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Carlsen Aronian LIVE!

Corus 2008 live commentary with IM Miodrag Perunovic and Goran Urosevic

Levon Aronian eliminated Magnus Carlsen in the last year’s Candidate Matches, but only after great struggle and additional blitz games. Magnus is progressing every month and he is certainly more mature today. The two leaders of Corus A group will make fireworks on the board, there is no doubt about that. Enjoy!

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{Levon Aronian eliminated Magnus Carlsen in the last year’s Candidate Matches,
but only after great struggle and additional blitz games. Magnus is
progressing every month and he is certainly more mature today. The two leaders
of Corus A group will make fireworks on the board, there is no doubt about
that. Enjoy!} 1. e4 {Carlsen played 1.e4 against Aronian only once, in the
first game of their Candidate Match. Aronian won in Ruy Lopez.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 {Aronian is faithful to Marshall attack, which is his
reliable over the last couple of years.} 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 {Magnus is repeating
the same line he used in Candidate Match. This is one of the ways to avoid
Marshall/Anti-Marshall lines.} b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a4 {However, this is one of the
ways to take the game back on Anti-Marshall tracks. The point is that Black
ahs already lost a move on d6, whereas he would like to play d7-d5 immediately.
Still, there are other solid plans, for example to prepare c5… In the
previous game, Aronian played 8…Rb8} b4 9. Nbd2 Na5 10. Ba2 O-O 11. c3 c5 {
Novelty! In the game Fressinet-Grischuk, that we were witnessing at the ETCC
in Creta, Black took on c3} (11… bxc3) 12. cxb4 cxb4 13. Nc4 {Carlsen wouldn’t
mind to trade the Knights, as his Bishops are having better diagonals. Aronian
might face small problems on the queenside, unless he achieves good
development on time.} Rb8 {Idea is to play b4-b3 and lock light-squared Bishop
and Ra1 for awhile. This might force Carlsen to trade on a5. Allowing White to
shuffle his Knight to e3 and d5 (f5) would be troublesome for Black.} 14. Re1 {
White can keep the status quo as long as Knight is on c4, as 14…b3 is met
with 15. Nxa5. The last move is probably preparing d3-d4.} Nc6 {White can initiate central fight with 15. d4, or continue with 15. Ne3 which is giving more
options. Update! Tomorrow is rest day and Chessdom continues live coverage of
all Corus groups on Thursday at 13:30 local time. Fabiano Caruana, Loek van
Wely, Irina Krush, Michael Adams, Pontus Carlsson are only few names that will
appear in the live games section.} (14… b3 15. Nxa5 Qxa5 16. Bxb3 Bg4 17. Bc4
Bxf3 18. gxf3 {
and doubled pawns are not bothering White, who is enjoying clear advantage.}) (
14… Bg4 15. Bd2) 15. Ne3 Be6 {
Black is covering important squares d5 and f5 and play is roughly equal now.}
16. Bxe6 (16. Bd5 {Magnus quickly swaped Bishops, but Bd5 deserved attention}
Bxd5 17. exd5 Na5 (17… Nd4 $2 {is losing} 18. Nxd4 $1 exd4 19. Nf5 Nxd5 (
19… Re8 20. Qf3) 20. Qf3) 18. d4 $5) 16… fxe6 17. Nc4 {Preventing d6-d5
for the time of being, but Aronian has other promising plans. One is to play
Qc7 and Rc8, the other is Qe8 and pressure on the kingside where open f-file
is favoring Black.} Nd7 $1 {Perhaps the most flexible solution. Aronian is
still keeping all options open for his Queen.} 18. Ncd2 $5 {This is slightly
odd…Magnus is spending lots of moves on this Knight. The only explanation is
that he is expecting Nc5 and wants to trade the annoying piece with Nb3.} (18.
Be3 {would allow} d5) 18… Nc5 {Aronian is kind of meeting Carlsen’s
intentions, but maybe… he has Rxf3 exchange sacrifice up in his sleeve.} (
18… Qe8 $1 {looked more appropriate, but perhaps Aronian wants to make
imbalance with Rxf3 before taking action on kingside.}) 19. Nb3 {
19…Rxf3 definitely deserves attention. Idea is 20…Nxb3 and 21…Nd4} Nxb3
20. Qxb3 Rxf3 $1 {Now it becomes interesting!!} 21. gxf3 Nd4 22. Qd1 {
One possible idea is to push b4-b3 (or Rcb8-c8) and threaten Nc2, the other is
Qf8 and continue with kingside attack.} Qf8 $1 (22… Qe8 {
drops some of the advantage} 23. Be3 {with Kh1 and White is holding.}) 23. Kg2
{The only move… f3 was hanging} Qf6 $6 {
24. Be3 is a must. White has to eliminate this wonderful Knight.} ({
Maybe better was} 23… b3 {to have c2 as escape for the Knight after Be3} 24.
Rg1 Qf7) 24. Be3 {Now White will trade the Knight and take open c-file.
Nevertheless, Aronian still keeps certain pressure on the kingisde.} Rf8 25.
Bxd4 exd4 26. e5 $5 {Nice move! Carlsen is cleaning e4 for his pieces. Rc1-c6
and attack on e6 might be some distant plan (if Qb3 will be possible)} Qg5+ 27.
Kh1 d5 {This was expected, Aronian is not happy with e4 in White’s hands. But
now 28. Rc1, 29. Rc6 looks like upper hand for Magnus.} 28. Rc1 $1 Qf5 (28…
Rf4 {This attempt to build a counterplay with Qh5-Bg5-Rh4-Bf4 is too slow and
breaks against} 29. Rc8+ Bf8 30. Qe2 $1 {threatening Rg1}) 29. Rc7 (29. Rc6 $5)
29… Bg5 30. Rg1 {Magnus will have to dump e5 pawn sooner or later, if he
wants to activate Rooks. Perhaps Rc7 was shot in empty space as it is not
clear yet how can White take advantage of the 7th rank. But okay, maybe g6
will prove to be weakening in the later stage of the game. Will Magnus have
time to collect pawn a6 and start advancing with passer?} g6 31. f4 $5 {
This was unexpected… Possible idea is 31…Bxf4 32. Qg4 Qxe5 33. Rc6 !?} Qxf4
{32. Qe2!?} 32. Qg4 Qxe5 33. Ra7 {And only now goes after the a-pawn. Carlsen
gave away another pawn in order to activate his Queen. Now, after Rxa6, pawn
e6 will be under attack. There is small trap as well – 33….Rxf2? 34. Qh3!
and White wins…} Rf5 {Better than 33…h6 which might be weakening later.
Also, Rf5 is covering e6 after the next Rxa6} 34. a5 $1 {Curious way to keep
the tension! White will take on a6 and push a5 anyway, so better to do it in
this move order and have the Rook on 7th rank for a moment longer. Pawn f2 is
still poisoned 34…Rxf2 35. Qh3! h5 36. Rxg5!} Bh6 {Bishop heading back to
protect his own King and step away from attacks on g-file. Time for 35. Rxa6} 35. Qg3 (35. Rxa6 Rxf2 $5 36. Qxe6+ Qxe6 37. Rxe6 Rxb2 38. a6 Ra2 39. Rf1 $1 {
Idea Re8-Re7 and a7}) 35… Qe2 $1 ({Better than} 35… Qxg3 36. fxg3 Rf2 37.
Rb1 $1) 36. Qc7 {This is draw offer… 36…Qf3+ is perpetual. Update: game is
drawn! Wonderful fighting effort from both players! Carlsen and Aronian will
remain tied on first place since Radjabov drew his game with Mamedyarov.
Tomorrow is rest day, join us again on Thursday at 13:30 local time for the
live coverage of 5th round. Have a nice day all!} 1/2-1/2

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