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Nigel Short vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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  Bobsterman3000: Aren't aggressive/risk-taking players like Morozevich supposed to hate the Philidor defense? Maybe that's why he lost...
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  Willem Wallekers: rclb, Bobsterman:
Yep, for all I know 3 ... exd4 is not the right way to play the Philidor.
Jan-18-05  themindset: exd4 is fine, it's just a really passive opening.
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  Willem Wallekers: <themindset> :)
You're right, I checked 'official' opening theory on this move. But then 4 ... g6 seems to be more interesting then 4 ... Nf6. Moro isn't famous for succesful passive play, so critisizing his opening choice is justified in my opinion.
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  Andrew Chapman: <23...f4? Did Moro miss the fact that Short could win the exchange???>I don't think so. If he allows exf5 his position looks pretty hopeless, especially if white gets in f6, with the g file open. This way he got quite a strong attack. I think the mistake was 15...d5. Had he really considered 17.Bg5 which either wins the pawn or leaves black with serious kingside pawn weaknesses?
Jan-18-05  Sonofabishop84: What a joke, seems like Moro just isn't trying his best and just doesn't care lately.
Jan-18-05  Dillinger: In a way I dont blame him. Chess no longer offers reasonable incentives for top young players. Just a series of high level exhibition tournaments while a host of pretenders compete for the "championship". He should get out while he's young and do something he enjoys.
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: This game isn't actually too dissimilar from a game Short and Moro played a few years ago, in Ruy Lopez (in terms of the way the opening turned out)
Jan-19-05  Sonofabishop84: I mean it looks like Moro did absolutely ZERO in opening preperation for this major tournament. He's chewing up about an hour of time for his first 10 moves or so and is picking more "conservative" openings that, obviously, don't suit his style. He seems to be treating this like its a 5 min blitz tournament.

What's up with him playing crap(as in not for his style) like 1.g3, 1.c4 and the petroff with black. They're all too passive. It's like a positional player who excels in closed postions going for the Max Lange attack in the Guico Piano...

Jan-19-05  TylerD: Yep. But give credit to Short as well.

about dxe4 it can be argued that it is the "wrong" way to handle the Philidor in that it takes the tension of the centre somewhat. Instead the most popular way of beating the Philidor (which I use myself, so far undefeated) is to simply keep developing, makin the passive position of black hurt as much as possible...

Jan-19-05  RisingChamp: A)The Max Lange Attack is not in the guico Piano its in the 2 knights opening B)I agree he shouldnt be playing the Philidor-it isnt bad but it IS very passive.and thats not his style
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  Andrew Chapman: <A)The Max Lange Attack is not in the guico Piano its in the 2 knights opening>you can reach it from Giuco Piano by 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5
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  Whitehat1963: <rclb: 2... d6? Moro would be a great player if played better openings against the really strong players. Surely he must realise that even though he can smash the lesser GMs with an 'offbeat', i.e. unsound opening, the chaps and chapess invited to Corus are made of sterner stuff!> Capablanca was never a fan of the Philidor, calling 2...d6 a weak move indeed.
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  tamar: "The time-control having passed I fetched a (non-alcoholic) drink and tried to stop shaking violently. After a few minutes I found 41. Qf4! Very brilliant but the mundane 41. Qd7 is even stronger."
Jan-30-05  morostyle: <Sonofabishop84> <It's like a positional player who excels in closed postions going for the Max Lange attack in the Guico Piano> heheeh nice 1 its like moro really doesnt care and for me it looks like he uses tournaments for homework n practicing or sumtin he should do his "homework" at home not in such suberb tournament ! tough i still like him for his "coolness" at least he has the "balls" doing that @#$%ty and experimental play at corus !
Jan-30-05  morostyle: yesterday he lookd very cool in that live webcam via playchess heeh he walked and check sum games from leko and kramnik then he stand for a long time in front of topalov and steped side by side from left to right i saw it with my own eyes live i could not believe topalov looked very @#$%* off at him lol that was very weird moro is the best heeheh his game was @#$%ed then he thought come on lets see if other players make @#$%ty moves like me and if not i will force them to do so by staying in front of there table and steping slowly but surely from left to the right and test their nerves lol i still cant believe he did it looked like a dance or sumtin if i would topalov yesterday and moro did what he did at my tabel i would smacked his face down to the ground !!! tough i still like moro be continued
Jan-30-05  euripides: In the Telegraph, Short reports that 15...d5 surprised him, but is not bad. Kramnik thought Black was better at move 19. Short recommends 20...Rad8 with a tense position, rather than 20...f5 which yields White the advantage after 21 Bd3. In this game Morozevich adopts Short's trick of accepting a weak pawn structure for piece activity.
May-22-05  farrooj: very nice finish
Sep-10-05  BobbyBishop: ...23. f4? i don't get it. it just loses the exchange. puts some pressure on h2 but i hardly think it's worth it. is there some deep idea to f4 that i'm missing? if so..please enlighten
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  ajile: < Bobsterman3000: Aren't aggressive/risk-taking players like Morozevich supposed to hate the Philidor defense? Maybe that's why he lost...>

Moro should have let loose with the Philidor Counter Gambit 3...f5. Both White and Black have to know their stuff to survive this sharp opening.

Oct-22-05  alexandrovm: very nice finish by Short here.
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  madlydeeply: Maybe morozevich is sandbagging so he can win bookoo bucks at weekend swisses!
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  Whitehat1963: Nice mid-week puzzle after 40...Rf8.
Feb-11-07  mr j: that last rook move was awsome!
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  wordfunph: Morozovich-Short 2005 Wijk aan Zee: After carrying off a duel with Alexander Morozevich, the outcome of which was decided in mutual time-trouble, GM Nigel Short confessed, "I feel completely shattered. Mentally, I'm in ruins. There's no doubt that this is a consequence of my age."

- from Sosonko's book Smart Chip from St. Petersburg

now, i wonder why Nigel seems not happy with this win over Moro, anyone?

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