1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. d4 Bg7 6. Bd3 Aronian-Naka starts as Slav, Slechter variation
6... O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e6 10. Rd1 Nbd7 11. b3 a5 12. Bf1 Qb8 13. Bd2 Rd8 14. Be1 After a positional battle began on the board, Aronian has transfereed his bishop to e1, which may look strange, but is actually a standard plan here. White bishop on e1 is better than it looks and also square c1 is now freed for white Ra1.
14... Ne8 I am ot sure that this is the best move, black main counterplay in this position is related to a e5 central pawn break-which 14...Ne8 is not helping. Naka likely wants to transfer his knight to d6, but looks a bit passive. Would expect Aronian to calmly develop with Rac1
15. Rab1 Aronian decided to place it to b1 instead of c1, also ok. Levon likely wants to play a4 with b4 to follow, open b file and get a pressure there.
15... Nd6 16. Qe2 16.Qe2 is also a standard plan. May look passive for white, but its not. Crucial for white is to stop black e5 related counterplay (which is now much under control). white would than find a way to improve his position. Would be interesting to find out whether Naka would go for a f5 idea. Black has given his light squared bishop, his pawns are on light squares, control of e4 square is desirable and f5 looks positionaly sound. Black would than has to count with white f3, e4 plan.
16... Re8 Naka wants to prepare e5 pawn break-as already mentioned,the most standard counterplay for black here, but than was knight piruette to d6 necessary?
17. Qc2 c2 is a good square for white queen here. Black e5 counterplay is not easy to manage, mainly because black d5 pawn hangs (due to the fast that knight has been transferred to d6!)
17... h5 It is not like Naka is planing a kingside mating attack, it is probably just a useful move.
18. Be2 Qd8 a logical move, since queen was not doing much on b8 at the moment. Now is interesting to find out Levons plan behind 18.Be2
19. Bf3 Ok, so, Aronian wanted to place his bishop to a long diaginal, while not willing to allow 18.g3 h4 type of play. I think that Naka would go for f5. This with Ne4 to follow makes perfect sense for black. Still I am not that fond of Be2-f3 idea. Now after f5 , Ne4-black knight would be difficult to kick out (since white f3 is no longer possible).
19... Rb8 20. Qd3 Naka wants to play b5 which is positionally sound, but why not to be agressive and go for f5.
20... Qe7 21. Qf1 Nf5 well.....my f5 with Ne4 to follow idea is not going to happen today.
22. Be2 perhaps bishop transfer to f3 was not that great after all
22... Ra8 23. Bd3 Nd6 24. Rbc1 [22:42:38] Sokolov Ivan: since white cannot roll his pawns either on the queenside or in the center it is difficult for him to improve his position here. Knowing Aronian, he may look for the good moment for c5 and than start solling his queenside pawn
24... Qd8 perhaps now 25.a3
25. Bb1 White's bishop is still looking for a perfect place
25... Bh6 26. Na4 perhaps now is finally the time for black f5. Maybe I am too much on this idea, but f5 looks good for black.
26... Bf8 Still not easy for Levon to proceed. If he is to seize the initiative he would have to roll his pawns, but I do not see how. Not a single take on the board for 26 moves!
27. Nc5 Qc7 28. Nd3 a4 28 moves without a single exchange! Now is the time for the first one
29. Nf4 axb3 30. axb3 "a" pawn swap is strategically ok for black here, since it opens the file for his rook.
30... Qd8 31. Bb4 Aronian would exchange the bishops, then he may go for b4 or perhaps e4. Anyhow definitely trade the bishops
31... Nc8 32. Bxf8 Nxf8 Now which pawn to push? e4 looks logical.
33. Bd3 White delays any pawn push
33... Ra3 Black wants to keep some activity
34. b4 Exactly, if white wants something here, he has to start advancing his pawns. White wants to proceed with b5 and cause a damage to a black queenside pawn chain.
34... Nb6 I am not sure that this stops anything. Why not continue with b5 for white?
35. b5 Qe7 black is hoping to be able to hold with a status quo moves, I am not sure about his strategy.
36. bxc6 bxc6 37. cxd5 cxd5 38. Rc6 Nbd7 Black seems to be holding, but white is better. White should open with e4 now.
39. Ra6 No e4 and that now looks like a draw.
39... Rxa6 40. Bxa6 Rb8 41. Rb1 Rxb1 42. Qxb1 Qd6 43. Be2 Qb8 44. Qxb8 Nxb8 45. Bb5 Nbd7 46. Bxd7 Nxd7 And as expected the players shake hands and go with 1 point each. ! ½-½
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