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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexander Morozevich
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 5, Sep-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Sep-18-07  chessic eric: get to the time control and resign Moro. Even after 41.Kh1,Nxd4 42.Qf8+ and things aren't pretty.
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  ketchuplover: well played grischuk :)
Sep-18-07  chessic eric: two dancing rooks in one day - thanks <>
Sep-18-07  ajile: Gelfand is an exchange up but Aronian has a dangerous passed pawn.
Sep-18-07  dabearsrock1010: brilliant game by grischuk...20 Qf2 is some freakin inspired stuff
Sep-18-07  Resignation Trap: 19...h5, weakening the dark squares is what made 20.Qf2 so strong.
Sep-18-07  chessmoron: Where the heck is Moro's KID?
Sep-18-07  suenteus po 147: This is another impressive game. After playing through it quickly I must remark on the incredible skill with which Grischuk deconstructs Morozevich's position, first on the kingside, then on the queenside. It's like watching a kid building a giant sandcastle only to have a bigger kid come along and kick out the foundation just as it's getting tall. Anand has his work cut out for him tomorrow.
Sep-18-07  Softpaw: Can we expect to finally see a Sicilian then?
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  Hanada: Yea, that was surgical.
Sep-18-07  ounos: I can't believe Morozevich went for 19. ... h5. Trying to make the ultra-risky Ng4 work, using the sole defender of the king, was a very bold plan, but can't think of how it could have work.

At the next move he was wiser, and accepted the fact he just lost a critical tempo. What a disappointment...

Sep-18-07  orio24: This is a great game, wow.
Sep-19-07  scholes: rybka gives slight advantage for moro after 22 Be5 (i don't know if its coorect though). It wants to play 22 ..e4xf3 protecting its king side , so 22 .. Qxa3 was the blunder which cost the game , after 23.fxe4 black was simply lost
Sep-19-07  kingsindian2006: i think move 19 was bad as well for moro , once the bishop pinned his knight he was in trouble...
Sep-19-07  ahmadov: I am sorry to write that but I think Moro cannot win this championship with such performance...
Sep-19-07  Ezzy: Grischuk (2732) - Morozevich (2758) [D38]
FIDE World Championship Tournament 1:00:33–0:59:33 (5), 18.09.2007 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.e3 c5 8.Bd3 Qa5 9.Qc2 c4 10.Bf5 0–0 11.0–0 Re8 12.Nd2 g6 13.Bh3 Kg7 14.Rae1 Ne4 15.Ndxe4 dxe4 16.Bf4 f5 <Novelty. 5 games in the database all played 16...Nb6> 17.f3 Nf6 18.a3 Bxc3 19.bxc3 h5 20.Qf2!<Moving to the kingside where black has holes in his position [20.Be5 Also looks good with the simple threat 21 Bxf6+ Kxf6 22 fxe4 and the f5 pawn can't retake because the king is pinned by the rook on f1]> 20...Bd7 21.Qg3 Qxc3 22.Be5 Qxa3? <A pawn grab too many> 23.fxe4 Rxe5 <only move, for example [23...Rf8 24.exf5 Qe7 25.Qxg6+ Kh8 26.Qxh5+ Kg8 27.Qg6+ Qg7 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.e4 is winning for white]> 24.exf5 Rxf5 25.Bxf5 Bxf5 26.Rxf5 <Threatening 27 Qc7+ winning the f6 knight> 26...Re8 27.Re5 <[27.Ref1 Rf8 28.Rc5 Threat is 29 Qe5 winning 28...Nd7 29.Rxf8 Nxc5 30.Rf1 Nd7 31.Qf3 Qe7 32.Rb1 looks good for white.]> 27...Qd6 28.Rxe8 Nxe8 29.Qf3 b5 30.Qb7+ Nc7 31.Qxa7 b4 32.e4 c3 33.e5 Qe7 34.Qb7 Kh6 35.Rf1 c2 36.Rc1 Qg5 37.Rxc2 Qe3+ 38.Rf2 Ne6 39.Qxb4 Qc1+ 40.Rf1 Qe3+ 41.Kh1 1–0

Nice win by Grischuk, but Morozevich sense of danger really let him down. 22…Qxa3? Is a poor move. You would expect Moro to realize the danger around his king. Extremely lackluster performance by him. Typical Moro blowing hot and cold, He was cold today.

Grischuk is pretty impressive so far in this tournament. His eye for an attack is sharp, and he bamboozled Moro. He saw things Moro didn’t and that led to an impressive victory!

Sep-19-07  KamikazeAttack: Moro deserved to lose.

19. ... h5??? What was this move supposed to achieve? This move could have waited until 2/3 moves later after completing his development.

He was behind in development and he played a meaningless move.

He was over-confident and lackadaisical and deserved to be punished.

Sep-19-07  ikipemiko: <Ezzy> I also think that the biggest mistake was 19..h5 , that was the losing move.
Sep-19-07  KOCMOHAYT: i like moro very much, but he was totaly outplayed, humiliated in a way.
Sep-19-07  DDR: h5 was played because MORO was worried about the immediate g4- opening his king and Grischuk's rooks
Sep-19-07  KamikazeAttack: <DDR: h5 was played because MORO was worried about the immediate g4- opening his king and Grischuk's rooks>

Hmm probably. Then he can't play h5 and go pawn grabbing neglecting his development.

Sep-19-07  Ulhumbrus: The move 17 f3 could bring to mind the move 20 f3 in the game Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948
Sep-19-07  znprdx: <KamikazeAttack: Moro deserved to lose.... He was over-confident and lackadaisical and deserved to be punished.> This kind of commentary (aside from being ignorant) serves no purpose. If you must insist at least apply it to where it belongs: the gutless agreement to draws in provocative positions. Chess, particularly at the highest levels is a struggle between perceptions involving a trade-off amongst numerous relatively predictible sequences. I think the psychological power of Grish's Bh3 led Moro to overlook the simple elegance of Bf4
Sep-19-07  Resignation Trap: Photo of players after move two: .
Jun-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Grischuk vs Morozevich, 2007.
Your score: 87 (par = 58)


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