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Michael Adams vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-16
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Marshall Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Jan-16-05  jwan: Another 'constriction' victory by GM Adams. Black had little counter play after 25. Bxc5 ... Still surprised no one has published a recent collection of his games.
Jan-16-05  euripides: I wonder if Morozevich simply overlooked 29 Nxg5+. He was already under pressure, but after that it looks hopeless.
Jan-16-05  PinkPanther: Adams' rooks were the stars of this game. After white's 26th move, both of Adams' rooks are on open files, whereas Moro's are very limited in scope.
Jan-16-05  rclb: 15 Qb5! I think Moro's problems all start from this move which seriously cramps his style. Does anyone know if this is a novelty?
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  cade: The novelty in this game is Moros 10...Qd7. 10...Na6 then travelling to c7 protects against Qb5 and may have been a better idea.
Jan-16-05  Jack Rabbit: I agree that tghe star move of the game was teh pseudo-sacrificial <29 Nxg5+!>. Morozevich apparently didn't see everything after <29 -- fxg5 30 Rf3> or thought he saw somehing that wasn't there. He should have permitted this move.

Could he have done better by playing <28 -- Kg6>?

Jan-16-05  PinkPanther: I'm guessing the purpose of Qb5 is to threaten c4 and make use of the pin?
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  notyetagm: Adams gets the knight back after 29 ♘xg5+! fxg5 30 ♖f3 ♔g6 (... ♔f6 ♖e5) 31 ♖e6+ ♔f7 32 ♖e5. So it looks like Moro just blundered a pawn and lost the resulting endgame.

Who would have thought that after 2 rounds Anand, Kramnik, Svidler and Moro <would be tied for last>?

Jan-17-05  TylerD: Moro is soooo out of shape... or maybe he wasn t ever better than this when put up against 2700-competition? His showing at the russian CH was a disaster... and now this... Adams plays very strong, of course, but still, considering the hype surrounding Moro... (A hype that I bought into myself).
Jan-17-05  rclb: Moro is already worse before 28...g5? It's also telling that he gets smashed to pieces shortly after losing the pawn - I imagine Leko or someone like that would have found a way to make it difficult for Adams at least. It looks to me like Moro doesn't really have what it takes against the 2700+ guys - but he's young so he may improve.
Jan-17-05  waddayaplay: Why do I keep seeing this from you chess patzers? As soon as someone loses a game he "sucks". Even if it is from a tactical oversight.
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  notyetagm: No, they are not patzers. Moro has a <long history> of playing badly in major tournaments against other 2700s. He beats up the weaker 2500/2600-level GMs but can't seem to do well against the other members of the 2700 club.

This tournament is a case in point: he is now tied for last after 3 rounds, <a whole point behind Bruzon>, the lowest rated player in this section.

Jan-18-05  Orbitkind: I agree waddayaplay. When a player loses a game it effects their judgement of the player. I judge a player as a whole over their career results, and talk about recent results in the short terms, such as saying Morozevich is doing badly lately. That doesn't effect my judgement of Morozevich as a whole, which remains that he is a very original and sharp player, and is very sporadic and exciting. It seems that at the moment he is trying the most outrageous openings moves to try and further chess somehow, or because he is working on elevating himself to an even higher level for which he just need to get over a hurdle before being significantly better. Maybe if this is true and he does get over that hurdle he'll be number one in the world.
Jan-18-05  Backward Development: I don't understand why Moro plays passive openings lately. He would *probably* be well advised to take up something a bit more like his cup of tea.
Jan-23-05  patzer2: Black missed a simple deflection and pinning tactic when he played 28...g5?? (allowing 29. Nxg5+! ) After 28...Rc8 =, he would have been OK. Note that 30...Kg6? fails to the deflection 31. Re6+!
Jan-24-05  artemis: after 44. ... Kc7, the rook moves create the oddest type of wind mill I have ever seen, forcing the king to pin the bihsop to himself, and then win material then pin the bishop and threaten more material and win.

Adams creates a great endgame for himself, where he gets all of the active possiblities.

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  ajile: 8..F5 by black transposes to a Stonewall Dutch. Wouldn't THAT be a surprise for the e4 player!
Feb-08-05  CeeFoR: Wicked
Aug-10-05  alexandrovm: yep, great white position, Alexander never had a chance with the anoying white rooks
Apr-09-08  diabloprancer: One of Adams' best; his bishop and rooks coordinate perfectly.

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