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Gata Kamsky vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-19
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-09  I Like Fish:
Jan-19-09  cade: Maybe Moro should go back to that variation 4...b5 5...Na5
Jan-19-09  ILikeCheese: eat cheese...
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  Eyal: From Shipov's live commentary to the game:

<1.e4 e5 I was hoping to see an interesting duel in the French defense. Apparently, Kamsky successfully raspugal all duelyantov confident victory over Ivanchukom in the last round of the Olympiad in Dresden.

11 ... Ne7 New! Morozevich threatens planned attack on the King's flank. An h2-h3 may be weakening, if a black horse occupies item f4. At the same time Moscow is once again the fire themselves. Desertion horse to combat the post is like using a blow d3-d4 ...

12.Na3 When black elephant at c5 (not b6, when the protection would remain a pawn b5) course looks strange. We must think to understand his idea ... Long did not have to think! The point is that this is the shortest way to e3. But the standard Spanish route b1-d2-f1-e3 little longer, as a further momentum in the course of Rf1-e1. However, the progress of useful! A horse with f1 can go both on e3, and on the g3. The decision Kamsky could not immediately call the best. [At 12.d4 black could play 12 ... Bb6!, Bearing in mind that the destruction and e5 pawns e4 them acceptable. That is to 13.dxe5 be 13 ... Nxe4! With the same game.]

12 ... Ng6 13.Nc2 Everyone is busy with his / her work. It does not interfere with anyone. But how to proceed? Leap Ng6-f4 while nehorosh because razmena Bc1xf4!, Which gives white a clear advantage due to better peshechnoy structure

15 ... c6 Item d5 covered, as an intrusion on f5 Morozevish apparently not considered dangerous.

16.Nh2 Gat consistently avoids even the slightest complications [16.Nf5], trying to do extremely thin maneuvers. Progress in the party, it will arrange access for the queen royal flank. Field g4 become a reference point for many white horses ...

16 ... Kh8 next move to smooth over the intentions clear - attack on the flank of the King! F7 pawn is now free to go to the front.

17.Nhg4 Standard pirouette Spanish horse. In the case of razmena on g4 be white pawn, which will be a perfect base for a horse on f5.

17 ... Nxg4?! Played very risky. It seems that Morozevich ready for everything to "pull" the opponent to the complications. [Nothing prevented answer the troop attack simetrichno: 17 ... Nf4!]

18.hxg4 structure changes for the benefit of whites.

18 ... Qh4 That's the idea of Moscow - it is introducing queen closer to the white king, which should fidget ...

19.d4 Indeed begin aggravation. Gat trims elephant b6 from the Royal flank. [Of course, if 19.g3 black queen is not to retreat -- 19 ... Qh3!]

19 ... exd4?! Yes what is? An assignment for the assignment Morozevich, as thirsty for water, tends to live figured the game. Tired of the soldiers sitting in the trenches! [I and the third time would be played 19...Be6 ]

20.cxd4 White has a beautiful center, but figured he lacked support.

20 ... Qf6 Here is everything and it turned out. Apparently, Alexander felt that the pressure on d4 would enable him to weaken the structure of the opponent. ... Considered but not proschitalsya right?

21.Nf5 simple and powerful response! The horse and on foot protection, and terrorizing the enemy. Exchange on f5 gives White an additional momentum for the attack. In my opinion, a black problem. [Clearly worse 21.d5 c5! Through C5 and C4-black will be a dangerous initiative.]>

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  Eyal: <21 ... Kg8 wrong recognition of their cause. The game came to a standstill black - have to bear the defensive, conceding space and mobility figures. [It seems that in its preliminary calculations Morozevich had planned to play here 21 ... Bxf5 22.exf5 Bxd4, but close to the case observed the terrible forces of reaction 23.g5! hxg5 24.Qh5 + Kg8 25.Qxg6 over the figure in white. In fact, even stronger 25.fxg6!]

22.Be3 Center strengthened. White has a very comfortable game. A clear advantage .... "Heavy fog descended on the west of China." During the party, I listen to news and behold - uhvatil phrase well suitable to the events in the party.

22 ... Bxf5 hate terminator at his home is impossible.

23.gxf5 But now whites are powerful peshechnuyu mass, ready to move. And further - an advantage of two elephants.

24.Bc2 quickly played. Kamsky prevents erosion d6-d5, ready to meet his stroke e4-e5! And when peshke on d6, it is quite relevant.

24 ... Rfd8 best protection against the threat. [Lose, for example, 24 ... c5 25.e5! dxe5 26.dxe5 Qxe5 27.Bg5!]

25.b4 Another very strong progress. The black position is very unpleasant. All attempts to escape lead to defeat. A passive game will likely only extend road to death. Here's to you and "old man"! He plays a very powerful and specific.

25 ... c5 This is the steepest course I meant by the term "attempt to escape." However, it is necessary to closely watch the options. Maybe there is salvation from the black hole?

26.bxc5 go right road, comrades!

26 ... dxc5 White pawns in the center no longer obstacles. We must tread! No matter how I try, I can not find acceptable to the fans Morozevicha option. I have nothing to comfort you, friends. Without the assistance of the Kama is not indispensable.

27 ... Rxd4 most stubborn. [ 27 ... cxd4 28.e5! Qxe5 (28...Qc6 29.f6) 29.Bxh6 Qf6 30.Bg5]

28.Bxd4 Qxd4 A black would be good compensation for the quality, if it was time to consolidate power. But White vigorous action to hold the initiative in their hands.

29.Qg3 A battle rook b8.

29 ... Nc6 [On 29 ... Rd8 also should 30.e5!]

30.e5! Crucial move. Elephant c2 becomes strong atakerom, a white pawn hovering over the black king. Salvation is not in sight.

30 ... c4 afraid too late. Morozevich desperate counterattacks, trying to create at least some flares.

31.Rad1 Qb2 32.f6 White always one step ahead.

32 ... g5 [Bad and 32 ... g6 33.Rd2! (With the threat of Bxg6, thus allowing for counter-f2) 33 ... Kf8 34.Qh4 h5 35.Qf4 Qb4 36.Qh6 + Ke8 37.e6! And the black king dies.]

33.Re2 Tsgrozhaet jump elephant C2 on h7.

33 ... Qb4 34.Qh3! The latest blow. Through h6 or f5 white queen comes to h7.

BLACK surrendered. Convincing victory Kama! Frankly, Morozevich is all wrong. He obviously underestimated the opponent, passed the center, has provoked great white complications and literally forced Kamsky attack. American grandmaster very strongly held the end, not giving the opponent a single chance ... > (

Jan-19-09  Jafar219: Morozevich played like patzer.
Jan-19-09  AuN1: very disapointing play from black throughout; i was just looking over some of his games yesterday, and i find it difficult to believe that it is the same player.
Jan-19-09  ughaibu: Great notes Eyal, thanks.
Jan-19-09  messachess: This is kind of a bad loss for Moro.--Like he was bored with having to play Kamsky or something. Kamsky didn't really have to play all that well to win.
Jan-19-09  dehanne: <Elephant c2 becomes strong atakerom, a white pawn hovering over the black king.> Gotta love Babelfish.
Jan-19-09  whiskeyrebel: Perhaps he won't be bored the next time he has to play him.
Jan-19-09  shintaro go: This is not good for Moro's confidence.
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  Chessmensch: Kamsky really dominated here. Maybe he and the U.S. will have a real chance.
Jan-22-09  Brown: at what?
Jan-22-09  sleepyirv: <Brown>
Jan-27-09  Brown: <sleepyirv> clearly!
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  Albertan: Here is some analysis that the program Deep Rybka 3 did of this game.I used the automatic analysis feature of the program to do this analysis. You can also play through this analysis move by move on my blog:

Kamsky,G (2725) - Morozevich,A (2771) [C78]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 19.01.2009
[Rybka 3 Human 32-bit (30s)]

C78: Ruy Lopez: Archangelsk and Möller Defences C78: Ruy Lopez: Archangelsk and Möller Defences I used Deep Rybka 3 in analysis mode to find the errors and good moves in this game. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 The Ruy Lopez opening. 3...a6 Morphy's idea forcing Kamsky to make a decision about his bishop,exchange it off on c6, or retreat it. 4.Ba4 Nf6 Not only developing another piece, but also attacking the unprotected white e-pawn. 5.0-0 b5 Forcing the bishop back again, using a counterthrust. [Analysis:The most popular move for Black is 5...Be7 with play following this course: 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5] 6.Bb3 Bc5 Aggressively developing his bishop,where it attacks the White c-pawn. 7.c3 The most popular move in this position, allowing him to retreat his bishop to c2 if Morozevich plays ...Na5. 7...d6 Reinforcing his e-pawn and allowing for the development of his light-squared bishop. 8.a4 Threatening 9.axb5 winning a pawn. [Analysis:The main line is: 8.d4 Bb6 9.h3 Bb7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Re8 13.d5 Nb8] 8...Rb8 The most often played move in this position, breaking the pin against his a-pawn, which would allow him to regain his pawn if Kamsky were to play 9.axb5 with the move 9...axb5. 9.axb5 [Analysis:The main line is: 9.d4 Bb6 10.Na3 0-0 11.axb5 axb5 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.Re1 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nh5 15.Kh1 exd4 16.Nxd4 Nxd4 17.cxd4 c5] 9...axb5 10.d3 Preventing Morozevich from capturing the White e-pawn with his knight, and allowing him to develop his dark-squared bishop. 10...0-0 11.h3 Kamsky spends a tempo to prevent his opponent from playing 11...Bg4.

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  Albertan: 11...Ne7N According to the Chessbase online database, this move is a theoretical novelty.Morozevich intends to move the knight to g6 where it defends his king. [Prior to this game, these moves had been tried in this position by the player of the black pieces:(a) 11...h6 ; (b) 11...Bb6 ; and (c) 11...Bd7 ] 12.Na3 Developing another minor piece, and intending 13.Nc2 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:(a) 12.Bg5 Ng6 13.Nh4 Nxh4 14.Bxh4 Be6 15.Nd2 b4 16.Qc2 bxc3 17.bxc3 Qe7=; (b)Another idea Kamsky might have considered is to play 12.d4, with a possible continuation being: 12.d4 Bb6 13.Re1 Bb7 14.Na3 exd4 15.Nxd4 Nxe4 16.Bc2 d5 17.Naxb5 Qd7 18.Qe2 f5= (Analysis of Deep Rybka 3)] 12...Ng6 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 12...h6 13.Nc2 Bb7 14.Ba2 Ra8 15.b4 Bb6 16.Be3 c6 17.Qe2 Ng6 18.Bb3 Qc7=] 13.Nc2 Kamsky intends to transfer the knight to the e3-square. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 13.Re1 Qe7 14.d4 Bxa3 15.Rxa3 h6 16.Qe2 c5 17.Bc2 b4 18.Ra1 Rd8=] 13...h6 Morozevich spends a tempo to prevent Kamsky from playing 14.Bg5. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 13...Qe7 14.Be3 h6 15.Qd2 Bb7 16.Ba2 Bxe3 17.Nxe3 Qd7 18.b4 Ra8 19.Rfe1 Rfe8=] 14.Re1 Kamsky centralizes his rook, which results in the overprotection of his e-pawn. This will allow him to play d3-d4 in the future. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 14.Be3 Bxe3 15.Nxe3 Nf4 16.Qd2 c5 17.Rfd1 Qc7 18.Bc2 Be6=] 14...Bb6 Morozevich gives himself the option of advancing his c-pawn to c5 in the future. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:The program gave a better evaluation to the move 14...Bb7 with a possible continuation being: 15.Be3 Bxe3 16.Nxe3 Nf4 17.Nf5 Ra8 18.Qd2 Qd7 19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.g3!? Ne6= (20...Nxh3+ 21.Kg2 c5!? 22.Nxh6+!? gxh6 23.Qxh6 c4 24.Qxf6 cxb3 25.Ng5 Bc8 26.Qh6 Ra2 27.Rb1 f6 28.Nxh3 Qh7 29.Qxh7+ Kxh7 ) ] 15.Ne3 Centralizing his rook and creating the threat of Ng5. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:(a) 15.Be3 c5 16.Na3 Bd7 17.c4 b4 18.Nb5 Bc6 19.Ra6 Bb7 20.Ra1 Qd7=; (b) Another idea for White is to play 15.Qd2 with a possible continuation being: 15...Bb7 16.Qe2 c5 17.Be3 Qd7 18.Ba2 Ra8 19.Bb3 d5 20.exd5 Nxd5 21.Bxd5 Qxd5 ] 15...c6 Morozevich decides to cover the d5-square, preventing Kamsky from occupying it with a knight or bishop.
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  Albertan: [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:the program gave a better evaluation to the move 15...Be6 with a possible continuation being: 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Nf1 Nd7 18.Qe2 Ra8 19.Bd2 Nh4 20.N1h2 Qf6=] 16.Nh2 Intending to occupy the g4-square with this knight next move. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Better was: 16.Nf5 Bxf5 17.exf5 Ne7 18.d4 e4 19.Nh4 Re8 20.Qe2 Qd7=] 16...Kh8 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Better was:(a) 16...Be6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Qe2 d5 19.Nf3 dxe4 20.dxe4 Nf4 21.Qc2 Qc7=; (b) 16...Rb7 17.Nc2 Ra7 18.Rxa7 Bxa7 19.Qe2 Bb7 20.Ng4 Bc8 21.Nh2 Re8 22.Nb4 Qc7=] 17.Nhg4 Kamsky creates lots of tension on the kingside, offering to exchange pieces on the g4 or f6 squares. [Analysis:Other ideas in this position for White include:(a)the drawish 17.Nc2 Qe7 18.Nf1 Bd7 19.Ra6 Bc8 20.Ra1 Bd7=; and (b) 17.Nf3 with a possible continuation being: 17... 17...Kg8 18.Qc2 Re8 19.Bd2 Qc7 20.Ra2 Nf4 21.Raa1 Bd7 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.exf5 N4d5 24.d4 e4 25.Nh4 Ra8 26.Rxa8 Rxa8=] 17...Nxg4 Reducing some of the tension. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 17...Nf4 18.Bc2 Nxg4 19.Nxg4 Qg5 20.Bxf4 Qxf4 21.Ne3 b4 22.Qe2 Kg8=] 18.hxg4= Deep Rybka 3 evaluates that this position is completely equal. 18...Qh4 Morozevich double-attacks the White pawn on g4,which ties down Kamsky's queen and knight to defend this pawn. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Better was 18...Be6 with a possible continuation being: 19.Nf5 Kg8 20.d4 b4 21.Bc2 bxc3 22.bxc3 exd4 23.cxd4 c5 24.Ba3 Qc7=] 19.d4 Attacking in the center. 19...exd4 20.cxd4 Qf6 By playing this move Morozevich creates a double-attack against Kamsky's d-pawn,winning a tempo. [Analysis:(a)Deep Rybka 3: 20...Be6!? is an interesting alternative with a possible continuation being: 21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.exf5 (22.gxf5 Ne5 23.Re2 Nc4 24.Bxc4 bxc4 25.d5 Rfc8 26.dxc6 Rxc6 27.Qd5 Rcc8 ) ; (b)Deep Rybka 3:Another idea is to play 20...Ne7 with this continuation possible: 21.Bc2 Rd8 22.b3 Kg8 23.Bb2 Be6 24.Qd3 g6 25.g3 Qf6 26.Ra6 Qg7 ] 21.Nf5 The lost tempo, however now because the white knight attacks the Morozevich d-pawn, the black queen is tied down to defend this pawn.Deep Rybka 3 evaluates this position as . 21...Kg8 Morozevich frees up the h8 square. Perhaps he intended ...Nh8-then...Kh7, followed by g6 to force the white knight to move from f5. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 21...Kg8 22.Be3 Rd8 23.Qd2 Bxf5 24.gxf5 Ne7 25.Ra6 d5 26.Bf4 Rb7 27.Rxb6!? Rxb6 28.Qa5 Rbb8 29.Bxb8 Rxb8 ] 22.Be3 Kamsky decides to overprotect his double-attacked d-pawn. 22...Bxf5 Morozevich decides the knight is too well-placed and eliminates it at the cost of giving Kamsky the two bishops. [Analysis:Deep Rybka gave a better evaluation to the move 22...Qd8 with this continuation possible: 22...Qd8 23.Qd3 Be6 24.Rec1 Qd7 25.d5 Bxf5 26.dxc6!? Ne5!? 27.Qd2 Bxe3 28.Qxe3 Nxc6 29.gxf5 Ne5 ] 23.gxf5 Attacking the black knight winning a tempo. Deep Rybka evaluates that Kamsky has a definite advantage in this position ( ) 23...Ne7 The lost tempo. 24.Bc2 Deep Rybka 3 gave this idea a poor evaluation, reducing Kamsky's advantage to . [Analysis: Deep Rybka 3 evaluated that a better idea in this position was to play 24.Ra6 with a possible continuation being: 24.Ra6 Rfd8 25.Qd3 Rdc8 26.Bc2 Rd8 27.Rea1 Nc8 28.b4 Re8 ] 24...Rfd8 Centralizing his rook and placing it on the same file as Kamsky's queen, gives Morozevich future opportunities for a discovered attack against the white queen by playing ....c5. [Analysis:Worse is 24...Rfe8 25.Qd3 Red8 26.Ra6 Rb7 27.Rea1 Nc8 28.b4 Rb8 29.R1a3 Qh4 30.g3 Qf6 ]
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  Albertan: 25.b4 Kamsky blocks the advance of the black b-pawn and now attacks the c5 square 3 times. 25...c5!? Taking advantage of the pin against the white d-pawn. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:(a) 25...c5 26.bxc5 dxc5 27.Qg4 cxd4 28.e5 Qc6 (28...Qxe5?? 29.Bxh6 Qf6 30.Bg5 Qc6 31.Bxe7 ) 29.f6 g6 30.Bxh6 Qxc2 31.fxe7 Re8 ; (b)Deep Rybka 3 evaluated that the move 25...Qh4 was a better idea than 25...c5. A possible variation involving 25...Qh4 is: 25...Qh4 26.Ra6 Rb7 27.Qd3 Nc8 28.Rea1 Ne7 29.g3 Qh3 30.Bf4 Bc7 ] 26.bxc5 dxc5 27.Qg4 Threatening 28.dxc5. 27...Rxd4!? Morozevich decides to sacrifice the exchange. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:(a) 27...h5 28.Qxh5 cxd4 29.Bg5 Qe5 30.Bb3 Rf8 31.Qh4 Rb7 32.Bf4 Qf6 33.Qg3 d3 34.Red1 Re8 35.Qxd3 Nc6 36.Rab1 Bc7 37.Be3 Rbb8 ; 27...cxd4] 28.Bxd4 Deep Rybka 3 gave a poor evaluation to accepting the exchange. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Better is: 28.Qg3 with a possible continuation being: 28...Rbd8 29.Bxd4 Qxd4 30.Rad1 Qb2 31.Rxd8+ Bxd8 32.Qd3 Nc6 33.Rb1 Qa2 ] 28...Qxd4 29.Qg3 Attacking the black rook, winning a tempo. 29...Nc6 The lost tempo. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 29...Rd8 30.Rad1 Qb2 31.Rxd8+ Bxd8 32.Qd3 Nc6 33.Rb1 Qa2 34.Bb3 Qa6 35.Qd7 c4 36.Bd1 Bf6 And Black has insufficient compensation for the pawn.] 30.e5 Threatening to play 31.e6 which could create a dangerous passed pawn. 30...c4 Advancing his passed pawn up the board. [Analysis:Better is 30...Bc7 31.f6 g5 32.Rad1 Bxe5 33.Qf3 Qf4 34.Qxc6 Qh2+ 35.Kf1[] Qh1+ 36.Ke2 Qh5+ 37.Kd2 Qh4 ] 31.Rad1 Attacking the queen winning a tempo. 31...Qb2? Deep Rybka 3 evaluated that this move was a mistake ,assigning the ? to it. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Better is 31...Qc5 32.e6 f6 33.Rd7 g5 34.fxg6 Re8 35.Qf3 Ne7 36.Qxf6 ] 32.f6 Threatening 33.Qxg7#. 32...g5 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3: 32...g6 praying for a miracle 33.Bxg6! Mate attack 33...Bxf2+ 34.Qxf2 Qxf2+ 35.Kxf2 fxg6 ] 33.Re2 Threatening 34.Bh7+ winning the black queen. 33...Qb4 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Better is 33...Qd4 34.Qh3 (34.Rxd4 Nxd4 35.Rd2 Nxc2 36.Rxc2 Bc7 ) 34...Kf8 35.Rxd4 Nxd4 36.Qxh6+ Ke8 37.Qh8+ Kd7 38.Qxb8 Bc7 39.Bf5+ Kc6 40.Qa8+ Kb6 ] 34.Qh3 Morozevich resigned. [34.Qh3 Kf8 35.Qxh6+ Ke8 36.Rd6 Qxd6 37.exd6+ Kd7 38.Qxg5 ; 34.Qh3 Kf8 35.Qxh6+ Ke8 36.Rd6 Qxd6 37.exd6+ Kd7 38.Qxg5 ] 1-0
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