GM Levon Aronian Vs GM Alexander Grischuk -2011 Candidates Tournament

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GM Levon Aronian (2808, Armenia) Vs GM Alexander Grischuk (2747, Russia) — 2011 Candidates Tournament, Quarter-Finals Rapid Tiebreaker

Aronian opens with Nf3 and c4, quickly steering this phase of the game into the English Opening. Grischuk responds somewhat aggressively by staking a solid claim to the center with pawns on c5 and e5. White plays passively and does not attempt to seize any initiative, as such black essentially maintains a free hand in the center and gains space with moves such as f5 and f4. I was disappointed in Aronian’s timid play in this game, as it seemed he had the white pieces but was playing for a draw. A nice positional win by Grischuk, taking a 1-0 lead in the tiebreaker.

CORRESPONDING ARTICLE WITH INTERACTIVE BOARD, TOURNAMENT ANALYSIS, OTHER GAMES AND MORE: http://www.iChess.net/2011/05/12/2011-world-championship-candidates-tournament-quarterfinals/

PGN:

[Event “Candidates 2011”]
[Site “Kazan, Russia”]
[Date “2011.05.09”]
[Round “1.5”]
[White “GM_Aronian”]
[Black “GM_Grischuk”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2808”]
[BlackElo “2747”]
[Opening “English: symmetrical, Botvinnik system reversed”]
[ECO “A30”]
[NIC “QP.10”]
[Time “06:36:20”]
[TimeControl “1500+10”]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O Nge7 7. Ne1 d6 8.
Nc2 Be6 9. Ne3 O-O 10. d3 Qd7 11. Ned5 Bh3 12. Rb1 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Rac8 14. e4
Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Ne7 16. Nc3 Nc6 17. Be3 f5 18. f3 f4 19. Bg1 h5 20. Nd5 Rf7
21. g4 hxg4 22. fxg4 Rcf8 23. Qf3 Bf6 24. Bf2 Rh7 25. Nxf6+ Rxf6 26. Rh1 g5
27. h3 b6 28. Rh2 Nd8 29. b3 Ne6 30. Kf1 b5 31. Kg2 a5 32. Rhh1 Rf8 33. Rhc1
Rb8 34. Rh1 b4 35. Rh2 a4 36. Kh1 Ra8 37. Bg1 axb3 38. Rxb3 Ra4 39. Rbb2 Ra3
40. Rbg2 Qa4 41. h4 Rc3 42. Qf1 Qa3 43. hxg5 Rc1 44. Qf2 Rxh2+ 45. Kxh2 Nxg5
46. Kh1 Qxd3 47. Qh4 Qh3+ {Black wins} 0-1

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