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Alexander Morozevich vs Garry Kasparov
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 3, May-22
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1



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Jul-29-04  alexandrovm: Alexander Morozevich beat Viswanathan Anand 5 to 3, with 3 draws acording to this database, while he hasn't defeated Kasparov (+5-0=2). Because he is doing a great job at the Biel Chess Festival (7 out of 9 points so far!, there are also playing Ponomariov, Bacrot, Pelletier, McShane, and Krishnan), I got curious and looked at one of the last games between Kaspy and Alexander, wich was in 2001. On move 15 black could stop white's first attack idea on g7. On move 20 white wins the exchange (bishop for rook). By move 32 Kasparov forks Alexander's rooks, and Moro intends to draw the game by repetition :-). At the end Moro can't prevent the promotion of the e pawn and resigns. A very nice game by Kasparov.
Jul-29-04  AdrianP: I suspect there's a possibility of Shirov syndrome, with Moro against Kasparov - able to beat all the very best players in the world but runs into a brick walll when he comes up against Gazza. I suspect this is something to do with style - both Moro and Shirov like to pile complication upon complication, which is just what Gazza likes. It's a real shame neither Moro nor Shirov participated in the FIDE championships.
Jul-29-04  alexandrovm: this type of Kasparov's games are always impressive. It seems that Garry has overlooked something by move 20, but hasn't.
Jul-29-04  ughaibu: Why did he play 46....e5?
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  Bobsterman3000: 46...e5 was a stroke of genius. It enabled the black king to chase the white rook to a uninfluential file, solidfying its grip on the center and locking the white king out of play...
Jan-19-06  Australopitecus: "Kasparov doesn't understand anything in chess"

I dont understand why he says that, Kasparov beat him 6-0, so, if Garry doesnt understand nothing, why he NEVER beat him???

what a stupid arrogant moron A.Morozevich is.

Jan-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Australopitecus> What is your source?

And of course Morozevich is not a moron.

Jan-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Never mind, I found the source already.. ( Probably his words were misunderstood, because the question is also tricky and it happens all the time that reporters kind of twist the content of what was said into their advantage so as to create an exciting story that sells.

I guess it's all a big mistake.

Jan-19-06  Australopitecus:

Jan-19-06  hintza: <EmperorAtahualpa>

There was a lot of discussion about that interview on the Alexander Morozevich page, if you're interested.

Jan-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <hintza> Yes, I noticed now.. still, thanks for telling me though.

By the way, was the original article the one that <keypusher> gave? (

If that Russian article is the original source, something might have gone wrong with the translation.

Jan-19-06  hintza: The Russian one is the original. For the record, I believe a couple of Russian-speaking kibitzers said they thought the translation was accurate.
May-16-06  stenis3: OK.. the Russian one is the endeed original.He said "There is no such thing as who better understands chess,the aim is to reach a result of scoring a point.Kasparov doesn't understand NOTHING in chess,and I don't give a deam of his occupation beside a chessboard,for me he's only another name in a score sheets". -;)

May be he's right thow,cause Kaspi left stage after lot's of self -victimization and insulting the public and his fants.

Oct-25-07  slomarko: he also once famously said that Moro only beat "some George from the Bahamas". btw how is this that the handle <kasparov> is allowed?
Jul-29-11  Kola: Addendum: On January 29 2006, ten days after this translation had appeared on our pages, Alexander Morozevich wrote to us ( "I just arrived in Moscow and was, no less than many people, surprised about the interview in Moscow News. The journalist E. Shvidler, for unknown reasons, used only 25% of our original material. I was not able to recognize my own words. As these creation of Mr Shvilder may offend a number of very respectable people, and indeed chess itself, Iwould like you to publish my dissaproval of it and apologies to the whole chess community for such a ridiculous material." - Morozevich
Nov-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morozevich vs Kasparov, 2001.
Your score: 112 (par = 84) <Par is now 87>


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  ToTheDeath: Enormously complicated struggle and a great game.

19...a5!! was the key move, harassing the bishop on b3.

White could have tried to attack with 20.Qh4 a4 21.Bg5 but after 21...Bb5!! Black beats back the attack and wins in every line.

Morozevich erred with 35.Rxd6?, as 35.Qc7+ Nd7 36.Rxd6 Rxh3+ leads to a perpetual. All endings are terrible for White due to his broken pawn structure.

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  plang: 6 Bc4 is not one of the more populsr lines in the Najdorf but Kasparov could not have been surprised as Morozovich had played it against Gelfand 7 months earlier at the 2000 Olynpiad (drawn). In that game Morozovich had played 14 Bg5; here he improved with 14 f5. Kasparov spent half an hour on 14..Ned4 apparently trying to remember some of his old analysis. The alternative 15..b4?! would have invited 15 e5! which would have been very dangerous for Black. In Macieja-Wojtkiewiecz Warsaw 1995 (game not included in this database) Black had played 16..Kh8; 16..Be5 was new and looks like a clear improvement. To give a sample of Morozovich's creativity he spent 5 minutes looking at the variation 17 fxe?!..Bxg3 18 exf+..Kh8 19 Rxg3..Bc6! 20 fxe(Q)..Raxe8 and after the exchanges on g7 Black would have had a good endgame. 27 Bxb3?! was an odd choice that created pawn weaknesses as well as leading to Black regaining the exchange; 27 axb looks more logical. Morozovich had 2 minutes left when he played 35 Rxd6?. The endgame was hopeless after 36 Qxd6+?! but Black should also be winning after the alternative 36 Qxb5..gxh 37 g4..Qd4 38 Qb7+..Nd7 39 c3..bxc 40 Rd1..Rb8 41 Rxd4..Rxb7 42 Rc4..Ne5 43 Rxc3..Nxg4!.

Stohl after 37..Rh7!:
"The resulting endgame is hopeless for White , as his material advantage is only temporary and Black's positional trumps are permanent and decisive. Thanks to his superior pawn-structure he will soon acquire at least one dangerous passed pawn, while his b4-pawn paralyses White's queenside; last, but not least, Black's king and bishop are far more active than their counterparts."

Another of Kasparov's great games with the Najdorf.

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  perfidious: Kasparov was rightly renowned for his attacking virtuosity, but in this game he displays great prowess in the ending, as White's bishop is merely a looker-on.

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