Aronian: 'I Am Not Proud Of My Moves But Today Is My Lucky Day'

Время публикации: 08.02.2015 05:30 | Последнее обновление: 08.02.2015 06:26

The first thing Magnus did after he had described his round 5 victory over David Baramidze to the commentators and the audience, was taking a look at the Aronian's win against Viswanathan Anand which had happened a few minites before.

It looks like Vishy hadn't managed to recover from his bad blunder in the round 4 game against the world champion, making a mistake in the better position that costed him dear. Levon admitted that it had been 'his lucky day'.


Black has an edge ('I'm not proud of my moves', Aronian on his previous play) which could have been maintained by 23...hxg3 24.hxg3 Kg7! 25.e4 (the only option), and now either 25...Nxd4 26.Nxd4 Rh8! with the attack (a computer suggestion) or the more human 25...Bxc5 26.e5 Qh6 27.bxc5 (27.dxc5 g4 28.Qxh6+ Nxh6 wins the e5-pawn) 27...Rh8 28.Qxg5+ Qxg5 29.Nxg5 Nxd4 30.f4 f6, etc.
Instead, Anand went for 23...Nh6? 24.e4! Bxc5. Short, Gustafsson, and Carlsen have come to the conclusion that the thing Vishy had missed was 24...Qxf3 25.Qxg5+ Kh7 26.e5+ Bf5 27.Bxf5 Nxf5 28.Rc3!, or 27...Qxf5 28.Qxf5 Nxf5 29.exd6 Nxd6 30.Nd7! getting an extra exchange. 'Nice bit of calculation that won from Levon', Magnus concluded.
25.e5 Qg7? The only chance would have been 25...Bxb4 26.axb4 Qg7 27.Nxg5 Bf5 which seemed ugly to Aronian but, as Short pointed out, 'sometimes you have just to play ugly moves'. Moreover, according to the engines, Black has quite a decent play, as he would carry out the thematic f7-f6 soon.  
26.bxc5 f6 27.exf6 Rxf6 28.Nxg5 Bf5 29.Rce1 Rff8 30.Rxe8 Rxe8 31.Nf3 Bxd3 32.Qxd3 Re4 33.Re1 hxg3 34.hxg3, and the ex-World Champion stopped the clocks. 1-0

As for the favorite, he defeated David Baramidze quite easily. According to the winner, the critical moment happened on move 24 when the decision to exchange the queens led Black to 'suffering': 'There are probably ways you can make a draw with accurate play, but it's already very unpleasant'.


24...Qf4?! Carlsen: 'I expected 24...Nc7 25.Ne4 Qe7. It looks very ugly but I don't see anything great for me, for example: 26.Ng5 Nf8 (26...f5 or 26...f6 fail to 27.Nxd6) 27.axb5 axb5 28.Bb3 f6. Still, White should be doing fine, but... 29.f4 exf4!, and now maybe 30.Bb3 is interesting, but it's very complicated. 24...Qf4 is the less complicated option, but now it's clear that White is comfortably better'.
25.Qxf4 Nxf4 26.Ne4 (the point is that Black can't hold the d6-pawn) 26...Bxd5 27.axb5 axb5 28.Nxd6.

28...Re6? Missing one of the accurate solutuons that Magnus was talking about: 28...Bxf3 29.Nxe8 Nxg2! If instead 29.gxf3 then 29...Re7 30.Nxb5 Nxh3+ (30...Rb8! is even more precise - CN) 31.Kh2 Ng5 and 'it's completely unclear' (Carlsen).
After 29.Ne4 the German grandmaster was no longer close to equality. 1-0 in 49 moves.

Two other games, Naiditsch - Caruana and Adams - Bacrot, have been drawn. Now the tournament has two leaders with 3.5/5 each - Arkadij Naiditsch and Magnus Carlsen. Caruana is half-a-point behind.
The crosstable, schedule, results, all games and other information about the tournament

[Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.07"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Baramidze, David"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C95"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. a4 Bg7 16. Bd3 c6 17. Bg5 Nf8 18. Qd2 Ne6 19. Bh6 Nd7 20. Bc2 Bxh6 21. Qxh6 Qf6 22. Rad1 Rad8 23. d5 cxd5 24. exd5 Qf4 25. Qxf4 Nxf4 26. Ne4 Bxd5 27. axb5 axb5 28. Nxd6 Re6 29. Ne4 f5 30. Nfg5 Re7 31. g3 Bxe4 32. Bxe4 fxe4 33. gxf4 Rf8 34. Nxe4 Rxf4 35. b4 Nf6 36. Nd6 Rf3 37. Nxb5 Rxh3 38. c4 Rh4 39. Nd6 Nh5 40. b5 Nf4 41. b6 Rg4+ 42. Kf1 Rh4 43. f3 Rh1+ 44. Kf2 Rh2+ 45. Kg1 Rc2 46. Kh1 Nh3 47. Ne4 Rxc4 48. Rd8+ Kg7 49. Rb1 1-0 [Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.07"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. d4 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Qa4+ Nc6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. e3 O-O 10. Be2 a6 11. O-O Be6 12. Rfc1 Bd6 13. a3 Ne7 14. b4 c6 15. Qb3 g5 16. Qb2 Qg7 17. Na4 Rae8 18. Nc5 Bc8 19. g3 Nf5 20. Bd3 Qf6 21. Rf1 h5 22. Rac1 h4 23. Qd2 Nh6 24. e4 Bxc5 25. e5 Qg7 26. bxc5 f6 27. exf6 Rxf6 28. Nxg5 Bf5 29. Rce1 Rff8 30. Rxe8 Rxe8 31. Nf3 Bxd3 32. Qxd3 Re4 33. Re1 hxg3 34. hxg3 1-0 [Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.07"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Bacrot, Etienne"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English, 1...Nf6 (Anglo-Indian defense)"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 c5 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nc6 8. O-O Qa5 9. Nb3 Qh5 10. Nd5 d6 11. Nf4 Qe5 12. e4 Bg4 13. f3 Bd7 14. Rf2 b5 15. Nd3 Qh5 16. Nf4 Qe5 17. c5 dxc5 18. Nd3 Qc7 19. Nbxc5 Rfd8 20. Qe1 Be8 21. Bf4 e5 22. Be3 a5 23. Rc1 Qe7 24. Rd2 Nd4 25. Nb3 Nd7 26. Nxd4 exd4 27. Bf4 Rdc8 28. Bh3 Rc4 29. Rdd1 a4 30. Bd2 Ne5 31. Nxe5 Qxe5 32. Bf1 Rxc1 33. Bxc1 Qe6 34. a3 Rc8 35. Bd3 Qb3 36. Qe2 Bd7 37. Bf4 Be6 38. h4 Bc4 39. e5 Bxd3 40. Rxd3 Qd5 41. Kg2 h5 42. Qd2 Rc4 43. Qe2 b4 44. axb4 Rxb4 45. Kf2 Qb5 46. Rd2 Qd5 47. Qe4 Qa2 48. Qc2 Kh7 49. Kg2 Qa1 50. Rf2 a3 51. bxa3 Rb1 52. Qd3 Rd1 53. Bd2 Rg1+ 54. Kh3 Rh1+ 55. Rh2 Qg1 56. Qe2 Bxe5 57. f4 Bd6 58. a4 d3 59. Qg2 Rxh2+ 60. Qxh2 Qd1 61. Qg2 Ba3 62. a5 Bc1 63. Qd5 Qf1+ 64. Kh2 Qe2+ 65. Kh3 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.07"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C89"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Marshall counter-attack, 11...c6"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Qh4 15. g3 Qh3 16. Be3 Bxd3 17. Nd2 Qf5 18. Bd4 Rfe8 19. a4 h6 20. Kg2 Rxe1 21. Rxe1 Kf8 22. Qxf5 Bxf5 23. Ne4 Bxe4+ 24. Rxe4 Rb8 25. axb5 axb5 26. Re1 Nb6 27. Rd1 Be7 28. Bc2 Nc4 29. b4 Rd8 30. Be4 Nd6 31. Bb6 Rc8 32. Bd3 Ne8 33. Bf5 Rb8 34. Be3 Nf6 35. Bd4 Nd5 36. Be4 Rd8 37. Ra1 Bf6 38. Bxf6 gxf6 39. Bxd5 Rxd5 40. Ra6 Rd6 41. Kf1 Re6 42. f4 f5 43. Ra8+ Kg7 44. Rc8 Kf6 45. Kg2 Kg6 46. Kh3 Kg7 47. Kg2 Kg6 48. Kf3 Kg7 49. Rc7 Kf6 50. h3 h5 51. Rc8 Kg7 52. Kf2 Kh7 53. Kg2 Rd6 54. Kf2 Re6 55. Kf3 Kg7 56. Rc7 Kf6 57. Rd7 Re4 58. Rd6+ Re6 59. Rd4 Re1 60. Kf2 Re6 61. c4 bxc4 62. Rxc4 Kg6 63. Rc2 f6 64. Rc4 Re4 65. Rxc6 1/2-1/2 


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