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Garry Kasparov vs Alexander Morozevich
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 7, May-24
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0


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Aug-12-06  Bobak Zahmat: Kasparov knows his endings!
Aug-12-06  Father Karras: Oh come on.. Moro missed a draw towards the end when Kasparov failed to find the best winning line.
Aug-12-06  Sacred Knight: <Father Karras> Yes, but kasparov still played better. Kasparov failed in the end, Moro also missed, result: Moro lost :-) .
Aug-23-06  Bobak Zahmat: Nobody can play the endings perfect! Not even computers.
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  plang: By delaying the development of his king knight with 4 e3 and 5 Qc2 Kasparov avoided a lot of main line theory while discouraging the development of Black's queen bishop to f5 or g4. Seirawan describes 6..Bg4 as "shooting a blank". Developing a bishop in this manner is a relatively recent concept; Capablanca, Alekhine,and Botvinnik etc would likely be perplexed by this approach. 8 Nf4 was new; 8 Ng3 and 8 h3 had been played previously. 19 Nxd5? wouldn't have worked due to 19..Qxh2+ 20 Kf1..Bxd5 21 Bxd5..Nxd5 22 Qxd5..Rc2 23 Rd2..Rxb2 24 Rxb2..Qh1+. 28..Rxe3 29 Qxf3..Rxf3 30 Kg2..Rc3 31 Nd5..Rc1 32 Nxf6+..Kg7 33 Ne4 would have led to a lost endgame for Black. 39..bxa?! increased Whites advantage by giving White access to c4 and opening the b-file. The rook ending was lost so perhaps Morozovich should not have ezchanged minor pieces with 40..Bxe3?!. 52..Rc3+? lost quickly but the two players showed after the game that the stronger 52..h4 should also eventually lose though there would have been opportunities for both players to go wrong in this tricky ending.
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