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Alexander Morozevich vs Viswanathan Anand
13th Amber Rapid (2004) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Mar-27
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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Sep-01-04  RisingChamp: Well this is a kind of game which wouldnt interest most ppl but i find it fascinating.Because as far as I can make out this is usually the kind of position which is drawn after 20 moves or so after a few exchanges.Moro does well to squeeze out a win here.As far as I can see 31.b5 seems to be the move that gives Anand trouble because he must now defend his pawns which have been split up.Is there some reason why this is forced?After some random waiting move like Rbb7 I dont see how Morozevich can make any progress
Oct-01-04  MoonlitKnight: I find this game quite interesting. I'll explain: Anand might just be the strongest rapid player in the history of the game, and he is better this year than he has ever been. In fact, he has lost only one rapid game in 2004 - this one. Morozevich beat him in a clean game without flashy tactics. It just goes to show how strong Moro is right now. In my opinion, these are the two players who should play a championship match.
Oct-02-04  Spassky69: Morozevich beats Anand when Anand is hott right now. This game should shut up all the people that said Morozevich can't win against the top 3. Plus he won Kramnik and Anand both with the black pieces.
Oct-02-04  acirce: You only started with these silly posts since our discussion. But that was about him being able to consistently compete with the super-elite, not about being able to win single games. I was also not talking about rapid, I was talking about serious games at classical time controls. Also see my reply at Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 .
Nov-03-04  Spassky69: The more I look at this game, the more I believe Morozevich vs. Anand in a rapid match might be the most exciting rapid match imaginable.
Nov-04-04  Kean: Moros style has something that troubles Vishy. 31.b5 and 35.f5 gave black the worst of pawn formation in both wings, though before that the pressure of white rooks on e and knight on b6 announced a very bad ending already.
Nov-04-04  AdrianP: <This game should shut up all the people that said Morozevich can't win against the top 3>

Anand vs Morozevich, 2004

This one will start them talking again.

Nov-04-04  RisingChamp: <AdrianP>I think Spassky is very overvehemnt in the way he expresses his views some of which I share,however I must point out that your post is superficial.In saying that that game would support the belief that Moro cant win against the top 3 I think you are looking only at the result.Ok he DIDNT win that one but it was absolutely chaotic and ANY could have made a mistake in that one.I have heard that the Moro lost this ecause of time pressure from a roughly equal positon.But in anycase there is nothing in that game which makes me believe that Moro doesnt have the ability to beat the top 3-it certainly wasnt one way traffic.
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  tamar: Morozevich will have to do an Alekhine to defeat the top guys, not just once in a while, but on a consistent basis. Anand and Kramnik know if they can hold their position together, there is a good chance Mo will over-press and they will pick up the point. If he can change this, he might be too much to handle.
Nov-04-04  AdrianP: <RisingChamp> <My post> It was a cheapo and intended to be a cheapo. But I don't agree with your impression of the game (the Olympiad one) - it seems and seemed to me that Anand had everything under control from move 1 to the end, and some illustration that Moro cannot rely (only) on creating tactical messes against the top 3. To put it another way, Moro plays a lot of stuff which is "objectively" unsound - against lesser players (or at rapid time controls), a lot of the time his opponents lose their way. Against the top 3, he'll more often than not get found out. That's what seems to me to have happened in this game. Where did you think the game was roughly equal?

That's all very subjective, I know, and I'd love to be proven wrong. I also think Moro's great for the game generally and he'll be knocking around the top 5 for a while yet.

Nov-04-04  AdrianP: Btw, Anand had a few words to say about Moro in the interview on CBM102 which I mentioned on the Anand page. When asked about the contrast between the drawish Dortmund 2004 (Kramnik's group in particular) and the murderous Biel 2004, he referred to Moro and Saskiran (Moro particularly) as "maniacs". He said, with a certain wistfulness, that Moro seems to be able to stir up complications from almost any position, suggesting, self-deprecatingly that it's the sort of chess that he, himself, would enjoy where he not more "correct", and that inviting Moro to super-tournaments would at least get a few 1-0 and 0-1s. The interview took place before they met in the Olympiad.

There seemed to me to be an element of Spielman's famous quote about Alekhine to the effect that Spielman could see the same combinations as Alekhine but could never get into those positions (someone will doubtless supply the correct quote). There's no doubt Anand has a certain respect for Moro, even if he can't quite believe that his style is the "right" way to play chess.

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