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Caruana, Fabiano (2801) - Aronian, Levon (2805) [C84]
Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis (4) 2014

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5
The Spanish Game.
3...a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3








   
6...b5
A popular line in the last years.
7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3 d6 9. a3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 11. Bxe6
Dominguez Perez played 11. Bg5 vs Aronian in Wijk aan Zee 2014.
11...fxe6 12. b4 Nc6 13. Bd2








   
13...d5
Or 13...Nd4 14. Nxd4 exd4 15. Ne2 c5 16. h3 (16. a4!? Qd7 17. axb5 axb5 18. Qb1 e5, with a slight edge to White in Mista, A - Halkias, S, Palic 2014) 16...Qd7 17. Qb1 e5 (17...a5!?) 18. bxc5 dxc5 19. a4 Qc6 20. Ng3 c4, with a slight edge to White in Topalov, V - Kasimdzhanov, R, Thessaloniki 2013.
14. Re1 Qd6








   
15. Na2!?
A good novelty. White plans the manoeuvre Nc1-b3. In the game Dominguez Perez, L - Karjakin, S, Beijing 2013 White played 15. h3?! Nd7 16. Ne2 a5?! (16...dxe4! is better, with the idea ...Nb6-c4 after 17.dxe4) 17. Rb1?! (17. Nc3) 17...axb4 18. axb4 Rfb8 19. Ng3 d4, with counterplay .
15...Nd7 16. Qe2 d4 17. Reb1








   
17...Nb6
Here 17...Rfb8!? deserves attention, 18. Nc1 (18. Qe1 Nd8 19. Nc1 c5) 18...a5, with counterplay.
18. Nc1 Na4 19. Nb3 Rf7
After 19...Nc3 20. Bxc3 dxc3 21. Rd1 Nd4 22. Nfxd4 exd4 23. e5 Qd5 24. Qe4 Rad8 25. Na5 White has a small advantage.
20. Rc1 Rd8 21. Ng5








   
21...Rf6?!
Correct is 21...Bxg5! 22. Bxg5 Rdf8 23. Rf1 Ne7, with counterplay.
22. Qh5!
White attacks!
22...h6?!
Black weakens the kingside. 22...Rh6 is more stubborn, 23. Qg4 Nb8 24. h4 Nd7 25. Rf1 Rf8, and White has a small advantage due to the better pieces.
23. Nf3 Rdf8 24. Rf1 R8f7
24...R6f7!? deserves attention, Black tries to defend the kingside with ...Bf6 after 25. Qg4 Kh8 26. h4 Bf6.
25. Rae1








   
25...Bf8?!
Black could try 25...Rf8.
26. h3
White threatens Nh2-g4 to grab the exchange, so Black must weaken the kingside again.
26...g6 27. Qh4 Qe7!? 28. Qg3!
If 28. Bxh6? then 28...Bxh6 29. Qxh6 Rxf3 30. gxf3 Rh7 31. Qxg6+ Rg7, and Black wins the queen.
28...Bg7








   
29. Na5!!
A great combination! The deflection.
29...Nxa5 30. Nxe5!
White sacrifices the knight!
30...Nb7 31. Nxg6 Qd8 32. e5 Rf5 33. f4 c5 34. Nh4 Rh5 35. Nf3








   
35...Kh7
After 35...Rf8 36. Qg6 Qe8 37. Qxe8 Rxe8 38. bxc5 Naxc5 39. Nxd4 Kh7 40. Kh2 Rd8 41. Nc6 Rc8 42. Na7 Ra8 43. g4 Rxe5 44. fxe5 Rxa7 45. Rf7 White also wins.
36. Qg4 Rhf5 37. Nh4 Kh8 38. Nxf5 Rxf5 39. Qg6! Qe7








   
40. g4!
Fabiano Caruana pushes pawns on the kingside and crushes Black's position.
40...Rf8 41. f5 Qe8 42. Qxe8 Rxe8 43. f6 Bf8 44. f7 Re7 45. Rf6 Nb6 46. Bxh6 Nd7
Or 46...Bxh6 47. Rxh6+ Kg7 48. Rh7+, winning.
47. Ref1 cxb4 48. axb4 Bxh6 49. Rxh6+








   
49...Kg7 50. Rh5!
White wins the endgame after 50. Rh5! Rxf7 (50...Nd8 51. f8=Q+ Nxf8 52. Rg5+ Kh6 53. Rg8) 51. Rh7+! the deflection again, 51...Kxh7 52. Rxf7+.
Black resigned. 1-0










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Caruana, Fabiano (2801) - Aronian, Levon (2805) [C84]
Sinquefield Cup/Saint Louis (4) 2014

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3 d6 9. a3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. b4 Nc6 13. Bd2 d5 14. Re1 Qd6 15. Na2 Nd7 16. Qe2 d4 17. Reb1 Nb6 18. Nc1 Na4 19. Nb3 Rf7 20. Rc1 Rd8 21. Ng5 Rf6 22. Qh5 h6 23. Nf3 Rdf8 24. Rf1 R8f7 25. Rae1 Bf8 26. h3 g6 27. Qh4 Qe7 28. Qg3 Bg7 29. Na5 Nxa5 30. Nxe5 Nb7 31. Nxg6 Qd8 32. e5 Rf5 33. f4 c5 34. Nh4 Rh5 35. Nf3 Kh7 36. Qg4 Rhf5 37. Nh4 Kh8 38. Nxf5 Rxf5 39. Qg6 Qe7 40. g4 Rf8 41. f5 Qe8 42. Qxe8 Rxe8 43. f6 Bf8 44. f7 Re7 45. Rf6 Nb6 46. Bxh6 Nd7 47. Ref1 cxb4 48. axb4 Bxh6 49. Rxh6+ Kg7 50. Rh5 1-0


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