Magnus Carlsen's Most Spectacular Defeat - Top 10 of the 2010s - Aronian vs. Carlsen, 2017
Is this Carlsen's most spectacular defeat?

Magnus Carlsen's Most Spectacular Defeat - Top 10 of the 2010s - Aronian vs. Carlsen, 2017

SamCopeland
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The 2010s were the decade of Magnus Carlsen. Nearly from start to finish, he was the undisputed #1 player in the world. However, in my #9 game of the 2010s, Levon Aronian (always a fierce Carlsen rival), catches Carlsen in a spectacular opening line and wins a fantastic chess game featuring exchange sacs, trapped queens, and Greek gifts.

Top 10 Games of the 2010s

Although the game looks one-sided at points, Carlsen is incredibly resilient and only repeated vigorous and accurate play from Aronian is enough to bring home the full point in this epic struggle.

Lessons:

  • Don't just trust the computer eval.
  • Even world champions fall for the Greek Gift (but rarely).
  • Great players have to be beaten across multiple phases.

My brief annotations are below.

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