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Alexander Morozevich vs Luke McShane
4NCL (2001), Birmingham ENG, rd 9, May-05
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation Lutikov Gambit (B31)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-22-04  ConLaMismaMano: Brilliant finish by Morozevich!
Jul-22-04  chesscookie: i'm in awe of moro. Is this his best game yet?
Jul-22-04  Whitehat1963: Awesome game.
Jul-22-04  themindset: my crafty finds this move to give mcshane the upper hand:

depth=13 1/34 -2.61 14. ... Bxb2 15. Bxf8 Qxf8 16. Nc2 Bxa1 17. Nxa1 f6 18. Rd1 e6 19. dxe6 Bxf3 20. gxf3 dxe6 Nodes: 33208230 NPS: 566693
Time: 00:00:58.60

Oct-15-04  Apocalypse79: He knew that two knights could destroy opponent's defence line..His games are difficult to foresee. Anyway, good postion, Moro.. !
Jun-13-05  AlfieNoakes: Simply Devastating. This guy is awesome!
Jun-13-05  Kangaroo: Well, looking at the game (without knowing what other visitors wrote) I expected the sacrifice on f5.

All I could not have realized is HOW could Morozevich get this done, since there were so many black knights defending the pawn. He DIT IT!

Jun-13-05  maoam: I remember watching this game live and came up with the following line

14...Bxb2 15.Ng5!? Re8 16.Nxh7!

and now if 16...Bxa1?

17.Rxa1 Bxd5 18.Bf4! (vacating g5 for the knight) Nc6 (Black must prevent Be5) 19.Qh7+ Kf6 20.Nxf7!! Bxf7 21.Qh6+ Ke6 (21...Kg8?? 22.Bxg6 Bxg6 23.Qxg6+ Kh8 24.Re1 and mate follows) 22.Qh4+ Ke6 23.Qg4+ Nf5 24.Bxf5+ gxf5 25.Re1+ Kd5 26.Qxf5+ e5 27.Bg5 Re7 28.Rd1+ Kc5 29.Be3+ Nd4 (29...Kb4?? 30.Qc2!) 30.Bxd4+

But Black has a much stronger move 16...Qa5!

17.Rad1! [the greedy 17...Qxa3?? is refuted by 18.Bf4 Qc3! (Black must defend h8, other moves lose to Bxg6) 19.Be5 Qxe5 20.Rxe5 Bxe5 21.Ng5 and Black is defenseless] Qc3! 18.Bf4 Qh8

Apr-04-06  TylerD: A fantastic game which brings Aljechin to my mind. The resolut áttack against the enemy king brings out an echo of chess´ past and glorious days!
May-02-06  laterways: 16. ...Nac8. ...b4 is sharper, but who wouldn't get intimidated by his lively play?
Jul-08-06  jackmandoo: Yea too bad the end is not even checkmate, looks like both players missed that the black king can go to H8. Looks like most everybody missed it. Yea I guess that's why I have a 78% win rating on yahoo.
Jul-09-06  s4life: 35 ... Kh8, 36. Rf8#.
Jul-09-06  Assassinater: <Yea too bad the end is not even checkmate, looks like both players missed that the black king can go to H8. Looks like most everybody missed it. Yea I guess that's why I have a 78% win rating on yahoo.>

An immediate 35... Kh8 loses immediately to 36. Rf8#, as <s4life> pointed out. 35... Rg7 also loses to 36. Qe8#.

Jul-09-06  jackmandoo: Speak to my hand because my 78% win rating on yahoo doesent understand
Jul-10-06  s4life: yahoo doesn't count ;)
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: crashing a lesser master
Apr-14-09  WhiteRook48: McShame?
Nov-20-17
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  plang: The gambit 6 d4!? is a sideline; 6 Re1, 6 e5 and 6 Qe2 are more frequently played. 10..Ne5 had been played in a few games; 10..Na7 was new but it has not been repeated as the knight appears poorly placed on a7. Morozovich was clearly not worried about 14..Bxb2 ; one line he offered was 15 Ng5..Re8 16 Nc2. 24..e6?! set a trap but created pawn weaknesses for Black. McShane was hoping for 25 dxe..dxe 26 Nxe6+..Rxe6 27 Qxe6..Re7 28 Rxd6..Rxe5 29 Rxe6..Bc8 30 Rc6 with unclear play but after Morozovich's 25 f5! the White attack was too strong.

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