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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Morozevich
Amber Blindfold (2006) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1

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Mar-28-06  jmi: I'm failing to see how Black can win here.... can anyone show the winning continuation?
Mar-28-06  whatthefat: Black just pushes the pawn, promotes, white takes, black takes the bishop. It's then rook vs. pawn - an easy win. And if white tries to promote his own pawn: 69.Ka6 h2 70.b7 h1=Q 71.b8=Q Qc6+ and then 72.Ka5 Ra1+ 73.Kb4 Ra4+ 74.Kb3 Qc4+ 75.Kb2 Rb4+ winning the queen.

There might be a quicker win, but this seems to work.

Apr-04-06  Gahvandure: <Nikita> 6. ... e5 is most certainly Najdorf; in fact it is the most common reply to 6. f3. 6. ... e6 may be slightly stronger, and has a better percentage of wins and draws for black in the chessgames.com database, but 6. ... e5 is certainly playable, and the difference between the two is less than marginal at the GM level.
Apr-08-06  Nikita Smirnov: I have an Anti teory to 6...e5 for white and it is: 7.Nf5! witch is crushing black into oblivion you may think that I am mad with it but no I showed it to my teacher (Master Jan Ullen) and he said that it was a good move that I have done.It is destorying,blowing,crushing and deafiting black easy!
Apr-08-06  Resignation Trap: <Nikita Smirnov> After 7.Nf5, Black can just play the undermining move 7...d5 and he gets a good game.
Apr-10-06  Nikita Smirnov: I have found the continuation!7.Nf5 d5 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.Qxd5 Nxd5 10.Nd6 Kd7 11.Nxf7 Rg8 12.Nxe5 Ke6 13.Nd3 and white is clearly better!
Apr-10-06  euripides: it's the Smirnoff talking.
Apr-10-06  4daluvofchess: <euripides> Maybe he wouldn't get it- Smirnoff is a brand of vodka popular in the US. Being from Russia he should have much better bottles.
Apr-10-06  Jim Bartle: I think Nikita said he was from one of the Scandinavian countries. Plus he's ten years old, so presumably doesn't drink.
Apr-10-06  Nikita Smirnov: I am eleven!
Apr-10-06  Nikita Smirnov: And do not doubt my opening theorys!
Apr-10-06  Jim Bartle: Sorry, Nikita. What country did you say you come from?
Apr-10-06  Nikita Smirnov: Sweden!
Apr-14-06  PhilFeeley: <whatthefat: Black just pushes the pawn, promotes, white takes, black takes the bishop. It's then rook vs. pawn - an easy win. And if white tries to promote his own pawn: 69.Ka6 h2 70.b7 h1=Q 71.b8=Q Qc6+ and then 72.Ka5 Ra1+ 73.Kb4 Ra4+ 74.Kb3 Qc4+ 75.Kb2 Rb4+ winning the queen.> The problem with this is that white queens with check as the black king is on d6. Then what? The win is difficult after that.
Apr-14-06  IMDONE4: a well played najdorf by morozevich, the master of strange, unorthodox play.
May-17-06  kavalerov: It seems to me that the win is much simpler than <whatthefat>'s line. 69. Ka6 Ra1+ 70. Kb7 (Kb5 makes no progress) h2 71. Be4 h1=Q 72 Bxh1 Rxh1 73. Kc8 Rc1+ 74. Kb7 Rb1 wins.
May-18-06  Seethamraju: Can anyone tell me how much time this game took to complete?While practising on my own it took me more than 3 days to understand it.
May-18-06  Seethamraju: Fantastic game for me.
May-26-06  percyblakeney: <Can anyone tell me how much time this game took to complete?>

I think the players had 25 minutes per game, plus a 20 second increment per move.

Jun-15-06  Tariqov: <nikita>your analysis(the Nf5 thing) has a lot of flaws in it,firstly after 7..d5! 8.Nxd5 you suggested 8....Qxd5?? which loses the Queen to 9.exd5,secondly, after 8..Qxd5 9.Qxd5Nxd5 10.Nd6?? gives a free knight to Bxd6.
Sep-02-06  Nikita Smirnov: Well now I understand more in e5 against f3.Now i know that it is a good move.
Nov-15-06  adviser: Who is the best blindfold player in the world?
Nov-15-06  iron maiden: Looking at each year's Amber results (there aren't many other blindfold events to judge by), I'd suggest either Morozevich or Kramnik.
Nov-15-06  percyblakeney: <best blindfold player> I'd say Morozevich, over the last ten years he has performed 2890, Kramnik 2806 (against weaker opposition but with double as many games). Only going by recent results Morozevich scored +8 -0 =3 in this year's Amber (a 3032 performance), so at the moment I'd place Moro ahead of Kramnik.
Nov-15-06  percyblakeney: ...and Morozevich has also won (with black) the decisive blindfold games he and Kramnik have played.
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