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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexander Grischuk
Russian Championship Superfinal (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Dec-26
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0
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Dec-26-07  savagerules: Morozevich has to be the only player who can make the exchange Slav look exciting! Second game in a row that he wins with this opening which isn't regarded as much value.
Dec-26-07  Atkins: Indeed Grischuk played very well until his 16...d4? 16...Nh5 seems to me better. Bishops, strong d passed pawn and an eventual Bf6 and a good timed a5. No fear of 17.g4 NxBf4 18.exNf4 (18.gxB?! RxNc3) 18...Bg6 and now 19.f5!?? is a proper time to a 19...Qd4. I think Black is better on this stage. Of course White could enjoy to make things difficult.
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: Was 11...Rfc8; 12. 0-0, bxc6 really played? Or was it 11... bxc6; 12. 0-0, Rfc8?
Dec-27-07  Atkins: <Shajmaty: Was 11...Rfc8; 12. 0-0, bxc6 really played? Or was it 11... bxc6; 12. 0-0, Rfc8?> Me again. Yes it was. As I said yesterday in live 12.Bb5 a6 with the threat of Qxb2 is good enought for Black. 13.0-0 axB 14.Qxb5 QxQ 15.NxQ Rc2...
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: <Atkins: [...] Yes it was. As I said yesterday in live 12.Bb5 a6 with the threat of Qxb2 is good enought for Black. 13.0-0 axB 14.Qxb5 QxQ 15.NxQ Rc2...> Thanks! I couldn't follow the games live yesterday. I'll try today... at 1 p.m. CET?
Dec-27-07
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  al wazir: What does black do after 22. Ne5 ? If 22...Qd4, then 23. Ne2.
Dec-27-07
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  Eyal: <al wazir: What does black do after 22.Ne5? If 22...Qd4, then 23.Ne2.> This loses immediately to 23...Qxf2+. However, after 22...Qd4 White wins by 23.Nxd3 Qxc3 24.Rac1 Qb3 (24...Qd4 25.Be3) 25.Nxc5 Rxc5 26.Qxa7! Rcc8 27.b6!

Relatively better for Black in this line is 22...Bxf2+ 23.Kh1 (23.Kxf2 loses to Qd4+) Qd4 24.Nxd3 Rxc3 25.Be5 Qxd3 and now White can win either an exchange by 26.Bxc3 (Qxc3 27.Rac1), or a queen for R+N by 26.Rxd3 Rxd3. So both these options are quite good for White, but 22.Bg3 which was actually played in the game, defending f2 and increasing the pressure, is also very strong.

Dec-27-07
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  al wazir: <Eyal>: When I suggested 23. Ne2 following 22...Qd4 I was actually looking at a position with the ♗ on g3 -- in other words, I was mixed up. Thanks.
Jan-01-08
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  minasina: http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... (Translated: http://www.google.com/translate?u=h... The board is not functioning at the translated page.)
Jan-09-08
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  patzer2: Black blundered, but appears to be trying to pull off a swindle with the self-imposed pin 21...Bd3? If White responds with 22. Ne5?!, then 22...Bxf2+! creates a few complications such as 23. Kxf2+?? Qd4+! with Black turning the tables and winning. Instead, after 22. Ne5 Bxf2+ Black can keep the advantage with 23. Kh1! . However the strongest reply to 21...Bd3? is Moro's prepatory move 22. Bg3! , leaving the Bishop pinned and subject to capture. The last difficult move to find in snaring the pinned Bishop is 27. Qb3! which avoids the trap 27. Ne5? Bxb5! =.
Jan-09-08
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  patzer2: here's a breakout using Fritz 8:

<21...Bd3?>

This self-imposed pin was a blunder, even though it contained some clever traps that White smartly avoided. Instead, Black needed to try 21... Qe8 22. Be3 Bxe3 23. fxe3 Ne4 24. Nxe4 Bxe4 25. Rd6 Bxc6 26. Rxc6 Qd7 27. Rac1 Rd8 .

<22. Bg3!!> This stops the complications Black may have been hoping for after 22. Ne5!? Bxf2+ 23. Kh1! (23. Kxf2?? Qd4+ 24. Be3 Qxe5 25. Rxd3 Rxc3 ) 23... Qd4 24. Nxd3 Rxc3 25. Be5 Qxd3 26. Bxc3 Qf5 27. Bxf6 Qxf6 28. Rac1 .

<22... Ng4 23. Qa4>

Winning simply and with fewer complications is the alternative 23. h3! Nf6 (23... Bxf2+ 24. Bxf2) 24. Ne5 .

<23... f5 24. h3 f4 25. Bh4 Nh6 26. Ne4!1 Bf8 27. Qb3!> 1-0

Black resigns as his last hope that White would fall for the trap 27. Ne5? Bxb5 28. Qb3 Qe8 = is dashed. After the final 27. Qb3!, the pinned Bishop will fall leaving Black with decisive material advantage.

Aug-18-08  notyetagm: The British CHESS magazine called this game "a near positional miniature", if I remember correctly.
Aug-18-08  notyetagm: White to play: 27 ?


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<patzer2: ... The last difficult move to find in snaring the pinned Bishop is 27. Qb3! which avoids the trap 27. Ne5? Bxb5! =.>

(VAR) Position after 27 ♘c6-e5? ♗d3xb5!


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27 ♘c6-e5?, <REINFORCING THE PIN> on the Black d3-bishop, is actually a blunder by allowing Black to escape from the <PIN> by 27 ... ♗d3xb5!, making an equal threat to the <UNDEFENDED> White a4-queen.

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