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Alexander Morozevich vs Viswanathan Anand
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 7, Oct-05
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0
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Oct-05-05
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  tamar: The winning score at Avro was 8.5 of 14, shared by Fine and Keres.

To give perspective, that was considered a sensation for both Keres and Fine, but Topalov would score 10 if he drew the rest of the way.

Oct-05-05  sitzkrieg: And thats why i think it will be very hard for him to loose the tournament now.
Oct-05-05  csmath: I played against Carro-Kann quite a few times but I have never seen the move 6. Nbd2. But I guess that is Morozevich.

It worked, immediately provoking Anand to

7. h6?!

Then in a few moves Anand finds himself in a quite a squeeze. Interesting opening. Morozevich lost a thread and started needlessly pushing his a-pawn while Anand's h-pawn came down in a more dangerous manner. A game with both sides with a chance to play for a win.

21. Rf2? ... Ne4

black is suddenly better even though Moro apparently intended to sacrifice something. :-) He keeps on doing this against Anand.

26. ... f5?

Crucial Anand's error, pseudo threatening move that simply opens position for white's attack while black attack fizzles quickly. Anand is not playing well here at all.

27. exf6 ... e5

28. Bxe4! ... Qh3 (this was a supposed surprise)

29. Kf2 (cool and no fear) ... Qxh2

30. Qg2

and black is stopped cold while his king is out all alone. It is hard to believe but the game is already lost here. This reminds of the game with Kasim, very similar state of mind and very similar error.

The game continued with unavoidable result.

Nice win but not a good game by Anand.

Oct-05-05  ughaibu: Fine started AVRO much as Topalov has started San Luis, I think he scored 5.5/6, yet his second half performance wasn't enough to keep the lead, he lost three times. We'll see how it goes.
Oct-05-05  Koster: After seeing this game and the final games of Kramnik-leko and Deep blue -kasparov I wonder why anyone wants to play the Caro-Kann.
Oct-05-05  ryanpd: <Koster> Wow what a great way to judge the soundness of an opening. How about the game this very tournament where Anand won with black using the CK?
Oct-05-05  Koster: Point taken - the Sicilian, Petroff and Spanish Marshall Attack also had a bad day. Maybe someone should try the Latvian Gambit.
Oct-06-05  melianis: I don't know where the theory ends, 9.Rb3 maybe, but shutting the light bishop outside the pawn chains with 14...g6 strikes me as daring. Reasons for 6...h6 and specially 8...a6 are not clear to me, but I suspect there are some quite good.
Oct-06-05  VishyFan: <csmath> I guess 26. ♕c6 wud have been a better move, what say?
Oct-06-05  azaris: The sneaky perpetual that Short mentions is:

48. Rh7+? Kg8 49. f7+ Kf8 50. Rh8+ Kg7
51. Re8 Rb3+ =

Oct-06-05  Ulhumbrus: After 23 Kxg2 there is a threat of Bd3 and Qf3 attacking the Ne4 twice, when the N on e4 will be pinned to the g6 pawn if White answers ..f5 with exf6. Moreover, ...f5 leaves the e6 pawn unprotected. the move..Rg8 protects g6 while the move ...Qd7 protects e6. These two moves prepare ...f5. It will take White only two moves to attack the Ne4 twice, so Black must lose no time, but prepare...f5 as quickly as possible if he is to play ...f5. All this suggests 23...Qd7 24 Bd3 Rg8! 25 Qf3 f5 26 exf6 Nxf5 with an uncomfortable position. The discomfort- not to say danger- may however be a consequence of keeping the king in the centre.
Oct-06-05  Ulhumbrus: Although the centre is hardly open, Black's strategy of keeping the king in the centre seems mistaken all the same. This may be because it is White who has an advantage in space and not Black. In the event it is White who gains the initiative on both wings instead of Black.
Oct-06-05  Koster: <csmath: I played against Carro-Kann quite a few times but I have never seen the move 6. Nbd2. But I guess that is Morozevich.>

6. Nbd2 is not new. I thnk 8...a6 might be, but i'm not sure. At any rate it seems slow.

26...Nc5 looks much better than the risky f5? Look liked Anand just miscalculated something which doesn't happen often.

Oct-06-05  chenturini: About AVRO 1938, please read "Decisive Games", by GM L. PACHMAN. He writes about "two desiguals half times of Ruben Fine", who scores 5.5/7 in the first, ant 3/7 in the second. Keres scores 5/7 and 3.5/7 (all draws), with great luck in the 13th, when Capablanca failed a clear winner ending (in his level, of course). At same time, R. Fine not fail and crushing A. Alekhine in a complicated, but advantage ending.
Oct-06-05  melianis: <Koster> I'm no expert but I haven't seen 8...a6 either. But the 'theory' (the planned setup, if black allows it) for white may be further in the game than for black. That is why I said what I said. h6 in my opinion prevents many of the threats of kingside attacks if white castles there. But that is my opinion.
Oct-06-05  TheSlid: <ughaibu> <Fine started AVRO much as Topalov has started San Luis, I think he scored 5.5/6, yet his second half performance wasn't enough to keep the lead, he lost three times.>

I agree, let's wait until the end for the eulogies.

Oct-15-05
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  refutor: impressive play by morozevich. i wasn't impressed with 7. ...h6, admittedly i'm no super GM. i liked Belov's plan better in Svidler vs V Belov, 2003 but Svidler didn't go after his bishop...anand assumed that morozevich would have, hence the ...h6.
Oct-15-05  sheaf: 26..f5 is a decissive error, 26..Nd2 followed by 27..Nb3 looks good to me but then I am no GM .
Nov-08-05
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  patzer2: After winning the exchange, Anand over estimates his chances and tries to break open the position with <26...f5?!>, which as <sheaf> notes was the <decisive error>.

GM Shipov at http://www.chesspro.ru/events/sanlu... analyzed the game and simply stated <Anand probably miscalculated something as (this) moves led to a collapse>.

Instead, GM Shipov recommends 26...Qc6!, which limits White to only a slight advantage after 27. Bc2 Nc5 28. h3 Qc7 29. b4 Nd7 30. Qe2 Nb8 . Additionally, Fritz 8's 26...Nc5!, leading also to a slight White advantage, may be worth considering.

Nov-08-05
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  patzer2: Per GM Shipov and Fritz 8, White initiates a decisive combination in support of his Kingside passed pawns with 32. Re1!! White's followup with 45. Re7! and 47. Bf7! creates mating threats to allow the g pawn to pass and Queen.
Nov-08-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: Moro's 28. Bxe4! (not 28. Bxe5?? Qh3+! 29. Kf1 Nd2+! ) is a good example of a forced defensive combination being used to build up an attack.
Apr-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  micahtuhy: Anand's only loss in the 2005 World Championship tournament, and a brilliant game by MOrozevich. Not a bad days work for this brillant Orlando Bloom look alike.
Apr-18-06  ikipemiko: <micahtuhy>Anand lost to Kasim , also.... And yes , great game by Moro.
Mar-18-07  afioonov: what a brutal ending,mate or give up ur rook!
50. Kg4 Fritz 9: Rb4+ 51. Kf5 Rb5+ 52.
Ke4 Rh3 53. Be6 Rb4+ 54. Kd5 Rb5+ 55. Kd4 Rh4+ 56. Kd3 5.50/14 1-0

Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: ok, this game is just weird.
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