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Alexander Morozevich vs Vassily Ivanchuk
36th Olympiad (2004), Mallorca ESP, rd 4, Oct-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  0-1


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Nov-22-04  LIFE Master AJ: This game is deeply annotated and will be (is) the "Game of The Month" for November, 2004. (On my web site.)
Nov-24-04  Whitehat1963: What is so unusual about this game? Which moves are we talking about?
Nov-26-04  LIFE Master AJ: <WH1963>
Go back to sleep.
Dec-24-04  TheSlid: It being Christmas Eve, I have just been watching "a Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. This game is one of <azaris> memorable games of the year and one of mine too. The first time I saw the game, i didn't understand hardly any of it. Many thanks to all at this wonderful site who take the time and patience to explain to the "keen, but weak" players, such as myself, who make up the majority of the spectators.

Oh, and a Merry Christmas!

Dec-24-04  iron maiden: <TheSlid> If you like this game, I encourage you to vote for it for my Game Collection: 2004's Greatest Chess Games in the Kibitzer's Cafe. Merry Christmas.
Dec-24-04  TheSlid: <IM> I shall do my best to find time to review and vote as best I can. Good luck with the project!
May-11-05  AdrianP: Some crazy analysis from CBM104

Whoever it is commentating criticizes 11. g4?! saying "This is too sharp already" and gives the following variation instead!

11. fxg5 Qc7 12 Nc3!? Bg6 13 Ndb5! axb5 14. Nxb5 Qb8! 15 Nd6+ Kd8 16 Nxf7 Bxf7 17 Rxf7 Nf5 18 Rxf5! exf5 19 Bf4 with the evaluation unclear "White has already sacrificed a whole rook but the black pieces lack any harmony.".

Aug-17-05  AdrianP: ...and the corresponding analysis in Informant

[11. fg5

a) 11...Ne5 12. Nc3 Bg7 13. Nf5 Nf5 14. Rf5 ef5 15. Nd5 with initiative;

b) 11...Qc7

b1) 12. Nc3 Bg6 13. Ndb5 ab5 14. Nb5 Qb8 (14...Qe5 15. Bd4 and White is winning) 15. Nd6 Kd8 16. Nf7 Bf7 17. Rf7 Nf5 (17...Ne5 18. Rf6 with compensation) 18. Rf5 ef5 19. Bf4 Qc7 and Black is superior;

b2) 12. Nd2!? Bg7 (12...Ne5 13. c4 with initiative) 13. c4 (13. Bd3 Bd3 14. cd3 Ne5 15. Rc1 unclear) Be5 14. N2f3 unclear;

c) 11...Bg7 12. Nd2 (12. Nf5 Nf5 13. Rf5 ef5 14. Nc3 with compensation) Ne5 13. c4 unclear;

d) 11...Bg6!? unclear]

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  notyetagm: This game finished 2nd in the voting for the Best Game Prize for Chess Informant 92. See the voting results here:
Jan-11-07  The Chess Express: I love the way Morozevich handles the openings. What great attacking ideas... Instead of 8. Bb5+ how about 8. Nc3 a6 9. g4 Bg6 10. Qf3 with 0-0-0 to come. Looks pretty scary from blacks perspective. It may be that black has to play 5. h5 and only then c5.

Morozevich vs Svidler, 2005


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  whiteshark: 16.Bf3 looks like a mistake to me. Only <16. Ng3> holds the balance.

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Mar-24-08  The Chess Express: I'm not so sure. 16. Ng3 Qxe5 17. Bd3 Rg7 18. Qf3 0-0-0 looks very difficult for white. I'd rather have the ♙'s
Apr-11-08  floorwax: Could someone help me understand why Moro resigned after 30? I've been trying to work out how Ivanchuk would win this but I'm not getting very far. Was it a time issue? Thanks!
Apr-11-08  Kwesi: what can white play after just 30...RxR+ 31.RxR NxR? 32.KxR Rg7+ is mating.
Apr-11-08  saintstephen11: Should read 32. KxN Rg7 is mating
Apr-11-08  Kwesi: ooops
Apr-11-08  floorwax: Thanks, Kwesi
Apr-12-08  The Chess Express: An even quicker mate comes by way of 30. Nxg1 31. Nxg8 Rg7 etc.
Apr-12-08  floorwax: Thanks, Chess Express -- that makes it even clearer for me that White really can't do anything to prevent a mate. That Black Queen is coming one way or another.

It's great how even during the string of checks and other threats Ivanchuk continues to set up his own attack, almost as if allowing Moro to threaten him into position. ;)

Apr-12-08  Kwesi: <30. Nxg1 31. Nxg8 Rg7>

Yeah - thats a lot better than my line lol

Apr-13-08  The Chess Express: <floorwax: It's great how even during the string of checks and other threats Ivanchuk continues to set up his own attack, almost as if allowing Moro to threaten him into position.>

Indeed, these are two of the most exciting players to watch.

Feb-08-09  rauan.sagit: The winning combination. What about 30 ... Nxg1 31. Nxg8 Qf3+ 32. Kxg1 Rg7+, it wins by force.

Morozevich had no wish to be shown any of the variations though. 11. g4 looks really risky.

Oct-07-10  sevenseaman: Is there any value in making a move and then resigning? Or is it a way of saying 'this is best I could come up with, but not good enough' and yawn off.
Oct-02-11  freeman8201: 14. Nc3 ?? What the....
Aug-16-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morozevich vs Ivanchuk, 2004.
Your score: 47 (par = 37)


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