Wijk Aan Zee: Caruana’с Drawn Attack; Aronian’с Early Novelty

Although Fabio Caruana grabbed some initiative against Vassily Ivanchuk and even gave a try to the tempting rook sacrifice, at the end he he had to satisfy with the perpetual check. 

CARUANA — IVANCHUK
French Defence
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.Bh4 c5 9.Bc4 cxd4 10.O-O Be7 11.Qe2 Nd7N 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Rad1 O-O 14.Rxd4 Nf6 15.Rfd1 b6 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.h3 Bb7

18.Rd7 Qc8 19.Nxf7 Nxd7 20.Nxh6+ (perhaps, White won't have any advantage by 20.Qxe6 and 20.Nd6 as well) 20…Kh7

21.Qh5 (21.Nf7 Nf6!) 21…Nf6! (21…gxh6?? 22.Bd3+) 1/2-1/2. White should have played 22.Bd3+ Kh8 23.Nf7+ Kf8 24.Nh6+, and in case of  24…gxh6, то 25.Qg6+, they still have the perpetual check.

Topalov — Aronian encounter has also finished in a draw. The game turned out to be less exhiting, however, Aronian applied novelty already on the 7th move! 

[Event «74th Тата Стил GMA»] [Site «Wijk aan Zee NED»] [Date «2012.01.22»] [Round «8»] [White «Caruana, F.»] [Black «Ivanchuk, V.»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «C11»] [WhiteElo «2736»] [BlackElo «2766»] [PlyCount «42»] [EventDate «2012.01.14»] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nf3 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 8. Bh4 c5 9. Bc4 cxd4 10. O-O Be7 11. Qe2 Nd7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Rad1 O-O 14. Rxd4 Nf6 15. Rfd1 b6 16. Ne5 Qc7 17. h3 Bb7 18. Rd7 Qc8 19. Nxf7 Nxd7 20. Nxh6+ Kh7 21. Qh5 Nf6 1/2-1/2 [Event «74th Тата Стил GMA»] [Site «Wijk aan Zee NED»] [Date «2012.01.22»] [Round «8»] [White «Topalov, V.»] [Black «Aronian, L.»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «D37»] [WhiteElo «2770»] [BlackElo «2805»] [PlyCount «55»] [EventDate «2012.01.14»] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bf4 O-O 6. a3 b6 7. Qc2 c5 8. Rd1 Nc6 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. dxc5 bxc5 11. e3 Qa5 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Rd8 14. Bd3 Ba6 15. O-O Bxd3 16. Qxd3 Nxc3 17. Qxc3 Qxc3 18. Bxc3 Kf8 19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20. Rc1 g6 21. Kf1 Ke8 22. Ke2 a6 23. g4 Rd6 24. Be5 Rd5 25. f4 f6 26. Bc3 f5 27. h3 Kd7 28. a4 1/2-1/2your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

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