(1) Ivanchuk,Vassily (2779) - Aronian,Levon (2750) [D45]
The Semi Slav, one of the sharpest opening, which was developed a lot thanks to Anand.
and now... the Anti-Anti Meran, do you think? No!
White chooses a calm and positional approach. Instead 7.g4! is sharp and was tried by Magnus in this tournament successfully against Anand and unsuccessfully against Aronian.
Normally, as I know, Black puts his queen on e7, before striking in the centre. But this move order was already played by Anand against Ivanchuk.
Strong move! Ivanchuk prepares cxd exd Nh4!
A structure with hanging pawns has arisen. Hanging pawns might be weak, but they can be strong as well.. Depends on how well the player handles them.
As I told you! The knight is provoking some weaknesses.
Transporting the bishop to g2 or h3.
An inaccuracy, I think. Qe6, putting the queen on a typical square for this structure and preventing Bh3, kept position equal.
Too early. Aronian just gives up a pawn. But to be honest his position was a bit unpleasant already. Though I think, after the best Rcc8! Black can hold the position.
Nice trick, which Black could have avoided by not playing g6. But it was very bad for Black anyway. The rest is easy for Ivanchuk.
would win immediately. 28...Nd7