Carlsen-Aronian Chess Puzzle: How White Won?

This is a position from the game Carlsen – Aronian, Bilbao, 2008. Black has played 26. …e5. Magnus Carlsen was just about 100 points less than his current strength at that time. How do you think White won? Replay the full game in the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Bilbao Chess Masters: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian 0-1

Levon Aronian beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth round to join Michael Adams in the lead at the VI Chess Masters Final on Friday. Maxime launched a Kingside attack and was almost winning after a neat Rook sacrifice. However, Aronian survived and he won the rook vs. four pawns endgame. Read more…

Middlegame Chess Video Podcast: Aronian – Van Wely 1-0

LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Middle Game A key position from the game Aronian – Van Wely, Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008. White plays and wins. Read more…

GM Varuzhan Akobian Annotates Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian 1-0 (Round 6) at Sinquefield Chess Cup 2013

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has won the inaugural Sinquefield Chess Cup in Saint Louis a full point ahead of the field of star Grandmasters like Levon Aronian, Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura. Here is the last-round game in which both Carlsen and Aronian offered a draw to each other at various points and both rejected the offer to play on. Eventually, Carlsen won. All annotations are by Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian (official website). Read a report on Chess Blog. Read more…

GM Ian Rogers Annotates Sinquefield Chess Cup Round 2: Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen 1/2 – 1/2

Perfect Jam: Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen 1/2 – 1/2

Grandmaster Ian Rogers annotates the very interesting clash between World No. 1 and World No. 2 Levon aronian that ended as a draw in the second round of the Sinquefield Chess Cup (official website) in Saint Louis. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

Sinquefield Chess Cup 2013 Round 1: Hikaru Nakamura – Levon Aronian 1-0

GM Hikaru Nakamura did not allow World No. 2 Levon Aronian to get away with a blunder and won the first game in the Sinquefield Cup easily. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. You can replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Weekend Chess Killer Tip Video: Aronian – Radjabov 0-1

A Chess King weekend class from the #1 chess podcast library at www.chesskillertips.com. LEVEL: Easy CATEGORY: Opening From the game Aronian – Radjabov, Monaco 2007. White just played 6. c4, how does Black continue? Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Peter Svidler – Levon Aronian 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: The Peter Svidler – Levon Aronian draw was an interesting battle. At move 17, Aronian declined a pawn sac that actually gave White a Queenside majority plus an isolated pawn. White controlling the b-file still looked slightly better when playing a5 and offering a draw on his first legal occasion at move 31. Nothing much could be done by either side and the game ended peacefully. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Levon Aronian – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: The important game between Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura was a Slav that went into a drawish exchange line. Aronian went ahead with his home preparation, and Nakamura ended up helping him with his knight on the strong square. The position went downhill after that to a Rook and Knight endgame. A report on the round is up at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Viswanathan Anand – Levon Aronian 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: World Champion Viswanathan Anand went for the closed Ruy Lopez against second seed Levon Aronian and found a nice outpost on d4 with one of his knights before move 10, but a balanced position ensued Queen, Rooks, different colored Bishops and eight pawns with each side! Something finally seemed about to happen as Aronian played 22.— Bh6!?, intending to answer 23.Qh4 with a tactical 23.— Bxf4 – as played. Some spectators wondered (creatively) whether the World Champion was planning to sacrifice his Queen for Rook and Bishop, but Anand instead (wisely) exchanged some more pieces to regain the pawn he gave up on f4. Anand however was not in any danger and the game ended as a draw. Read a full report on the Round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 9: Levon Aronian – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1-0

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 9: Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian pulled off this splendid win in the last round over French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to take home the title in the memorial tournament. Read a round report on Chess Blog. Replay the game below and watch the power of pawns. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R4: Levon Aronian – Peter Svidler 1-0

World’s number 3 Levon Aronian picked up his second win in the event during the fourth round. That’s quite a comeback considering Aronian began the tournament with a loss in the first round. He beat Vladimir Kramnik in the second and drew with Viswanathan Anand in the third round. Aronian was all ready for Svidler’s Gruenfeld and played precisely to force Svidler to resign. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R2: Levon Aronian – Vladimir Kramnik 1-0

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 2: The game between the two top chess players of the world (after World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen) – Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik – was a thrilling one. Aronian steered the game into a winning end position to recover from his loss in the first round. It was a fascinating pawn race and a beautiful mating net. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Replay the full game with Chess King. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013: Ding Liren – Levon Aronian 1-0

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 began with a bang on Sunday, April 21. Ding Liren created a sensation by defeating Levon Aronian. The newcomer of the chess super tournament undertook a wonderful attack against his opponent’s king. A full report on the first round is posted at Chess Blog. You can also replay the Viswanathan Anand – Michael Adams 1-0 game from Round 1 with Chess King. Meanwhile, here is the Ding Liren – Levon Aronian 1-0 game. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R12 Drama: Levon Aronian-Vladimir Kramnik 0-1

Is this the chess game that would eventually take the next World Chess Title to Russia? We don’t know yet as we are in the midst of history writing itself. The Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London is poised at an extremely crucial stage with just two rounds to go. Round 12 was the high point of drama at the event that will give the chess world the next challenger for the World Chess Champion Vishy Anand. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog and preview this exciting game with Chess King below. Read more…

Fide Candidates 2013 R6: Teimour Radjabov-Levon Aronian 0-1

There are only two players leading at the Fide Chess Candidates 2013 after six rounds in London: Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. Carlsen beat Peter Svidler and Levon Aronian beat Teimour Radjabov on Thursday. Friday was a rest day. Both Carlsen and Aronian won with Black, and now are 1.5 points ahead of the rest of the field. Replay the Carlsen game with Chess King in this post. The Radjabov-Aronian game is below. There are nine more rounds to be played and the seventh round resumes on Saturday. For a full report, check this Chess Blog report. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Vassily Ivanchuk-Levon Aronian 0-1

Levon Aronian notched up his second straight victory at the cost of Vassily Ivanchuk who went down fighting (plus bad luck on the clock) for the second time. This third-round win allowed Aronian to take lead in the Fide Chess Candidates 2013 being held in London. Read a full report on Chess Blog. You can replay the very nice game in the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R2: Levon Aronian-Boris Gelfand 1-0

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London: The second game that proved decisive in the second round was World No. 3 Levon Aronian taking home a win as former World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand blundered away the game. Read a report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Hikaru Nakamura – Levon Aronian 0-1

Despite at slow start to the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 for Levon Aronian, the nice win over US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura has put the Armenian GM and Olympiad champion in second place after Rond 11. Aronian is just one point behind tournament leader Magnus Carlsen. Two more rounds are to be played. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video, and read the Round 11 report on Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R10: Levon Aronian – Wang Hao 1-0

Round 10 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 witnessed Levon Aronian going for his fourth straight win against Wang Hao – the latter losing the thread of the game pretty early on. A kingside attack was in the offing, but Aronian was able to wrap off the game easily after picking up a few pawns. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment and read a full report on Round 10 at Chess Blog. Read more…