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Gilberto Milos vs Alexander Morozevich
FIDE World Championship Knockout Prelim (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 2, Dec-01
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1

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Jan-11-16  rodrigochaves: Why not 28... BxR1 for black?
Jan-11-16  rodrigochaves: Ops, I mean 28. Bxd1 for black gaing an exchange, why not?
Sep-11-16
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  plang: Game 2 of their second round match in the World Championship tournament; Morozovich won the match 2-0 and then defeated Vladimirov before being eliminated by Tkachiev in the round of 16. 11..Nbd7 had been played in Karpov-Short Dortmund 1995 (drawn); 11..Nc6 was new. Morozovich thought that 9 Be2!? (9 Bd3) and 11 Nd3!? allowed Black an easy equality. 22 Qc2?..Bxd4 23 exd..b3 would have been winning for Black. Perhaps 23 Qd7 with the idea of transferring the queen to the kingside would have been an improvement. Although Morozovich needed only a draw to clinch the match he declined a peace offering around move 29.

<rodrigochaves: Ops, I mean 28. Bxd1 for black gaing an exchange, why not?>

Morozovich thought that White would have counterplay after 28..Bxd1 29 Rxd1..Bf6 30 Bxd5..Ra7 31 Bc3 so he played 28..Bf6 instead.

35 h4?! allowed a pretty tactical shot that Morozovich missed: 35..Bxh4! 36 gxh..Rg6+ 37 Bg2..Be2 38 Qc2..Qd7 39 Re1..Rxg2+ 40 Kxg2..Qg4+ 41 Kh2..Qxh4+ 42 Kg1..Re5! and mates (43 dxe..Bf3). 43 Ke3? was a losing error; White needed to play 43 Kc2 aiming to play b3 exchanging the queenside pawns, A pretty finish would have been 47 Bc7..f4 48 gxf..Be7 49 Ke2..Kf5 50 Kf3..Bb4 51 Kg3..Bc3!.

Nice endgame by Morozovich but I wonder if in different circumstances whether he would have played for that endgame as he had a promising attack in the middlegame.

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