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75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Levon Aronian – Peter Leko 1-0

Levon Aronian was back to his winning ways and beat Peter Leko in the Queen’s Indian Defense. Aronian held on patiently and prevented his opponent from steering the game to a draw. Watch the post-game video comment, run the game through Chess King and a full report on Round 6 is available at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Ivan Sokolov – Levon Aronian 0-1

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: After losing a sterling (for his opponent that is) game to the World Chess Champion in the previous round, Olympiad champion Levon Aronian did well to beat Ivan Sokolov in an easy game in Round 5. In fact, the Dutch Grandmaster went for an overkill that was unlikely to manifest into a win any way. Check out the game with Chess King. A full report on Round 5 is available at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Anand Demolishes “Nightmare Opponent” Aronian (Game + Videos)

The fourth round at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 witnessed World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand demolishing World No. 3 Levon Aronian. Anand said, “This could easily be one of the best games I have played. To win a game like this against Levon, who is my nightmare opponent, as you probably know, is definitely wonderful. Funnily enough both my black wins against him have been real classics. I don’t win that often, but when I do it is at least a good one.” Watch the two video statements given immediately after the end of the game and replay the game with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R8: Levon Aronian – Michael Adams 1/2-1/2

Returning from an Olympiad gold in Istanbul, Levon Aronian took on British top-rated Grandmaster Michael Adams for a steady display of chess where neither could really force the other player down. An entertaining, but interesting game nevertheless… particularly if you want to learn how to move those Bishops! Replay the game with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R7: Gawain Jones – Levon Aronian 1/2-1/2

Gawain Jones has his heart set on the f3-Gruenfeld and he brought it along in the seventh round at the London Chess Classic 2012. Yet again, Jones went for a sac, but Levon Aronian knew his path around the maze. Aronian returned the pawn and got the game down to a dead draw. Replay it with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R6: Levon Aronian – Vladimir Kramnik 1/2-1/2

Former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik did his best to strike down World No. 2 Levon Aronian with two bishops, but the Armenian held his ground. Eventually, the game ended as a draw. Replay the solid defensive game based on the Berlin Defense from Round of the London Chess Classic 2012 with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R4: Luke McShane – Levon Aronian 0-1

This was the most exciting game of the fourth round at the London Chess Classic 2012. Luke McShane and Levon Aronian put up a display of some creative chess. Fantastic endgame play by both sides before Olympiad champion prevailed with Black. Replay the must-watch game with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R3: Levon Aronian – Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2

The third round in the London Chess Classic 2012 had Levon Aronian in a fighting mood after having lost the first two rounds. He played with grit preventing World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand from capitalizing on his pawn advantage. Check out the game with Chess King in the extended post. That’s how Rook + Pawn endings are played.
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Magic Chess Move Puzzle: White Plays for a Win

Here is a nice position from Levon Aronian – Zia-ur Rahman, Istanbul, 2012. Can you find the magic chess move that got Aronian a nice checkmate in four? It’s not at all difficult if you see the magic move!
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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.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R1: Aronian-Nakamura 0-1

The London Chess Classic 2012 began with an explosive start with all four games being decisive in the first round. One of these decisive games was between World No. 1 Levon Aronian and US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura. Aronian lost the thread of his attack down the Queenside and Nakamura infiltrated with a dangerous Queen+Knight assault on a defenseless White King. Aronian blundered away a piece with 26.Rd2. Replay the game with Chess King.
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Sao Paulo Chess Masters Grand Slam R2: Anand-Aronian Draw

World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and World No. 2 Levon Aronian drew their game with a three-fold repetition in the second round at the Sao Paulo Chess Masters Grand Slam. Check it out with Chess King. Draw was agreed in a totally balanced position – two minor pieces each and equal number of pawn on both sides in what is a dead draw.
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Sao Paulo Chess Masters R1: Aronian’s Super Moves Overpower Karjakin

There is lots of great chess happening all around. Plenty of Chess King games to study and enjoy. The Sao Paulo Grand Slam Chess Masters has begun with six strong chess Grandmasters: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana and Francisco Vallejo. Levon Aronian dominated in his game with Sergey Karjakin in the first round. Aronian said he had prepared the line and was waiting to use it!

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Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 10: Think Like Aronian, Beat Giri

In the position on the left, Anish Giri has just played 33.Nd5 forking the Black Rooks. Black actually already has a plus, but from now on it’s sheer technique and a clear-cut killer winning plan. Don’t worry about calculating all the next 10 moves, just spot the magic move here and the right rough plan for Black! Replay the full game with Chess King. Read the Round 10 report from the 40th Chess Olympiad on Chess Blog.

If Black tries to save Rbc6, it’s a draw and if Black tries Rfc6, it’s even a win for White!

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Istanbul Chess Olympiad R6: Kramnik Destroys Aronian with Cool Knight Sac

Kramnik plays 23.Nxb7!

Vladimir Kramnik’s game in Round 6 against World No. 2 Levon Aronian at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 is going to be in the history books for sure. Here was a former world chess champion from Russia taking on one of the most talented grandmasters of the modern times. Mercy was the last thing on Kramnik’s mind as he went for a devastating Knight sac and destroyed Aronian in a surgically-conducted attack. A pleasure to watch in the Chess King applet. For a report on Round 6 at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad, check out this Chess Blog link. Watch that Knights journey in the Slav game from f3 to b7!

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Chess King Game Showcase: Aronian Demolishes Ivanchuk in Round 5 at Istanbul Chess Olympaid 2012

What would you play here as White?

The fifth round at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 saw fireworks all around. Some of those were on board one at the top table between Armenia and Ukraine. Levon Aronian broke Vassily Ivanchuk’s defences in a nice Queen’s Indian. This leaves Armenia and Russia in joint lead at the end of Round 5. Sunday was a rest day. Read the full report at Chess Blog. Meanwhile, here’s Aronian firing on all cylinders.

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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!

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Cliffhanger Chess Encounter Carlsen-Aronian 1/2-1/2

Fighting spirit is one of the sterling qualities a chess champion exhibits. The world’s best chess players have always been great fighters on the chess board sometimes even belying their quiet and calm demeanor in daily life. Fide has just released the latest list of chess ratings on July 1 with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen going up to a record rating of 2837 as No. 1 and Levon Aronian of Armenia slightly behind with 2816 at No. 2. Here is a nerve-wracking encounter between the two from 2009.
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