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Alexander Morozevich vs Viswanathan Anand
"Chilled to the Moro" (game of the day Jan-04-2015)
RUS Moscow Kremlin (1995) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Apr-29
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Defense (C33)  ·  1-0


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Dec-30-11  Rob Lob Law: People say that chess is dead because typical GM lines have been analysed to death and players are still in their home preparation at move 30 or even more. This leads to many draws and limits creativity. But then you have Morozevich. He plays the lines that no one else will, and the result is almost always exciting and creative chess. If there were just a few more players at the top level with the guts to play rare lines, then chess would not be in any danger of dying. Alas, as it stands there is only one Morozevich, and top level chess is boring to the point that it is unwatchable. You just see the same boring lines over and over and over. Oh, how I long to see Moro play in a world championship match. Maybe one day...
Jan-09-12  Jeffsteeven: Why isn't a game of the day yet?
Mar-10-12  ex0duz: ChessNoir has a video of this 'classic' game on Youtube!

Here's the link.

Hopefully a part 2 will be added soon. Check out the channel, they have lots of good old chess videos between GM's and even WC's giving insightful commentary during their games, revealing their hopes and plans and why they made each move etc rather than your usual dry bland boring analysis. Chess should be brought back and made into this format imo.

Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game!


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  whiteshark: <21...Qb6!> according to the Fritz.
May-21-12  Diogo Canavarro: <DRMal: Black would have been fine after 22...Nd5 the only good move here,>

Wrong. After 22...Nd5 comes 23.Bxh7! Kxh7, 24. g6! and black is lost.

May-21-12  King Death: < Diogo Canavarro: <DRMal: Black would have been fine after 22...Nd5 the only good move here,> Wrong. After 22...Nd5 comes 23.Bxh7! Kxh7, 24. g6! and black is lost.>

First of all <DrMAL> (Alexandre Kretchetov) is a strong player himself and he deserves better than "Wrong..." especially when after 24.g6+ Black doesn't look lost at all if he plays 24...fg 25.Qh4+ Kg8 26.Ng6 Nf5 (26...Nf6 does lose after 27.Qh8+). I'd say that <DrMAL's> judgment was right.

May-21-12  Diogo Canavarro: <King Death>: I think you're right, my mistake i'm sorry. My analysis was supported by this video ( but it's clear now that they missed some good variations for black, for instance:

23. Bxh7+ - Kxh7
24. g6+ - fxg6
25. Qf4+ - Kg8
26. Nxg6 - Nd7
27. Rxf7 - Kxf7
28. Rf1+ - Ke8

And the game is equal according to Fritz (0.00!). Thank you for the observation.

Feb-15-13  JimNorCal: The Grandmaster Magazine video covering the Intel Grand Prix features this game. The live commentary by GM Danny King is great fun to watch!
Jun-24-13  AngeLa: "Morozevich is a bright player; I like how he plays. This is active chess: only forward! Sometimes luck is on his side, sometimes it is not. It is not boring to watch his games." Kramnik
Aug-22-13  Sihlous: How has this not been GOTD?
Aug-13-14  posoo: and STILL nothing Sihloos!

I have a number of puns available. Particularly in light of today's REPEATED pun, CG seems to be in need of some new mateerial:

1). KGB KGA (NOTE: da kremlin)

2). Two Gentlemen Play a Game of Chess (NOTE: dis is because there was NEVER a chance of a draugh in dis game and Anand played with respect)


Jan-04-15  kamagong24: i have to commend Moro's courage playing the KING'S GAMBIT!!!
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  morfishine: Of course the Kings Gambit is playable. The biggest snow-job in the history of chess occurred in 1961 when Fischer declared the KG "busted" and "loses by force". Instantly, KG games at the GM level disappeared from tournament play, which reflects if nothing else, the influence Fischer had amongst his peers. But Fischer had the last laugh as he continued to play the KG from the White side. What a comedian that Fischer was


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  Penguincw: Moro's actually pretty good with the King's Gambit:

Repertoire Explorer: Alexander Morozevich (white).

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  thegoodanarchist: Black is, in effect, playing down an exchange at the end because he never got his QR in the game.

Meanwhile, nice rook sacrifice by Moro to wrap up the point. Now taking the rook loses the queen because White's DSB prevents king flight to f8, and the coming check by R to g6 will deprive the Black queen of her only defender.

Jan-04-15  FairyPromotion: One of the greatest rapid games ever. I'm so glad that it's finally GOTD.

As for the King's Gambit, I believe there isn't full compensation for the pawn, but the initiative that white gains is often too much for black. IMO Bronstein summerized it best when he said he'd prefer to play King's Gambit with white over playing King's Indian with black.

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  Gilmoy: As pointed out in kibitzes at the top of this page, 29.Rg6++? probably loses after 29..Ng7:

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White is simply down a Rook, with no further pressure. Oh, those defensive Knights.

<Apr-22-10: hellopolgar: 29 g6!!! is the only move to win.>

Jan-04-15  William7: Nice game!
Jan-04-15  William7: Typical King's gambit with piece sacrifices and aggressive moves.
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  kevin86: The queen must move but dare not.
Feb-21-15  SimplicityRichard: <FairyPromotion> As an exponent of the King's Gambit, I must agree with you absolutely.#
May-15-15  SimplicityRichard: And also as an exponent of the King's Indian Defence ie. comparing my results with the King's Indian as Black, I do better with the King's Gambit as White.#
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  matamuff: When Anand at the twenty-eighth move captures with the pawn is the game then lost I think not.
May-11-16  posoo: KaSMASH. KaPRUMMO! DIS DIS DIS is a trammendus game dat involves MANY consecative smashings.

PLEASe all let me GO!

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