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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Alexander Morozevich
Russian Championship Superfinal (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Aug-13
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.
Aug-14-11  ashalpha: Horrible endgame from Moro to try to create chances to win, losing a completely drawn game.
Aug-14-11  polarmis: Here's Nepomniachtchi's commentary on this game:

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  sbevan: thanks <polarmis>
Three very interesting points on the endgame from the commentary:

"44...hxg4 45.hxg4 Rb4 A very bad mistake: I'm not sure if Black still has a draw here. Black needed to play 45...Ra1 in order to attack from behind, after which I was planning on playing 46.Re4 compared to the game Black wins 5-6 tempos although it's also possible that he wouldn't survive there either."

and also

"47...Rb3 48.g6 Rg3 49.Re6+ Kd7 50.Rb6 Maybe this is quite a bad mistake. I'd probably have kept a decisive edge after 50.Re4."


"50...Kc7 This move followed quickly and the game was over very soon. But after 50...Ke8 51.Rxb7 Kf8 it's perhaps already drawn. I then go after the a6-pawn with my king but it's probably impossible to attack it twice and take it. That position might already be drawn."

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