London Chess Classic 2012 R2: Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian 1-0

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen is at a stratospheric all-time high live rating of 2856 after this victory over World No. 2 Levon Aronian in the second round of the London Chess Classic 2012. That surpasses the all-time previous record by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov of 2851. However, technically speaking, Carlsen will have to maintain this form throughout tournament to break the record when the Fide releases the rating list on the first of next month. Meanwhile, replay the game Carlsen – Aronian with Chess King.

Carlsen, Magnus – Aronian, Levon

Result: 1-0
Site: London ENG
Date: 2012.12.02

[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 a6 4.¥a4 ¤f6 5.d3 b5 6.¥b3 ¥c5 7.¤c3 O-O 8.¤d5 ¤xd5 9.¥xd5 ¦b8 10.O-O ¤e7 11.¤xe5 ¤xd5 12.exd5 ¦e8 13.d4 ¥f8 14.b3 ¥b7 15.c4 d6 16.¤f3 £f6 17.¥e3 ¥c8 18.£d2 £g6 19.¢h1 h6 20.¦ac1 ¥e7 21.¤g1 ¥g5 22.¥xg5 £xg5 23.¦fd1 bxc4 24.bxc4 £xd2 25.¦xd2 a5 26.h3 ¦b4 27.¤f3 ¥f5 28.c5 ¢f8 29.¤h2 ¦eb8 30.¤g4 ¦b1 31.¦xb1 ¦xb1+ 32.¢h2 a4 33.¤e3 ¥g6 34.¢g3 ¦b4 35.¢f3 ¢e7 36.¢e2 ¢d7 37.f3 ¦b5 38.¤d1 ¦b4 39.c6+ ¢c8 40.¤c3 f6 41.¢e3 ¦c4 42.¤e2 a3 43.h4 ¦b4 44.g4 ¦b1 45.h5 ¥h7 46.f4 f5 47.g5 ¦h1 48.¤g3 ¦h3 49.¢f3 hxg5 50.fxg5 g6 51.¦e2 ¢d8 52.hxg6 ¥xg6 53.¦e6 ¥f7 54.g6 ¥g8 55.g7 f4 56.¢xf4 ¦h2 57.¤f5 ¦xa2 58.¦f6 ¦e2 59.¦f8+

Black resigns because of the forced winning line for example: 59. …Re8 is forced 60.Nxd6 cxd6 61.c7 Kxc7 62.RxRe8 with Black’s a-pawn not being a threat at all as it can be stopped via e1. Black would eventually have to give up the Bishop. White’s g pawn is set to roll as well with support from the King. It’s a winning endgame.

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