GM Carlsen (2776) – GM Aronian (2750) [D45]
Linares 2009 (8), 28.02.2009
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 h6 8.Bd2 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.e4 Be7 12.g5 hxg5 13.Nxg5 b4 14.Na4 c5 15.Nxc5 Nxc5 16.dxc5 Rc8 17.Qa4+ Bc6 18.Bb5 Bxb5 19.Qxb5+ Qd7 20.Qxd7+ Nxd7 21.Ke2 Rh4 22.Rac1 Rxc5 23.Rxc5 Bxc5 24.f4 e5 25.h3 exf4 26.Nf3 Rh6 27.Bxf4 Re6 28.Nd2 Bd4 29.Rb1 Ra6 30.a3 bxa3 31.bxa3 Rxa3 32.Nc4 Ra2+ 33.Kd3 Bf2 34.Bd6 Nb6 35.Bb4 Nxc4 36.Kxc4 Bb6 37.Kd5 Rg2 38.Rb3 Rg5+ 39.e5 Bc7 40.Bd6 Bxd6 41.Kxd6 Rg6+ 42.Kd5 Rb6 43.Rc3 Kd7 44.Rf3 Ke7 45.Rc3 Rb7 46.Rc6 g6 47.Ra6 Kf8 48.Ke4 Kg7 49.Kf4 Re7 50.Ra5 Kh6 51.Kg4 a6 52.Rxa6 Rxe5 53.Rb6 Re3 54.Ra6 f5+ 55.Kh4 Re4+ 56.Kg3 Kg5 57.Ra3 Re2 58.Kf3 Rh2 59.Kg3 Rb2 60.Ra8 Rb3+ 61.Kg2 Kf4 62.Ra4+ Ke3 63.h4 Rb6 64.Kg3 Rd6 65.Rf4 Rd1 66.Rf3+ Ke4 67.Rf4+ Ke5 68.Ra4 f4+ 69.Kg2 Rd2+ 70.Kf3 Rd3+ 71.Kg2 Rg3+ 72.Kh2 Kf5 73.Ra6 Re3 74.Ra5+ Re5 75.Ra2 Kg4 76.Rg2+ Kh5 77.Kh3 Ra5 78.Rg1 Ra3+ 79.Kh2 Ra6 80.Kh3 Ra5 81.Rg2 Rc5 82.Rg1 f3 83.Kg3 Rf5 84.Rf1 f2 85.Kh3 Rf3+ 86.Kg2 Kg4 87.h5 Rg3+ 88.Kh2 Kf3 89.Ra1 Rg2+ 90.Kh1 Rg5 91.Ra3+ Kf4 92.Ra4+ Kg3 93.Ra3+ Kh4 Black wins 0–1
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Carlsen is just too young for rook endgames.
2nd painful loss against Aronian for Magnus in a drawn rook endgame.
Will there be a 3rd one, or will Magnus study endgames after all ? 🙂
Sometimes it is better to give honour to the winner than to ask, why the loosing player lost.
Well done,Levon; I want to be an expert in rook endgames as you are!
1. Aronian is a Top Player who could very well become World Champion himself. So it’s not a shame to lose against him.
2. Aronian played a Candidates-Match against Carlsen and therefore ‘knows’ him.
3. Aronian could come up with a novelty in this game.
4. Despite having lost, Carlsen is not beaten easily. The game dragged on for over 90 moves.
5. The mistakes made by both players are negligible compared to the frequent and big blunders of Kamsky and Topalov.
No matter how you see it, but losing a drawn ending can’t be good.