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Alexander Morozevich vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Russian Team Championship (2008), Dagomys RUS, rd 7, Apr-09
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1

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Apr-09-08  Riverbeast: In hindsight, maybe white may have had better chances with 25. Nxe7 (instead of 25. Qc1)

I'm sure Morozevich must have considered this, and probably thought he had better attacking chances with the line he played. But as we saw, black came first

25. Nxe7 would probably lead to equality. If 25...Rxd3 26. Qxa4. If 25...Rxb2 26. Rxa4. Of course, if 25...Nxe7 26. f6+

But Morozevich never chooses a boring equalizing line when fireworks are available

Apr-10-08
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  chancho: Moro has been successful with the black pieces, but how to explain Ivanchuk doing so well with the black pieces against Moro? (6 wins for Chucky compared to two for Moro in their head to head series)
Apr-10-08  percyblakeney: Morozevich's winning streaks are seldom ended with a draw, but as after the six straight wins in the Russian Superfinal with a loss with white... For some reason Ivanchuk has always caused Morozevich much more trouble than Anand and Kramnik, it's even 6-1 in wins for Ivanchuk at the moment.
Apr-15-08  minasina: http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... http://google.com/translate?u=http%...
Apr-16-08  grasser: Thanks minasina. The translation is not very good. I especially like move 16. "Ivanchuk preparing for autopsy...."
Apr-16-08  minasina: <grasser>, You are welcome. My thanks here Korchnoi vs Rublevsky, 2008 belongs also to you.
May-20-08
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  Mateo: I guess both players were in huge zeitnot in the last ten moves. There are many tactical mistakes. Moro missed 33.Nd5 (threatening Qg5 mate) Qd2 (only move) 34.Rd1 Rc1 35.Qg5+! Qxg5 36.hxg5+ Kxg5 37.Rxc1. It's all forced. At first glance, one would even say White wins. But Black can hold : 37...a2 (threatens Rb1) 38.Nc3 (only move) Rc5 39.Nxa2 Rxc1+ 40.Nxc1 Kf4! (40...Kxf6? 41.Nd3, the Black King won't catch the 'e' pawn) followed by Kxe4, Ke5 and Kxf6. This should be a draw, because White has not enough material.
Jun-23-08  notyetagm: <Mateo: I guess both players were in huge zeitnot in the last ten moves. There are many tactical mistakes. Moro missed 33.Nd5 (threatening Qg5 mate) Qd2 (only move) 34.Rd1 Rc1 35.Qg5+! Qxg5 36.hxg5+ Kxg5 37.Rxc1. It's all forced. At first glance, one would even say White wins. But Black can hold : 37...a2 (threatens Rb1) 38.Nc3 (only move) Rc5 39.Nxa2 Rxc1+ 40.Nxc1 Kf4! (40...Kxf6? 41.Nd3, the Black King won't catch the 'e' pawn) followed by Kxe4, Ke5 and Kxf6. This should be a draw, because White has not enough material.>

Wow, what a game! How did I overlook this incredibly exciting matchup between the world's two most creative players, Ivanchuk and Morozevich?

Mar-04-09  JaneEyre: <Moro missed 33.Nd5...> Should be 35.Nd5.

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