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Alexander Morozevich vs Veselin Topalov
13th Amber Rapid (2004) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 9, Mar-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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Apr-03-04  steven18: What, no kibitzing on this game yet!? All I have to say about this game is Tal/Fischer like play by white here. Nuff said!
Apr-03-04  chessfected: some splendid knight hopping.
32..Kf8 loses to 33. Rd8+ Qxd8 34. Qxd8+ Kxg7 35. Qd4+ picking up the rook.
Apr-03-04  chessfected: not to mention a plethora of threats of discovered attack, discovered check and double check involving the Queen - Knight and Rook - Knight batteries
Apr-03-04  Hidden Skillz: this is a lil bit crazy..how did he come up wit this combination..all started when the knight went to d5 move 21..btw not to mention all the pawn sacrifices..
Apr-04-04  popski: What a game!!?
Apr-06-04  AdrianP: Has anyone come up with any improvements for Black, especially after 25. Nxf5 - it seems to me surprising if there is no way for Black to at least survive.

Amazing game by Morozevich, though. In the words of, I think, Edward Lasker "What an extraordinary Knight!".

Apr-06-04  mrwonkabar: i think 23 ..Rg8 allows black to hang on instead of Rc5. I only heard this while watching on icc. Any thoughts crafty?
Apr-06-04  Lawrence: <mrwonkabar>, stavrogin and I were kibitzing about this game but I don't remember if it was on the Magnus Carlsen thread or the Bobby Fischer thread, lol. Anyway...Topalov threw the game away with 23...Rc5 eval +3.15. 23...Rg8 gives -0.15 i.e. he could indeed have held on.

<AdrianP>, no way back for Black unless Moro made a mistake. (Junior 8)

May-01-04
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  jaime gallegos: Morozevich plays so sharply ! its so common to see him battling with knights or bishops , changing his rooks for minor pieces, etc ! A great player indeed !
May-01-04  acirce: Why does it make him a greater player that he plays sharply?
May-13-04  Tigran Petrosian: Thrilling!!
Jun-05-04  Tigran Petrosian: Who dares to annotate this game??!!
Jul-19-04  mack: The sooner Moro gets a best game collection out the better.
Jul-19-04
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  Hanada: <acirce><Why does it make him a greater player that he plays sharply?>

Are you kidding me??!! The sharp play is just an element of style....there is a lot more happening in this game than sharp play and if you can't see that Moro is a GREAT player from this game then nothing I can ever say will change your opinion.

And BTW, I am not saying that Kramnik is not a GREAT player because of the quiet, yet lethal moves he makes. I have great respect for his style of play as well, but when it comes down to it, it is the ideas, the planning, and the innovation of the move that defines the brilliance.

Moro has all the above in this game.

Jul-26-04  acirce: <there is a lot more happening in this game than sharp play and if you can't see that Moro is a GREAT player from this game then nothing I can ever say will change your opinion.> Of course he is a great player, I was replying on the post of <jaime gallegos> which seemed to imply that he is great because he plays so sharply.
Jul-26-04
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  jaime gallegos: I enjoy the style of Morozovich, Tal , Fischer, Kasparov and Morphy but it doesnt mean that only sharp players are great ! you are wrong acirce ! The artistic aspect of this game ( and others Moro´s games ) is outstanding !
Jul-29-04  chess4games: I agree with jaime gallegos. It is not mean sharp player is great. Right. Some people likes chess very much but they didn't want to go for a official fight. So even Kasparov is the world champion, that dosen't mean he can beat everybody in the world. That means about 60 billion people.
Jul-29-04  Everett: acirce, I apologize in advance to stepping in here, as I'm sure you are quite capable of defending yourself....

jaime gallegos & chess4games. acirce, from all the posts I've read, knows good chess when he sees it, honors strong moves when he sees them, and respects the great players when they play great, irregardless of style. He simply questioned jaime gallegos' implication that to play sharply is to play great. I've played sharply, too, but that's a 1650 sharply, hardly great.

None of us in take umbrage with player's preferences to style

acirce is not wrong. He was trying to disabuse of the notion that jaime gallegos seemed to imply; that is that great players play sharply. Both of you, in turn, are trying to say that he was stating this. Read posts carefully to avoid confusion.

Mar-21-06  Idling: what a game. i hope there will be no more talk about the brilliancy of this game and moro. he's talented. since we are not capable of this level of play, we have no right to comment negatively on this play by moro. we're just a bunch of loud-mouthed, can't play suckers.
Jul-29-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: The intuition is all on the <AdrianP>'s side. But all after 23.Rxd1 is a true madness. Notable game.
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