|Jan-05-04|| ||AlexBabich: Conclusion: The selection of the steady Burn Variation in the French (4...dxe4) is intended to throw a damper on White's attacking ambitions. But the follow-up capture, 6...gxf6, instead of the more solid 6...Bxf6, shows that Morozevich has some long-range plans of his own, namely to use the semi-open g-file. |
The first step for Black is to establish a central presence. Morozevich does this by working his bishop to d5, supporting it with his backward c-pawn, and insuring that the bishop cannot be driven out by a White c4-pawn. That all takes place starting at move seven and running through move fifteen.
Step two is to take away White's attacking options: 16...a5 denies White use of the a5 square; 17...Re8 safeguards the e7-bishop from sacrificial tricks on d5; 19...Qb8 and 19...Qb4 reduce White to passivity on the queenside. And all the while the d7-Knight stands guard over the possible entry points c5 and e5.
Only after the preliminary defensive work is done can Morozevich think about pursuing his own chances. With 21...Bf6 he puts the d-pawn under fire. Then rooks are doubled on the g-file (moves 22-26), and finally the battering of g3 begins in earnest, 27...f4 followed up by 29...h5 and 32...h4. The queen crossing to the kingside, 34...Qe4!, completes the picture. And at the very end it is Polgar's king that cannot avoid mate.
|May-23-05|| ||notyetagm: Very nice game commentary, AlexB.
|May-23-05|| ||notyetagm: Masterful play by Morozevich in this game, absolutely masterful.|
|Nov-22-05|| ||aktajha: <AlexBabich>; aren't the Chessmaster 10th comments on the games copyrighted (so you should have quoted it!)|
|Nov-22-05|| ||jumper32: Has anybody an idea of why 31...kg7 ?|
|Nov-22-05|| ||JeffCaruso: <jumper32> 31...g7 lets Black's other Rook join the attack via the h-file; the game might have finished 37 d4 h8+ 38 h4 xh4+ 39 gh g2#|
|Nov-22-05|| ||jumper32: Thanks. that makes sense|
|Sep-30-06|| ||notyetagm: I like this game more every time I play over it.
First get a firm foothold in the center. Then stop White from expanding on the queenside. Finally launch an irresistible attack on the kingside down the half-open g-file.
Morozevich makes beating a top GM look easy.
|Nov-17-06|| ||GrandPatzerSCL: Very nice commentary by the AlexB. That kind of stuff is a lot more helpful for patzers like me than variations. Gets too hard without a little board on hand.|
|Nov-18-06|| ||sucaba: 30. xd5 improved Black's -structure and left the a4 out of play. Instead, 30. d4 puts up more resistance, but perhaps Black can still win after 30. _ b8 31. xg4 xg4 32. b2 h4 33. h2.|
|Nov-18-06|| ||Akavall: A great game. One of my favorite Morozevich's games.|
|Dec-22-07|| ||Octavia: This was a very difficult game, when i tried to guess the moves on Chessmaster10. So i looked here & lo ! i noticed that alex had copied the conclusion from ch10 ! Now i'm going to see if the other comments here through light on the mysterious moves. Thanks for all the comments !
I usually do better than my grade on the guess-the-move feature on ch10, but this time i only managed to equal it.|
|Dec-22-07|| ||Octavia: I still don't understand. Why didn't white swap her N for B early on & later swapp Qs? She was better on the q side (2 ps for 1) & could have won the endgame, may be.|
|Dec-06-08|| ||WhiteRook48: Cause Morozevich is higher rated|
|Dec-24-08|| ||WhiteRook48: that's why
badly I hear
|Dec-24-08|| ||WhiteRook48: just see her page she's falling rapidly|
|Jul-14-09|| ||garcimitch: This game is a positionnal masterpiece. I discovered it here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRE...|
|Jul-14-09|| ||kurtrichards: Surely after a long period of hibernation I cannot expect Judit to be playing the kind of chess she usually does but given a half year of active chess she will surely regain her strength that catapulted her at the top not so long ago. Come on Judit!|
|Dec-08-12|| ||Tigranny: Why didn't any of Judit's knights at any point take the bishop on d5 and secure the fianchetto surrounding the White king? Just curious, for this is one of my favorite games from Morozevich.|