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Michael Adams vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-23
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-18-06  ToTheDeath: What an odd game...
Jan-07-07  stanleys: Could someone explain me why not playing simply 43...f5 before attacking the white's pawns?
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  plang: The sharp move 7..Nb4!? was first played in Leko-Morozovich Sarajevo 1999. Leko played 8 0-0 and the game was drawn; 8 a4 was new. The complications after 14..Nxa4 15 Nd6+..Bxd6 16 exd..Nc5 17 d7+..Kf8 18 Ra3..Qc7 19 0-0..Qxc6 20 Ne5..Qd6 21 Qh5 would have favored White.Morozovich's clever queenside play with 19..a4 and 22..a3 gave Black the better chances. Adam's active counterplay made it difficult for Morozovich to take advantage of his edge; ie. if 55..Rxg6 then 56 Nc8+..Kc7 57 b6+..Kxc8 58 Ra2..Kb8 59 c7+..Kb7 60 Ra7+..Kxb6 61 c8(Q)..Rf3+ 62 Kxh4..Kxa7 and Black is no longer better. After 58..Rb3+? the game was equal; necessary was 58..Rbb8! 59 Nxg8..Rxg8 60 f4..Rxg6 61 Kxh4..Rg8 and Black still has practical chances in the rook ending.

<stanleys: Could someone explain me why not playing simply 43...f5 before attacking the white's pawns?>

Morozovich gives 43..f5!? 44 Kg3!..Rd3
45 Kf4..Rxd4 46 Ke5..Rxb4 47 Kd6..Rc8 48 Kd7..Ra8 49 c7..d4 with unclear play.

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