Alekhine Memorial: Ding Liren "Was Only Going for a Draw" but Eventually Defeated Levon Aronian

Время публикации: 21.04.2013 21:45 | Последнее обновление: 21.04.2013 22:21

The Alekhine Memorial started for GM Aronian quite unsuccessfully: he was defeated by one of the rating outsiders of the tournament Chinese Ding Liren.

Aronian stood worse during the entire game. It seems that his experiment with 12...Bc4 was a bad idea. 

This is what has happened closer to the time control.


32.Nd5! Nxf1 33.Nb6 Qa7 34.Rxf1 Nf6 35.Be5 At the press conference Chinese player admitted by playing so he was only looking forward to a draw.
35...Nd5 36.Nxd5 exd5 Defending after 36...cxd5 37.c6
wouldn't be any pleasant.

37.Bxg7! Kxg7 38.Qg5+ Kf8 39.Qf6 Kg8 40.Qg5+ Kf8 41.Qf6 Kg8 Ding Liren discovered he was winning only after the time control.

42.Re1! axb4 42...h6 43.Re3 Kh7 44.Re7! also doesn't help.
43.Re5 h6 44.Rh5 Qxa3 45.Qxh6 f6 46.Qxf6 1-0

[Event "Alekhine Mem"] [Site "Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS"] [Date "2013.04.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "accelerated Meran (Alekhine variation)"] [EventDate "2013.04.21"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 e6 6. c5 Nbd7 7. b4 b6 8. Bb2 a5 9. a3 Be7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. O-O Ba6 12. Ne1 Bc4 13. Bxc4 dxc4 14. Qe2 Rb8 15. Ra2 b5 16. e4 Rb7 17. Nc2 Nb8 18. Raa1 Qc8 19. Rad1 Rd8 20. Bc1 Na6 21. Bf4 Rbd7 22. h3 Ne8 23. Qe3 Bf6 24. e5 Be7 25. Ne4 Nac7 26. Nd6 Qa8 27. Qg3 Nd5 28. Ne3 Nc3 29. Rde1 Bxd6 30. exd6 Ne4 31. Qh4 Nd2 32. Nd5 Nxf1 33. Nb6 Qa7 34. Rxf1 Nf6 35. Be5 Nd5 36. Nxd5 exd5 37. Bxg7 Kxg7 38. Qg5+ Kf8 39. Qf6 Kg8 40. Qg5+ Kf8 41. Qf6 Kg8 42. Re1 axb4 43. Re5 h6 44. Rh5 Qxa3 45. Qxh6 f6 46. Qxf6 1-0 


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