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Alexander Morozevich vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), Beijing CHN, rd 4, Jul-07
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  1-0


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  tamar: Rocky ride for Gelfand. Morozevich chooses a sideline in the D97 Grunfeld, and Gelfand promptly improves on I Lysyj vs A Gabrielian, 2013

by tossing in 12...Qa5+ instead of 12...Bxd5 which allows a rook recapture on d5.

However, his recent lack of confidence shows when he does not capture the offered piece 21 Bxf7 when White has enough for a draw but no more.

Jul-07-13  talisman: <tamar> thanks...that was my question...why not just take the bishop on ...move 21. loved the game...this why folks love Moro...
Jul-07-13  Octal: This is Moro's first win in how long?
Jul-07-13  IngoBingo: He won his last game at Tal Memorial, against Nakamura.
Jul-07-13  IngoBingo: Objectively 21...Kxf7 is best, but it is certainly not easy for a human mind to calculate all variations in a limited time.
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  HeMateMe: Why not 21...Kxf7? what does white get, for the piece?
Jul-08-13  galdur: 21..Kxf7 22.d7 Rf8 23.Ng5+ Kg7 24.Ne6 Kh7 25.Rd5 with a rather murky position.
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  Check It Out: A super-GM's mind is so chess-deep. Gelfand must've seen reams of variations after the f7 capture, but the complications ran too deep. Somehow losing a pawn was preferable, though the actual game variations seemed very complicated as well. Seems taking the bishop would have been the safer move without engines telling anything.

Who said the best way to refute a sac is to accept it? Or was that a gambit?

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  Check It Out: Wow. I typed that post on my mobile and then got distracted. I must have accidentally linked to suenteuspo147's forum, and look at the quote in his bio:

Peter Alfred Fontaine
GameKnot: suenteuspo147

"A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it." -- Wilhelm Steinitz

Now that is serendipity!

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  harrylime: <HeMateMe: Why not 21...Kxf7? what does white get, for the piece?>

The black Queen is 'offside' and out of it on a5 .. and that is the key to Moro's thinking ...

Jul-12-13  MarkFinan: ..21..kxf7 is just met with 22.ng5+ ..kg7(forced) 23.ne6+ forking the Rooks...I would have thought that was part of the plan?
Aug-21-13  Hesam7: <MarkFinan: ..21..kxf7 is just met with 22.ng5+ ..kg7(forced) 23.ne6+ forking the Rooks...I would have thought that was part of the plan?>

In that line Black simply takes the Knight with 23...Re6 .

21...Kf7! 22 d7 (22 Ng5?? Kg7 White has no compensation) 22...Rf8 (22...Re7?? 23 Rd6 ) 23 Ng5 Kg8

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Now White can play both 24 Ne6 and 24 Qe4 but neither give him anything more than equality.

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