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Alexander Morozevich vs Evgeny Bareev
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 6, May-23
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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  plang: A game between two French enthusiasts. 5 Nf3 is not often played but is a reasonable alternative to the main line 5 f4. 11 Qe2 was a new move; 11 0-0 and 11 Bf4 had been played previously. 19 Qd2? avoiding the trade of queens worked out poorly because Morozovich then felt compelled to give up the f-pawn due to the threat of the exchange sacrifice on f3: ie. if 20 Be5 then 20..Rxf3 21 gxf..Nxe5 22 Rxe5..Bd6 23 Re2..Bxh2 with excellent compensation.

Ftacnik after 31 Rxc4:
"The elimination of the d3-bishop is a great success for Black. It would be naive to think that Black has been saddled with a bad d7-bishop. As GM Mikhail Suba says :"Bad bishops defend good pawns." And the e6-d5 structure is definitely good. White will have to do his utmost to keep the e6-pawn blockaded, but this won't be easy. Clearly, if Black were able to play e6-e5 the d7-bishop would emerge triumphant. In fact, this ending may be lost for White."

Morozovich resigned due to 71 Kd2..Rxg1 72 Rxg1..Kh2.

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