies, don't mind the Turkish subtitles, and try to ignore the outburst at 1:23 too. ;>D

[Fritz 10]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Nxe4 6. d4 Be7 7. Re1 b5 8. Rxe4 d5 9. Nxe5 Nxe5 10. Rxe5 bxa4 [last book move] 11. Qe1 f6 12. Re3 c5 13. Qd1 [13. dxc5 d4 14. Rd3 Bf5 ⩲] 0-0 [ ⩲] 14. Nc3 Rb8 15. b3 [15. Re1!? ⩲] cxd4 [=] 16. Qxd4 Bd6 [16. Bb7!? =] 17. Qxd5+ [ ±] Kh8 18. Rd3 Qe8 19. Bb2 Be5 20. Nxa4 Rb5 21. Qf3 Bb7 22. Qe3 Be4 [22 ... Qg6 23. f3 Re8 24. Qf2 ±] 23. Rd2 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 [24. f4!? Bb7 25. fxe5 ±] Qg6+ [ ⩲] 25. Kf1 Bxh2 26. Re1 [26. Nc5 Re8 27. Ne4 ⩲] Rg5 [ ∓] 27. Ke2? [27. Nc3 Qh5 28. f3 ⩱] Re8 [-+] 28. Kd1 Rg1 29. Be5 Bxe5 30. Rde2 h5?? [30 ... Rd8+ 31. Kc1 Qf5 32. Qe4 Qg5+ 33. f4 Qxf4+ 34. Qxf4 Bxf4+ 35. Kb2 Rxe1 36. Rxe1 Be5+ 37. Kc1 -+] 31. Qd3? [31. Nb2! ⩱ and White is still in the game] Qg2 [-+] 32. Nb6 [32. f3 Rxe1+ 33. Rxe1 h4 -+] Rxe1+ 33. Rxe1 Qxf2 [33 ... h4 34. Nc4 h3 35. Re4 -+] 34. Nd5 [34. Nc4!? ∓] Rd8 35. c4 [35. Rh1 h4 -+] Qxa2 36. Qf3 [36. Re3 Qf2 -+] g6 37. Re3 Kg7 38. Qh3 Qf2 [38 ... Bf4! makes it even easier for Black 39. Ke1 Qb1+ 40. Kf2 Bxe3+ 41. Qxe3 Qf5+ 42. Kg1 Rxd5 43. Qe7+ Kh6 44. cxd5 Qxd5 45. Qb4 -+] 39. Rd3 Qg1+ [39 ... Qb2 40. Qe6 Rb8 41. Qh3 -+] 40. Kc2 Qh2+ [40 ... Qa1!? 41. Qe6 Kh6 42. Kd2 -+] 41. Qxh2 Bxh2 42. Rh3 Be5 [42 ... Bd6 43. b4 f5 44. Ra3 -+] 43. Kd3 a5 44. Ke4 Kf7 45. Kf3 Rh8 46. Kg2 g5 47. Ne3 Ke6 48. Kf1 f5 0-1

Great to see the Ruy Lopez Open in such a high profile game, even as 6 ... Be7 7. Re1 b5 is quite rare. Opening Explorer I am guessing that Black played 11 ... f6 with the possible intention of ... Kf7 and castling by hand. Mamedyarov sacrificed a Pawn with check (16 ... Bd6 17. Qxd5+ Kh8), then relied on a weak back rank threat (18 ... Qe8) to get out of trouble. 20 ... Rb5 & 21 ... Bb7 were useful developing moves hitting the Queen with tempo. 22 ... Be4 was another nice attacking move (24. Qxe4? Bxh2+) and then 23 ... Bxg2 (no "!" per Fritz the anti-human cyborg) gave White serious King safety issues, leading to the Pin 27 ... Re8 regaining a piece. 38 ... Bf4! would have improved, but Black traded Queens into a won endgame with the three connected passed Pawns on the Kingside.

Carlsen had the most Best Games nominations with 13, followed by Caruana with 12 and Mamedyarov with 10. But Mamedyarov placed three wins in the Top Ten.

May-02-19  Howard: In a recent issue of New in Chess, someone wrote a letter to the editor arguing that 24.f4 would have been the best move, and the writer gives extensive analysis to back this claim.
May-29-20  wordfunph: "I found the inspiration in Mamedyarov's daredevil play against Aronian at the Batumi Olympiad."

- GM Jan Timman

Source: NIC Yearbook #129

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