Levon Aronian Missed the Chance to Score His Third Win in Wijk

Время публикации: 20.01.2013 00:25 | Последнее обновление: 20.01.2013 00:25

Karjakin - Aronian encounter turned out to be the most thrilling in Round 7 of the strong GM round-robin taking place in Wijk aan Zee. Armenian GM was close to score his third win in a row.

"It was a very difficult game for me, maybe I mixed up some lines in the opening. I thought I was better, but in fact I was worse. After he has played very good moves like 19...d3! and some others, he got a big advantage. Maybe I should have played something better, but after my moves I was lost. I think Levon had some winning move before the time control and I was about to resign if he has played it. I was still much worse after the control, but maybe I just wasn't losing by force and I still got some play," - Sergey said in the official commentary.   

Just after the game Karjakin said his opponent has probably made a mistake by playing 36...Qa1. Actually, Levon missed his chance a bit later:


38...Bg4?! [better was 38...Re1] 39.Qf4! Rh1+ 40.Kg3 h5 41.Re3 Qa5? Here could Armenian strengthen his winning chances by playing 41...Be6 with the main threat - h5-h4. 42.Nd4 Qd8 43.Nf3 f6 44.Qe4+ Kh6 45.Nh4

45...Qd6+? Winning chances could be maintained by 45...Qb8+! 46.f4 Qb1. The difference between the move played by Levon and the suggested one is in following: after 46...Qb1 either the queens are exchanged or if white queen moves to e8, Black answers with 47...Bf5 and has an advantage. 46.f4 Rxh4 47.Kxh4 Qc5 48.Kg3 Bf5 49.Qe8 Qxc4 50.Qh8+ Bh7 51.Qb8 a5 52.Kh2 Bf5 53.Qh8+ Bh7 54.Qb8 Bf5 55.Qh8+ Bh7 1/2

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[Event "75th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2013.01.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Black "Aronian,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2780"] [BlackElo "2802"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] [ECO "C88"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 b4 9. d3 d6 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. c3 Rb8 13. Nc4 Nc6 14. h3 h6 15. d4 cxd4 16. cxd4 exd4 17. Bf4 b3 18. Bxb3 Be6 19. Ba2 d3 20. Qxd3 Nb4 21. Qe2 Nxa2 22. Rxa2 Rc8 23. b3 Nxe4 24. Rc2 Bf6 25. Qxe4 d5 26. Qe2 dxc4 27. bxc4 Qa5 28. Be5 Bxe5 29. Qxe5 Qxa4 30. Nd4 Bxh3 31. Qf4 Bd7 32. Re7 Rce8 33. Rxe8 Rxe8 34. Qd6 Re1+ 35. Kh2 Rd1 36. Rc3 Qa1 37. Qb8+ Kh7 38. Ne2 Bg4 39. Qf4 Rh1+ 40. Kg3 h5 41. Re3 Qa5 42. Nd4 Qd8 43. Nf3 f6 44. Qe4+ Kh6 45. Nh4 Qd6+ 46. f4 Rxh4 47. Kxh4 Qc5 48. Kg3 Bf5 49. Qe8 Qxc4 50. Qh8+ Bh7 51. Qb8 a5 52. Kh2 Bf5 53. Qh8+ Bh7 54. Qb8 Bf5 55. Qh8+ Bh7 1/2-1/2

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