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Alexander Morozevich vs Nugzar Zeliakov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jan-08
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-02-15  Skisuitof10: Interesting to read Moro's commentary on this game (New in Chess 2002/1 p28 - 30). He finds Nugzar's defensive abilities to be unbelievably strong _ especially in the rook ending.
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  plang: Game 1 of their first round match in the World Championship tournament; Morozovich clinched the match with a win in game 2 and then went on to defeat Sasikirin and M.Gurevich before being eliminated by Ponomariov in the round of 16. 7 0-0 and 7 h3 are standard; Morozovich's 7 dxc was less ambitious.

Morozovich after 12..Be6:
"Here it struck me that I had not guessed one of my opponent's moves."

17..Nc4 18 Qxc5..b6 would have been more accurate. 23 Bxg6?! led to complications not entirely favorable for White; stronger would have been 23 Bd3..Ne6 24 Be4..b5 25 Be3 with some edge for White. The decision to head for the endgame with 26..Qf5?! was dubious; 26..h5 would have been more solid. Nevertheless Black defended the rook ending with a great deal of skill and earned a draw.

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