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Alexander Morozevich vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Jun-14
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Alekhine System (D20)  ·  0-1
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Jun-14-12
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  Eyal: Moro joked (?) in the press conference about 38.Qd1, saying it's a study-like move because it's the only one that loses (well, except for the obviously stupid ones).

Interestingly, some moves earlier Nakamura could have executed his attack without depending on Moro's mistakes: 30...Rab8! and if 31.h5 then 31...c4! 32.hxg6 h6 with c3 coming and Black seems to be winning. When Dlugy pointed out this possibility, Nakamura looked like he wanted to shoot himself for missing it.

Nakamura actually looked very moody throughout the conference. He was even asked about it directly and said that he wasn't happy with the way he played, missing a lot of things - especially thinking that he was doing very well out of the opening, overlooking the force of the whole f5 attacking idea by White

Jun-14-12  tim butler: My wife loves how Nakamura dances.
Jun-14-12  boz: <Nakamura actually looked very moody throughout the conference. He was even asked about it directly and said that he wasn't happy with the way he played, missing a lot of things - especially thinking that he was doing very well out of the opening, overlooking the force of the whole f5 attacking idea by White>

Yes, I saw that. And after listening impatiently to Naka bemoaning his play, Moro cut him off with "yes, so you didn't see f5 but then you won easily." Naka looked subdued after that.

Jun-14-12  kia0708: :-)))

<And after listening impatiently to Naka bemoaning his play, Moro cut him off with "yes, so you didn't see f5 but then you won easily." Naka looked subdued after that.>

Jun-14-12
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  luzhin: Then grisly point(from Moro's side of the board) is that 41.Qc4 loses to 41...Qa4!!
Jun-14-12  Edeltalent: What I found quite remarkable (surely not the only remarkable thing about this great game): After 23.f5, Houdini on the official site gave three possible answers, all followed by wild variations and all kinds of unbalance material:

23...Nxf5, resulting in


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23...Nbxc6 resulting in


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23...Qe8 resulting in


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Evaluation? Exactly 0.00 in all of them! These computers really are cold and prosaic...

Jun-14-12  Poisonpawns: During the Analysis on the Russian official site: 29..Nxc5 was said to be a slight inferiority, and that Ng5 was superior.
Jun-14-12  vinidivici: why naka didnt take the pawn at move 26th with the knight?
Jun-15-12  SuperPatzer77: White to move after 45...♕xc3+

(Instead of Moro's actual move 46. ♔d1)


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46. ♔b1 ♕e1+! See below:

a) 47. ♔c2 ♘e3+!, 48. ♔b2 ♕d2+, 49. ♔a1 ♕c3+, 50. ♔b1 (50. ♔a2 ♕b3+, 51. ♔a1 ♘c2#) ♕b3+, 51. ♔a1 (51. ♔c1 ♕c2#) ♘c2#

b) 47. ♔b2 ♕d2+, 48. ♔a1 ♕c1+, 49. ♔a2 ♘c3#

SuperPatzer77

Jun-15-12  vinidivici: why naka didnt take the pawn at move 26th with the knight? Looks good for me....
Jun-15-12  roninmb: 14. Qxc5 was much better than 14.dxc5.
After 16... Bf3 logical move was 17. Rxg7 preventing definitively 0-0. 24...Qe8 was u blunder because 25.Rd8 instead of Qf4 would give advantage to the White. 25... f6 was weak compared to Qxc6.
35...Nd4 was better than Qe8.
38.Qc3 preventing c3 was more useful than Qd1.
Too many weak moves from the top GMs.
Jun-15-12  Ulhumbrus: This is from GM Eduard Romain on the chessbase website:

<29.Nxc5?
After 29.Ng5 h6
(29...Nd7? 30.Rc1šS )
30.h4! I believe Black has serious problems.>

GM Eduard Romain considers the move 29 Nxc5? to be a mistake, then. It exchanges a piece by 29 Nxc5 -which is something an attacker wants to avoid - instead of developing that piece towards the attack by 29 Ng5.

This may have been one of the main mistakes. Another possible mistake was 32 hxg6? permitting Black to close the g and h files by 32...h6! Instead of this 32 Bg5! keeps the h7 pawn back eg 32 Bg5 Rb8 33 hxg6

Perhaps 38 Qd1 was the last mistake. It created an attractive threat, that of Rd2-d7-h7-h8 but unfortunately for White Black's counter-attack 38...c3! was swifter still, swift enough to win the game in fact.

Nakamura defended successfully and won a game which he could have been forecast to lose. I don't expect him to repeat this particular opening defence and middle game against Morozevich.

Jun-15-12
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  Eyal: <Another possible mistake was 32 hxg6? permitting Black to close the g and h files by 32...h6! Instead of this 32 Bg5! keeps the h7 pawn back eg 32 Bg5 Rb8 33 hxg6>

The drawback of 32.Bg5 is that it blocks the g-file, so Black can play 32...Rxd1+ 33.Rxd1 gxh5. It looks scary, of course, but engine analysis confirms that White just doesn't have any winnning tactics here, so with accurate play Black should retain an advantage (e.g. 33.Bf6 h6! preventing Qg5), especially since he can generate his own counterplay against the white king on the Q-side. 32.hxg6 was apparently accurate, but enough for equality rather than a win.

Jun-15-12
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  Eyal: Position after 37.Ka2:


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At this stage, <37...a5> as played by Nakamura is not better than several other options; but in retrospect, after Moro's mistake on the next move, it turns out to be absolutely brilliant, because a few moves later <41...a4!> is necessary for the successful conclusion of the attack. Probably something of a coincidence - in tome trouble, Nakamura didn't want to move any of his pieces, which seemed to be well-placed (the rook on the open file, the queen guarding c6-d7 and eying the pawn on g6, the knight defending the king's position), so he pushed the pawn forward.

Jun-15-12  boz: <Probably something of a coincidence - in time trouble>

I seem to remember in the post game interview, Moro saying that Naka was a bit lucky. The above comment from Eyal is an example of why he may have felt that way. It also explains why Moro appeared to be irritated by what he may have taken to be false humility on Naka's part. Moro's vexed body language seemed to me to be the rawness of a proud and passionate man.

Jun-15-12  checkmateyourmove: Best post game interview ever with moro fired up and naka. Must see tv ...haha
Jun-15-12  vinidivici: < vinidivici: why naka didnt take the pawn at move 26th with the knight? Looks good for me....>

hello??

Jun-15-12  boz: <vinidivici: < vinidivici: why naka didnt take the pawn at move 26th with the knight? Looks good for me....> hello??>

Hey! Because he wanted to bring his knight to c5.

Jun-15-12  dehanne: A comedy of errors.
Jun-15-12  Il Palazzo: <It also explains why Moro appeared to be irritated by what he may have taken to be false humility on Naka's part.>

He should see some of the games Nakamura lost against Carlsen, Aronian or Ivanchuk. Then he would know why Nakamura is so worried about missing plans even when he wins.

Jun-15-12
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  Eyal: I can understand why Moro - as the one who actually lost the game - got upset there, but I'm also pretty sure Nakamura's expressions of frustration were genuine (he strikes me as rather transparent and straightforward with his emotions). It was probably related to a growing frustration he's been having in this tournament with the positions that he keeps getting out of the opening (especially in his two previous games, vs. McShane & Kramnik) - and here was apparently a line that he thought he analyzed deeply, and suddenly he was very surprised by something rather big that he missed. But still, even putting aside the final result and considering only quality of play, he also has good reasons to be satisfied with this game. Once being surprised, he defended very well under pressure against a most creative attacking player. Aronian or Caruana can tell him something about how difficult this is.
Jun-16-12  Chess Network: Here's a video I created covering this game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSs2...

Jul-25-12  hellopolgar: This game should be remembered as "The Beginning of a Meltdown", not only Alexander Morozevich played the rest of this tournament poorly, he in fact never recovered, and just a few hours ago, he withdrew from Biel 2012.
Jul-25-12
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  perfidious: < hellopolgar: This game should be remembered as "The Beginning of a Meltdown", not only Alexander Morozevich played the rest of this tournament poorly, he in fact never recovered, and just a few hours ago, he withdrew from Biel 2012.>

Your remarks on Morozevich, here and elsewhere, are irresponsible. Take the trouble to read this link: http://www.chessdom.com/alexander-m...

The man has a doctor's certificate for illness and it's highly unlikely he'd withdraw from a prestigious event for other reasons. Show a little respect and have done with your utterly inane and mean-spirited remarks, on a subject of which you understand nothing.

Jul-25-12  hellopolgar: A doctor's certificate!

http://i.imgur.com/25e5x.png

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