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Alexander Morozevich vs Levon Aronian
Linares - Morelia (2007), Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP, rd 3, Feb-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  luzhin: Sorry, Euripides, I had the Bishop already on e5!
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  luzhin: Thanks for showing my mate with a diagram,jhoro.
Feb-20-07  jhoro: luzhin, you should suggest this for a wednesday puzzle (38 white to move). was Moro in time trouble?
Feb-20-07  euripides: <luzh> yes - I've sometimes wondered whether annotations in books shouldn't be given before, rather than after, the move they refer to for the same reason.
Feb-20-07  malthrope: <jhoro: [...] ...was Moro in time trouble?>

For the record I was watching this game 'live' on the ICC (chess clocks have been updated) and Moro had less than 3 minutes left when he played 38. Rf3. It would have been absolutely grand to have seen 38. Qd8+ Kg7 39. f6+ Kh6 40. Kh4!! In any event all these lines (also the alternative win with 38. Kh4!) were not easy to see with only 3 minutes left and counting... Let's hope for some more chess magic from Sasha in the remaining schedule at the 'Morelia/Linares' chess tournament! :-) - Mal

Feb-20-07  you vs yourself: <38. Qd8+ Kg7 39. f6+ Kh6 40. Kh4!!> I think playing 38.Kh4! first might be right because after 40.Kh4, black has 40...Qxd4+

<alekhine101> I think after 38..h5, white has 39.fxg6

Feb-20-07  jhoro: Mal, under 3 min is not much, but i'm a bit disappointed he got that far and missed a nice finish. i know <40.Kh4!> is hard to see (being the only winning move after the forced <38. Qd8+ Kg7 39. f6+ Kh6>), but also any of <38.Kh4 and 38.Kf4> were winning as well. <38.Kf4 h6!> is a good defense for black, but hard to see i think. it is funny that the idea <Qd8+, f6+, Kh4> was working at move 39 as well.
Feb-20-07  jhoro: i looked again and all of these <38.Kf4 h6>, <38.Kf4 Rf1+> and <38.Kf4 Qc1> are easy (even for me) to convert to a won endgame or mate
Feb-20-07  jhoro: aaah, you removed your post malthrope :)
Feb-20-07  malthrope: <you vs yourself: <38. Qd8+ Kg7 39. f6+ Kh6 40. Kh4!!> I think playing 38.Kh4! first might be right because after 40.Kh4, black has 40...Qxd4+>

It doesn't matter for after 40... Qxd4+ simply 41. g4 there (major threat is 42. Qf8#). Black only has two serious tries which both fail: 1) 41... Qb4 retaining the pin on the pawn 'g4' and protecting the square 'f8' fails to 42. Qf8+!! Qxf8 43. g5# or 2) 41... Qxf6+ 42. Qxf6 Rxe3 43. g5# :-)

Also... <you vs yourself: <alekhine101> I think after 38..h5, white has 39.fxg6>

Yep 39. fxg6 is decisive! The threat is mate in two and there is nothing to stop 39... fxg 40. Qf8+ Kh7 41. Rf7# as well! ;-)

<jhoro: Mal, under 3 min is not much, but i'm a bit disappointed he got that far and missed a nice finish.>

Yes, it would have appeared in every combination book in the future! (now it's just a diagram with side note)... Not sure about <but also any of <38.Kh4 and 38.Kf4> were winning as well.> Clearly 38. Kh4 wins but on 38. Kf4 it appears messy - but in retrospect as you've pointed out <38. Kf4 h6!> However not 38... Rf1+ 39. Kg5! ~lol~ Also not 1) 38... Qc1 since 39. Qd8+ Kg7 40. f6+ Kh6 41. Qf8+ Kh5 42. g4+ Kh4 43. Qh6+ mates next, or 2) 38... Rxe3 39. Qd8+ Kg7 40. f6+ Kh6 41. Qf8+ Kh5 42. g4+ Kh4 42. Qh6+ and mate next.

However <it is funny that the idea <Qd8+, f6+, Kh4> was working at move 39 as well.> In this line after 39. Qd8+ Kg7 40.f6+ Kh5 41. Kh4 - Yes as only one line fails black from not saving this with the desperate try 41...Qe1+ and now 42. g3! wins for if 42... Qe4+ 43. g4! Qe1+ 44. Rg3 and wins as there is no way to simultaneously stop both 45. Qf8# or 45. g5# (since after 44... Rxf6 then 45. g5#). ~lol~ Nothing can be saved... After several *edits* I'm finally done - well done! ;-) - Mal

Feb-20-07  malthrope: <jhoro: aaah, you removed your post malthrope :)>

Sorry <jhoro> I was trying fix things! The first post was all set for <you vs yourself> then you posted. So, I started editing again! Must admit I'm use to Forums where we can diddle and get everything set right for an hour correcting junk. Here you have to delete to fix... ~Argh~ I'm done editing! If I made a mistake - I bloody made a mistake! ~lol~

While I'm adding this might as well mention if this had been a blitz game I bet Moro would have just pounded out the moves! But, this is a top-notch chess tournament in 'Morelia/Linares' and the pressure there is much different! ~lol~ Regards, - Mal

Feb-20-07  Hesam7: Lets see what happened in the final moves. After 34.Rg3! White is winning:

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34...Qa1 35.f5 Rc8?

<Better but still losing was: 35...Re8 36.fxg6 fxg6 (36...hxg6? 37.Rf3) 37.h4!>

36.Re3 Rh1+ 37.Kg3 Re1 38.Rf3

<A mistake, White could have won with 37.Qd8+ Kg7 38.f6+ Kh6 39.Kh4!! and mate in 13, however White is still winning.>


<Better was: <38...Re8> with the following long forced line: 39.fxg6 Qe1 40.Rf2 fxg6 41.Qf7 Kh8 42.Ne2 Re3 43.Kh2 Qb4 44.Qf6 Kg8 45.Nf4! Qe7 46.Qxb6 Re5 47.Qxa5 and White should win this. Also <38...Rh1> loses to 39.Kg4!! mate in 11.>


<This is the move that changes the evaluation from won for White to a draw White still could have won with 39.Qd8 Kg7 40.f6 Kh6 41.Kh4 and here it is mate in 8.>

39...Rxf3+ 40.Qxf3 Qe1+ 41.Kf4 hxg6 42.Qxd5 Qf2+ 43.Nf3 1/2-1/2

Feb-21-07  Hidden Skillz: blundering mate reminded me when topalov recently missed one against kramnik. i find it very strange that missed mates are still present among the best GM's in the world.
Feb-21-07  PinkPanther: <ahmadov>
What great defensive abilities? If by defensive abilities you mean Morozevich missing the winning line....
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  ahmadov: <PinkPanther> To me, Aronian's moves after 33...Qc1 are more about defence than attack...or I might be wrong...I am not sure...
Feb-21-07  Hidden Skillz: <ahmadov> he continued to play in a lost position, yet moro missed the winning line. i don't know what was so great about it lol
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  ahmadov: Armenians would faint if they see that I am defending Aronian here... LOL (...yet I am doing this sincerely)
Feb-21-07  mack: <The old saying is the best player is the one that finishes 2nd, the luckiest player is the one that wins.>

See Kasparov-Short, 1993.

Feb-21-07  malthrope: <mack:> <The old saying is the best player is the one that finishes 2nd, the luckiest player is the one that wins.>

<mack> Another way to look at it told to me by my old chess friend IM Julio Kaplan (WJrCC 1967-68) after I placed 2nd twice in ICCF Master class postal competition (1971-1975)...

"It takes luck to be first, but it takes skill to be second!"

I can live with that! ;-) - Mal

Feb-21-07  argishti: well, now this is ridiculous. I mean we all know aronian is a cheap tactician, but he has gotta work harder! what is this, the barely made a draw! come on aronian!
Feb-22-07  Ingolf: from

"I asked Aronian about his lucky escape against Moro in round three, specifically if he had seen the spectacular mate Morozevich missed. He said "no, of course not, or as a gentleman I would have resigned immediately!" I called him a liar and he cracked up. Nice try, Levon! He's hilarious. He promised to come back on when he wins a game."

Feb-24-07  Albertan: Morozevich also missed the winning continuation starting with 35.h4! ie.


If 35...(a) 35...h5 36.f5 37.fxg6 Qg1+ 38.Kxg1 Rc1+ 39.Kf2 Rf1+ 40.Kxf1 fxg6 41. Rxg6+ Kh7 42.Qg7#

If (b) 35...a4 36.h5 Qd1 37.hxg6 Qh5+ 38.Rh3 Qxh3+ 39.Kxh3 ;

If (c) 35...h6 36.f5 Rc6 37.Qxc6 Qxd4 38.Qe8+ Kg7 39.Qe7 Qf4 40.fxg6

If after 35.h4! the game might continue:

35...h5 36.f5 (threatening: 37.fxg6 Qg1+ 38.Kxg1 Rc1+ 39.Kf2 Rf1+ 40.Kxf1 a4 41.gxf7+ Kh7 42.f8N#)


( 36...Qxd4 37.Qxd4 Rc4 38.Qxd5 ) 37.Qxc6 Qxd4 38.Qe8+]

37.Qxc6 Qxd4 38.Qe8+

Feb-25-07  Brown: Kudos to Moro for creating an opportunity to win. He was down a pawn or two throughout, and was attacking the whole time. Dissappointing it didn't result in victory...
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  whiteshark: A great pity that Morozevich let this sudden chance go by.

<#22 with 38.Qd8+> unverified

Aug-05-09  WhiteRook48: black must be winning
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