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Loek van Wely vs Alexander Morozevich
16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack (E97)  ·  1-0
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Mar-20-07  setebos: Moro played this game as if he was suffering a terrible hangover.
Mar-20-07  percyblakeney: Moro's shortest loss ever in blindfold, and that against van Wely, after losing quickly also yesterday after not too inspired play. Maybe Linares is still affecting him, he has never played blindfold on this level before...
Mar-20-07  TylerD: Well, I think he might mentally still be back in Linares where he played incredibly strong classical chess, proving that he belongs in supertournaments once and for all.... Normally It would be the other way arojnd - a disappointing result in the supertourn. and a dominant performance here in amber... Personally I feel it is a good thing that he performed the way he did in Linares - and that Amber is more a fun, extra, bonus kind of tourn. However, do not be surprised if he wins 5 or 6 straight blindfold games - he is, after all, the world s strongest blindfold player; two losses doesn t change that.
Mar-20-07
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  TheBB: <Maybe Linares is still affecting him, he has never played blindfold on this level before...>

Uh, Moro has dominated blindfold on this level at least twice before.

Mar-20-07  OJC: I bet the chessbookie made a lot of money from this game!

I think the knowledgeable percy meant Moro's never played blindfold so poorly before?

Mar-20-07  percyblakeney: <Moro's never played blindfold so poorly before?>

That's what I meant, last year he was undefeated with a 3000+ performance, and his last loss was a couple of years back. This Amber seems to have much more blunders than usual, and even Moro looks just as blindfold as everyone else...

Mar-20-07  aragorn69: The power of prejudice! Moro being "the king of blindfold" is such an axiom for many chess fans, that they can't see he was simply outplayed (as he was yesterday) and have to look for a posteriori explanation of his "blunders" (what blunder, btw?).

And how strange that all those who used to say van Wely didn't "deserve" to play Amber have suddenly shut up, now that he defeated two of their favourites, the spectacular (and irregular) Radja and Moro...

Mar-20-07  percyblakeney: <The power of prejudice! Moro being "the king of blindfold" is such an axiom for many chess fans, that they can't see he was simply outplayed (as he was yesterday) and have to look for a posteriori explanation of his "blunders" (what blunder, btw?).>

It was indeed a good game by van Wely, and even if Moro having a lost position after 20 moves in a blindfold game is something that never happened before it had to happen some time I suppose...

Mar-20-07  slomarko: <(what blunder, btw?)> Nfd5? instead Ne4 was correct. and btw Van Wely is at 2/8 which is pretty dismal.
Mar-20-07  skiskichess5: Things change rapidly in chess ... for a couple of days Van Wely was a 1500 player ... now it's Moro
Mar-21-07  alicefujimori: Well, 22...Rxa5 was pretty much asking for it.
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