Everything Worked for White

Время публикации: 17.03.2013 02:58 | Последнее обновление: 17.03.2013 03:53

London: Levon Aronian takes first point in Round 2

Levon Aronian was first to score in the Candidates which is now taking place in London. This happened in Round 2 in the game against Boris Gelfand in an approximately equal position.

ARONIAN - GELFAND

"This is a well known line in which White is slightly better, but with the precise play, normally that's a draw," Aronian said at the press conference. His opponent agreed, "I guess I didn't play well. The position is quite "holdable"."     
25...Rc8? 26.Bh6
Aronian: "Boris blundered 26.Bh6 and after that everything works for White. At some point I was a bit unsure, for it looks tricky, but in fact it's very easy: my king is just taking the pawn."  

Both GMs looked pretty tired at the conference, Aronian explained, "Every game in this tournament is tough..."

As we've already mentioned during the live talk on Chess-News the Azerbaijani sponsor of the tournament the company SOCAR has organized the reception yesterday. Except Teimour Radjabov, Aronian was the only participant of the tournament to appear at the event. "Maybe that has helped me," Aronian noted. "I like socializing."

The winner was also asked why he didn't participate in the Zurich Chess Challenge. "I love playing in Zurich," Levon said. "That's one of my favourite tournaments, but I had to choose between Wijk aan Zee and Zurich, I decided to keep the tradition."

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.16"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2809"] [BlackElo "2740"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [WhiteFideId "13300474"] [BlackFideId "2805677"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Qb3 Nxc3 9. Bc4 Nd5 10. Bxd5 e6 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. O-O Be7 13. Be3 Qd5 14. Rfc1 Qxb3 15. axb3 Bb7 16. Ne5 O-O 17. Ra4 Rfd8 18. Nc4 Bf6 19. Na5 Rd7 20. Rb4 Ba6 21. Nxc6 Rb7 22. h3 Kg7 23. Rxb7 Bxb7 24. Ne5 Bd8 25. b4 Rc8 26. Bh6+ Kg8 27. Rxc8 Bxc8 28. Nc6 Bf6 29. b5 Bd7 30. g4 g5 31. h4 gxh4 32. g5 Bxc6 33. bxc6 Bd8 34. Kg2 Bc7 35. Kh3 1-0 

In another decisive game of Round 2 Teimour Radjabov beat Vassily Ivanchuk as white.
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