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Alexander Morozevich vs Yannick Pelletier
Biel International Chess Festival (2003), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-21
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  1-0



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Aug-17-03  morphynoman2: 23. e6!, 24. Nd4!
Sep-24-03  Tigran Petrosian: The board was on fire!
Nov-22-03  drukenknight: A nice winawer from Morozovich w/ early h4.
Nov-22-03  refutor: this is a nice winawer by morozevich...i would like all my winawer games to go this way ;) i guess you can play h4 v. all the main lines?
Nov-23-03  AdrianP: <dk> Yeah, this was one of the games I had in mind re my post on the French Classical. It's one of my favourite games of this year. I particularly like 10. Rh4!? ... talk about offending against classical principles!
Mar-17-04  steven18: Why did black play 26...Nge7? Why not 26...Nce5?
Mar-17-04  steven18: Also 27...Qb8 looks weak. Why not 27...Nxa5! 28.Rxc8+ Bxc8... not such a pretty game by white when you see all the screw ups black played. Anyone with more knowledge then me can you refute the line I wrote? Honza.. anyone??
Mar-17-04  AdrianP: <steven18> I have some chessbase annotations - 27... Qb8?? is a blunder, even though it looked tempting - Moro's finish was not obvious. The position after your line 27...Nxa5! is unclear, but Pelletier is certainly in the game.

26...Nce5 was also better than the text, but again 26...Nge7 was not implausible.

Most interesting though, it appears, that Morozevich missed a clear win earlier with 25. Rxg5!! Stohl gives reams of analysis, which I won't post here.

You can find some light annotations of this game here:

The fact that black could have defended does not, for me, detract from the attraction of this game... it's not often that you see such committed attacking from a top-10 GM.

Aug-10-04  Whitehat1963: Where to from the last position?
Aug-10-04  who: black moves his queen somewhere. 31.Rb8+ Kf7 32.Rxd7... and then wins the knight after that, and can at least trade one rook, leaving white with no hope
Nov-09-04  Bluelapis: It's a very fantastic combination.. Moro. 20. Ba6! is a sign for being in danger of king.
Sep-14-07  Karpova: Pelletier:

14...g5?! (<pretty careless>) 18.c4!

20...bxa6? (<20...Bxg4 21.Rxb7 Bxf3!>)

21.Qxa6+?! (<both were down to 10 min already. 21.e6! was better>)


24...Bd7? (<24...Nge5 and perpetual>)

25.Ba5+? (<25.Rxg5!! and 25...Nge5 is black's best chance>)

26...Nge7? (<26...Nce7! wins>)

27...Qb8?? (complete collapse. 27...Nxa5 28.Rxc8+ Bxc8 29.Rg3 Kd8 and black is better though white still does have chances>)

Jun-06-08  ezmerin: Hard to believe Black had accepted piece offer on a6 instead of capturing on g4. Even if he had to give up his Queen during defensive struggle, I think he would get enough compensation.

It's strange that Pelletier tries to challenge Morozevich in French Defence. Isn't Russian the specialist in this opening?

Aug-16-08  just a kid: A messy but fun game!Too bad there were blunders from both sides though.
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: Morozevich heated the board!
Jul-24-14  Xeroxx: Excellent play

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