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Alexei Fedorov vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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Jul-18-06  sandmanbrig: What a move on 25 by Morozevich. Beautiful tactic to threaten bullet mate forcing queen sack.
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  plang: The Informant categorizes this game as B70 - a sideline of the Dragon. Morozovich criticized his 7..Bg4?! as a waste of time as Nde2 and h3 are useful moves for White. 12 Be3 had been played in Tseshkovsky-Tukmakov Erevan 1982 (Zonal) (Black won); 12 Nd5 was new. Morozovich thought that White's most promising continuation would have been 18 f4..Nc4 19 Qe2..Nxb2 20 Qxb2..bxc 21 Qxc3..h6 22 Bh4..Qb6 23 Rad1..Rfc8 24 Qe3..Rc4 25 Kh2..Bxd4 26 Qxe7..Qc7 27 Rxd4..Rxd4 28 f5 with a dangerous attack. 24 g4? badly weakened Whites kingside; better was 24 c7..Rb5 25 Qxb5..Nf3+ 26 Bxf3..Qxb5 27 Rfb1..Qc4 28 Rc1..Qd3 29 Rab1..Qxf3 30 Rb8..Qf5 31 Rxf8+..Bxf8 32 c8(Q)..Qxa5 and White is fine. 25 c7? was a move too late and lost by force; still after 25 Qe4..Qxe4 26 Bxe4..e6 27 c7..d5 Black has a clear edge. White resigned due to 33 Kh2..Qh4+ 34 Bh3..Qf4+ 35 Kg2..Qxf2#.

A good example of Morozovich's uncompromising style. Many GMs play conservatively with Black; the choice he made in this game allowing White a dangerous passed c-pawn was quite risky. The slightest slip would have led to disaster for Black.

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