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Alexander Morozevich vs Viktor Laznicka
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-24
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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Nov-24-09  hellopolgar: poor moro losing to weaker opponents...
Nov-24-09  ex0duz: Was that rook not worth taking for 8 moves? I don't understand why he didn't take it with his knight at least, i can understand not taking it because of dark square weaknesses, but is undoubling his pawns by taking with knight just bad?

But most of all i don't understand why he let the b2 pawn just drop like that, and then he allowed himself to have doubled pawns on the g file too. Whats up with this horrible game? Seems like even i could have played a better game. Moro just got overconfident or something since he usually eats 2650's and below for breakfast?

Nov-24-09  Mameluk: Quite funny game, isn´t it? Laznicka certainly did not sacrifice the exchange for undoubling his pawns, he would take axb6 with nice compensation. This was so interesting and complex game, and Moro seemed to judge some positions badly.
Nov-24-09  Bobsterman3000: So much for the theory of Moro dominating the <2650 players.
Nov-25-09  little7lamb: this Round: was the KILLING-ELO-INFLATION-ROUND Moro loses, Radja and Svidler, all experts in their openings. Moro (W) in the Scotch, Radja (B) with the KID, and Svidler (B) with the Grünfeld...( kill that 2700++ inflation???... the real debate for today!)
Nov-25-09  Coleman: Well, I heard him say some time ago he was only going to play for one more year. Maybe he's got short-timers syndrome.
Nov-29-09  Chessmensch: McClain featured this game in his NY Times chess column on November 29, 2009.
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  whiteshark: Position after <15... Ba3>:

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<White correctly does not want to take exchange. This would give Black a perfect pawn structure and a pair of bishops.>

--E. Postny

Well, the silicon beast disagrees. After <16. Bxb6 cxb6 17.17.Nd4 Kd7 18.Rfe1 Kc7 19.Bc4 Rf8 20.e5 d5 21.Bd3> it still favours white.

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Dec-31-15  Shams: <whiteshark> Surely a human wouldn't miss the chance to establish a pawn diamond with 16...axb6 instead. Your engine probably still prefers White if you force-feed it this capture but even if that's true I'm not prepared to concede that Postny is wrong. :)

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