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Alexander Morozevich vs Yannick Pelletier
"Biel, or no Biel?" (game of the day Nov-24-2006)
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 9, Aug-02
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0

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Aug-02-06
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  Mendrys: I wouldn't think he was doing it to make fun. It was probably to confuse the issue and draw Pelletier's attention to the queenside. Once this was done he was in great shape to start his king-side attack.
Aug-02-06  Mattheus: I came up with: 30. Qf6+ Ke8 31.h4.. Black will then either battle to stop the h pawn promoting, alternatively, en passant loses the bishop. Obviously inferior to the played line - but wouldn't it win in the end?
Aug-02-06  Theologue: Well done Moro! It was funny reading all the comments here. Very few expected such a quick conclusion.
Aug-02-06  Ulhumbrus: 18...Kh8 threatens 19...Rd4 by removing Bh7 as a check.
Aug-02-06  Ulhumbrus: 18...Be4 attacks the pinned Bd3
Aug-02-06  ianD: What an awful game by Pelletier. He really lost his way. :-(
Aug-02-06  spirit: congrats moro!
Aug-02-06  polonius: Congratulations Alexander Morozevich from all your fans here at the Miami Chess Club!! A performance worthy of an encomium for the ages . We wish you continued greatness and success in future championships . 7 wins in 9 attempts -amazing indeed ! You give new meaning to the compliment '' blue-chip player '' !!
Aug-02-06  Hannibal: what a game!!!!!
Aug-02-06  babakova: 18. c4 and 19.b4 are the kind of moves you just cant teach. Very good game.
Aug-02-06
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  Landman: Moves like b4 and c4 are common enough - just not as preparation for a Kingside attack. ;P
Aug-02-06  birnal: 19.b4 is position mistake ! 19. ... a5 and Moro is dead
Aug-02-06  babakova: <19.b4 is position mistake ! 19. ... a5 and Moro is dead> Why is that? Please explain with words and not just variations.
Aug-02-06  Albertan: If 19...a5 20.c6!? then play might continue:

21...axb4 22.axb4 Bxc6 23.Qc2 Nd5 24.Nxc6 Rc8 25.Bxb5 Nxb4 26.Qc4 Nxc6 27.Bxc6 Qxc6 28.Qxc6 Rxc6 Black emerges a pawn up.

Aug-03-06  lunacyfrog: Your 20 c6!? might deserve more than just one exclamation point and question mark, since it is an illegal move.
Aug-03-06  TylerD: "I wouldn't think he was doing it to make fun. It was probably to confuse the issue and draw Pelletier's attention to the queenside. Once this was done he was in great shape to start his king-side attack." Yep.
This is what I mean when I state that Morozevich play "psychological chess".

His approach sometimes resembles Laskerīs, stiring up trouble and complications in confidence that his tactic ability and creativity will help him handle any situation that might occur on the board. Tal, Bronstein, Topalov, are other players that comes to mind...

Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: I left this game after 23...Rfd8 and now I just couldn't believe how little resistence Pelletier gave.

I don't think b4 was to confuse Pelletier. It was probably more of a preventive and defensive move. It prevents Black from a lot of queenside activites if you analyze it a bit. Almost every play by Black on the queenside could be parried easily by white after that. Kb2 is the real exclaimation move, I think. It not only moves the King out of the c-file and renew some indirect threats with Bh7+ preventing Black from doubling on the d-file, it also hides the king very safely behind those queenside pawns. White's king looks exposed, but if you analyze carefully, Black cannot do anything about it and if there were going to be mass exchanges of pieces, then the white king can easily reach up the queenside and support those pawns to queen.

Overall, a very wonderful display by Moro. But I'm sure Pelletier could also had improved somewhere.

Aug-03-06  TylerD: I agree that confusion alone is never good enough motivation for a Morozevich-move - it is of course backed up by concrete analysis and a positive belief in the position that arises after a certain move. The c4+b4-launches certainly stands for a serious study - even now, after the game.
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: The point of c4 isn't really new in a French. It takes away the important kinght outpost of d5 away from Black. So c4 is easy to understand. b4 was a shock at first, but after careful study it shouldn't be too difficult to understand. I think the whole point of b4+Kb2 was the brillancy of this game.
Aug-03-06
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The two openings in chess that I have never understood are the Rubenstein and Burn Variations of the French (3...dxe4 and 4...dxe4). Black blocks his own Bishop with 1...e6 to establish a strong point at d5, and then surrenders that strong point and opens attacking lines toward his own King.

Nonetheless, this is an amazing game by Morozevich. His bizarre setup seems to snuff out all of Black's play (though final judgement awaits the work of the silicon monsters--for example, what is White's best if Black plays 24...h5?). The complications are staggering, so I expect somebody to find improvements for Pelletier, but somewhere out there, Morphy, Spielmann, Alekhine and Tal interrupted their quadruple round-robin blitz tournament to watch this one.

Nov-24-06  syracrophy: JA! Nice pun! :-P

34.♖d6!! <34...fxg6 35.Rxe6+ Qxe6 <35...Kd7 36.Qe7#> 36.Qxe6+ Kd8 37.Qd6+! Ke8 <37...Kc8 38.Qxf8+ > 38.e6! >

The threat now is 35.♖xe6+! using the fact that the ♙ of f7 is pinned by the ♗

Nov-24-06
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  Peligroso Patzer: I remember following this game on-line in real time. When Morozevich played 18. c4 followed by 19. b4, most of us thought he had gone crazy. What a beautiful attack he produced within the next 15 moves!

By the way, this was the tournament in which, with the sole exception of a short last-round draw, Morozevich produced all decisive games -- two losses against Carlsen (who lost twice to Volokitin in this event) and wins against everyone else.

Nov-24-06
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  kevin86: I like the whimsical position of white's king:his only protective pieces are at a3,b4,and c4-all pawns.Yet he faces NOT one attacking move from his opponent.

Black had a more orthodox casting position,yet his king was routed from his castle-back to his original home.

Nov-24-06  ajile: As soon as I saw 19..Nd7 I was thinking Black was in trouble. Why move the Knight when it's Black's best defensive piece?
Apr-28-14
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  Mating Net: I have to award an ! to the move 24.g4! White is able to open the h file and ensure that his attack strikes first. Well done.
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