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Alexander Morozevich vs Boris Gelfand
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 5, Mar-24
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: Morozovich missed a win with 38.Qf7+! Kh7 39.Bxh6 Bf8 40.Ng4 Qe7 41.Qxe7 Bxe7 42.Rxd4 f5 43.Bxg7 Kxg7 44.Rd7 Re8 45.Nf2 c5 46.Nd3 fxe4 47.Nxc5 exf3+ 48.Kxf3 Kf7 49.Rb7 , which gives White a couple of decisive passed pawns following a deflection and pin combination.
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  patzer2: The decisive mistake appears to be 48.e5? Instead 48. Bd6!? seems to hold:

An analysis with Fritz 8 goes 48.Bd6!? Re8 49.Bxc5 Bb2 50.Rf1 Re5 51.Qc8+ Kh7 52.Rf5 Rxe4 53.Rxf6 Rh4+ 54.Kxh4 Bxf6+ 55.Kg4 Qc4+ 56.Kf3 Qd5+ 57.Kf2 Qxh5 58.Be3 Qh2+ 59.Kf3 Qh1+ 60.Kf2 Qe4 61.Qd7 h5 62.Qd1 Qf5+ 63.Kg2 g6 64.Qd6 g5 65.Qc7+ Kg6 66.Qc4 Kh6 67.Qc6 Qe5 68.Kf3 Qe7 69.Qd5 Kg7 70.Kf2 Kg6 71.Qd3+ Kh6 72.Qf5 Qd8 73.Qe6 Kg7 74.Qh3 Qe8 75.Qf5 Qf7 76.g4 Qa2+ 77.Kf3 hxg4+ 78.Kg3 Qb3 79.Kxg4 Qd1+ (79...Qxe3 80.Qg6 ) 80.Kg3 Qe1+ 81.Bf2 Qc3+ 82.Kg4 Qc4+ 83.Kh3 Qb3+ 84.Kg4 Qa4+ 85.Kg3 Qa3+ 86.Kg4 Qa2 87.Kg3 Qd2 88.Bc5 Qc3+ 89.Kf2= (move-by-move result with Fritz 8 is -0.25 @ 13 depth).

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  patzer2: On the flip side, 48...Qd5! is a good example of using the Queen to initiatea a combination to pin and win a decisive pawn.
Mar-27-05  sharpnova: i like 38. Bxh6 more than Qf7+
Jan-29-06  AlexandraThess: Great game by Boris Gelfand the defence wins!
Apr-10-08  hellopolgar: i don't understand. one of GM Gelfald's most notable games is where the opponent missed an easy-win on the 37th move and an easy-draw on the 48th move.

maybe it's considered notable just because he beat moro.

Dec-12-09  Roger Krueger: Why exactly would Moro choose the Catalan against Gelfand, who plays it a lot as white and probably knows it deeper than anyone?
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