This Year's Minimum Task Fulfilled!

Время публикации: 02.09.2015 11:58 | Последнее обновление: 02.09.2015 13:43

Levon Aronian wins the Sinquefield Cup and will go to Baku

In the first event of the Grand Chess Tour in Stavanger, Levon Aronian ended in last place, but won the second - in St Louis. This is the biggest drama of the series so far. Thus, whoever wins the final event in London will take the overall series victory, according to Veselin Topalov, who today tried to deny Aronian the draw he needed. 

But it did not happen. The best commentary on the game was Topalov's own: "Levon played so quickly and strongly that I had the impression that was him who was preparing all the morning, not me..."

In reply, Aronian commented: "If you play the Vienna or Ragozin as Black, then you can reach the position we had in the game. You cannot afford not to know it. I checked it again before the tournament. Overall, I liked my position, and could perfectly well have played for a win, but in the circumstances, I preferred to be pragmatic". 

A few further comments from the winner, in the interview as part of the live broadcast:

"This is my best achievement of this year. Usually, I win a minumum of one supertournament per year. The last was Wijk aan Zee in January 2014, so at last I have won another. So I have fulfilled my minimum task for the year and now it's time to think about more".

"After so many setbacks, of course, I needed to show to myself that I am still capable of something".

"My psychologist is my girlfriend Arianne, but in chess terms, I am often helped by IM Ashot Nadanian. We have worked together quite a lot and although the results have not come immediately, finally the effect has started to be seen". 

"My greatest supporter is my mother. Today, when I was not sure whether to play for a win, I thought that I should just take the draw, so my parents could quietly go to bed. They were following the games in Europe, where it is already late". 

"In a week's time, I fly to Baku and after the World Cup, I will play the world rapid and blitz championship in Berlin". 

(About going to Baku): "Unfortunately, there is little we chessplayers can do to help resolve the conflict between our countries. But musicians, artists travel to Azerbaijan as people, promoting peace, and I will try to follow their example. I will try to show that I have respect for our neighbouring country, try to show my best chess and give pleasure to the home fans". 

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Here are Aronian's nine games, which brought him his success in St Louis.

[Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.23"] [Round "1"] [White "Aronian, L."] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2808"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Ne4 8. Rc1 Nxc3 9. Rxc3 b6 10. c6 Nf6 11. a3 a5 12. Bd3 Ne4 13. Rc2 f6 14. Qe2 Bd6 15. O-O g5 16. Bxd6 Nxd6 17. Re1 a4 18. Nd2 e5 19. e4 f5 20. f3 dxe4 21. fxe4 Ra5 22. exf5 Nxf5 23. Bc4+ Kg7 24. d5 Re8 25. Ne4 Nd4 26. Qh5 Nxc2 27. Nxg5 Bf5 28. Rf1 Qf6 29. Ne6+ Rxe6 30. Rxf5 Qg6 31. dxe6 Qxh5 32. Rxh5 Nd4 33. e7 Ra8 34. Rxe5 Re8 35. Re4 Nf5 36. Be6 Nd6 37. Bd7 Nxe4 38. Bxe8 Kf6 39. Bg6 1-0 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.24"] [Round "2"] [White "Vachier Lagrave, M."] [Black "Aronian, L."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2731"] [BlackElo "2765"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 dxc4 10. O-O Bd7 11. Bxc4 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Rfd8 13. Be2 Be8 14. Qa3 Qe7 15. Qb2 b6 16. Nd2 Na5 17. Nb3 Nxb3 18. axb3 a5 19. b4 axb4 20. Qxb4 Kf8 21. Bf3 Qxb4 22. cxb4 Rxa1 23. Rxa1 Ke7 24. Kf1 Kd6 25. Ke2 Bb5+ 26. Kd2 e5 27. dxe5+ Kxe5+ 28. Kc3 Rd3+ 29. Kc2 Rd8 30. Kc3 Rd3+ 31. Kc2 Rd8 32. Kc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.25"] [Round "3"] [White "Aronian, L."] [Black "Giri, A."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A29"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2793"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. d3 O-O 9. Be3 Re8 10. Qd2 Bf8 11. Rfc1 h6 12. a3 Bg4 13. Ne4 Nd4 14. Bxd4 exd4 15. Qf4 Bxf3 16. exf3 Nd5 17. Qg4 c6 18. f4 a5 19. Nd2 a4 20. Qd1 Nb6 21. h4 Ra5 22. Rc2 Nd7 23. Ne4 Nc5 24. Nxc5 Bxc5 25. Qd2 Bf8 26. Re1 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 Ra8 28. Qe4 Qb6 29. Re2 Qc5 30. Bf3 Rd8 31. Kg2 Bd6 32. f5 Bf8 33. f6 gxf6 34. Qf4 Qd6 35. Qf5 Ra8 36. Rc2 Bg7 37. Rc4 Qe6 38. Qf4 Qe5 39. Rb4 Qxf4 40. gxf4 Ra7 41. f5 Bf8 42. Rxd4 Ra5 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.26"] [Round "4"] [White "So, W."] [Black "Aronian, L."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E20"] [WhiteElo "2779"] [BlackElo "2765"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 c5 5. d5 O-O 6. e4 d6 7. Nge2 a6 8. a4 Ba5 9. Bd2 exd5 10. cxd5 Nh5 11. g3 Nd7 12. Bg2 b5 13. g4 b4 14. Nb1 Qh4+ 15. Kf1 Ne5 16. Be1 Qf6 17. gxh5 Nxf3 18. Bf2 Bg4 19. Qc1 Nd4 20. Nxd4 cxd4 21. e5 dxe5 22. Nd2 Rac8 23. Qb1 b3 24. Nxb3 Bb6 25. a5 Ba7 26. Kg1 Bf5 27. Be4 Qg5+ 28. Kf1 Qf4 0-1 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.27"] [Round "5"] [White "Aronian, L."] [Black "Grischuk, A."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A30"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2771"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. exd4 d5 6. Nc3 Bg4 7. Bg5 e6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Qe2+ Be6 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Qc2 Qb6 12. a3 O-O-O 13. Na4 Qc7 14. Bb5 Rg8 15. O-O Bh3 16. Nh4 Rg4 17. Bxc6 bxc6 18. Qd3 Rxh4 19. gxh3 Qf4 20. Rac1 Kd7 21. Rfe1 Bd6 22. Kf1 Qxd4 23. Qf5+ Kc7 24. Nc3 Kb7 25. Ne2 Qe5 26. Qc2 Rc4 27. Qb3+ Kc7 28. Rxc4 dxc4 29. Qxc4 Qd5 30. Qxd5 cxd5 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.28"] [Round "6"] [White "Aronian, L."] [Black "Carlsen, M."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A29"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2853"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. d3 O-O 9. a3 Re8 10. b4 Bf8 11. Nd2 Be6 12. Bb2 Qd7 13. Nce4 Bh3 14. Bxh3 Qxh3 15. Qb3 Qd7 16. Nf3 a5 17. b5 Nd4 18. Nxd4 exd4 19. a4 Qd5 20. Qxd5 Nxd5 21. Bxd4 f5 22. Nc3 Nxc3 23. Bxc3 Rxe2 24. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 25. Rxe1 Bb4 26. Rc1 c6 27. bxc6 bxc6 28. Bxb4 axb4 29. Rxc6 Rxa4 30. Rb6 Ra1+ 31. Kg2 Rd1 32. Rxb4 Rxd3 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.29"] [Round "7"] [White "Nakamura, Hi"] [Black "Aronian, L."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2814"] [BlackElo "2765"] [PlyCount "102"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 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. d4 d6 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Nbd2 h6 13. Bc4 Bd6 14. a5 Re8 15. Bd3 Nd7 16. b3 Nc5 17. Bc4 Be6 18. Bb2 f6 19. Bxe6+ Rxe6 20. Nc4 Rb8 21. Nfd2 Rb5 22. Ra2 Nb7 23. Rea1 Bc5 24. Kf1 Re7 25. Ke2 Rd7 26. Nf1 Bd4 27. Nfe3 Bxe3 28. Nxe3 Kf7 29. f3 Ke6 30. g4 Nc5 31. Nc4 Ke7 32. Bc1 Ne6 33. Be3 Ncd4+ 34. Kf2 Ng5 35. Bxg5 fxg5 36. Rd1 Ke6 37. Rd3 Rf7 38. Ra1 Rb8 39. Rad1 Rbf8 40. Nxe5 Kxe5 41. Rxd4 Rxf3+ 42. Ke2 Rf2+ 43. Ke1 Rf1+ 44. Ke2 R8f2+ 45. Ke3 Rf3+ 46. Ke2 R1f2+ 47. Ke1 Rxh2 48. Rd5+ Kf4 49. R1d4 Kxg4 50. Rc5 Rg3 51. Kf1 Rc3 0-1 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.30"] [Round "8"] [White "Aronian, L."] [Black "Anand, V."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A29"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2816"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O e4 7. Ng5 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Re8 9. f3 exf3 10. Nxf3 d5 11. d4 dxc4 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. e4 Bg4 15. Qa4 Qd6 16. Rae1 Rab8 17. Qxc4 b5 18. e5 bxc4 19. exd6 cxd6 20. Rxe8+ Rxe8 21. Nd2 Na5 22. Ne4 Rd8 23. Rb1 d5 24. Nc5 Be6 25. Rb5 Nc6 26. Na6 Rd7 27. a4 Kf8 28. Nc5 Rc7 29. Na6 Rd7 30. Nc5 Rc7 31. Na6 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.31"] [Round "9"] [White "Topalov, V."] [Black "Aronian, L."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D39"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2765"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2015.08.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. Qa4+ Nc6 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Qd5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd2 b5 11. Qc2 a6 12. e4 Qd7 13. g3 Bb7 14. Bg2 Ne7 15. O-O O-O 16. Rfd1 Rad8 17. a4 c5 18. axb5 axb5 19. Nf3 Qc7 20. Rab1 f5 21. exf5 Nxf5 22. Rxb5 Bxf3 23. Bxf3 cxd4 24. Qc1 dxc3 25. Rxf5 Rxd1+ 26. Bxd1 exf5 27. Qg5+ Kh8 28. Qf6+ Kg8 29. Qg5+ Kh8 30. Qf6+ Kg8 31. Qg5+ 1/2-1/2 


  


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