Аronian Got Outstripped

Время публикации: 25.04.2012 03:16 | Последнее обновление: 25.04.2012 12:48

A scheduled free day turned out into a working day for Levon Aronian. 

The Grandmaster came not just to please the main sponsor of his match against Kramnik, but as it turned out Armenian has also prepared for the game. Having examined Oleg Skvortsov's chess career as far as it was possible (there's a suspicion not without using our website (analysis of Skvortsov's game is available in Russian) Aronian prepared opening surprises...

Levon's parents couldn't leave their son playing in an empty hall. 

Skvortsov's extra half an hour quickly ran out right after he had to solve the problems, answers for which have already been known for his opponent. 

1.e4 g6 2.d4 c6 3.Nc3 Qb6. Aronian sticks to preemptive tactics. Check out what happened next.

[Event "Zurich"] [Site "Tilburg"] [Date "2012.04.23"] [White "Skvortsov, Oleg"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B06"] [EventDate "2012.04.23"] [SourceDate "2012.04.25"] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 c6 3. Nc3 Qb6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 Nh6 6. Rb1 f6 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. Be3 fxe5 9. fxe5 Nf5 10. Bf2 Bh6 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 O-O 13. Qg4 Nd7 14. Bd3 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Ne3 16. Qg3 Rxf2 17. Qxf2 Rf8 18. Nxd5 cxd5 19. Qe2 Qb4+ 20. c3 Qh4+ 0-1 

The time control for the second game was 30 min./15 min. This time Aronian didn't wait for the rival's mistake letting himself go. Armenian's witty sacrifice of the piece on 14th move got not less witty sacrifice of the queen in response; finally Skvortsov, who hasn't played for years,  was short of not only practice but time as well... 
[Event "Zurich"] [Date "2012.04.23"] [White "Skvortsov, Oleg"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B06"] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. Bc4 d6 5. Qf3 e6 6. Nge2 Qe7 7. a4 Nd7 8. Be3 Ngf6 9. h4 h6 10. g4 h5 11. g5 Ng4 12. O-O-O a6 13. a5 Nde5 14. dxe5 Nxe5 15. Bd4 Nxf3 16. Bxg7 Ne5 17. Bb3 Rg8 18. Bf6 Qc7 19. f4 Ng4 20. Bd4 c5 21. Bg1 Bd7 22. f5 O-O-O 23. fxe6 Bxe6 24. Na4 Qxa5 0-1 

The next day Aronian has also played with Black...

Kramnik's face shows what is the probability of outstripping him this time: zero option.  

You already know how has developed this, at the moment, most brilliant game of the match, from our news (in which Aronian has actually sacrificed his queen in "Skvortsov style"). The charmed audience didn't leave the playing hall and cheered the players, applauding after their joint analysis.

"I was too optimistic about my position", admitted Aronian. 

While Kramnik can be envied: he's only to read Genna Sosonko's book "Then", which has been brought by Mark Glukhovsky, the editor-in-chief of "64" chess magazine. 


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