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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexander Grischuk
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: Both players took a huge amount of time over the first ten moves. Poor Moro got himself into a hell of a mess, the poor sod.
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  notyetagm: Looks like Moro played the first 10+ moves like a patzer.
Jan-17-05  Dillinger: A very strange unraveling. Morozevich comes out with a bullet chess opening and breaks several known opening conventions without any clear plan or preparation.
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  IMlday: 3.Qe2!--Bohatirchuk!
Jan-17-05  Akavall: Did you see what happend to Kramnik and Anand in round two? Maybe Moro was scared to walk into a home preparation?
Jan-18-05  iron maiden: Well, he still got massacred just as badly as Kramnik did yesterday. Playing through the game gives the impression that Moro never really had much of a working plan.
Jan-18-05  euripides: I suppose Morozevich's idea may have been to use the doubled e pawns to restrain Black's pieces and perhaps support later play in the d file. But after 14...Bc6 he has trouble defending the e4 pawn without allowing king-side play e.g. 15 Bf3 f6 16 exf6 Rxf6 17 0-0 Qc7 and Black has some possibliities with Rg6 and Nf7-e5.
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  IMlday: Chigorin used to face 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 c5
regularly. It took him many years to conclude that 3.f4!? was the best move. Moro could have transposed into that;
should have, evidentally.
The 2.f4 Philidor line is sharp; when it goes bad it goes bad quickly and decisively. But don't let Moro's sleepiness and/or bravado be a judgement on the opening. The ghost of Chigorin or Bohatirchuk might have perched on his shoulder and told him old and apparently forgotten things. 2c
Jan-23-05  patzer2: If I had to play something unusual in this line, I think <IMLDay>'s suggestion of 3. Qe2!?, as in Short vs Korchnoi, 1997, is as good as any. Moro doesn't seem to have anything with 4. d3?!, especially now after the GMs have had a little time to computer analyze the "obvious reply" 4...dxe5. Seems to me the book responses 4. Nc3 as in Tiviakov vs I Kurnosov, 2003 or 4. e5, transposing to the French as in Bologan vs V Burmakin, 2003, are both much better.
Jan-23-05  patzer2: Seems to me one of White's last chances to hold the position was by trying 10. Bxg5 (Can't see that 10. h4?! Bxc1 11. Qxc1 accomplished anything except loss of tempo for White) 10...Qxg5 11.d4 0–0 12.Qd2 Qg6 13.exd5 exd5 14.0–0 Bg4 15.Na3 =.
Aug-02-06  gambitfan: In a correspondence game my opponent just played :

1 e4 c5
2 f4...

This is the second time I have to play this line in correspondence chess...

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  positionalgenius: Ouch,Morozevich gets whipped by Grischuk.

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