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Christian Bauer vs Alexander Morozevich
Ciudad de Pamplona (2006), Pamplona ESP, rd 4, Dec-26
Queen Pawn Game: Sarratt Attack (D00)  ·  0-1



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Dec-27-06  Whitehat1963: What an unusual game. Love Moro when he's on. Takes you right out of the typical.
Dec-28-06  Hidden Skillz: imo 3.f3 was a longterm weakness in this kind of position. i think Qd3 or maybe even h3 would've been better
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  Mateo: A novelty on the 3rd move is something very unusual in modern chess. But Moro's fancy is inexhaustible. This genius is not only fanciful but also rash. Here his pawn sacrifice worked but I think that against such players as Kramnik or Svidler, it would have proved to be rather dubious.

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Bg4!? 3. f3 <A novelty! 3.c3 has been played twice.> Bh5 4. e3 e6 5. c4 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Ne7 7. Rc1 <7.Bd3 was natural.> c5 8. dxc5 O-O 9. Nge2 <9.Bd6 protecting the c5 pawn was interesting too.> Nd7 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Kf2 Nxc3 12. Nxc3 Bxc5?! <12...Nxc5 seems more accurate.> 13. Ne4?! <Missing 13.Na4! with a clear edge (the difference being that from a4 the Knight controls b6). If 13...Bb4 14.Rc7 wins a pawn because of the double attack on the Knight and on the b7 pawn.> Bb6 14. Bc4 h6!? <Obviously Moro didn’t want to see White’s Bishop at g5. For instance, 14...Bg6 15.Bg5.> 15. Qd6 e5?! <A dubious pawn sacrifice.> 16. Bxe5 Rc8 17. Bd4 Rc6 18. Bxb6 Rxb6 19. Qd4 Qh4+ 20. g3 Qe7 21. Be2 Ne5 22. Rc5 Re6 23. Rd1? <A tactical mistake. Bauer should have played for instance 23.Rd5 keeping a big edge.> Nxf3! <A turning point. Moro gets the advantage.> 24. Bxf3 Bxf3 25. Kxf3 Rxe4 26. Qxe4 Qxc5 <Black has a small advantage.> 27. Kg2 Qb5 28. Rd2 Re8 29. Qf3 b6 30. b3 Re7 31. Rd8+ Kh7 32. e4?! <Dubious, as the pawn is more difficult to defend on the 4th rank than on the 3rd.> Qc6 <32...Qe5! seems even more uncomfortable for White.> 33. Qf5+?! <33.Rd4 provides some drawing hopes.> g6 34. Qd5 Qc2+! <34...Qxd5 35.exd5 Re2+ 36.Kf3 Rxh2 37.Ke3!, the active King and the passed pawn give drawing hopes.> 35. Kh3? <35.Kf3 is better but Black keeps the advantage (better pawn structure and the White King is unsecure).> Qf2 36. Qd4 <36.Qd2 Qf1+ 37.Qg2 Qxg2+ 38.Kxg2 Rxe4 gives winning hopes in the Rook ending.> Qf1+ 37. Kh4 <37.Kg4 f5+ 38.exf5 Qxf5+ 39.Kh4 Qh5 mate.> g5+ 38. Kg4 f5+ 39. exf5 Qe2+ 40. Kh3 Qh5+ 41. Kg2 Re2+ <Wins the Queen.> 0-1

Dec-29-06  PinkPanther: Why would somebody try to play against Moro in a position where theory is irrelevant and creativity, and innovative moves are at a premium?
Jan-02-07  XMarxT3hSpot: <Here his pawn sacrifice worked but I think that against such players as Kramnik or Svidler, it would have proved to be rather dubious.> Maybe Moro did it because it's not against such players?

Although he doesn't do well against top players, Moro seems to know every tricks to beat lesser players...

Feb-17-08  cyruslaihy: is there a theoratical drawback of playing 2 Bf4 ?
Feb-17-08  slomarko: yes there is. you can't transpose to the king's gambit.

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