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It’s not quite Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – but it’s pretty close

Armenian superstar GM Levon Aronian, who anchored his little nation in three Olympic team gold medals, announced last week that he was coming to St Louis and will soon be playing under the American flag

38-year-old Aronian has been one of the top players in the world for more than two decades 2 on the FIDE global scoreboard While Aronian expressed his affection for his homeland, he quoted St Louis Chess Philanthropist Rex Sinquefield and the support of the mighty St Louis Chess Club in its momentous decision

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With Aronian’s move, the US. Now there are five of the top 20 grandmasters in the world and it’s a real American melting pot: Fabiano Caruana (No. 2), born in Florida but played for Italy for a while; Wesley So (No 9), a Filipino native who transferred to the US in 2014; Leinier Dominguez Perez (# 14), a native of Havana who joined the Red, White and Blue team in 2018; and Japanese-born Hikaru Nakamura (No. 18), whose family moved to the U S. when he was two

Aside from an excellent resume, Aronian has an attractive, well-rounded style and has penned some of the most brilliant games in the last two decades, defeating Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen, who was at home and at the height of his tether, in a 2017 game in which two bold speculative sacrifices were made against the best player in the world

In a QGD semi-slav, Aronian as White uses Carlsen’s tendency to hunt farmers with the unexpected 11 from a3 !? Bxa3 12 Rxa3 !? Qxa3 13 c5, already threatening 14 Nb1 Qa2 15 Qc1 Ne4 16 Sc3 Scx3 17 Bxc3 Nf3 18 Nd2 Ne4 dxe4 20 Qd2, with the queen trap 21 Ra1 comes next

While Black is focused on freeing his queen, White takes the game in a radically different direction: 16 Bxe4 Rb8 17 Bxh7! (Just getting a position against Carlsen where this venerable sacrifice is feasible is a monumental feat) Kxh7 18 Ng5 Kg8 19 Qh5 Nf6 20 Qxf7 Kh8 21 Qc7 – White only has two pawns for the rook, but inevitably picks up material when Black tries to deal with his overcrowded parts

Carlsen – no surprise – hangs hard, but the long defensive tightrope walk proves too much: 31 Rd1 e5? (the last mistake; Black seems to hold after 31… Rf8! in rows like 32 Qd6 Qb3! 33 Qxf8 Qxd1 34 Kh2 Qxd4 35 Qxc8 Qf4 36 Kg1 Qc1, with a perpetual) 32 Rd3! (The white queen and the rook form a killer tandem that attacks the king’s edge) exd4 33 De7 Bf5 34 Rg3 Bg6 (Qg8 35 Qh4 buddy) 35 Qh4 and Black stepped back with 35… Bh5 (Qh5 36) Qxd8) 36 Rg5 Qxc6 37 Rxh5 Kg6 38 Qg5 Kf7 39 Qxd8 and wins

Today’s chart shows two of the modern game’s most inventive endgame artists, while Aronian measures the measure of Latvian-Spanish great GM Alexei Shirov in a 2006 game, Our story so far: White (Shirov) has three pawns and one Bishop for the black rook, but his king is glued to the side of the board Black has a more mobile king, but apparently can’t leave his rook alone to defend himself against the enemy king and overtake pawns

Aronian threads the needle problematically: 43… Ke6 !! 44 h6! Kxd6 !! (It would be interesting to know when Black saw the winning idea, otherwise it looks suicidal) 45 Kh5 f5 46 h7 Rh8 47 Kg6 Ke7 48 Kg7 (a position to enjoy – if Black’s rook moves or takes the h-pawn, Shirov has a trivially won end. How does Black survive, let alone win?) Ke8 !! and Aronian’s devilishly clever idea comes into view

At 49 Kxh8 Kf8 !, the white’s king is in a box and has to make deadly pawn movements so that a black pawn becomes queen white by advancing the h-pawn behind, but can defy the logic of Don’t escape Aronian’s trap: 49 Kg6 Kf8 50 h4 Ke7! 51 Kg7 Ke8! 52 Kg6 Kf8 53 h5 (Kh6 Kf7 54 h5 Kf6 also loses) Ke7 54 Kg7 Ke8 55 Kg6 Kf8 56 h6 Ke8 57 Kf6 Rxh7 58 Kg6 Rf7 !, and the last finesse forces White to resign after 59 h7 Rf8! 60 Kg7 Rh8 !! (again!) 61 Kxh8 Kf7, White has to commit Hari-Kari with either the d- or the b-pawn and lose quickly Really remarkable

Just a quick greeting to the team behind Netflix ‘”The Queen’s Gambit”, who managed to briefly make the world of top-level tournament chess chic. The series, adapted from the 1983 Walter Tevis novel, received Two Golden Globe Awards on Sunday for Best Limited TV Series and Star Anya Taylor-Joy for Best Limited Series Actress We hope this gives a boost to my half-finished script based on My 60 Memorable Games

1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Sc3 e6 5 e3 a6 6 b3 Bb4 7 Ld2 Nbd7 8 Bd3 OO 9 OO Qe7 10 Bc2 Rd8 11 a3 Bxa3 12 Rxa3 Qxa3 13 c5 b6 14 b4 Ne4 15 Sxe4 dxe4 16 Lxe4 dxe4 Rb8 17 Lxh7 Kxh7 18 Ng5 Kg8 19 Qh5 Nf6 20 Qxf7 Kh8 21 Dc7 Ld7 22 Nf7 Kh7 23 Nxd8 Tc8 24 Dxb6 Nd5 25 Qa7 Rxd8 26 e4 Dd3 27 exd5 Dxd2 28 Dc7 Dg5 29 dx h1 exd4 Lc. 32 Rd8 Qe7 Bf5 34 Rg3 Bg6 35 Qh4 Black steps back

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