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Etienne Bacrot vs Alexander Morozevich
37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004), Biel SUI, rd 7, Jul-26
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: Bacrot obviously intended 39.♕xb6, but then noticed that after 39...♕xd6+ the pawn-ending is lost.
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  Whitehat1963: Morozevich shows there's still life in this defense.
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  euripides: At move 36 Bacrot may not have seen that his king would be on h2 and hence 39...Qd6 would be check. If the king were still on g1 he could simply play 39 Qxb6 Qxd6 40 Qxa5.
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  fasting: So this is "George on Bahamas"
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  drukenknight: okay I see what euripides is saying but why back to e7?
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  drukenknight: you know the one thing I take from Bacrot's style is that he does not like to exchange stuff. Pawns, knights, bishops, rooks, queens, I swear to god every one of these guys was offered to him and he does not want it. do you supppose Morozovich was playing with this in mind? That was the one thing going through my mind as Im playing it, that and Moro. always exchanges something at the right moment.

Anyhow looking at it again on move 36, why does he have to rock the boat so. Can he not liquidate the q side pawns right off by 36 b4?

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  yoozum: interesting example of bacrot overstretching and not being able to hold on to the bishop which was technically supposed to be traded.
Mar-28-07  Brown: It's weird how some of Moro's games look straight out of Petrosian's book.
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  percyblakeney: Morozevich beating a 2700+ player with the rather dubious Bird, 3. ... Nd4 isn't seen too often at this level nowadays.
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  Poisonpawns: Nothing Dubious about it.If It was dubious white would have no problem winning,especially a 2700 player.Now certain openings are dubious,such as The Cunningham Variation of the Kings Gambit,or The Grob defense 1..g5.Krejik variation in the dutch defense.The Birds is suffering from the old school idea that doubled pawns are bad.Also alot of weaker players took it up and lost alot so it got a bad reputation.Also there are alot of lines in the ruy that are just easier to play with black.However if you use rybka and really look into the birds,you will see that it is just as viable as the berlin defense or open ruy.
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