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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexander Grischuk
Russian Championship Superfinal (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Aug-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0


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Aug-09-11  th3doctor: Nice queen sac to close the game
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  Check It Out: A very interesting game. Haven't looked at it deeply but I wonder if Grischuk's queen loss was mandated by Moro's kingside pressure. Bh3 coming up looks very strong at that point, and if the rook moves then G's f-pawn drops.

Morozevich is on a tear!

Aug-09-11  sevenseaman: High quality play by Morozevich. 43. Qxg7+ is bolt from the blue, a runaway winner.
Aug-09-11  crazybird: SF didn't see the queen sac even at d21
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  tamar: Pillsbury like ingenuity by Morozevich after daring opening play.

Attention will be focused on 32...a5 which sets into motion the loss of his Queen by 33 Bf1 since, for example, 33...Qc2 34 Rxf7+! wins.

32...Nd2 looks tricky, but disrupts White's attack on f7, and the Black pawns can wait for a safer moment to advance.

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  Gilmoy: So it's 43..Kxg7 44.e6+ Kf8 45.exd7 Rd8 46.Bf6 <blockades f7> b3 47.Kg2! and White simply ignores any queen and mates at h8 first?
Aug-09-11  Everett: <Gilmoy> thanks for that. I think you meant 45..Ra8 as the rook on the d-file got munched with 45.exd7, yes? Otherwise, I think you are basically spot on.
Aug-09-11  hedgeh0g: Brilliant play by Morozevich. Black's queenside pawns looked very menacing, but Moro showed he had it all under control.

Is there anyone that can stop the Morozevich steamroller?

Aug-10-11  LIFE Master AJ: The position after Black played 41...Rd7.

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White played:
41.Bd4!, b4; 42.QxB/g7+!
(Black Resigns.)

There is a POTD in there somewhere.

Aug-10-11  sharp position: ohhh how much i missed that moro!! after the dark age, i hope we will get back the most interesting plyer at the high level. welcome back moro
Aug-10-11  DrMAL: After 30...Qe2 black had a slight edge but then Grishuk started getting inaccurate with 31...Ne6. After 32.Bg3?! Grishuk missed 32...Nd2! for a big (possibly winning) advantage (33.Rfe3 Qd1+ 34.Kh2 a5! with white's pieces tied up).

Instead, Grishuk blundered with 32...a5? right away, trapping his own queen and losing. Not a Moro brilliance but instead a Grishuk mess-up, he is surely unhappy with himself just now!

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  sbevan: What a shot!
Aug-14-11  ashalpha: A straight up slugfest with errors on both sides, this is romantic chess at it's best :-).

Morozevich vs Grischuk, 2011 43 Qh7xBg7+! drags Black king onto line of d4-bishop for e5-e6+

Sep-03-11  ToTheDeath: Amazing game. A modern counterpart to Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895
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  kingscrusher: Fun game indeed!
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