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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexander Grischuk
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Nov-10
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-06  suenteus po 147: Is the final position zugzwang or did Grischuk forfeit on time?

Nice play by Morozevich, by the way. If I could play the Sicilian like that, I would play 1.e4 every time without fear.

Nov-10-06  Fisheremon: Couldn't understand Grischuk's blunder 26...Rxb5 (he might overlook 30. Rc5 ?!
Nov-10-06  alicefujimori: Morozevich improved on the previously played 15.0-0 by Anand in Anand vs Topalov, 2006 and it seems to be a good novelty, especially after 15...Qb8 16.a3 neutralizing black's counterattack using the b4 square as shown in the above-mentioned game. 16.Bd6 seems wrong as it allowed white to swap off that important dark squared bishop while white has the advantage of the two bishops in an open position. But it is quite difficult to suggest something different already.
Nov-10-06  TheSlid: <Fisherlemon> I was watching the game on the unreliable Russian Chess site today and could not for the life of me understand the "exchange sac". Glad to see not many others could, either. Wierd. Anyone clever out there like to enlighten us?
Nov-10-06  TheSlid: Also - <Fisheremon> So too can I type : )
Nov-10-06  Ezzy: 26...Rxb5. Was this Grischuk's extremely bad impression of a Topalov move.
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  Eyal: <TheSlid: Wierd. Anyone clever out there like to enlighten us?> Well, apparently not the commentator of either - he calls it "a mysterious exchange sacrifice" (
Nov-10-06  shintaro go: Just a bizarre move by Grischuk. God knows what he was thinking with that move.
Nov-11-06  percyblakeney: <God knows what he was thinking with that move>

"A couple of rounds ago I sacrificed the exchange against Leko and almost won, I bet it will work even better this time!"

Nov-11-06  chesslearning: What follows? Is it impossible to draw?
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  tpstar: <chesslearning> White played 35. Qc3 to attack g7 and create a pin on the Nc6 against the c7 square; if the Knight moves, 36. Rc7 wins the Queen or mates (37. Qxg7#). So the threat is 36. b4 & 37. b5 hitting the Nc6 followed by 38. Rc7 winning material; 36. b4 Nxb4 37. Rc7, or 36 ... Qxb4? 37. Rxc6 wins a piece. The only plausible defense would be 35 ... Kf8/Kf7 36. b4 Ne7 but now White has 37. Rc7 followed by 38. Qc5 winning the Knight.
Nov-18-06  Madman99X: 26... Rxb5? does not look sound to me. Surely he has better.
Jul-21-07  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: Morozevich improved on the previously played 15.0-0 by Anand in Anand vs Topalov, 2006 and it seems to be a good novelty, ...>

Good call, <alicef>! This novelty, 15 ♖a1-c1!, just won the Chess Informant prize for <Most Important Novelty> in Chess Informant 98.

See for the details. 15 ♖a1-c1! won by a substantial 16-point margin over the runner-up.

Sep-13-07  znprdx: Why all the fuss? 15.R[a1]-c1 looks perfectly routine> It certainly did not force the result - albeit a beautiful cheapo, almost accidental

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