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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Alexander Morozevich
Russian Superfinals (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Oct-08
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1


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Oct-08-08  Riverbeast: Morozevich putting that funk on them once again!

Love the 'fighting king'

Oct-08-08  Ezzy: Jakovenko,Dmitry - Morozevich,Alexander [B54]
(5), 08.10.2008
[ 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 b5 7.Bg2 Bb7 8.0–0 Ne7 9.f4 Nbc6 10.Be3 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Nc6 12.Qd2< Novelty I think. 12 Qb6 has been played before.> 12...Be7 13.Rad1 Rc8 14.Qf2 Bh4 15.Qe2 Na5 16.g5 Nc4 17.Bd4 e5< Many complex positions can occur. Here is just one. [17...Nxb2 18.Rb1 Nc4 19.Qh5 e5 20.fxe5 0–0 21.Qxh4 dxe5 22.Bf2 Nd2 23.Rbd1 Rxc3 24.Be1 Rxc2 25.Rf2 Rxa2 26.Rdxd2 Rxd2 27.Rxd2 Black has 3 pawns for the piece which includes 2 connected passed pawns. The position is dynamically balanced.]> 18.Bxe5 Bxg5 19.Bxg7 Rg8 20.Bd4 Bf6 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Nd5 Qxb2 23.e5 Kf8< Black still has the threat of 22...Bxd5 23 Rxd5 Ne3 and if 24 Qxe3 Rxc2 with 3 pieces attacking g2. [23...dxe5 24.fxe5 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Qc3 26.Re1 Is probably slightly better for white]> 24.Rf2< [24.exd6 Re8 25.Qf2 Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Ne3 27.d7 Rxg2+ 28.Qxg2 Nxg2 29.dxe8Q+ Kxe8 30.Re5+ Kf8 31.Kxg2 Qxa2 32.Rf2 Black’s position looks better.]> 24...Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Re8 26.Kh1 dxe5 27.fxe5 Nxe5 <Threat is 28...Ng4 winning.> 28.Qf1< Threatening 29 Rxe5 Rxe5 30 Rxf7+ Ke8 31 Bc6+ and mate will soon follow.> 28...Qc3 <To stop the 31 Bc6+(leading to mate) as mentioned in the previous line.> 29.Rd7 <Threatens mate in 2.> 29...Re7 30.Rxe7 Kxe7 31.Bd5 Rg6 32.Be4 Rg7 33.Re2 f6 34.Qf2 <Aiming for a7 and it is a perpetual.> . 34...Qc7 35.Re1 h5 36.Bg2 Rg5 37.h3 Kf7 38.Rf1 Qd6 39.Qa7+ Kg6 40.Qa8 Kg7 41.Qa7+ Nf7 42.Qb7 a5 43.Qf3 b4 44.Rd1 Qe6 45.Rf1 Nd6 46.Rd1 Nf5< Morozevich is improving the position of his pieces while Jakovenko is repeating moves>. 47.Qb7+ Kh6 48.Rd8 <Threatening mate in 2.> 48...Qe1+ 49.Kh2 Qe5+ 50.Kg1 Rg7 51.Rh8+ Kg5 52.Qc6 Qe1+ 53.Kh2 Qe5+ 54.Kg1 Nd4 55.Qc4 Kh4 56.Qd3< [56.Kh1 Qe1+ 57.Qf1 Nxc2 58.Qxe1+ Nxe1 Still looks grim for white.] >56...Ne2+ 57.Kf1 Nf4< Or[57...Qa1+ 58.Kf2 Rxg2+]> 0–1

A complex Sicilian and exciting battle. Morozevich emerged a pawn up in the middlegame complications, and by move 44 Jakovenko was repeating moves which gave Morozevich time to improve his pieces. He maintained the initiative and forced white into a few errors which lost him the game.

Another nice game by Moro!

Oct-08-08  slomarko: Ezzy if you comment the game at least you could tell us where Jakovenko went wrong.
Oct-08-08  Shams: <slomarko> isn't that pretty much your bailiwick?
Oct-08-08  Bobsterman3000: I must be missing something. Why not the obvious 17. Bc1 and then pursue the trapped black bishop with 18. Qg4?
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  whiteshark: <21.Nd5 bxd4+ 22.Rxd4 Nxb2 23.Kh1> would have kept the position in balance.

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Oct-08-08  Ezzy: <Bobsterman3000:> The bishop can actually escape. 17 Bc1 0-0 18 Qg4 Qb6+ 19 Kh1 and Bf2 Voila!
Oct-08-08  Bobsterman3000: <ezzy> thanks
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  Eyal: <where Jakovenko went wrong>

With 21.Bxf6 Jakovenko apparently squandered any advantage he might have had - Nd5 was probably a better idea; maybe he over-estimated his chances after 23.e5, which looks menacing but turns out not to be so dangerous for Black.

Later, it's hard to pinpoint a single crucial error - it seems that Jakovenko is just letting Moro keep improving his position without managing to do anything constructive himself. For example, 31.Bd5 looks (again) menacing but doesn't really accomplish anything; 31.a4 probably generates more efficient counterplay (btw, 31...Rg6 defends against 32.Rxf7+ since after 32...Nxf7 33.Qxf7+ Kd8/d6 the rook is protected; and 32.Bxf7 would lose to 32...Qc6+). Later, Bd5 would have been better than h3 on move 37, to disturb Black's plan of improving his king position by Kf7.

Oct-09-08  percyblakeney: With his playing style Morozevich does lose his share of games but wins quite often as well and it's fascinating that a modern top player can have a drawing percentage below 35 in 2006-08. It's even lower than Lasker's drawing percentage a hundred years ago and well below what Capa and Alekhine had in the 1920s and 1930s. Moro has over 30 black wins in these 2˝ years, not all against top opposition but at least a couple against Svidler, one against Ivanchuk, and here against a 2737-rated Jakovenko.
Oct-09-08  Ezzy: <percyblakeney: it's fascinating that a modern top player can have a drawing percentage below 35 in 2006-08.> Incredible! This is why Morozevich is probably the most popualr player in world chess today (Or our good friend Magnus). As you say, he must win more than his fair share of games to be number 2 in the world.

Shame he's not competing in the World Championship cycle. A great loss for the world championships.

Oct-10-08  goldenbear: This game impresses me. It is easy to slip up after 20 or so moves in such a tense position even if no particular move is really difficult in itself.
Jan-01-09  Snow Man: Morozevich plays a mean game of chess.
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  whiteshark: The domination of Black's pieces in the final position, it quite fascinating.

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