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Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Morozevich
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 4, May-24
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Gelfand considered 6..Ra7 (along with 5..Bf5) to be a "provocation" and 7 a5 was an attempt to refute it. 7..dxc would have been a positional concession but was probably necessary; after Morozovich's 7..e6? Black was already clearly worse. 11 b4 had been played in Gyimesi-Magomedov Koszalin 1999 (White won); 11 e3 was new. Rather than waiting to be slowly squeezed on the queenside Black initiated complications with 18..Nxc5 though that did not really improve his chances of surviving. The alternative 28..Bxc5 29 Nxc5..Rxc5 30 b7..Rb5 31 Ra5!..Rb6 32 Rg5 would have won easily for White.

"It is hard to guess what went wrong with Morozovich's home preparation for this game; obviously only he can tell. I certainly did not have the feeling of playing a surprising or genius move at any time, though I do think I handled the challenges of preventing his counterplay quite well. Morozovich was one of the first to work with computer programs, so maybe at some point he simply believed the evaluation of the computer, which evaluates the position as acceptable for Black even to this day. Probably his training games also went well and he felt confident enough to trey it in a big tournament game."

Mar-22-18  PaperSlim: Morozevich playing some wild ass chess

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