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Alexander Morozevich vs Dmitry Jakovenko
Russian Team Championship (2012), Sochi RUS, rd 2, Apr-10
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0


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  jon01: European champion gets destroyed like that by Moro.
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  yoozum: This almost looks like a Morphy game from the 1800's.
Apr-10-12  dumbgai: <yoozum: This almost looks like a Morphy game from the 1800's.>

Apart from the opening, yes.

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  Penguincw: < This almost looks like a Morphy game from the 1800's. >

Well Morphy only lived in 1800's.

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  messachess: I think 15..Nxd4 was a mistake. Black needs to try to defend the a3-f8 diagonal from Ba3. I would say 15..N5b4. That seems to make castling feasible if black can afford the tempo for h6.--can't afford not to. So, 15..N5b4. 16.0-0 Nc2 17.Rb1 N6b4 and black stands a little better than the game.
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  twinlark: Moro at his vicious best.
Apr-10-12  Octal: Does anyone feel bad for Jakovenko?

I mean, I love Moro and all, but I'm sure it feels pretty bad for a 2700 to lose like this.

Apr-10-12  Octal: <messachess>: check out this game Morozevich vs I Khairullin, 2012
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  messachess: <Ocatal> It looks like it might be standard book, but for black to permit the advance of the <e> pawn seems doomed to failure, here as well as in the game you shared. (I have a feeling that Moro has mastered this variation.)
Apr-11-12  Everett: This looks like a great Geller Gambit variation, with a massive development lead for White.

17.Bxd5 is a critical moment and seems to lead by force to 22.Qb3. White is two pawns down but has scope for all his pieces, while Black's K is stuck in the center and is playing without a R.

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  LoveThatJoker: Fantastic piece play by Morozevich!


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  GrahamClayton: You know you are in trouble when you have to play moves like 22...h5 and 23...♖h6 to get one of your pieces into play. The White bishop on a3 is a monster!
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  Jim Bartle: Completely different position, of course, but Fischer played h5 and Rh6 in winning the famous game Keres vs Fischer, 1959
Apr-11-14  Everett: Funny, Jakovenko had another go at Moro in this variation, and it is Moro who deviates first with 9.h4!? and a subsequent rook lift. Morozevich vs Jakovenko, 2013
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