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Alexander Morozevich vs Evgeny Alekseev
"Moroze to the Occasion" (game of the day Sep-15-2017)
Russia Team Championship (2004), Sochi RUS, rd 4, Apr-23
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  1-0



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  Check It Out: I don't understand the 11. Nc5 maneuver. It just seemed to waste time - he brought the knight right back to b3. Is there a deeper reason for it?

19. Rh2 is a nice move. I considered f4 or Bh3, but the rook move accomplishes so much. Does anyone see problems with those alternatives? I'm not that good. f4 maybe weakens the e4 pawn too much, but seems to threaten a pawn avalanche.

The position after 26. h6 is beautiful, with both side's pieces poised to explode on the opposing king.

Morozevich is my favorite player right now.

Feb-22-09  schroedingers cat: The position after whites 23rd move looks really funny :)
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: why do they make these nonsense puns? Consider the recent "A rose is a rose is a Moroze" Oh, come on!
Oct-15-11  tacite: <Check It Out> I maybe wrong, but Moro's 11. Nc5 was meant to move the black Queen from d8, allowing white's black bishop more manoeuvre.

But then again, only Moro could give us the answer.

Jun-19-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004.
Your score: 55 (par = 46)


Jan-17-13  alcoholkhine: por correspondencia estoy jugando esta partida, mi rival acaba de responderme con 12...Bxf1!? a lo que sigue forzadamente 13. Rxf1 (si 13. Qxf1? Db6 )
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  tpstar: It is amusing to see the Black Bishop just sit there on c3 while Morozevich casually continues his Kingside attack.

In retrospect, the Clearance sacrifices 28. Rxh5! & 29. Bxb5! gaining the g file may seem straightforward but not so easy at all in real time.

<A lot of people have said Moro has made his name cracking the heads of 2500-2600 rated players but I think this player is for real. He is original, and seems to have a boundless amount of talent. This is just the sort of player that chess needs.> Aight.

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  al wazir: I don't understand why black played 26...Bf7 instead of 26...Rh8.
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  Sneaky: <al wazir> 26...Rh8 27.Qe7+ and Qxe6
Sep-15-17  paavoh: <Sneaky: 26...Rh8 27.Qe7+ and Qxe6>

Black has 27. -Bf7 to block the check so the B is not lost, at least not immediately.

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  Sneaky: Oh, right you are. But still, even with Rxd6 as a follow up, it still looks ugly.
May-23-20  bcokugras: Alexander Morozevich is my world champion.
May-23-20  Brenin: I chose 22 h6, which I think also wins, though after 22 ... fxg6 23 hxg7 the retreat Bd8 can make White's task a little harder.
May-23-20  goodevans: <Brenin: I chose 22 h6 ...> Likewise.
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  scormus: <h6> also for me. I'll have to run the engine to check if 22 Qh4 is any better, but it worked here by encouraging B to play 22 ... Bxf3, which might have been a mistake. Have to look at what happens if ... Bd8 instead.

When I was learning how to attack the enemy K, someone told me to get the pieces in position first, before crunching through with the pawns.

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  chrisowen: Hello bet h4 any good?
May-23-20  Predrag3141: The evaluation of 22 Qh4, the move played, is a half pawn greater than 22 h6. The difference seems to be that after the pawn exchange, … fxg6 hxg7, the queen on h4 prevents Black's best defense: … Nf6 and … Nh5.

Not seeing this, I chose 22 h6 stop 22 … h6 -- which is *not* Black's best defense. For example, 22 Qh4 h6 23 gxf7+ Bf7 24 Bxh6 +4.20.

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  chrisowen: Roomwith a view?
May-23-20  Predrag3141: <scormus> The computer thinks 22 Qh4 Bd8 is a good defense. It shaves almost a half pawn off its own evaluation after 22 Qh4.

I don't often see the computer acknowledging a mistaken evaluation, but +2.95 after 22 Qh4 and +2.57 after 22 Qh4 Bd8 is such a case.

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  chrisowen: Nor we giant wood no?
May-23-20  Predrag3141: <scormus> Update on my comment about your suggestion 22 … Bd8. It actually refutes this POTD! <Benin>, you and I were right to guess 22 h6. The evaluation of 22 h6 is 2.85, which is higher than after 22 Qh4 Bd8.
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  agb2002: Black threatens Bxc3.

I don't have the time this puzzle deserves but I'd play 22.h6 and if 22... Bxc3 23.gxh7+ Kxh7 24.hxg7+ Kg8 (24... Kxg7 25.Bh6+ wins) 25.Qg3 f6 26.Qg6 wins.

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  chrisowen: Abracadabra beat box yes?
May-23-20  WorstPlayerEver: Yep, 22. h6 was my first take.
May-23-20  RandomVisitor: After 12.Qe1 maybe 12...Bxf1 13.Rxf1

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<51/80 11:17 -0.33 12...Bxf1 13.Rxf1 Nc4> 14.Nd3 d5 15.Bg5 d4 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Nd5 Re8 18.Kb1 Rc8 19.Rf2 Qd6 20.Re2 Bd8 21.Qg3 Qc6 22.f4 exf4 23.N3xf4 Rxe4 24.Nh5 g6 25.Nhf6+ Bxf6 26.Nxf6+ Qxf6 27.Rxe4 d3 28.Rxc4 Rxc4 29.Qxd3 Rh4 30.h3 Rf4 31.g4 b6

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