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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Levon Aronian
Sinquefield Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Aug-25
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo Main line (C53)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-25-19  The17thPawn: Was that knight maneuvering by black from moves 15 to 17 considered theory? Seems like an awful lot of tempi spent just to eventually land a knight on h4.
Aug-25-19  csmath: Nope, Nepo made move 11. Ba4 turning the game into original one, mixing Italian and Ruy-Lopez. Typical stuff from Nepo just to avoid analyses and theory.
Aug-25-19  csmath: First big error by white:

30 Qe1?

The move 30. d4 wins on the spot because of black queen exposure

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[Black has no defence than to yield material.]

Second mistake by white:
40. Qe1? [unexplainable move]

Instead white is winning with

40. Bb3 exchanging bishop that is guarding promotion.

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But thankfully to Aronian who just played "arroniously" all the way and finally missed a study save in the end.

Aug-25-19  csmath: Final chance for Aronian:

45. ...Kd7!

[Amazing save Aronian missed]

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This moves king away from exposed lines [see the game how bad that got] and also guards promotion. It is amazing but there is no win in this position.

Aug-26-19  csmath: This game by Aronian is the main candidate for the worst play on this tournament (together with Anand and Ding play in round 7) but unfortunately for Aronian Nepo did pull the game out.

Aronian first "forgot" the pawn on a6, then exposed his queen to a discovered attack, and finally kept his king in the middle under all possible and impossible checks by white queen. While Nepo did not use the second strategic error he did make use of the other two.

This is not all, there are other loose plays by Aronian in the game so the whole game goes into his "The Worst Games" collection.

Aug-26-19  Ulhumbrus: Following the move 19 fxe3 White's knight on f3 is going to transfer to the square c5 and turn Black's a6 pawn into a target.

This is what happens.

Black's a6 pawn falls and later the game.

Aug-26-19  Sally Simpson: ***

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I can see a possible reason why Nepo rejected 40.Bb3 and went for Qe1. That Knight on e3 has to go. 40.Bb3 Bxb3 41.Nxb3 Nxe4 42.dxe4 that is forced captures out of the way and here comes Qf4 and Qg3 that will require some only move defending.

So perhaps a bit of Petrosian prophylaxis going on. Snuff out counterplay first, then get on with the game. Aronian is one of those players you do not want sniffing about your King with a Queen and Knight.


Aug-26-19  Hokey pokey: This game was a tough fight for a lot of moves
Aug-27-19  Nietzowitsch: Lemon Erronian strikes again.

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