GM Aronian: "I Missed an Advantage, but Caruana Gave Me a Chance"

Время публикации: 12.01.2014 22:28 | Последнее обновление: 12.01.2014 22:28

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Aronian - Caruana clash in A-Group of Tata Still Chess finished in Armenian GM's favor. 

"It's pleasant to defeat any opponent, every win is hard to gain in such a high level event," Aronian noted in the commetary for our website."It seemed to me I got a pleasant position after the opening, then I practically missed the advantage, but the rival gave me a chance which Iconverte dinto a victory."

Levon had in mind two moments. He said 32.Qd2 wasa a blunder because of the opportunity Caruana missed in a time trouble: 32...Rxe4 33.fxe4 Qe7.

Italian GM had another chance in the endgame, closer analyses though show that it doesn't lead to a draw:


Aronian played 45...Ne2+ and White coverted the dcisive advantage. Levon suggested Caruana could play 45...h5 46.a6 g4 47.fxg4 hxg4 48.a7 g3! 49.a8Q Nxh3+ with a perpetual check. However, White has a fantastic move: 49.Kh1!!

Levon Aronian's commentary is available int he audio player in Russian.  

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.12"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A34"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, three knights system"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. d4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. Bf4 Bg7 8. e3 O-O 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. O-O Qa5 11. Qc2 cxd4 12. cxd4 e5 13. Bg3 exd4 14. Nxd4 Nb6 15. Qc7 Bxd4 16. exd4 Bf5 17. Bxf5 Qxf5 18. Qxb7 Rfd8 19. Rfd1 Rd7 20. Qa6 Qe4 21. Be5 Rf8 22. h3 f6 23. Bg3 Rff7 24. f3 Qf5 25. Rac1 Kg7 26. Kh2 Rfe7 27. Rc5 Nd5 28. Qa5 Qe6 29. Re1 Qf7 30. Re4 Ne3 31. Bf2 Nf5 32. Qd2 Re6 33. Rxe6 Qxe6 34. d5 Qd6+ 35. Kg1 Rb7 36. Qe1 Ne7 37. Ra5 Nxd5 38. Qd1 Rd7 39. Rxa7 Rxa7 40. Bxa7 g5 41. a4 Qa6 42. Bd4 Qc4 43. Qa1 Qc2 44. a5 Nf4 45. Bf2 Ne2+ 46. Kh2 Nf4 47. Qf1 Nd3 48. Bd4 Qd2 49. Bg1 Qf4+ 50. Kh1 Qc4 51. Qa1 Qc2 52. Be3 h6 53. a6 Qe2 54. Qg1 Qa2 55. a7 Nb4 56. Qd1 Nd5 57. Qd2 Qa1+ 58. Bg1 1-0

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