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Alexander Morozevich vs Ian Rogers
Bundesliga (1998/99), GER, rd 10
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-06  Brown: 13...Bxd2+ seems premature. 13...Rhe8 is one idea.
Apr-04-06  TylerD: I find this game enteratining. There is a certain intensity to it that I like.
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  Mating Net: I love Moro's 3.Nf3 instead of the typical 3.Nc3 to combat the Scandinavian. The White c&d pawns advance with tempo and give White a better game than the main lines with Nc3 IMHO.
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  fredthebear: Black sends the White king on a short stroll. The sacrifice 16...Nxc4 doesn't work in the end.
Sep-09-15  FairyPromotion: I remember Ian Rodgers mentioned this game during Tal Memorial 2012. He said that he tried the Scandinavian to catch Moro off guard, but lost fairly quickly. To his surprise Morozevich revealed in the post mortem that he was working on the Scandinavian for the last 6 months, trying to refute it altogether. According to him Morozevich had found how to gain advantage in most lines, but showed an "extremely beautiful line with a wild queen sac" that he wasn't able to crack. I would have loved to see the line that he was talking about.
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  whiteshark: <FairyPromotion: I would have loved to see the line that he was talking about.> Me, too!
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  FSR: <Mating Net> Correct! 3.Nf3 is much stronger, and scores much better, than the strategic blunder 3.Nc3?! I know that most people play it, but it's inferior.
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  HeMateMe: 3. N-c3 is the Fred Reinfield move. Are the gods wrong?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Yes 3.Nf3 is better. I played the Centre Counter for years it's a pain because 90% of your memory cells are taken with all the junk around 3.Nc3. Got fed up seeing it so started playing 2...Nf6 instead of 2...Qxd5 with good results.

3.Nf3 also sets up this pitfall which has 100's of blitz scalps and more than it's fair share of classical chess victims.

P Belmondo vs G Gilardi, 1989

Nor forgetting this classic brilliancy. (which can come from this natural move order) 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nc6.

R Runau vs Schmidt, 1972

I too would like to know the Morozevich Queen sac. I played a few myself as Black but usually out desperation. Nothing too sound.

Douglas Marshall Bryson played a nice Queen sac as Black v Jakubovics. (I have submitted it along with other games by me, (typical cut slash and burn games) don't hold your breath. )

A wee story about this game.

I asked Dougie to send me his five best games so I could note them up for 'Rampant Chess'. Game Collection: Rampant Chess

He sent me a few correspondence games that went to Rook endings and other deep stuff.

I'm sure you have all heard this saying.

'Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe'.

Well I'm a gnat and I'm not swimming in that sea (too many Elephants in there already) So I sent three of them back saying 'your games...but my book!' and selected the Jakubovics game.


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  FSR: <HeMateMe> 3.Nc3 has been played by all the chess gods: Kasparov, Fischer, etc. I know that I am going out on a limb here.
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