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Judit Polgar vs Alexander Morozevich
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 5, Oct-03
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  ajile: Anyone notice that the players are avoiding sharp Black openings against Judit? Anand played a Caro and now Moro plays a Philidor. Good strategy I think.
Oct-03-05  technical draw: Polgar's failure to push the pawn to e6 was one of the reasons Judit didn't win. Maybe 31.e6 instead of 31.h4 was better.
Oct-03-05  paul dorion: <technical draw> I am not sure that 31 e6 is better , it gives life to the g7 bishop and removes all the tension in the center. Black will play 31 Be4 as in the game and black pieces look well placed enough. That said , it is obvious that 31 h4 is no Cadillac. But I think that the main problem is the white queen, who spend 20 moves stuck on g3. Not a good sign in an open position....
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  BishopofBlunder: What?! No picture of Judit's game?! Chauvinism! Pure chauvinism!
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  WannaBe: Phillidor's, and the score's 1/2, figures. =)

<BishopofBlunder> Maybe the photographer didn't take one. Blame the mass media!

Oct-03-05  csmath: Philidor? Moro is quite a surprise.
And he tricked her into believing he will do Pirc here so that is why she played 3. Nc3. Else I have no doubts she would have played f3 at some point.

It is hard to directly attack Philidor and it is usually easier if it is played in a standard order.

Nevertheless Moro's

18. ... f6?!

is weird and problematic.

23. ... Nd7?!

another problematic move.

Moro is yet again outplayed in a original game. After 30 moves Moro is lost. Then Judit starts her errors:

31. h4? (Ng5!, going for Ne6, is the right move)

... Be4

32. Rd4? (this is inconsistent since apparently h5 was intended and better)

Moro gives her another chance with

37. ... b3?

38. Re3? (Bc5! was very strong indeed)

Moro is not playing good here and he is very lucky that Judit did not spank him in this game but one thing is for sure - Moro won't be the next WC.

Oct-03-05  csmath: Another thing about this game is that Judit showed a significant amount of cleavage to Moro. Not sure that had any impact on Moro. Maybe she should try that on Topalov tomorrow.
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  WannaBe: <csmath> How did you get that info?! where're the photo evidences?? (The more the better... =)
Oct-03-05  John Abraham: <csmath> Hahaha. No photo for this game? What a shame.
Oct-03-05  csmath: Check the official website:


Oct-03-05  John Abraham: Thanks, <csmath>. Can't blame for not posting a photo of this game. Nice sweater, Judit :-)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Hey! The Philidor at the WC! I like it, and I like Moro's imagination. I've never seen a "delayed Antoshin" like this, and the Nf6-d7-c5 redeployment was very creative.

But he lost the thread of the game, and should have lost the game period. You won't believe the formation I sometimes used in Larsen's Variation (3...exd4; 4.Nxd4,g6), but it might work here--play 14...Nxb3, and then this collection of moves, not necessarily in this order: ...Re8, ...g6, ...Bg7, ...h6, ...Kh7, ...Qf8 and Qh8!!

I'm not kidding. This used to freak out people in five-minute chess.

Oct-04-05  iron maiden: I don't see why people find all these offbeat openings that Moro plays to be so spectacular. They're unique, sure, but they don't produce a whole lot of exciting games.
Oct-04-05  csmath: <<I don't see why people find all these offbeat openings that Moro plays to be so spectacular.>>

You are the first one on this page that used the word "spectacular."

<<They're unique, sure, but they don't produce a whole lot of exciting games.>>

As a fan of Kramnik's chess, you sure do understand the word "exciting" too.

Oct-04-05  iron maiden: I didn't mean just this game; I was referring to all his games (note the plural) that feature those kinds of openings.
Oct-04-05  firebyrd: <Not sure that <... choice of sweater ...> had any impact on Moro>

Or whether it just evened out. Moro was the only one who listed charisma as a key ingredient to success in the pre-tourney interview, and is probably the only participant who could hope to out-charisma Judit. Even though Svidler's earpiece does earn him a point for trying.

Oct-04-05  ameekmalhotra345: What if 24. R X a7
Oct-04-05  Karpova: after 24.ra7: black could answer 24...nd5: and 25...qb6
Oct-04-05  Laci: <ameekmalhotra345> <Karpova> 24.Ra7 was not an option, 24.b4! was just fine, and I agree with <csmath>, that after 30 moves Moro was lost. Black's Bd7-a4-c2 manoeuvre was a diperate and dubious attempt against white's initiative, but he was lucky, because Judit suddenly - hard to say, why - lost her confidence and started making her strange, inconsistent moves. 31.h4? was just weak, but 32.Rd4?? was simply inexplicable. The right, consistent way of the attack was 31.Kg4! and if 31. - Be4 then 32.Qh4 h6 33.Ke6
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