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Alexander Morozevich vs Evgeny Alekseev
Tal Memorial (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Aug-18
Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense (A45)  ·  1-0



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Aug-18-08  notyetagm: Nice win by Moro.
Aug-18-08  messachess: This was overwhelming tactical superiority by Moro--very nice.
Aug-18-08  notyetagm: <messachess: This was overwhelming tactical superiority by Moro--very nice.>

"overwhelming tactical superiority" might as well be Moro's middle name. :-)

Aug-18-08  acirce: Given what followed, maybe already 9..e5 was ill-advised.
Aug-18-08  Etienne: 39. e7+ is beautiful!
Aug-19-08  arsen387: Moro shows that he can produce positional masterpieces as well. In the end Alekseev let a little tactical trick including the B pin 38.Bb7? but black were already lost then.
Aug-19-08  Microdot: Beautiful game by Morozevich,
Also a very good opening choice.

Go Moro go!!

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  Check It Out: 22.Kf2 is such a nice quiet move that I suppose keeps the black e pawn in it's place. So many great moves, but that one caught my attention.
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  Mateo: Another great lesson of chess from Moro. What is interesting is that he outplays once again his opponent not because he cooked at home with a computer a theoretical novelty but because he has a greater understandement of chess.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 <Unusual at such a level but Moro prefers to avoid the thoretical highways.> e6 3. Nd2 h6 4. Bh4 d5 5. e3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 Bd6 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O e5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 <10...Bxe5, Janowski-Marshall, 1923, draw. Alekseev move is more natural.> 11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. f4 Bd6 13. e4! <Moro has a simple threat, e5.> c4?! <13...Be7 was better. The move actually played weakens Black’s pawn structure. In the following variation, White’s ‘b2’ pawn is immune because of the threat e5.> 14. Be2 Qb6+ 15. Bf2 Bc5 16. e5! <16.exd5 Bxf2+ 27.Rxf2 Qxb2 28.Nxc4 Qxc3 was good too. But the move actually played, on purely positional ground, is much more profound. The point is that Black’s ‘e’ pawn will be a long term weakness.> Ne4 <16...Bxf2+ 17.Rxf2 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Qd4 Qxd4 (19...Qxb2?! seems too risky) 20.cxd4 leads to the same kind of position.> 17. Nxe4 dxe4 18. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 19. Qd4 Qxd4+ 20. cxd4 Be6 21. f5! <Moro does not allow f5, supporting the ‘e’ pawn. Now White threatens, for instance, to bring his King to e3 and then his Bishop to c2.> Bd5 22. Kf2 <22.Rfc1 Rfc8 23.a4 should be considered in my opinion.> Rfc8 23. Rfc1 Rc6 <This was the last occasion for 23...b5.> 24. a4! <Moro impedes b5.> Rac8 25. Rc3 <He does not allow 25...c3.> Rb6 26. Ra2 Kf8 27. Ke3 Ke7 <27...Ra6? 28.b3! cxb3?? 29.Rxc8+. So first Black must play Ke7 to avoid Rxc8 with check in this line.> 28. Bd1± Ra6 <the idea is b5.> 29. Ra1!? <29.Bc2 b5 30.Bxe4 seems simple and good. The idea of Moro’s move is, after 29...b5 to allow 30.b4 without fearing 30...cxb3, because the Queen Rook wouldn’t be attacked. It’s good too but more sophisticated...> b5 30. b4 bxa4 31. b5 Ra5 32. Rxa4 Rxa4 33. Bxa4 f6 <33...Rb8 34.Bc2! Rxb5 35.Bxe4 Bxe4 36.Kxe4 Rb4, White has a big edge in the Rook ending after 37.Ra3 or 37.Kd5.> 34. Bc2 fxe5 35. dxe5 Rc5 <Black loses a pawn anyway.> 36. Ra3 Rxb5 37. Rxa7+ Kf8 38. e6 Bb7 <38..Rb7 was the only move. However after 39.Rxb7+ Bxb7 40.Bxe4, White has an easy win in the Bishop ending.> 39. e7+! Kxe7 40. Bxe4 1-0

Aug-19-08  mrbasso: <16...Bxf2+ 17.Rxf2 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Qd4 Qxd4 (19...Qxb2?! seems too risky) 20.cxd4 leads to the same kind of position.>

16...Ne4? is a mistake.
Your commentary is a bit shallow.
This line allows Black to play b5,b4 which might be good enough for a draw.

Aug-19-08  notyetagm: <Etienne: 39. e7+ is beautiful!>

Position after 39 e6-e7+!

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<Kxe7 [39...Kf7 40.Ba4 ]>

Yes, the point of Morozevich's excellent 39 e6-e7+! is that declining the pawn with 39 ... ♔f8-f7 runs into 40 ♗c2-a4!, <SKEWERING> the Black b5-rook to the e8-promotion square.

(VAR) Position after 39 ... ♔f8-f7 40 ♗c2-a4! <skewer>

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Aug-19-08  Everett: <notyetagm> Wow. You have a lot of game collections going on. I am not sure if I should thank you or question your sanity. It must take a lot of time. Thank you anyway!
Aug-19-08  notyetagm: <Everett: <notyetagm> Wow. You have a lot of game collections going on. I am not sure if I should thank you or question your sanity. It must take a lot of time. Thank you anyway!>

Not really. I can create a post like the above in only a few minutes. And adding a comment to a game collection is also very quick.

Aug-20-08  daniellovesbeer: 16 Ne4 is a mistake
16 ..Bxf2
17 Rxf2 Ne4
18 Nxe4 dxe4
19 Qd4 Qxd4
20 cxd4 the move Kf2 and Rfc1 will both take more time which could make the difference
Aug-21-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 23...Rc6, 23...b5 starts advancing the Queen side pawn majority.
Aug-29-08  ravel5184: Maybe I should change my name to "InspiredByNotyetagm" :)
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  whiteshark: I wonder if Nimzo had such position in mind when he said <the 7th rank is obsolete>.

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