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Evgeny Bareev vs Alexander Morozevich
NAO Masters (2002), Cannes FRA, rd 6, Feb-27
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1

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Nov-30-02  pawntificator: I just got my first benefit of being a uscf member, my december 2002 chess life magazine!! This game is in GM Soltis's game of the month. He gives 24. Qh6!! as the winning continuation to the attack.
Nov-30-02  ughaibu: After Qh6 how does white answer Bf8?
Nov-30-02  pawntificator: Soltis gives 24 Qh6!! Bf8 25. Qh4 fxe5 (25...Qd8 26. exf6 followed by 27. Ng5 when 27...Nxf6 fails to 28 Nxf6+ Qxf6 29. Qh7#) 26. Ng5 Bg7 27. Nh6+
Nov-30-02  ughaibu: Then Bh6 28.Qh6, Nf8 I still dont see how white wins.
Nov-30-02  ughaibu: Okay that doesn't work, I forgot the knight covers f7. I guess the best would be 28. .. Nf6 29. e5, Ne5 30. Rc7, Rc7 I dont know what to say about it except material would be fairly even.
Nov-30-02  pawntificator: 29 Rh3 and there is no hope left!!
Nov-30-02  ughaibu: No 29. Rh3, Nh5 30. g4 looks too strong.
Nov-30-02  pawntificator: 24 Qh6 Bf8 25 Qh4 fxe5 26 Ng5 Bg7 27 Nh6+ Bxh6 28 Qxh6 Nf6 29 Rh3 Nh5 30 g4 f6 31. Qxg6+ Qg7 32. Qxh5 fxg5 33. dxe5 and black should be able to hold on, right? Is there something wrong with this? Honza! bishop!! Somebody much better than me! Check this line for me please.
Dec-01-02  pawntificator: Is this correct? Soltis says 24Qh4 wins, but I can't seem to find it.
Dec-01-02  ughaibu: I haven't put it on a board but from the mind's eye it looks better for black and I cant see any holes in your line.
Dec-02-02
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  Honza Cervenka: What about 24 Qh6 Bf8 25 Qh4 fxe5 26 Ng5 Bg7 27 Nh6+ Bxh6 28 Qxh6 Nf6 29 Rf3?
Dec-02-02
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  Honza Cervenka: Or what about 24 Qh6 Bf8 25 Qh4 fxe5 26 Ng5 Bg7 27 Nh6+ Bxh6 28 Qxh6 Nf6 29 Rh3 Nh5 30 Ne4?
Dec-02-02  pawntificator: 29 Rf3! of course! in fact both of those look excellent for white!
Dec-02-02  ughaibu: Is Qe7 no good in either case?
Dec-02-02
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  Honza Cervenka: 1) 24 Qh6 Bf8 25 Qh4 fxe5 26 Ng5 Bg7 27 Nh6+ Bxh6 28 Qxh6 Nf6 29 Rf3 Qe7 30 Rh3 Nh5 31 Qh7+ Kf8 32 Qh8#

2) 24 Qh6 Bf8 25 Qh4 fxe5 26 Ng5 Bg7 27 Nh6+ Bxh6 28 Qxh6 Nf6 29 Rh3 Nh5 30 Ne4 Qe7 31 Rxh5 gxh5 32 dxe5 Nxe5 33 Nf6+ Qxf6 34 Qxf6 etc.

Jun-21-03  Jonber: GM Soltis et al overlooked 25...Qa5, which saves Blacks game.

24.Qh6 Bf8 25.Qh4 fxe5 Qa5! 26.Rcc1 fxe5 27.dxe5 Bg7 28.Nh6+ Bxh6 29.Qxh6 Ne7

Jun-23-03
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  Honza Cervenka: <Jonber> Why not 24.Qh6 Bf8 25.Qh4 Qa5 26.Rce3 fxe5 27.Ng5?
Jun-23-03  Jonber: <Honza Cervenka> Because of:

24.Qh6 Bf8 25.Qh4 Qa5 26.Rce3 Ne7! 27.R3e2 Nf5 28.Qh3 Rc3

Jun-23-03  drunknight II: very nice analysis by jonber/honza. This is logical as well as pretty.
Jun-23-03
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  Honza Cervenka: <Jonber> 26...Ne7 looks like a convincing defence for black. That Knight is very unpleasant one. O.K., let's try to kill this troublemaker - 26.Rxc6 Rxc6 27.exf6. I think this is not without danger for black, for example 27...Rec8 28.Rf1 Rc1 29.g3 Rxf1+ 30.Kxf1 Rc1+ 31.Kg2 threatening with Ng5.
Jun-23-03  Jonber: First of all I would like to apologise for the notation typo in my original line, dated Jun-21-03, where an extra fxe5 slid its way in between the plys of move 25. I hope this hasn’t confused anybody.

26.Rxc6 is not a bad idea, <Honza Cervenka>, very creative to sacrifice when down material, and, as you pointed out, not without danger for Black. But if you give me your rook, then I’ll give you my queen:

26.Rxc6 Rxc6 27.exf6 Rd6 28.g3 Rxd4 29.Ng5 Qxe1+ 30.Kg2 Qe4+! 31.Nxe4 Rxe4 32.Nh6+ Bxh6 33.Qxh6 Nxf6

Jun-24-03
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  Honza Cervenka: <Jonber> Your line is nice but instead of 33.Qxh6 white can play simply 33.Qxe4 Nxf6 34.Qb7, which gives him some chances to save the game. By the way, if 28...Rd5 with idea to liquidate threat Ng5 via Rxg5, then 29.Re5 Nxe5 30.dxe5.
Jun-24-03  Jonber: The two recaptures, Qxh6 and Qxe4, seem just about equal to me. I chose to take the bishop rather then the rook because the bishop would help Black to lock down the pawns on the queenside:

33.Qxe4 Nxf6 34.Qb7 Bf8 35.Qxa6 b4 36.h4 Rd8

I’m confident Black has a superior game here; the three pieces should be able to dominate the lone queen. As to the second line you mention, Black is unlikely to play Nxe5 since it gives White a forced win:

28...Rd5 29.Re5 Nxe5 30.Nh6+!

I would only consider Rd5 if White makes a rook move on move 28 instead of 28.g3.

Jun-25-03
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  Honza Cervenka: Oops, I missed 30.Nh6+! which forces mate immediately, although 30.dxe5 seems to be also sufficient for win of white: 30...Rxe5 <what else against threatening Ng5?> 31.Ngxe5 Qd8 <with idea 32.Ng5 Qd1+ 33.Kg2 Qh5> 32.Nxf7! Qd1+ <32...Kxf7 33.Ne5+ Kg8 34.f7+ Kg7 35.Qg4 35...g5 36.Qh5; 35...Kf6 36.Qxg6+ Ke7 37.Nc6+; 35...Bc5 36.Qxg6+ Kf8 37.Qh7 (threatening Ng6#) 37...Bxf2+ 38.Kg2 Qd5+ 39.Kh3 Qxe5 40.Qg8+> 33.Kg2 Rc8 <the Knight is untouchable> 34.Qg4! Qc2 <34...Kxf7 35.Ng5+ Kxf6 36.Qxd1 Kxg5 37.Qd4 threatening 38.Qf4+ Kh5 39.Qh4#> 35.Qxe6 with decisive attack.
Jun-26-03  sangfroid: I think 14...dxc4 15. Qxc4 Nb6 16. Qe2 Nd5, would've left black in a better position. Giving black a strongly posted night, and if the bishop is taken, the knight has the option of 2 strong post, while giving his other knight room to breath, also while giving him space. I think it would've given black a better game.
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