[Event "Meltwater CCTF 2021"] [White "Aronian,Levon"] [Black "Carlsen,Magnus"] [Site "Chess24"] [Round "8.1"] [Annotator ""] [Result "1-0"] [Date "2021.09.21"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [PlyCount "79"] 1. e4 Nc6 {The Nimzowitsch Defense: This is one of my personal favorite black chess openings. Tribute to GM Aron Nimzowitsch on his contribution to chess community.} 2. d4 d5 ({If} 2... e5 3. Nf3 ({If} 3. d5 Nce7 4. Nc3 Ng6 )exd4 )3. e5 ({If} 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 )Bf5 4. c3 e6 {This transposes to typical French Defense Setup - Advanced variation.} 5. Bd3 Nge7 6. Ne2 h5 7. Bg5 Qd7 8. h4 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Nf5 {Now that the light square bishop is exchanged, the role of knight is to occupy light squares like f5, c4 and g6.} 10. Nd2 Be7 11. Bxe7 Ncxe7 {This looks like drawish, how did GM Aronian win?} 12. Nf3 0-0-0 13. a4 Ng6 14. g3 f6 {Fireworks has just begun.} 15. b4 Kb8 16. 0-0 Rhf8 { Black obviously ahead in creating pressure here, white needs to hold grip to defend the kingside.} 17. Kh2 Qf7 18. Neg1 Nh6 {Knight heads to g4 to support exchange of e5 pawn as well as pressuring the white king.} 19. Rae1 Ng4+ 20. Kg2 fxe5 21. dxe5 {Lets Stop for a while: KINDLY ANALYZE THIS POSITION: Any breakthrough for black?} Qe8 22. Nh3 Rf5 23. Nhg5 N6xe5 24. Nxe5 Nxe5 25. Qd4 Nc6 26. Qd3 {Why the queen at d4 did not take the g7 pawn?} Rf6 27. b5 Na5 28. Qh7 {That is why the Queen did not take the g7 pawn, first is to divert the c6 knight to a5, then pressures the pawns.} e5 ({If} 28... g6 29. Qg7 Qf8 ({If} 29... Qh8 30. Qxh8 Rxh8 31. Rxe6 Rxe6 32. Nxe6 )30. Qxf8 Rdxf8 31. Nxe6 )29. Qxg7 {This is clearly white's advantage here.} Rf5 30. Qh7 Rf8 31. f4 {Strong move!! white creates f passed pawn.} e4 32. f5 Qe5 33. f6 Qxc3 ({If} 33... Rxf6 34. Nf7 )34. f7 Nc4 {Finally, the knight activated but its too late...} 35. Ne6 Qd2+ 36. Kh3 Ne5 {Now: PLEASE ANALYSE THIS POSITION.... If you play white? What is your best response?} 37. Nxf8 Nf3 38. Nd7+ Ka8 39. Qxh5 {Winning now!!} Nxe1 40. f8=Q {It takes patience for GM Aronian to find the best moves. On move 26, it is automatic, we take the g7 pawn because we follow our instincts, therefore, we learn something from this game to be more patient in finding the best move. GM Levon Aronian, Congrats!! Thanks for this game...} 1-0