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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexey Shirov
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 7, May-28
Russian Game: Millenium Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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Dec-29-04  fasting: Nice original opening, Nice endgame - hey what a great game!
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  tamar: Fascinating stuff. White plays 5 Bd3 and 6 Qe2 only to retract those moves with 8 Qe2-d1 and 10 Bd3-f1. Shirov tries to avoid retracting his queen off e7 by developing the dark square bishop to g7, but ends up with his pieces not effectively placed.
Dec-29-04  fasting: What fascinate me about Moro, is that he plays some kind of anti-chess and is being really succesfull with it. He often goes against mainstream understanding of developing pieces, plays chigorin against 1.d4, and in this game 5.Bd6 etc.
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  plang: 5 Bd3!? is a pet line that Morozovich has used on several occasions. This line was played twice in 2000 games between Georgiev and Motylev (each won one); in one 8..Qd8 was played and in the other 8..Qf6. Shirov's 8..g6!? was new. A maneuvering, even middlegame continued until Shirov erred with 33..f5?; 33..Qe6 was better. 44..Be6? was a second inaccuracy; after 44..Bd5 Black is still likely holding. Morozovich missed a pretty win with 49 Qg5+..Qxg5 50 hxg+..Kxg5 51 Nc5..Kf4 52 Nxa6..Ke3 53 Nc7..g5 54 a6..Kf2 55 Nd6..h6 56 g3..f4 57 Nxf4! (57 gxf?..g4 and Black wins) 57..gxf 58 gxf..Ke3 59 f5..Bxf5 60 d5..Be4 61 d6..Bc6 62 a7. A quicker win would have been 53 d5..Kg4 54 d6..Bc6 55 Nc5..Kf4 56 d7..Bxd7 57 Nxd7.
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