Hans Niemann beats Levon Aronian in 21 moves

Featured is the game between Hans Niemann and Levon Aronian from Day 3 of the Julius Baer Generation Cup 2022. It’s rare to observe a Grandmaster, let alone a Super Grandmaster, resign after only 21 moves, but that’s exactly what happened in this rapid game of 15 minutes with a 10-second increment. Practically speaking however, Aronian was lost after his 14th move. The opening was a sharp Sicilian Defense, Najdorf variation with Aronian opting to fianchetto his king bishop. Niemann’s play was exceptional in the eyes of the computer, with some moves being described by Aronian after the game as “strange”. What moves was Aronian maybe thinking of exactly? There was only one move I couldn’t quite make sense of. As a close to the video I share a “Tale of the Tape”.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bd3 g6 7. f3 Bg7 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. O-O b6 10. Be3 Bb7 11. Qd2 Qc7 12. g4 Ne5 13. g5 Nfd7 14. b3 e6 15. f4 Rc8 16. Ndb5 axb5 17. Nxb5 Qxc2 18. Nxd6+ Ke7 19. fxe5 Nxe5 20. Qb4 Qxe2 21. Nf5+

Image of Hans Niemann in thumbnail courtesy of Lennart Ootes

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