This is a round 1 game from Norway Chess 2015 between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian which is being held in Stavanger, Norway. The 2015 edition of Norway Chess is the first event of the Grand Chess Tour. After just a dozen moves out the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s (white) pawn structure is severely compromised. However as compensation Vachier-Lagrave has a slight lead in development and piece activity, whereas Levon Aronian enjoys better king safety due to his slightly better pawn structure.
This is the final round game between Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian from the 1st Sinquefield Cup chess tournament. The tournament was held in the United States – Saint Louis, Missouri at the Saint Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center (Home of the World Chess Hall of Fame). We observe a closed system of the Ruy Lopez with the bulk of play following on the queenside, where black has a space advantage and pressure on an overextended pawn, and white has a nice outpost on c4. At the elite level of chess you can be certain a pawn will not be lost without some form of compensation, as was the case in this game where a struggle to untangle ones pieces ensues. This is the last chess tournament game Magnus Carlsen will play until the 2013 World Chess Championship Match where he’ll play as the candidate to the reigning World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. Game 1 of the 12-game match for the 2013 World Chess Champion title between Anand and Carlsen begins on November 9th, 2013.
Levon Aronian competes against the current World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, in the 4th Round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament (2013). The game is sure to not disappoint the dynamic/tactical/aggressive chess player as the wild Meran Variation of the Semi-Slav defense takes center stage and a masterpiece is produced. Many have already described this brief 23 move encounter as “Anand’s Immortal”.