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Alexander Morozevich vs Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-21
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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Jan-21-05  Flyboy216: D'oh! Poor Moro...
Jan-21-05  Akavall: Was 55. Qxh4 a blunder? Moro had a perpetual here, right? 55. Qc7+ and so on
Jan-21-05  Bobak Zahmat: 57. Bf2?? is great blunder.
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  Willem Wallekers: 55. Qxh4 was a blunder. At move 57 he had no better:
57. Be1 Qg1+ 58. Kg3 Qxe1
or 57. Bb2 Qg1+ 58. Kg3 Bf2+
Jan-21-05  Appaz: When Moro plays 55.Qxh4 he could at best got perpetual, cause if instead the bishop takes the pawn or moves, 56.- Bb5 kills the white queen.

The real blunder, I think, was 53.a6 allowing h4. Maybe 56.h4 is good enough to maintain a chance to win.

Jan-21-05  dafish298: Fritz 8 easily says win for white in this position on move 56 both Qxh4 and Bxh4 lose, but Qc7+ wins for white. here is the line: [PlyCount "13"]

1. Qc7+ Kg8 2. Qd8+ Kg7 3. Qe7+ Kg8 4. Qxh4 Qe3 5. Qd8+ Kg7 6. Qc7+ Kg8 7. h4 * 4.41 Also
1.Qc7+ Kh6 2. Bf4+ g5 3. a7 3.07

Jan-21-05  notyetagm: Damn, Moro, wtf is wrong with you????
Jan-21-05  acirce: 56.Qc7+ Kg8 57.Qd8+ Kf7 58.Qd7+ Kg8 59.Qe8+ Kg7 60.Qe7+ Kg8 and *now* 61.Qxh4 wins because 61..Qe3 62.Qd8+.

So 53.a6 was winning. Of course, 55.Qd7+ immediately was possible too.

Jan-21-05  Milo: White's 56th might be good for a puzzle.
Jan-21-05  TheSlid: <Moro had a perpetual here, right?> i.e at move 55. The way Moro had been playing, should he have looked for the repetition around move 20 - where white goes Qd3 / Qf3 and Black Bf5 / Bg4?
Jan-21-05  csmath: Qxh4 was a horrendeous blunder. Morozevich in fact had a position that was probably won before he did that serious error. He is, at seems, completely out of form. This type of error is a sort of thing a 1400-1500 rated player would do. Amazing how to waste a position he so painstakingly built.
Jan-21-05  euripides: I think Morozevich was very short of time and was probably rattled by 53...h4 and the sudden threats down the diagonal, so the instinct to pocket the h pawn is very understandable, even for a very strong player. It must, however, have been quite sickening to see 56...Qe3 - I started watching again at exaectly that point and ouldn't believe my eyes. Somehow more brutal, psychologically, than blundering one's queen.
Jan-21-05  SmileUK: Morozevich is going to be a monster in this game when he develops. Bruzon is just a good positional waiting player that is just waiting to be taken apart by someone. I don't rate him yet.
Jan-21-05  Hidden Skillz: wow lol this was a gift..
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  lostemperor: Morozevich is Crusin' for a Bruzon'!
Jan-25-05  GufeldStudent: After Qc4, how does Bruzon meet Re7. It seems like a total crusher for me---why did moro take the pawn?
Jan-25-05  GufeldStudent: It is not fair to say that Qh4 is a 1400-1500 blunder. A blunder is a blunder---If it is very subtle it isn't called a blunder. In time pressure, I can see missinger Qe3 just because you expect to be able to check your way out (as you could in most cases).
Apr-26-05  Marvol: <GufeldStudent: After Qc4, how does Bruzon meet Re7. It seems like a total crusher for me---why did moro take the pawn?>

You would make a lot more sense if you included move numbers in your question.

Anyways after 43...Qc4 44 Re7 , 44... Bf6 leaves white with very little threats and a very even position. Basically very much like in the game. It is maybe a better move than Qxb6 but it is for sure no 'crusher'.

Jul-14-09  v d pandit: Leonard Barden has discussed the position after 55 --- Kg7 in his Column wherein he stated White had 3 options here 56 QXh4 or BXh4 or Qc7+ and that only 56 Qc7+ wins. 56 BXh4? Bc5 winning the Q; 56 QXh4? Qe3! when W had to give up his B by Bf2 to stop --- Qg1#.

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