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The late middlegame is often where the dance is. In a fairly even position, the opponents are under great pressure, while the clock ticks relentlessly on. Such a situation occurred in Liren Ding (20 years-old, three-time Chinese champion) vs. Levon Aronian, the world’s No. 2 player, in the first round of the Alekhine Memorial. Despite a rating disadvantage of more than a 100 points, Ding Liren found a way to give up the exchange and to prevail with an attack by just a couple of pieces.

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