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Alexander Morozevich vs Artyom Timofeev
Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (2008), Sarajevo BIH, rd 5, May-27
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0


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May-27-08  Justawoodpusher: I think Black had a chance to secure the draw and even win with 66...Ke4. White cannot defend the g-pawn and if the h-pawn of black is pushed white is in trouble.

To be honest I found this with the help of Fritz but looking at such endgames is quite instructive.

May-27-08  Aleksandar Li: Moro is genious!
May-27-08  percyblakeney: <I think Black had a chance to secure the draw and even win with 66...Ke4>

That seems to be right, it looks as if Timofeev was afraid to let his king wander too far off on the kingside, and that's what cost him the game in the end.

Earlier Morozevich may have had a win after 39. Bb4 instead of h6, if Shredder is to be trusted.

May-27-08  cannibal: <Justawoodpusher>

Yeah, Moro overpushed this a bit, and should have been punished (although I honestly can't tell if black is already winning after Ke4, but certainly white will be the one fighting for the draw), but the time controls at this tourney are rather tight, and probably that favors aggressive players.

Now he's already closing in on Kramnik, ratingwise, and Anand is not out of reach either. Which doesn't mean all that much of course, as long as he can't pull it off at the real big events (or even declines to play for whatever reason).

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  Jimfromprovidence: It looks like black also missed a golden opportunity to equalize with 68…Ke5.

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Now black’s king can attack and win the g pawn (or if white plays g5 black will exchange his f pawn for white's f and g pawns)

When the dust clears white loses his f and g pawns in exchange for black’s f and a pawns. The position should be a dead draw.

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  messachess: Nice instructive endgame motif at 45.Bg7. This position is a good study.
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  minasina: Rybka analysis, some critical points shown, and best line suggestions.
Jun-03-08  achieve: <PercyB>-<Earlier Morozevich may have had a win after 39. Bb4 instead of h6, if Shredder is to be trusted.> NOOO! Don't trust Shredder - trust your Brain! ;-))

Just play on a few moves and after 39...Bxb4 (forced) 40 axb4 we have a won endgame for White... Amazing! But Black cannot prevent this position within a few moves...

Black to play

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With h6 to follow and white promotes easily before black. Also an immediate ...h6 from the diagram position loses in a similar way as seen below:

That is - an immediate ...h6 after the Bishop exchange at b4 does not help for Black, as White will always gain the opposition and forcefully gets his King to <e4> -- after which there even is <another> TEMPO available with <b3>!! - and curtains:

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Truly a fascinating endgame at later stages as well, as already pointed out.

Study material PUR SANG!

Jun-03-08  percyblakeney: <NOOO! Don't trust Shredder - trust your Brain! ;-))>

My 1800 brain has no trouble finding various wins that turn out to be something else though, but when 2800 Shredder says something is winning in the endgame it is also winning, so it should probably be seen as more of an authority :-)

One tricky line is <39. Bb4 Bf4 40. Bf8 Bh6 41. Kd3 Kd7 42. Ke4 Ke8 43. Bb4 Kd7> and zugzwang will finish black in the end but it isn't trivial:

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One possible line is <44. b3 Bc1 45. Bf8 Ke8 46. Bc5 Kd7 47. Kd5 Bg5 48. Bf8 Bh6 49. a4 bxa4 50. bxa4 Ke8 51. Bb4 Kd7 52. Kc5 Be3 53. Kb6> and black shouldn't be able to defend both weaknesses on g7 and the a-file, like in <53. ... Bxd4+ 54. Kxa6 Kc6 55. Bf8 Be3 56. Bxg7 Bg5 57. Ka7 Kc7 58. a5 Bh4 59. Bh6 Bf2+ 60. Ka8 Kc8 61. Bf4 Bd4 62. g5 fxg5 63. Bxg5> and white wins.

But it sure is an endgame worth studying, it must be easy to get stuck somewhere after move 57 if white doesn't find the right zugzwang method:

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Jun-03-08  achieve: <pb> 39...Bf4 - good find, I was planning to look at that one, too. May well be the reason Moro chose <h6> instead...

Jun-03-08  percyblakeney: Of course both players had very little time in the endgame here, so not strange that they didn't find all the moves that the best endgame engines come up with at that stage.
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