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Alexander Morozevich vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-18
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-09  OneArmedScissor: nvm didn't see white's bishop
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  Sneaky: <OneArmedScissor: Rf2 loses> No, I think it's good! I imagine 41.Rf2 Rxf2 42.Nxf2 Rc7(or something) 43.Rh4+ and White looks like he's dominating.
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  Sneaky: ...and 42.Kc3 is good too. Either way, a pair of rooks gets traded and White's advantage looms larger.
Jan-18-09  Marmot PFL: nf4 and Rg6+ is threat, so Bxd3 might be forced
Jan-18-09  chessic eric: i can't see a good way to prevent white's plan of Rg6+,Kh5 g4+,h4 Rh6+,Kg3 Rxh2,Kxh2 where the black king is sorely out of play.
Jan-18-09  NakoSonorense: Moro wins?!?!
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  Sneaky: There is also the revealed check threat of Rg6+ Kh7 R(somewhere evil)+.

Note that Black can't just play into Rg6+ Kh5 due to that nasty little Nf4 checkmate.

Jan-18-09  Marmot PFL: so now Moro is back to where he started Corus
Jan-18-09  SCUBA diver: He could have played a few more moves.
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Jan-18-09  Geronimo: Moro's advantage was just too great here. Can't begrudge VW for throwing in the towel. Even if he was able to trade down pieces (hard to see for a mortal like me), white's pawn and black's king out of play would be enough.
Jan-18-09  chessic eric: looks to me like 14...b5 was more ambitious than ...b6. That pawn simply became a target, whereas threats of b5-b4 would have been useful.
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  Sneaky: <white's pawn and black's king out of play would be enough.> Yeah but you don't resign just because the other guy is better. In this case though Black is about to lose serious material--at least the exchange I think. Just try to suggest a move that doesn't lose material... you can't!
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  Sneaky: Actually the defense of 43...Bxd3 44.Bxd3 Nd5+ is a little murky -- I'm sure it loses but it doesn't lose any material right away by force, like I thought. So like Geronimo said: down a pawn, and the king is out of play. Against a competent player, you might as well be down a queen.

Thanks for the games CG.

Jan-18-09  Silverstrike: Thanks!
Jan-18-09  messachess: Dang!--no time to comment.
Jan-18-09  Jafar219: Such kind of Grunfeld is very `suitable` for black.But here Van Wely couldn`t do anything.
Jan-18-09  messachess: It looks like the simple 31.Rb4 which sets up the win of the h Pawn, may be the winning move. (Of course, all GM maneuvering doesn't hurt. How do they do that?)
Jan-18-09  jovack: lol so much van wely hate

i dont understand why he's not in corus B... oh well

Jan-18-09  parisattack: The Grunfeld has sure been taking a beating the past several years. If someone doesn't revitalize it soon I suspect it will disappear at the SGM level. KID gone, too - but I think that is just fashion. It will be back!
Jan-18-09  Akavall: KID is not gone. Radjabov does very well in it.
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  Eyal: It looks like Van Wely's position really started to go downhill after 27.e5 - so maybe he should have played 26...Rc5. Later, 33...Bf3 would give better chances to save the game than b5.
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  Mateo: <Eyal: It looks like Van Wely's position really started to go downhill after 27.e5 - so maybe he should have played 26...Rc5. Later, 33...Bf3 would give better chances to save the game than b5.> The position is really tricky. 33...Bf3 34.Bxa6? Bxd1 35.Bxc8 Rxc8. So White has to play 34.Bxf3 gxf3.

1) 35.Rxb6? Rc1+!! 36.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 37.Kxc1 f2, Black wins.

2) 35.h4? f2 (35...Rc1+? 36.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 37.Kxc1 f2 38.Ne6+!, White wins as the Rook comes back to f4) 36.Nd3 (only move) Rd2!, Black wins material.

3) 35.Nxh5+ Kh6 36.g4 (36.Nf4? Rc1+!)Rxh2 with counterplay.

4) 34.Rf1! f2 35.Nd3 catching the dangerous passed pawn with advantage.

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  Mateo: 36.Bxg4?, although natural, allowed something amazing Van Wely missed. 36...R8c4!37.Rxc4 Rxc4.

A) 38.Be2 Be4+ 39.Ka2 Bc2!! 40.Bxc4 Bxd1, Black wins back material.

B) 38.Nf4 Be4+ 39.Ka2 Bc2! 40.b3! Bxd1 41.bxc4 Bxg4 42.cxb5.

In both variations, Black should hold.

Feb-11-09  slomarko: and why 37.Rc4? how does black hold after 37.Rd4?
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