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Alexander Morozevich vs Fabiano Caruana
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jun-08
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  1-0


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  Check It Out: Quite a slug fest.
Jun-08-12  kellmano: This game is so far beyond me it's laughable.

Go Moro!

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  PhilFeeley: Fabulous game!
Jun-08-12  JohnBoy: <kellmano: This game is so far beyond me it's laughable.> - no schiltz. Me 2.

My first impression is that Fabio gives away a couple of pawns to distract Moro and gain time for a k-side attack, and that this attack does not quite work. But that's about like saying CDOs are at type of financial insurance - so far from the meat of the matter as to be almost meaningless. This is going to take a while for me to get my brain around.

Jun-08-12  haydn20: Lotsa errors, lotsa fun! Can Black survive with 44...Re7 45. a6 Rxe5!? 47. dxe5 Ra8?
Jun-08-12  Fanques Fair: After 40-... , Bxe5, Black has an obvious advantage, itīs hard to understand how he lost that game ... Ok, White has an extra passed pawn, and the opposed colour bishops tend to neutralize Blackīs kingside attack, but ...Blackīs main trouble is that his bishop doesnīt play, maybe 44- ..., Rc8, followed by Be8, then Rf7, then Bd7, and only then Rcf8 to double rooks on the f file while not surrending the c pawn, and I donīt wee how White can prevent this ...
Jun-08-12  Rook e2: 47..Ba7? As the analyses during the game pointed out; a6 was +7 and Kh1 +3,5. Got to love Moro's games!
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  Eyal: Yeah, it was an extremely tricky and complex game... Black's decisive mistake was apparently <47...Bf7??> - the point is that it cancels the Qxe3 threat: 48...Qxe3 49.Rxf7+! and recapturing on f7 loses the queen; otherwise 50.Qxe3 & 51.Rxf2 follow.

Instead, 47...Kh6! should probably hold. One crazy-looking forcing line, for example, leads to a BOOC endgame: 47...Kh6 48.Re7 (48.Bg3 Rxg3 49.Qxf2 Rxe3 50.Qf8+ Kg5 51.Qd8+ and draw by perpetual) 48...Qh4! (threatening Rxh3+ or Rxg2+; 48...Qxe3? 49.Bg7+) 49.Kh1! Rxh3+! (49...Qxe7? 50.gxf3 Rxf3 51.Nf5+! Bxf5 52.Bf4+ winning the black queen - note that with the white king on g1 this wouldn't work because 52...Rg5+ blocks the check with a check) 50.gxh3 Qxh3+ 51.Kg1 Be4 52.Qc1! Qh1+! 53.Kxf2 Qxc1 54.Bf4+! Kg6 55.Rg7+! Kxg7 56.Nf5+ Bxf5 57.Bxc1.

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  SteinitzLives: The unpredictable Moro! He reminds me a little of Bronstein. Maybe it's premature to say it, but I think Moro is back!
Jun-08-12  LoveThatJoker: GG


PS. <SteinitzLives> I certainly hope you are right regarding GM Morozevich!

Jun-08-12  drnooo: somewhere in some interview when Carlsen and Moro were on the rise, Korchnoi, who had played both said he felt that only they were the two current up and comers who had any real promise. Perhaps someone here knows where that article or whatever was.
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  HeMateMe: Moet makes it Paris, but Moro makes it fun!
Jun-08-12  vergilam: <drnooo> here's the article:
Jun-09-12  kellmano: Good interview that <vergilam>, e.g.:

<A question about Svidler. Do you think that he will be able to reach a greater success than in San Luis?

I think that he has prospects. He might have psychological problems, but his organism will solve these problems with the increase of years and he will be able to achieve a greater success. >

Jun-09-12  messachess: Material nominally even at the end. For all the fireworks, it's a straight positional win; Moro maneuvering, Moro winning.

This might be one of those games where there is no clear, decisive error, maybe inaccuracy, by the loser. It shows as much how great Carauna has become as the expertise of Moro.

Jun-09-12  niemzo: Good job not reading the previous comments! Eyal's is really informative.
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