"Carlsen was clearly aggressive against Aronian, but Aronian, who was Black, also baited Carlsen by playing the double-edged Meran system of the Semi-Slav Defense. For a while, the game followed the path of Game 4 of the 2006 world championship match between Topalov and Kramnik. But, on move 12, Aronian varied, taking a pawn and neglecting his development. Carlsen followed up with another pawn sacrifice and before long Aronian’s king was trapped in the center. Aronian’s position was precarious, but not lost until he overlooked a temporary exchange sacrifice by Carlsen that quickly led to an attack that cost Black a rook. The resulting endgame was hopeless and Black soon resigned."Here's the game. Carlsen,Magnus (2775) - Aronian,Levon (2737) Bilbao Masters, 08.09.2008 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.a3 b4 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 bxa3 12.0-0 Nf6 13.Bd3 axb2 14.Bxb2 a5 15.d5!?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Just kidding, of course. I've been away from chess for a few years and haven't kept up with the new kids on the block. But a couple of days ago I watched (live online) the 17-year-old phenom from Norway, Magnus Carlsen, demolish Aronian in a game in the Bilbao Masters Grand Slam. Wow! Enough pawn sacs to put a BDG player to shame--and with an exchange sac thrown in to boot. Here's how Gambit, the New York Times Chess Blog summed up the game: