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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Berlin Wall J. Rogers Line (C67)  ·  1-0



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Apr-05-05  agressivechess: great game by grischuck.Makes use of moro's many losses of tempo by making many moves with the king.moro's 11.Ne8 and 18.Nh6 are useless and waste time.
grischuck has no threats to guard against and opens the pawns ahead of the king very nicely.what moro never really got hold of and should have held by virtue was the d-file and was made to pay.grischuck's knight did all the damage and moro's lack of understanding of the position lost him the match
Apr-05-05  hintza: <moro's 11.Ne8 and 18.Nh6 are useless and waste time.> What are you talking about? At no point does Morozevich's knight go to e8, so you must mean 11...Be8. This is not a useless waste of time but is in fact the best way of defending the f-pawn, which I wouldn't call "useless". 18...Nh6 is practically forced unless Black wants to lose a pawn or his knight. Saving a knight and a pawn in one move is not a waste of time and certainly not useless. Well played by Grischuk though, that do I agree with.
Apr-06-05  agressivechess: maybe protectimg the pawn is necessary but in such an open position you must try to make chances and instead of defending ,counterplay is what you must look for.both bishop's are on the back rank and the king shuts the a8 rook and that's why moro playing passive chess loses
Apr-06-05  hintza: I agree that the pieces are passively placed, yes.
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  plang: The logical 15..Rd8 had been played several times in 2001; Frischuk was sceptical of Morozovich's innovation 15..c5?!(which has not been repeated) weakening the d5 square. Morozovich offered a draw when he played 22..Ng8 but Grischuk was confident that he had a significant positional edge. In response to 24..f5 Grischuk planned 25 Nf3..Be7 26 gxf..gxf 27 Bc3 with the idea of Be1 and Bh4. 28 f5 would have been stronger; Grischuk felt that his advantage would endure with quiet play. Black lost quickly after 29..a5?; but even after 29..Ne7 30 Nxe7..Bxe7 31 Rd2..Rxd2 32 Nxd2..Bd7 33 Kf3..Be6 34 Nf1 Grischuk thought White would eventually prevail.

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