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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich
Amber Blindfold (2006), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 9, Mar-28
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1


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Mar-29-06  cade: Nice mating attack by Moro.
Mar-29-06  Hidden Skillz: if he could just have these type of results aside from blindfold chess
Mar-30-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Great game by Moro, but why 32...g5? Isn't 32..h6 better for instance?
Mar-30-06  Oliphaunt: 32...h6 allows Bf1. 32...g5 on the other hand attacks Bf4 with tempo while preventing the back-rank mate.
Mar-30-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Oliphaunt> Thanks for pointing that out to me! As I guess you've noticed, I have trouble with understanding these kinds of tempo moves.

I guess I should find a good exercise to learn to understand these moves. Any ideas?

Mar-30-06  mormonchess: <Hidden Skillz>: Moro is an interesting fellow. I like his style and his games very much, but based on a recent interview he gave in Russia, I don't think he has the fire in the belly for chess. He might be moving onto other things.
Mar-30-06  siu02jm: amasing finish!!, is this possible to do blind folded?
Mar-30-06  Oliphaunt: <Emperor> that I looked at the position once more it seems that Bf1 would have been inferior to 33.Ra8+ Kh7 34.e5 g5 35.Be3 Bxe3 36.Be4+ Kg7 37.fxe3 Rb2 and the white would have to sac his bishop for the d3-pawn (still though).

33.Bf1? Bf3 34.Ra8+ Kh7 35.Bxd3??(this was the move I thought was winning for white, since I visualized the position incorrectly)Rxf2! and white has no reply, in fact mate is just around the corner. 35.Bg2 Bxg2 36.Kxg2 d2 37.Ra1 g5 38.Be3 Bxe3 39.fxe3 d1Q+ 40.Kh3 Qh5# is a nice finish.

If (after 33.Ra8+ etc) 34.-g6?! 35.Be4 Rb2 35.e6!(idea Be5)Rb1+ 36.Kg2 Rf1 37.exf7 Rxf2+ 38.Kh3 Bg4+ 39.Kg4 Be2+ with perpetual.

Apr-05-06  Andrew Chapman: At move 11 I was thinking white might go for f4, given black's state of development.
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  notyetagm: Nice ending by Morozevich.
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  notyetagm: Position after 42 ... ♖f3+! 43 ♔h2 ♖h3#:

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I love how the Black bishops trap the White king in a corridor on the h-file, making a Greco-like mate possible.

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