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Garry Kasparov vs Alexander Morozevich
Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000)  ·  Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  1-0
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Sep-18-04  clocked: An important novelty with 12.Ne3, strong middle game play, and precise endgame finish. Black may have faired better with 21...Qe5, as the text reduces the game to a superior minor piece with weak h-pawn. Morozevich came back with the improvement 14...Nc5! in Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 and has since been taken up by notables such as Shirov.
Sep-18-04  maoam: <clocked>

On <21...♕e5>, what if White tries 22.♗xc6? Accepting the sacrifice with

22...♗xc6? 23.♕xc6+ ♕c7 (not 23...♔b8?? 24.♕b7+ followed by ♕xa6+ or ♖c4+ etc.)

24.♕xc7+ ♔xc7 25.♖xg4! hxg4 26.♖xh8

loses immediately.

22...♕c5 threatens ♕xf2# and forces the exchange of Queens, but this leaves White up a pawn with a safer king, and it doesn't seem to me like Black can compensate for this with active piece play.

Following 22...♔b8 White has a few choices:

A: 23.♕b3 followed up by

23...b5 24.axb6!? ♕xf5 25.♗f3 ♘e5 26.♕c3 for example;

B: 23.♗f3 defending the kingside;

C: 23.♔g2!? attempting to bring the h1 rook into play with

23...bxc6 24.♕b3+ followed by ♕b6!? perhaps?

Sep-18-04  samvega: <maoam> you appear to be making an analysis from the wrong position -- at move 21 the black king is already at b8.

I think if 21..Qe5 22.Bxc6 then just 22..Rc8.

Sep-18-04  maoam: <samvega>

You're right, I've done everything with 20...♕e5 unfortunately. Oh well that's dyslexia for you :S

Sep-18-04  samvega: I've done the same thing myself more than once, but have so far caught myself just before pressing 'send'. And you'll no doubt come across other examples of analyses that are one move out of register on these kibitz pages.
Sep-28-04  cpalape: I suppose this game it finish with the following moves:46)Ke4-Kxe6 47)Kxe3- Kf5 48) Kd4-c3 49) Kxc3-Kxg5 50)Kd4-Kf4
51)Kc5-Ke5 52) Kb6-Ke6 etc.
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  Eyal: <An important novelty with 12.Ne3, strong middle game play, and precise endgame finish […] Morozevich came back with the improvement 14...Nc5! in Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 and has since been taken up by notables such as Shirov.>

The novelty was actually Moro’s 11…g5 – and, in retrospect, it’s quite funny to see what the TWIC report said at the time: <The enterprising young Russian hits the world champion with an unseen TN – and one that'll probably never see the light of day again following Kasparov's careful handling.> ( – in fact, it became since the most popular and topical move in the position reached after 11.Bg2 (Opening Explorer). 14…Ng4 a few moves later was unfortunate, though, (it hasn’t been repeated in top-level play) and the attempt to maintain the knight on that square seems to be the source of many of Black’s troubles. It’s quite impressive how Kasparov refutes Moro’s idea otb, specifically with 15.a5! - threatening a6 to weaken the h1–a8 diagonal, stopping ideas of ...Qb6, and allowing the rook to enter the game to good effect from a4.

Feb-08-13  Everett: <Eyal> Thanks for the notes. It is relatively unknown games like these that show really how strong Kasparov was, even when walking into another GMs quality TN.

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