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Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Leko
"Moro the Same" (game of the day Dec-05-2012)
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), Tashkent UZB, rd 10, Dec-03
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1-0


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Dec-05-12  Abdel Irada: I've been examining this game to see where Black went terminally astray, and it appears so far that 20. ...Rfe8 may have been the culprit. Stronger looks 20. ...Rfc8, when the knight is defended and Black begins to exert counterpressure on White's c4 pawn, as seems consistent with Black's strategy so far.

Notable is that in this line the bishop sac may not be effective, since Black can shift his queen to g7 or even h7 (without the check from a7, which drives the white king to g2 and thereby defends the rook on h3) without abandoning the defense of the knight.

More affirmatively, Black is then better placed to play the thematic Nc6-a5, attacking the c4 pawn four times, as we often see in certain variations of the Nimzo-Indian.

Am I missing anything here?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Morozevich's 12.Be3 was intended as an improvement on E L'Ami vs A Volokitin, 2007. Time will tell if this is so; if yes, Black's turn to devise an improvement.
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  thisischess: <mike1> 27..Nd8 (or Na7) doesn't work as 28. Qh8+ Kf7 29. Rh7+ Nxh7 30. Qxh7+ and wins the Queen.
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  HeMateMe: Is N-f8 ever not the losing move?
Dec-05-12  fisayo123: Leko's play here is very poor though.
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  kevin86: who dragged out this old relic? lol. White will soon make yet another queen.
Dec-05-12  positionalgenius: Another fantastic game from this tournament. Good job moro!
Dec-05-12  jovack: entertaining game
Dec-05-12  satkul: very well played by Moro.
Jun-02-13  sfm: While seeing through it all would indeed be "insane", f4-f5, to sac on h6, is the most obvious move, the first and only I considered. (My limitation, maybe :)
Jun-02-13  sfm: Weird. Why didn't I consider the natural looking g5 ?!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 3/4 this week--knew three of the games, including this one. Morozevich probably thought this was a simple five-mover. I would have gone in for the same line, but yours truly, over the board, in a real game, would have thought it was a wildly speculative sacrifice.
Jun-02-13  M.Hassan: "Insane"
White to play 25.?
White is a pawn down.

The more I looked at the puzzle, the less I saw any other move than g5

25.g5 exf4
<if 26.Bxf4 Qe7 27.gxh6 Qxh4 28.Rxh4 and with exchange of Queens White's attack is almost aborted.>

27.Bxg6 fxg6
28.hxg7 Qxg7
29.Bxf4 e5
30.Bh6 Qh7
31.Ne4 aiming for f6

White is now equal with Black in forces. I could not see more and can not see a win in until may be the endgame. Time to check
Different from the very move of the start!. I would not have ever gone for 25.f6

Jun-02-13  Absentee: Got this one right!
Jun-02-13  M.Hassan: I meant I would not have gone for f5
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  DarthStapler: I got the first move
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  morfishine: I found it difficult to discern which was stronger: 25.f5 or 25.g5
Jun-02-13  bobstep: Mike1 if Nd8 or Na7 28.Qh8 Kf7 29.Rh6 Nh6 30. Qh6 wins the queen.
Jun-02-13  Patriot: White has a lot of force on the kingside. 25.f5, threatening 26.Bxh6 looks strong.
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  chrisowen: Engage off re you see bed f4 f5 the point beck and,

call e3 will penetrate again h6 and stump up,

principle a sure fire way aye blinds line of sight!

Take down he before in stubbed clinch free rooks,

honour top queen draws h4 also it now in mack oh,

in us see bad baggage for blanched ignored in pawne,

25.f5 at defiance second to none in first port of call you steam ahead full faith in throttle h3 h4 verificate rook queen to play apart free dutifuls,

place the burden on black to weaken the fence,

strong gain steer for hunker mitigate in flight 25...f6 ok not fatal in the ball it medicine a flurry opens the flake gates h6 in see e5 left as wake for white has bigger fish to fry namely e3 second mind at ecumen 26.Bxh6 gxh6 27.Qxh6 light,

combative at he door fabled on good game at quashed 27...qua7+ mire line rat machine gives checking black gusto go bombshed 28.Kg2 off in evermore 28.Qg7 sliding over now as a bit green in gauged to,

bed c6 off up a piece seek a vow never to returned,

in c6 flew offer h6 as tender hoofed edging out,

hind leg g4 you a oomph queen met her match in trades tick lept off the books again cadaver done,

in rigamortis 29...qxh6 a corner 30.Rxh6 mullered cooks 30...red8 a cablegram for a 31.ne4 etc hunting we will go recipe g7 king up ply it down in,

fish around can be 32.Rxf6 bone blemish tower in domicile very b5 effective 32.Rxf6 rdc8 in jaw single am emerald for c6 a strong knight e4 oh my,

thinking a key too 33.cxb5 Rxc6 capture b5 use cuff,

34.bxc6 eden await straight ratchet b1 ha bank ie,

moon in sun hog then lime light rookf6 knighte4 and fine 35.fxe6 result axes plight in boat raiding,

calm in a tour bed bishopa6 rookb1 the bemoaned,

wind lead one for foot off in (5.20) again face the music lane low for I be nap roof in f5.

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  whiteshark: Insane material transformations/changes. At least I got the first move with the follow up idea.
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  perfidious: 'Moro the Same'.

Or not-no draw for Leko in this one.

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and a pawn.

Black threatens 25... bxc4 and 25... exf4.

White can try to use the g-pawn as a battering ram with 25.g5:

A) 25... hxg5 26.Qh8#.

B) 25... exf4 26.gxh6

B.1) 26... fxe3 27.hxg7 f5 (27... Kxg7 28.Qh6+ Kg8 29.Qh8#) 28.Qh8+ Kf7 29.gxf8=Q+ Rxf8 30.Qh7+ and 31.Qxc7.

B.2) 26... g6 27.h7+ Nxh7 (27... Kg7 28.h8=Q#; 27... Kh8 28.Qf6#) 28.Qxh7+ Kf8 29.Bc5+ N(Q,R)e7 30.Qh8#.

B.3) 26... Ng6 27.hxg7 Kxg7 (27... f5 28.Qh7+ Kf7 29.g8=Q#) 28.Qh6+ Kf6 (28... Kg8 29.Bxg6 fxg6 30.Qh8+ Kf7 31.Rh7#) 29.Bxf4 Qxf4 (29... Rh8 30.Qg5+ Kg7 31.Bxc7) 30.Rc1 Rh8 31.Rxf4+ Ke5 32.Qg5+, etc.

C) 25... Ng6 26.Bxg6 fxg6 27.gxh6

C.1) 27... exf4 28.Bxf4 Ne5 (28... e5 29.hxg7 Qxg7 30.Bd5+ Kf8 31.Bh6 wins the queen) 29.hxg7 Qxg7 30.Bxe5 Qxe5 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Rf1+ wins the queen.

C.2) 27... gxh6 28.Qxh6 Qg7 29.Qxg7+ Kxg7 30.Bxc6 + -.

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  thegoodanarchist: if a player has a rating over 2500 then usually their games are quite inscrutable to me. This is no exception
Mar-20-17  Saniyat24: This game is the bomb...! Definitely going in my favorite list....I knew Morozevich is skilled in the French Defence, but hadn't came across any of his English Opening games...absolutely brilliant and astonishing game...!
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