Levon Aronian: 'Facing Creative Opponents Is Always Pleasure for Me'

Время публикации: 21.01.2015 00:11 | Последнее обновление: 21.01.2015 00:16

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One of the quickest games of the 9th round of the Tata Steel chess festival was the one between Aronian and Jobava: Levon scored his first victory in the tournament, which has become already the seventh loss for Baadur.

'My opponent attempted to use only one side of the board, and I managed to punish him for that', Aronian said in the brief interview for our website.


After 24.Qh5! Black had to resign, as there is no defence from multiple threats.

'I'm very glad to have won a game - of course, talking about today, not about the tournament on the whole', Aronian commented. 'I wasn't expecting the game to be easy, even though the opponent is far from his best shape. Everyone is fighting, everyone is looking for his chances. Today, I was lucky because he opted for a very risky strategy at once.'

Levon on the Norwegian TV2 air

'As the saying goes, our opponents' creativeness is guarantee of our success. At least, for me this works: I enjoy facing those who play and give me play, while solid opponents are more uncomfortable. I don't know my exact stats against creative players, but, for sure, to me facing them over the board is much more pleasant'.

The full version of Aronian's commentary is avaliable in the audio player (in Russian).

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.7"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2727"] [ECO "A56"] [Opening "Benoni defence"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Bd3 e6 7. h3 exd5 8. exd5 a6 9. a4 a5 10. Nge2 Na6 11. Bg5 Nb4 12. Bb1 b6 13. O-O Ba6 14. Nb5 h6 15. Bc1 Bxb5 16. axb5 Ne8 17. Ra3 Nd6 18. Rg3 Nxc4 19. Nf4 Ne5 20. Nh5 Qh4 21. Nxg7 Kxg7 22. Re1 d6 23. Re4 Qd8 24. Qh5 1-0 


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