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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-02-06  acirce: 14.Bg5 was a new move on top level OTB at least, but Moro proves it inefficient by 14..h6 15.Bh4 Nd5= instantly equalizing. Either the dark-squared bishops are exchanged, as in the game, or 16.Bg3 Nb4 and White loses his Spanish bishop. In either case White has no advantage or a very small one at most. Better should be the normal 14.Nc3
Jan-05-06  Karpova: so it could be assumed that 14.Bg5 was an OTB novelty and not home preparation. the manoeuver necessary for equalizing is not that subtle.
Jan-05-06  acirce: <Karpova> Yes, I'd think so.
Jan-06-06  Karpova: <acirce> and 15.Bf4 wouldn't have been good or at least retaining more of the advantage than 15.Bh4 ? Bf8 and Bb7 would look quite comfortable for black after Bf4 but there is probabyly a lot i'm overlooking.
Jan-07-06  acirce: I may have underestimated 15.Bf4, but I think Black should be fine after simply 15..Bb7 in combination with ..Bf8 as you suggest.
Jan-08-06  Karpova: what could have been better for white?
i could imagine a setup for white after 15.Nd2 with Nf1 (to occupy f5 via e3 or g3), b3 and Bb2. if black tries to get rid of the Nf5 by g6 he weakens his king's side while Bf8 and Bg7 weakens d6. and black couldn't play Nc4 also.
Jan-08-06  hitman84: 17.Nc3 idea Nd5 looks better for white.
the Na5 is really bad if Nd5 after ed5 there is no proper square for a5 N.

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