Friday Chess King Real Tough Clash: Carlsen-Aronian 1-0

For long, Levon Aronian has been considered one of World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen’s “most dangerous” rivals. This game was a convincing victory by Carlsen at the Tata Steel Chess in Wijk Aan Zee earlier this year. The victory took Magnus Carlsen to an awesome rating of 2843 as he pursues Garry Kasparov’s all-time high rating of 2851 achieved in 2000. The game is a strategic class between two talented and young minds of our generation. It was a classic Bishop+Knight versus Rook and passed pawns, but the point is even the ‘won’ endgame needs skill to actually win it. Phew!




Carlsen,M (2835) – Aronian,L (2805)

Result: 1-0
Site: Wijk aan Zee NED
Date: 2012.01.16

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(68…¢h1 69.b8=£ ¦xb8 70.¢xb8 ¢g1 71.¢b7 ¢f2 72.¢c6 ¢e2 73.¥h2 ¢e3 74.¢d5 ¢e2 75.¢e4 ¢f2 76.¢e5 ¢e3 77.¢f5 ¢d4 78.¤f3+ ¢d3 79.¤g1 ¢c4 80.¤xh3 ¢d5 81.¢f4 ¢c6 82.¢e4 ¢b7 83.¢d5 ¢a8 84.¢c6 (0:00:33) 68.Nh4+)
(68…¢g1 69.¢c6 ¦xb7 70.¢xb7 ¢f2 71.¢c6 ¢e2 72.¥h2 ¢e3 73.¢d5 ¢e2 74.¢e4 ¢f2 75.¢e5 ¢e3 76.¢f5 ¢d4 77.¤f3+ ¢d3 78.¤g1 ¢c4 79.¤xh3 ¢d5 80.¢f4 ¢c6 81.¢e4 ¢b7 82.¢d5 ¢a8 83.¢c6 (0:00:33) 68.Nh4+)

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