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Alexander Morozevich vs Garry Kasparov
Fujitsu Siemens Giants (2000) (rapid), Frankfurt GER, rd 10, Jun-22
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: Novosibirsk Variation (A00)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 18.bxc3 Qxc3+ 19.Bc2 Bxb3 20.Rd2 looks ugly at first glance but it was better than 18.Kb1. Black has then draw after 20...Qa1+ 21.Bb1 Qc3+ etc. or he can try also 21...Qxa3+ 22.Rb2 Kd7 23.Bc2 Rc8 but I don't see anything decisive there. Morozevich probably overlooked 22...h5!
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  Zenchess: This was a rapid game. When Kasparov saw this move, he shook his head in disbelief and kept saying to himself over and over again, "No respect!" He used up half his time for the 1st move.
Oct-06-04  tacticsjokerxxx: <Zenchess> are you serious?
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  cu8sfan: If that's true Kasparov didn't know what it was he saw. If I was to play against him - especially in a rapid game I'd try to a) take him out of theory and b) play as unconventional as I could, just to take him off the beaten track. Moro is great at playing unconventional moves so this strategy makes even more sense for him. It's not disrespect it's simply a strategy that has chances of working in a rapid game. I don't think Morozevich would play like that in a "serious" game against Kasparov. But then again, Moro being Moro I may be wrong (-;
Oct-06-04  tacticsjokerxxx: well anyway this is called the novosibirsk opening and it's probably the only high-level game which it's been employed in! too bad morozevich lost with it I guess, nice choice against kaspy though
Oct-06-04  percyblakeney: The game is described at the bottom of this page:
Oct-06-04  tacticsjokerxxx: thanks for the link!!
Oct-03-05  DutchDunce: Moro recently won the Moscow blitz tourney with 1.Nc3 as his main weapon. He hasn't tried it at the WCC, of course, but maybe it's not such a crazy idea at this point. Out of three Whites so far, he's drawn one and lost two.
Oct-03-05  Professeur Y: I'm actually quite surprised to see that this opening is so rare. How much worse can it be than 1.Nf3, which is far more common? Look it up in the Opening explorer: it's 29 036 to 401. Is that to be explained by the actual value of the move, or by the "conservatism" of chessplayers who go by tradition, or imitate their peers?
Oct-03-05  hayton3: It's a lot worse than 1.Nf3. It allows black to dictate the terms of engagement. Here Kasparov got into a favourable Sicilian type set-up where white had to re-capture on d4 with the Queen and because he hadn't moved his e pawn he could then not pin the attacking knight on Nc6. With consequence that he had to lose a tempo by moving the queen. In the Sicilian you don't want to lose tempos as white as time is a major asset in the open positions that ensue.
Oct-03-05  Professeur Y: Thanks <hayton3> for such an insightful and instructive reply. I really should look into the subtleties of the time factor in the opening.
Oct-03-05  hayton3: Your welcome
Mar-04-06  blingice: This game is a work of art by Kasparov. He brilliantly compresses upon the king, destroying all its defenses, then decompresses with less minor pieces but many more pawns. He trusted himself to be able to use these pawns to push to a win. Great game, and it's the only A00 Kasparov game in the Chessmaster 10th Edition database, which is interesting.
Oct-06-06  ToTheDeath: Nothing wrong with 1.Nc3 as a transpositional possibility. As an independent opening though, it stinks.

Moro gambled on Kaspy's time pressure by not playing 18 bxc3! Qxc3+ 19 Bc2 Bxb3 20 Rd2 Qa1+ 21 Bb1 Qc3+ 22 Bc2 Qa1+ with a draw. Kasparov proceeded to smash him with only 90 seconds left on clock. No respect indeed.

Oct-06-06  RookFile: 1. Nc3 is played with the idea of a later Nb1. Then, white will threaten Nc3 again.
Oct-06-06  ToTheDeath: Excellent point!
Jul-26-07  outplayer: Kasparov has showed to Morozevich that it is not easy to beat him even out of the books.
Nov-07-07  timhortons: the pawn structure of kaspy....grandmaster nigel short said modern chess gives much consideration to pawn structure but mate ends the game....with these kind of pawn structure resignation ends the offense intended to a big moro fan
Jan-02-08  KingG: <It's a clever choice as I cannot play 1 ..d5 as Alexander can play 2 d4 with a reversed Chigorin his favourite - and extra move!> - Kasparov

What about 1...e5 ? Does Black have anything better than transposing into a Vienna game with 2.e4 ?

Jan-02-08  Akavall: They have 1. Nc3 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4. I don't whether it's better than Vienna, though.
Jan-02-08  KingG: <Akavall> <They have 1. Nc3 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4.> Yes, that's true. It doesn't look that scary for Black, but i guess that even if White does traspose into a Vienna, that might not be much good to you if you don't normally play 1...e5. As a Sicilian player, i would definately follow Kasparov's example here, and play 1...c5.
Jan-09-09  KingG: What do the people who say Kasparov was all about preparation say about games like this?

<Kasparov had used almost 15 minutes to reach this position(after 12.h3) compared to Alexander's 4 minutes. His second and manager, the Ireland-based Russian GM, Alexander Baburin, shocked everyone by commenting in the VIP room "we were still in Alexander's opening preparation!>

Supposedly Morozevich is one of the most talented players in the world, and the only advantage Kasparov had over the other top players was his opening preparation(which apparently was given to him by a secret team of analysts), and yet he still seems to win most of the games where he is taken out of his prep.

Jan-09-09  shr0pshire: <tacticsjokerxxx> It has been played on some pretty high level correspondence chess games. The last one I can think of was ICCF IM Gino Figlio who used this opening as white during his 8 game world championship match on the FICGS server.

IM Figlio eventually lost the game, but it was a fantastic game. I can't fault the opening for the loss.

These openings do get played at a high level, but they are more often played in correspondence than over the board.

Jun-30-12  sicilianhugefun: This is a great game and both players deserves credit. I admire Morozevich's courage to drag the game out from boring theories from the very start. It then allowed Kasparov to proove to the world that he is not just an opening monster theorist as some are claiming. Kasparov is the best during his time partly because of his opening knowledge and very largely because of his raw talent which was sharpened and hardened through the imminent test of time. And last but NOT the least, this game demonstrates that Chess is still far from being decoded yet. It will remain inexhaustible and fun to be part of every Chess enthusiast's life just like me.
Nov-01-15  sreeskamp: Kasparov might have been inspired by Fischer(see Mednis vs Fischer 1958). Van der Geet as opening can be quite annoying to play against at club level. Your opponent (white)is books and years experience ahead. So my advice to other clubplayers, deviate from the start from the mainlines by playing c5 or Pf6

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