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Alexander Morozevich vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
"Maximus Wins the Crowd" (game of the day Jan-31-10)
Biel International Chess Festival (2009)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  0-1
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  kevin86: Is this game legit? It looks like a plant to me. Why would black expose the rook to attack and white not take it-especially with check? Then white continues to play on despite a rook down.
Feb-04-10  Andrijadj: 24th century chess:)
Jun-09-10  DoneMac: An unfortunate lost for Morozevich as someone mentioned 26.Rxf8! - this wins by force... after Rxf8 27. Qxe5 threatens Be6+ winning the Queen or mates - even if Black wants to avoid mate then Black would need to play Rh7 - leading to a tremendous material advantage for White... Note, in the game continuation 27... Rh7 was a really good practical try for Black, so it wasn't a scam move but perhaps a prayer to the Chess Gods, though 28.Kd2 should also lead to a win but just not as clean... What I really like about this game is White's opening idea of 13. Nf4! this move appears to be very dangerous to Black, it's not clear but possible that the game continuation of 14.Nfe6 is not best but certainly fantastic - Black's mistake may have been trying to untangle via 23...Bc5 perhaps 23...Qa+ was better... makes me wonder what time was on the clocks
Jul-19-11  hellopolgar: i can't believe moro missed 26.Rxf8, i think it's time pressure. i actually watched this game live on chess bomb and i recall big swings in Stockfish's evaluations.
Jul-19-11  sevenseaman: <hellopolgar> <i can't believe moro missed 26.Rxf8, i think it's time pressure. >

A terrible thing to happen at this level but they do. It will hurt Moro no end.

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  bharat123: A very good game for tactics training. Black defended well though 26.Rxf8 wins by force as pointed out by DoneMac. A score of 140 is a good feeling.
Jun-05-12  micartouse: Black's maneuver on moves 50-52 is very funny.
Jul-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Thank you to <An Englishman> for referencing this game in one of his posts on this game earlier today: I A Nataf vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006

This game is an Immortal!


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  FSR: What an amazing game!
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  whiteshark: 1 hour annotations on this game by IM Christof Sielecki:
Nov-17-12  vinidivici: I cannot believe what i have seen.
Amazing game.
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  keypusher: Just took a look at this game, thanks to Mataalko. When I got to Black's 27th I assumed something was wrong with the game display. Good Lord!
Apr-22-13  Overgod: After Rxf8! Moro is up 22 pawns according to Houdini 3.

I set up the position against Houdini 3 just now, and Houdini 3, 64 bit, running on a quadcore cpu, resigned after we played 5 moves.

Just to torture the machine, I rejected the resignation and played on.

White ended up being up a whole queen, with mate to follow. This was after a mere 6 moves.

Poor Moro. This was one of his best games, worthy of being recognized in the annals of chess history, until he missed the forced win on move 26.

Now, it's just an embarrassing loss.

Jan-07-15  TangoJoseph: wow
what a game, I think 22. Be6 wins by force3 , if QxB Then Nd8 terminayes
Apr-28-15  Imran Iskandar: What a game. The advantage seemingly shifts between both sides many, many times during the course of the game.
Jun-25-15  Imran Iskandar: Shouldn't this opening be assigned as the Najdorf Variation instead of the Scheveningen Variation?
Jul-25-15  newzild: An incredible fight in the opening, middlegame and endgame, replete with errors, brilliant conceptions and swinging advantages. Perhaps my favourite game of the early 2000s.
Jul-31-15  yurikvelo:

this game multiPV deep analysis

Jul-31-15  Catholic Bishop: the immortal idunnowtfisgoingon game
Jul-31-15  fisayo123: <the immortal idunnowtfisgoingon game>

Yes. It's two attacking geniuses creating magic on a chessboard.

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  offramp: A great game. Not a One-Player-Plays-The Other-Applauds game, but a four-fisted BANFF. A game that JUST WILL NOT STOP!
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  Fusilli: <TangoJoseph: wow what a game, I think 22. Be6 wins by force3 , if QxB Then Nd8 terminayes>

I spotted that move too, but it looks like 22...Kxe6 23.Qg6+ Nf6 24.Nd8+ only gives white perpetual check.

Dec-03-15  Imran Iskandar: I feel sympathy for Morozevich. If he found the knockout blow(s), this game will surely be remembered as his Morozevich's Immortal.
Jan-13-16  yurikvelo: 26.Rxf8+! is resolved to #14 (black mated not later than on 39th)
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  Peligroso Patzer: <kevin86: Is this game legit? It looks like a plant to me. Why would black expose the rook to attack and white not take it-especially with check? Then white continues to play on despite a rook down.>

Vachier-Lagrave explains <27. … Rh7!> as follows in his notes:

“A strong defensive move, played because of the necessity of giving up the h8-square for the king; otherwise I'm just going to be mated one way or another.”

White is never really down a rook since the movement of the Black rook remains severely restricted by White’s threat to promote even after the rook eventually gets out of the corner.

<hellopolgar: i can't believe moro missed 26.Rxf8, i think it's time pressure. *** >

I don’t know what the clock situation was, but Vachier-Lagrave called the combination starting with 26. Rxf8+! “not completely obvious”. Here is MVL's note to <26. Rxa8?>:

“... Morozevich misses probably the simplest shot for a win, even though it is not completely obvious. I had also missed it.”

(Source for MVL quotes above is annotated copy of this game in Mega Database 2015, by ChessBase.)

MVL won a nice endgame today in his match against Svidler, although it seemed that Svidler played very dubiously at moves 29-30, unnecessarily losing a pawn on the queenside for the sake of eliminating MVL's two bishops, but only landing himself in a very difficult same-color bishop ending.

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