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Aronian On The Prime And The Contest For European Crown – Higher Chess

Aronian On The Prime And The Contest For European Crown – Higher Chess


CBM 213: Aronian on the top and the contest for European crown

ChessBase Journal affords a window to the world {of professional} chess.  The newest difficulty, CBM #213 is out. Our columnist, Nagesh Havanur seems.

2651 video games (47 annotated) from WR Masters and European Championship amongst others.  12 opening surveys, 3 opening  movies,  9  demo. lectures and a number of other workout routines for coaching. Annotators embrace Levon Aronian, Alexey Sarana,  Kirill Shevchenko, Vincent Keymer, Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa  amongst others. The icing on the cake is a characteristic on Viswanathan Anand  with 26 annotated video games.

Assessment by Nagesh Havanur

Aronian shines

Ever since Aronian  settled within the USA, he has discovered a life best for his inventive spirit. As he doesn’t attempt to win each chess event, he’s free from the nervousness of ending on the prime. It’s one of many explanation why he carried out so properly within the latest WR Masters  Match and beat each Nepomniachtchi and Gukesh within the tie-break video games to complete first. On this difficulty he annotates his video games with Anish Giri and  Praggnanandhaa.

CBM 213: Aronian on the top and the contest for European crown

Levon Aronian within the first spherical in opposition to Praggnanandhaa | Picture: Lennart Ootes

Levon has disarming modesty, “I at all times wish to be taught from younger gamers” as he put it elsewhere on this difficulty. He’s additionally interested in what his opponent thought in the course of the sport and readily shares his personal concepts with the latter:

Aronian-Praggnaandhaa, WR Masters 2023 (obtain)

This a part of the DVD additionally has a video commentary by Pragg on his sport with Giri. There’s additionally a video interview with  Gukesh on his sport with Pragg. Gukesh was unbeaten in the primary occasion, and he misplaced just one sport to Aronian within the tie-break simply because it was approaching a draw:

(source: Chessbase India)

(supply: Chessbase India)


Aronian-Gukesh, (Ending) WR Masters 2023 (obtain)

On account of this sport Gukesh got here second within the event. Nepo’s thoughts gave the impression to be elsewhere (the forthcoming world championship match that he subsequently misplaced) all through the event.  But he managed to complete third on this occasion which was  organized to provide him follow for the title bout that awaited him.

Sarana scores

The European Particular person Championship was a colourful occasion that drew as many as 484 gamers from the continent:

As is thought, this robust occasion was received by Alexey Sarana who got here forward of Kirill Shevchenko and Daniel Dardha on tie-break after they’d all completed with 8.5 out of 11 factors.

CBM 213: Aronian on the top and the contest for European crown

Sarana and Shevchenko within the final spherical and so they agreed to a fast draw.

On this difficulty Sarana annotates his sport with Anton Korobov:

Sarana-Korobov, European Championship 2023 (obtain)

A tragic determine on this Championship was Anton Korobov.

CBM 213: Aronian on the top and the contest for European crown

He started with a rating of 4/4 after which slowed down a bit till he misplaced this sport to Sarana. He was nonetheless among the many leaders till the final spherical when he met  Daniel Dardha.

CBM 213: Aronian on the top and the contest for European crown

Avoiding a draw in any respect prices Korobov overreached himself and misplaced. To his credit score his younger opponent saved cool beneath stress and seized the chance to win:

Korobov-Dardha, European Championship 2023 (obtain)

Warfare, politics, and chess

One sport that deserves consideration is the  7th  spherical encounter between Mikhail Kobalia (Russia) and  Kirill Shevchenko (Romania):

CBM 213: Aronian on the top and the contest for European crown

Picture: “Chess Information with out Censorship”

And thereby hangs a story. In line with Kobalia he arrived one or two minutes earlier than the sport and didn’t discover his opponent on the desk. The arbiter advised him his opponent was already there and strolling round someplace close by. Shevchenko got here to the board solely after his opponent had made the primary transfer. When Kobalia supplied a handshake Shevchenko declined the identical. The offended GM referred to as the arbiter and made an indignant protest. The arbiter tried to mollify Kobalia, to no avail. The sport continued and Kobalia was outplayed, resulting in a placing end. Right here is the ultimate part of the sport:

Kobalia-Shevchenko, European Championship 2023 (obtain)

Kobalia couldn’t settle for defeat and made an official grievance to the Appeals Committee. Shevchenko was referred to as for an evidence for his conduct earlier than the sport. On the finish of the day the results of the sport stood. Kobalia gave vent to his ire on Fb however obtained little assist.

The 2 grandmasters had not recognized one another and so it was hardly on account of non-public animus. The actual motive needed to do  with the general public positions each had taken. In equity to Kobalia he had signed the enchantment  by 44 Russian GMs to cease the Ukraine warfare. He was additionally appalled by the warfare. When it started, he wrote feelingly, “Warfare is demise, destruction, struggling… and there aren’t any winners and losers in it, the losers are all… no phrases to explain my emotions… it is a nightmare… which occurs right here and now…”

Nonetheless, thereafter he has been a spokesman for the Russian Chess Federation to demand lifting the ban on the group and he has additionally been instrumental in acquiring membership of the Asian Chess Federation for the Russian chess physique. As for Shevchenko, he was lively supporting his motherland, Ukraine  until he was pressured to to migrate to Romania after a collection of bombings on his native metropolis.

By the use of postscript, I could add that Alexey Sarana, the winner of this Championship occurs to be an outspoken critic of the Ukraine warfare and he has left Russia  and settled in Serbia.

A Vishy Anand Particular

This difficulty additionally carries a particular characteristic on Anand with twenty-six annotated video games. The opponents embrace world champions, Kasparov, Kramnik and Carlsen, to not point out GMs like Aronian, Timman and Ivanchuk, amongst others. I did miss a number of memorable encounters like his win over Kasparov within the ninth spherical of the World Championship 1995:

Anand-Kasparov, PCA World Championship (9) 1995 (obtain)

There are greater than 4200 video games of Anand within the Huge Base alone. They’re price a glance.

 Opening movies and surveys

There are 3 opening movies on this difficulty:

The primary affords  an introduction to a uncommon line within the King’s Indian by younger Leon Mendonca:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Bg4!? (E91)

The second presents  evaluation  of  a line within the Open Catalan  by Mihail Marin.

1.d4 Nf6 2. C4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6. 0-0 Nc6 7.Ne5 (E04)

The third is a presentation on a  line in vogue within the London System by Christian Bauer

1.d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. Nbd2 Nh5 (D02)

Take your choose.

What’s extra, there are as many as 12  opening surveys starting from  the  Caro-Kann to the King’s Indian. Amongst them I might single out the analyses on the Rubinstein Variation of the 4 Knights Protection and a line for Black within the Carlsbad System.

An previous line within the 4 Knights

The Rubinstein Variation within the 4 Knights  typically results in large slugfest within the middlegame.  On that rating gamers with White used to keep away from this variation previously. Now a brand new line  is being revived together with the older line 5.Ba4. This line, 5.Bc4 is examined by Martin Lorenzini on this difficulty. Newcomers unfamiliar with present concept and praxis could marvel why White can not play the easy 5. Nxe5 and 6.f4 and get away with it. So right here is that previous line present in books, however seldom seen over the board:

A queen sacrifice within the 4 Knights (obtain)

The Carlsbad System countered

The opposite opening survey  that I discovered fascinating was the writing by Lars Schandorff on  a brand new line for Black within the Carlsbad System. As is thought, this technique has at all times been a formidable weapon for gamers with White ever since Botvinnik used it with success. The problem earlier than Black is how one can neutralize White’s initiative. Lars Schandorff comes up with 9…Ne8!? a paradoxical retreat seen method again in Spielmann-Reti, Berlin 1928. Lately Carlsen has additionally performed it on account of a want to experiment. Here’s a mannequin sport by two Chinese language grandmasters  and I’ve saved the evaluation easy in order that novices may observe:

Lu, Shanglei –Li Di, Xinghua 2022 (obtain)

In addition to opening surveys, this difficulty has customary options on techniques, technique, and the endgame. Right here I might single out Karsten Müller’s demo. lecture on king and pawn endings. He’s lucid and it’s a deal with to be taught the ultimate part of the sport from him.

Final, however not least, now we have Jan Markos’ demo lecture on the subject,  “Methods to play misplaced positions ”.  Sensible recommendation for the event participant.

Summing up

The principle database of the difficulty has 2651 video games of which forty-seven are deeply annotated. There’s a lot else on this DVD that deserves to be explored. Aside from the gamers I’ve already talked about, the commentators embrace Ruslan Ponomariov, Jan Duda, Andrey Espipenko and Vincent Keymer amongst others.

It might be famous that there are extra annotated video games within the opening and coaching sections of this difficulty.

Nicely, follow makes excellent.


  1. Here’s a hyperlink to the official website of the European Particular person Championship: https://eicc2023.com/
  2. There are a number of different fascinating video games from the European Championship on this difficulty.  
    Right here I might point out simply two of them, Guliyev-Kollars and Nesterov-Gurel. The primary sport is lengthy, and the mayhem begins after 35 strikes. The second sport additionally takes an astonishing course, and  I used to be shocked to be taught that the primary 20 strikes have a precedent in an earlier sport, Kramnik-Van wely, Tilburg 1998.
  3. GM Kobalia’s model of his encounter with Kirill Shevchenko is right here: https://www.fb.com/mikhail.kobali
  4. The Russian chess website, “Chess  Information with out Censorship” took a distinct view: https://twitter.com/Chess__News/standing/1636301147701903361



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