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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Morozevich
14th Amber Tournament: Blindfold (2005) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 6, Mar-25
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-25-05  gladiator367: Look like moro had him, too bad Anand slithered out.
Mar-25-05  colp99: An amazing game in my opinion. Anand stumbles away with the best he can get.
Mar-25-05  aw1988: Absolutely insane for a blindfold game.
Mar-25-05  iron maiden: Anand had to work for his half-point here, but now that he's finished with Kramnik, Ivanchuk and Moro it should be clear sailing. Let's hope he doesn't ease off and try to draw his way to victory.
Mar-26-05  chessbond: Anand, may have goofed up halfway through here but it takes amazing talent to make up for that mistake. Positioning a draw with a Rook down is simply amazing. 36.Qb6 was a master stroke.
May-02-05  notyetagm: Is there a forced winning line here that Morozevich misses?
Jun-15-05  notyetagm: 9 ... g5!?, wow. In the same position versus Anand in this tournament, Ivanchuk played 9 ... ♕a5, 10 ... b4 and 11 ... c4, using his queenside space. <But 9 ... g5!? ? My goodness!>
Jun-15-05  maoam: It's not that sensational; White can't take advantage of the half-open g-file, Black gets pressure on the White centre which he plans to dismantle, and a wonderful bishop on g7.
Jun-16-05  notyetagm: <maoam: It's not that sensational; White can't take advantage of the half-open g-file, Black gets pressure on the White centre which he plans to dismantle, and a wonderful bishop on g7.>

But why not play 9 ... g6 then instead of 9 ... g5 ? Does not 9 ... g6 perform the same functions you described above for 9 ... g5 ? And 9 ... g6 both keeps the f-file closed and makes it more difficult for White to get in his thematic f4-f5 breakthrough.

Jun-16-05  notyetagm: I just answered my own question. In these positions, White wants to play the f4-f5 breakthrough. <The pawn sacrifice 9 ... g5!? 10 fxg5 permanently prevents White from executing this plan by deflecting the f-pawn from the f-file>, at the cost of a pawn and giving White a half-open f-file to use.
Dec-28-05  notyetagm: The position on the board after 32 ... d2 is just incredible:


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Dec-14-12  nummerzwei: <notyetagm>:
9...g5 crushes White's centre. 9...g6 accomplishes nothing in that regard.
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