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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexey Dreev
Russian Championship Superfinal (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Dec-28
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  0-1
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Dec-28-07  Riverbeast: Amazingly, Dreev's 11...d5 may be a novelty in this position (at least, I couldn't find it on chesslab.com, which is not the most complete database).

Everyone previously seemed to play 11...Na7 in this position.

Why allow ...d5? this whole variation looks suspect to me...

I found one game on chesslab where I thought white's variation was better: after 9...a5 the game went 10. a3 Be6 11. Rd1 (Milov-Unzicker, Nuremberg 2007)

Dec-28-07
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  Eyal: <Amazingly, Dreev's 11...d5 may be a novelty in this position>

Chessbase database contains 2 games in which this move was played - one of them is W Rodriguez vs Se Gonzalez, 2001, the other (from 2002) is posted on p.33 of the tournament forum. 15...Bxb3 seems to be an improvement over Be6 that was played in the Rodriguez-Gonzalez game

Dec-28-07  ounos: After the fact, the reasonable suggestion would be "just play 17. Bxd4 and take the easiest draw ever" (seeing how much trouble those pieces caused afterwards). But he is a natural risk taker, even when on top. Better luck next round.
Dec-28-07  Viking55803: 14. QXd5 does not feel right to me, but I'm not a good enough chess player to know. Perhaps someone here is. I do love to play through Moro's games. They have that elegance and edge that really stands out, even to a Patzer.
Dec-28-07  Riverbeast: Eyal, I looked at that game you posted...Unfortunately it was played by two players who were not too strong...Black's moves were particularly baffling.

General theory in the sicilian is that black at least equalizes if he can play ...d5. In some variations this is not true - white can play Nc5, play on a4 and b6, etc...

Maybe Morozevich didn't realize that the 2 bishops were no advantage at all in this position...In any case, I think Dreev busted the whole idea. I would be surprised to see a top GM play this line for white again.

Dec-29-07
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  Eyal: <Riverbeast: I think Dreev busted the whole idea. I would be surprised to see a top GM play this line for white again.> Very possibly - though there may be some different approaches to the position by White worth looking into before abandoning this line completely, such as avoiding an queen exchange by 14.Qe2.
Dec-30-07
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  minasina: 'Morozevich-Dreev' [0-1] http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... (Translated: http://www.google.com/translate?u=h... )
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