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Andrei Volokitin vs Alexander Morozevich
"The Island of Dr. Moro" (game of the day May-08-2018)
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 8, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  0-1


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Aug-01-06  vinodp: Kh7 leads to RxB followed by Rxb2 with drawing chances for Volokitin

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  Honza Cervenka: <Sorry, I'm a bit slow...why is b2 immune?> 42.Rxb2 Qc1+ 43.Kh2 Bd6+ etc.
Aug-01-06  Offield: There are some famous games where a rook draws against a queen - more often, I think, R+2 vs Q+1 with pawns on the same side and the defending king in a 'fortress'. My point is that the bishop and b2 pawn make that very unlikely here. Even if the pawn falls, the Q+B can do a lot of damage.
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  YouRang: Oh, I see it now -- Qc1+ and Be6+, yes?
Aug-01-06  ColonelCrockett: thinking on his oppoentns time, shameful moro (no doubt a habit he's gotten into due to chronic time trouble).
Aug-01-06  eblunt: kh7 42 g3 ???

But doesn't really help, apart from putting off losing the rook for bishop

Aug-01-06  Ulhumbrus: 41... Kh7 42 Rxb2 Qc1+ 43Kh2 Be5+ 44 g3 Bxb8 45 Rxb8 Qf1! and this may be a technical win.
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  YouRang: Yep - I would call it a win for Moro.
Aug-01-06  ColonelCrockett: ooh, the rook for bishop and pawn trade is forced and Moro found the way to get his queen to f1. sneaky.
Aug-01-06  zabbura2002: Rxf8?? Qc7+ wins
Aug-01-06  KholdStare: There's still no way to escape for Q+2P vs. R+3P

43.g3 Bd6 44.Rxd6 b1Q 45.Rxb1 Qxb1

Aug-01-06  azaris: 43.R8b7
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  YouRang: It seems to me that Q+2P should beat R+3P fairly easy, no?
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  al wazir: 43...Bd6+ wins.
Aug-01-06  RONY1001: Now ,If R takes B ,then the comination will be,Q-c7+,and Moro not only will get the rook ,but also will be able to queen his b2 pawn......... Congrats MOROZEVICH..........for this good game....Bye everybody I have to sleep now....because here is 10.00p.m in India. From Rony1001.....
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  Honza Cervenka: I would not say that it is so easy for black.
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  Sneaky: Here's an example where a R+3 pawns draws a Q+ 2 pawns. J Dueball vs W Schlemermeyer, 1981 Notice how the Rook & pawns create a fortress around the inferior side's king. Smejkal vs J Stocek, 1997 is another example, here with all of the pawns on the same side of the board.
Aug-01-06  toronto: I agree this should be winning for black, but he has to be careful not to allow a fortress. 43.-Bd6 44.g3 Bb8 45.Rb8 Qf1 46.Rf8. 43-Bc5 is perhaps better.
Aug-01-06  azaris: What is he, drunk?!
Aug-01-06  lentil: What the F?!
Aug-01-06  Ulhumbrus: Morozevich considers his Bishop more valuable than a White Rook, and with the White Rooks tied to the defence of each other, Morozevich may be right.
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White is shooting for something like this. Black will need to be careful, and use the queen to force concessions before any trades take place.

Morozevich has decided to keep the bishop, which shows how hard it is. I would guess.

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  Honza Cervenka: <43...Bd6+ wins.> Moro doesn't think so. And neither do I. At least not easily.
Aug-01-06  zabbura2002: I don't understand ...Bc5. Is it better than Bd6+ ? Or did he blunder... again..?
Aug-01-06  Lanceter: Why is 43...Bc5 superior to 43...Bd6+?
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