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Alexander Morozevich vs Smbat Gariginovich Lputian
Russian Team Championship (2007), Sochi RUS, rd 8, May-09
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  1-0



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May-11-07  armtwister: What a nice game Moro in the 7.h4!? line,11.Rb1! is the star move.
May-11-07  Plato: 11.Rb1 had been played before. 12.Rb5 was the novelty but Lputian didn't react well; theoretically speaking Black should be fine there (according to my computer analysis, which I did because I play the Winawer as Black).

For some stats on Moro vs the French (and the Winawer in particular) visit the Alexander Morozevich page.

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  Chessmensch: Kavalek analyzes this game in his Washington Post chess column dated May 14, 2007.
Jul-18-07  Atking: <Plato> I just finish an analysis on this line for a friend who likes this defence. Maybe 13...Nxd4!! was a better test. 14.Rxb7? Nxc2+ 15.Ke2 Qa6+ Else 14.cxNd4 BxRb5 15.BxBb5 Qxd4 16.Nf3 Qg4. Still I prefer White the position is nearly equal.
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  patzer2: After 33...Ng4? 34. Ke2!, White defends against the threat of 34...Nxe5 while simultaneously initiating an offensive combination with a dual threat. The double threat being either the win of the pawn on e6 or the trapping and capture of the stray Knight on g5.

Black chooses to defend the pawn on e6 with 34...Rhe8. White responds with 35. Rh3!, after which Black can bid his Knight and any chance of avoiding the loss a fond farewell.

Apr-02-12  Bowen Island: Kavalek's comments:

Morozevich's victory against Smbat Lputian in the Winawer French in Sochi has his signature: His pieces are thriving in messy positions, embracing the full chessboard.


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.h4!? (The mad rush of the h-pawn is designed to open the position for white's bishop pair and to shatter black's kingside.) 7...Nbc6 8.h5 Qa5 9.Bd2 Bd7 (Kasparov's pawn sacrifice 9...cxd4 10.cxd4 Qa4 11.Nf3! Nxd4 gives white a good compensation after 12.Bd3.) 10.h6! gxh6 11.Rb1!? (Lputian had previous experience against the popular 11.Nf3.) 11...0-0-0 (11...Qc7 is too passive.)

12.Rb5! (A novelty.) 12...Qa4! (A tricky move, preventing 13.Rxc5? because of 13...b6 14.Rb5 Nxd4! Capturing a pawn with 12...Qxa3 leaves the black queen vulnerable after 13.Qb1!, for example 13...b6 14.Rb3 Qa5 15.Qb2 Nb8 16.Ra3 Ba4 17.Rxa4 Qxa4 18.Bb5 Qa5 19.c4 and white wins.) 13.Qb1 Na5 (Lputian tries to trap the white rook. After 13...b6 14.dxc5 Qe4+ 15.Kd1 Nxe5 16.Rxb6! Bc6 17.Rb4 Nc4 18.Nf3 the messy position is in white's favor. And after 13 ... cxd4 14.Rxb7 dxc3 15.Bxc3 Rhg8?! 16.Rh4!! Qxh4 17.Ba6, white wins.) 14.Rxc5+ Kb8 15.Rh3!? (By protecting the pawn on c3, white can save the other rook.) 15...b6 (Here or on the next move black should have tried Na5-c4.) 16.Rf3 Ka8? (Was Lputian really afraid of the exchange sacrifice after 16...Nf5 17.Rxf5!? exf5 18.Rxd5?) 17.Rb5! (The point of white's 15th move. After 17 ... Bxb5? 18.Bxb5 Qxa3 19.Bc1! wins the black queen.) 17...Nc4 18.Rb4 Nxa3 (18...Qxa3 is met by 19.Rxf7 with white's edge.) 19.Rxa4 Nxb1 20.Ra1 Nxd2 21.Kxd2 (After the smoke cleared, white came out with a more compact pawn structure. He can easily pick up the debris on the kingside.) 21...Rdf8 22.Bd3 Rhg8 23.g3 h5 24.Ne2 h4 25.Rh1! hxg3 26.Nxg3 Rh8 27.Nh5 Ng8 (Morozevich now takes the open g-file and punishes black's passive play.)

28.Rg1! f5 (After 28...Be8 comes 29.Rg7 f5 30.Nf4 Bf7 31.c4! and black's center falls apart.) 29.Rg7 Bc8 30.Nf4 Nh6 31.c4! (A breakthrough, exposing black's weaknesses.) 31...dxc4 (After 31...Rfg8 32.Rxg8 Nxg8 33.cxd5 exd5 34.Nxd5 Bb7 white can sacrifice a piece with 35.Rxf5!, for example 35...Bxd5 36.Rf8+ Kb7 37.c4 Bg2 38.f4 and the advance of the f-pawn wins.) 32.Bxc4 Rd8 33.c3 Ng4? 34.Ke2 Rhe8 35.Rh3! (Threatening to win the knight on g4 with 36.f3. Black has no defense.) 35...Rd7 36.Rxd7 Bxd7 37.Rxh7 b5 38.Bb3 Bc8 39.f3 a5 40.fxg4. Black resigned.

Apr-02-12  Bowen Island: 11. Rb1 the reason GM Williams gave up this variation as Black.

h4/h5/h6 should be stopped by an early ...h6!

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