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Alexander Morozevich vs Krishnan Sasikiran
37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004), Biel SUI, rd 8, Jul-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0


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Jul-30-04  MoonlitKnight: I still stand puzzled as to why Sasikiran didn't choose the endgame arousing after the more or less forced variation 28...bxc4 29.Bxc4 Qxa4 30.Bxf7+ Kh8 31.Rxb7 Qxd1 32.Rxd1 Rxd4. He might not have fancied the situation after 33.Rdd7 c5 34.Bb3 Nf6 35.Rf7 c4 36.Bxc4. Still, it must be much better than giving up the queen.
Jul-30-04  Everett: What happens to black if he takes the knight on move 28...bxc4?

I see 29. Bxc4 frees the d-file for the white Q, the about-to-be munched black bishop on the b-file, and a possible discovered attack on the Queen

White has Qd7 as a threat. If 29...Bc8, then maybe 30.Rb8! Qxc4 31.Qd8+ Kg7 32.Rxa8 where white will emerge an exchange up at least, for the Bc8 is lost.

Jul-30-04  MoonlitKnight: <Everett> 29...Bc8 is a blunder. 30.Qd8+ Kg7 31.Qd4 f6 32.Rb7+ wins for white.
Jul-30-04  Everett: Thanks Moonlitknight. That line wins quicker than mine does... what do you think is black's best after 28...bxc4 29.Bxc4?
Jul-30-04  MoonlitKnight: <what do you think is black's best after 28...bxc4 29.Bxc4?> Check out my first post! ;) I found that line with "a little help" from a strong expert who happens to be a friend of mine. We came to the conclusion that 29...Qxa4 is black's only try.
Aug-05-04  jeffnool: 17. c4 i think is a novelty in this line...
Sep-02-04  RisingChamp: Typical Morozevich style-constantly bombarding his opponent with tactics till he finally makes an error.Sasikiran simply missed that his queen would get trapped( he said so in an interview with a chess magazine)
Oct-17-04  LIFE Master AJ: This game is deeply annotated on my "Game Of The Month" website.
Oct-17-04  who: MoonlitKnight at the end of your first post you mean Rxe4. Btw your friend wouldn't happen to be Fritz, because my silicon buddy agrees with your every move till Rdd7 (it doesn't like that move). :)
Oct-25-04  LIFE Master AJ: <everyone>
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: 29...Qxa3 maybe
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  wordfunph: Morozevich - Sasikiran

after 31...♖ed7

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GM Sasikiran still played on and resigned on the 35th, Morozevich's statement from NIC Mag 2004/06..

"It is hard to understand what my opponent was hoping for, by playing on in this position. As the oldest player in the tournament, I am accustomed to the complete lack of respect shown to myself by the young."


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  Fusilli: According to the database, the novelty here was 16...Qb6. Black is in serious trouble just five moves later, and not that White had to work very hard at it. White simply exploited the misplacement of the queen on b6.
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