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Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Svidler
"English Muffin'" (game of the day Oct-06-2008)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Oct-04
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1



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Oct-06-08  ughaibu: There is an apostrophe!!!
Oct-06-08  kap54: Of course you realize that muffing also means bungling, no?
Oct-06-08  ughaibu: It's unlikely that the title would've been chosen, on this site, if it only had the meaning alluded to above, and it's a pun, after all.
Oct-06-08  apple pi: The switch to the kingside in the endgame - resourceful!
Oct-06-08  JG27Pyth: Svidler earned his point here. Difficult endgame. Difficult middlegame. White played awfully well to lose. Hard to say where Moro went wrong. I agree 34...e4! was nice. 71...h4! was a bit of a shock too.
Oct-06-08  euripides: It looks a bit surprising that White allows the white-squared bishops to go so early.

White's queen manoeuvre from moves 19-24, where the tsarina ends up consigned to Siberia, contrasts with Black's elegant and productive knight manoeuve from moves 28-33.

Oct-06-08  euripides: The fate of the f6 pawn recalls

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927

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  Eyal: Black's position was very comfortable all along, but the game seems to be tilting clearly in his favor somewhere along moves 30-34. There was a much easier win with 52...Rxd8 instead of Re1: 53.Rxd8+ Kh7 (but not 53...Kg7? 54.Qe7! with the threat of Qf8+) and now after 54.Qe7 Black has time for 54...Ra2, which in any case is a threat that paralyzes White's game, who remains three pawns down.

I'm not sure it's winning for Black if White avoids 72.gxh4. If not, an alternative plan might have been 71... gxf3 72.Ke3 Ke5 73.Kxf3 Kd4 to bring the king to the Q-side and dislodge the white rook from a3.

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  Eyal: Btw, an immediate 39.f6 was probably better for White than 39.Qg4, because then 39...g6 allows 40.Rc2 (as the white queen is still keeping an eye on h6).
Oct-06-08  newzild: An excellent scrap
Oct-06-08  Superbull: A very good indication of how the most powerful pieces on the board (Q and Rs) should interact. Black's coordination in moves 38-53 was far more superior, and I think this was the key to the game.
Oct-06-08  Superbull: 39 Qg4? White was much better off trying to consolidate his position than to try a futile attack with Q and the f pawn.
Oct-06-08  euripides: <I'm not sure it's winning for Black if White avoids 72.gxh4.>

Interesting. I guess Black plays ...hg hg and then brings his king to the queenside, aiming for a zugzwang that allows his king into kingside or queenside (where g3 is a target) along the lines of another hoary old classic

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927

Does White have a way to stop this plan ?

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  Eyal: <39 Qg4? White was much better off trying to consolidate his position than to try a futile attack with Q and the f pawn.>

There doesn't seem to be any good way for White to "consolidate" against Qd3 at this stage; counter-attack was probably the right idea, only - as I mentioned in a previous post - with 39.f6 immediately.

Oct-06-08  ajile: 10.Be3 looks bad to me simply because it blocks the e pawn.
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  kevin86: This was a very tedious ending-as rook and pawn ending are. It's good to see one of them played well.
Oct-06-08  soberknight: well played ending.
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  Honza Cervenka: Nice example illustrating Tarrasch's rule that rooks should be placed behind passed pawns - either yours or your opponent's. It reminds me not only famous AA vs Capa game mentioned above but also glorious "Rookfile's" Rook ending and our first game against Arno Nickel.:-)
Oct-08-08  Everett: Perhaps Morozevich can benefit from closer study of Korchnoi's "white dragon" games

Korchnoi vs Romanishin, 1992

Oct-12-08  DiscoJew: moves 49-61 were the most beautiful for me...such a fighter! everything he worked for ie: the 3 pawns as black get sacked sans one pawn...the pawn that wins the game for Peter. Very impressive win.
Mar-08-09  LIFE Master AJ: This was an outstanding game by P. Svidler.
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  Open Defence: so do they say heis instead of house in the King's English ?
Apr-09-09  LIFE Master AJ: I think this has to get my vote as: "One of the most hard-fought games of 2008."
Apr-09-09  Shams: what is black's best on 31.d4<?>
Apr-24-09  LIFE Master AJ: Fritz gives: 31.d4 exd4; 32.Nxd4 Re5; 33.Qf3 Qd7; 34.Nc2 Rxe2; which looks very good for Black.
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