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Alexander Morozevich vs Ivan Sokolov
Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (2008), Sarajevo BIH, rd 6, May-29
Scotch Game: Malaniuk Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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May-29-08  Aleksandar Li: Moro is just brilliant! :)
P.S. It's nice to have a such a tournament in Bosnia, Sarajevo. Very nice indeed. Greetings to all of you out there! Long live to chess! :)
May-29-08  Libispusher: From the surface it seemed like a fairly harmless position, manageable for both sides, after black's rook capture on the 14th. But then Moro unleashed his queen, and it looked so efficient and effortless for him to find the perfect squares for it.
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  dcj1955: Somebody please explain the win that I am incapable of seeing! TY
May-29-08  sitzkrieg: Bxa5 is impossible because of Nxh7. So Ba7 and Rxc7. Maybe white has better but this looks good enough.
May-30-08  Coleman: I see the win for white because of his king side pons but it's not that easy. Bxa5, Nxh7, Qxh7, Qxh7, Kxh7, and then I think it would be a mistake for black to take c3 as Rxc7 would destroy the queenside pon advantage. Someone let me know the better winning line....Thanks~
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  tpstar: 28 ... Bxa5? is out due to 29. Nxh7 Qxh7 30. Qxa5 .

Look at 28 ... Bc5 29. Rxc7 d5 (29 ... Rh6? 30. Nf7+) 30. a6:

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White should win quickly as the Nh7 is pinned, the Qg8 is tied to the Nh7, and the Rooks are tied to f7.

May-30-08  Coleman: AHHH...Missed that one. Thanks you much.
Jun-04-08  Helloween: I would contribute ...h5? and ...Rb6? to Sokolov rather than brilliance to Morozevich on this one. Sokolov was playing for a win in dead last position of the field.
Jun-05-08  AlfieNoakes: what about 28...Rh6, how does white deal with that?
Jul-17-08  der623: If 28. Rh6, White plays Q:h6. If g:h6, White plays R:h7+, forcing Q:h7, then N:h7 hitting the f8 rook which is significant because the Bb6 bishop is still hanging. Consequently, Black comes out a piece down.
Sep-28-09  PAWNTOEFOUR: i was looking for something really fancy here with a rook on the seventh and the nice position of moro's queen and knight,plus the fact that black's bishop is being attacted i gave the position over to Crafty...after 1.2 billion nodes,here it is......pv 28...Rh6 29.Qxh6 gxh6 30.Rxh7+ Qxh7 31.Nxh7 Kxh7 32.axb6 cxb6 33.Ra1 Rf5 34.Ra6 Rb5 35.Bxd6 Rb2 36.Bc7 Rxf2 37.Rxb6 +528 Crafty
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