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Alexander Morozevich vs Ashot Gamletovich Anastasian
"Ashot Across the Bow" (game of the day Mar-07-2018)
Aeroflot Open (2003), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Feb-15
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  0-1


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  Whitehat1963: Player of the day defends himself well against an agressive attack.
May-14-07  sfm: Lovely way to hit back on a nice little - but unsound - combination. 19.-,Tda7! and suddenly White is in trouble. LOL!
Mar-07-18  sam94: Shouldn't 20.Nxe7 be better for white?
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  perfidious: That brings the end all the quicker--not that White's choice led to anything good for him.
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  JohnBoy: I can imagine Moro after 19...Rda7: "Oh... right."
Mar-07-18  Gouvaneur: I am wondering, if 25.Ba3 is not a better try for White? If 25...Qd2 then 26.Re8+ Kh7 27.g3 a5 (idea b4) 28.Rb8 and Black's initiative should fade away. Also 25...Qxa2 26.g3 a5 27.Re5 Qc4 28.Rc5 Qb3 29.Rc8+ Kh7 30.Rb8 doesn't seem clear at all to me. Anything obvious I am missing?
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  Breunor: Sam 94,

Stockfish rates 19 Nxe7 ch at -1.69

1) -1.69 (22 ply) 19...Qxe7 20.Bg3 Rad8 21.Bf4 Qc5 22.Bc1 Qh5 23.f3 Nd5 24.a3 Qh4 25.g3 Qe7 26.Kg2 Qc5 27.Bd2 a5 28.c4 a4 29.cxd5 axb3 30.Ba5 Qxd5 31.Bxd8 Rxd8

Gouvaneur, Stockfish views that white is lost at move 25. Best is b4 :

1) -2.67 (40 ply) 25.b4 Qd2 26.Kf1 Qxa2 27.Re3 Qd5 28.f4 Qc4+ 29.Kg1 Qxf4 30.Bc5 Qf5 31.Bd4 a5 32.bxa5 Qb1+ 33.Kf2 Qa2+ 34.Re2 Qxa5 35.h3 Kh7 36.Rb2 f6 37.Rb4 Qa2+ 38.Kg1 Qe2 39.Rb1 Kg6 40.Rf1 Qd3 41.Rf3 Qd2 42.Bf2 Kf7 43.Kh2 Qd6+ 44.Kg1 Qd1+ 45.Kh2 Qd2 46.Kg1 Qc2 47.Kh2 Qe4 48.h4 Qc2 49.Bg3 Ke6 50.Re3+ Kd5 51.Re7 Qxc3 52.Rxg7

After 25 Ba3:

1) -3.78 (24 ply) 25...Qd2 26.Re8+ Kh7 27.g3 a5 28.Rb8 Qd1+ 29.Kg2 b4 30.Bxb4 axb4 31.Rxb4 Qd5+ 32.Kf1 Qxa2 33.Ke2 Kg6 34.Rg4+ Kh5 35.Rh4+ Kg5 36.Rb4 Qb1 37.Kd2 Kg6 38.Rg4+ Kf5 39.Rb4 g5 40.Ke2 Kg6 41.Ke3 Qe1+ 42.Kf3 Qd1+ 43.Ke3

Mar-07-18  Gouvaneur: @Breunor: The line given with 25...Qd2 is not that simple over the board though. Especially 30.cxb4 Qd6! -+ is difficult to see in advance. Now the White b-pawn is pinned and the Rb8 can't stay on the b-file due to Qc6+. Also, even if White loses the piece: If White manages to grab the f-pawn in return, the ensuing queen + 2 pawns vs rook + 3 pawns endgame might actually be a draw (fortress). In any case, I think it would have offered the best practical chances.
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