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Alexander Morozevich vs Pavel Eljanov
Governor's Cup (2011), Saratov RUS, rd 5, Oct-12
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Oct-12-11  Robed.Bishop: Moro's dance with his queen, knight, and pawn is fantastic. Like JohnBoy, I didn't think the passed pawn could be saved, let alone become so deadly.

The final sequence, 40. Ne5 Nxe5 41. fxe5 1-0 is great. At first I kept thinking, "Don't exchange knights," but 40...Qxe5 is met by 41. Qc4+ .

Great game.

Oct-12-11  bronkenstein: After 5.Nxc6 , main line would be 5...Qf6 6.Qf3( ˝old˝ move would be 6.Qd2) etc , Eljanov deviated from all that fashionable stuff into 5...bxc6 sideline , and soon his black-squared bishop stayed out of the game untill the end...You can check it in the final position, doing nothing on b4. IMO that unfortunate piece was the key factor in deciding the outcome.

Silent positional squeeze , not so typical game for Moro.

Oct-12-11  kellmano: The superficial stockfish analysis on whychess suggested this was sound at the time. A superb game by my chess hero, whose comeback has been nothing short of incredible in 2011.
Oct-12-11  fromoort: Awesome game from Morozevich.
Oct-12-11  Matsumoto: I would not be surprized to see Morozevich climb up to the top 5 spots soon. He is simply an truely fine artist. I love the fact that he makes use of the Scotch opening, taking the labour to develop a decimal advantage to a fullblown work of art! I also love the way he goes for the win each time! We should not forget that each of the opponents he has torn appart so far are among the very elite of living chess. Respect and awe!
Oct-12-11
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  HeMateMe: And yet--there was the moment in the World Cup elimination matches, where, down 1-0, he gave his opponent a quick draw, right at the beginning of game two.

He walked out.

You can't be a champion, if your mind works that way. I wish he was just a little more steady around the nerves. He could be challening Anand.

Oct-12-11
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  JohnBoy: <HMM: I wish he was just a little more steady around the nerves.> - me too, sort of. But he wouldn't be the player he is if he was more steady. That said, about four years ago the word was that he could be 2600 players but not 2700. Now he is mowing down 2700s. He may well get back to top 5-10. That's not shabby.
Oct-12-11  THE pawn: after 23...d4, I was convinced black was just much better but somehow white managed to create a passed pawn of his own, as well as gaining control of the e-file very quickly. I think it's the usual Morozevich we're seeing: a forgettable world cup followed by a dominating performance in an elite tournament. Not being stable is Moro's biggest flaw I think...
Oct-12-11  bronkenstein: <And yet--there was the moment in the World Cup elimination matches, where, down 1-0, he gave his opponent a quick draw, right at the beginning of game two.

He walked out. > Did he comment his decision anywhere? It might be connected to his health problems AFAIK , and that wouldn´t be the first time he had such issues.

Oct-12-11  sicilianhugefun: This is a classical illustration of how a passed pawn is being born
Oct-14-11  GreenFacedPatzer: I'm surely being an idiot, but I don't understand Eljanov's last losing move at all. What would have been wrong with

40 ... Qxd6

? That superficially seems to resolve black's immediate difficulties, while that knight trade made the situation impossible.

Oct-14-11  bronkenstein: Qxd6 Qc4+ and mate in 6 (or you can just take the queen).
Oct-14-11
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  Ulhumbrus: Following the move 14...Ng6 the N is going to go back to e7 and White is going to weaken the point d4 by c4. This suggests 14...c5 making ready for the manoeuvre ...Ne7-c6-d4
Oct-14-11  bronkenstein: I thought that 14...c5 is not that great due to possibility 15.e5!? fxe 16.Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 , and now lessay 18.Be4 followed by c4 , or 18. c4 immediately and black Bb6 - IMO the main weakness in black`s position - stays out of the game .

Houdini evals on Chessbomb `wont agree` with me , since both 14...Ng6 (played in the game) and 14...c5!? are amongst it`s first choices , with equality as eval in both cases. I don`t think that machine (suggesting , forexample , Nxb6 , few times even as top choice , many times between 10 and 22nd move) can `feel` the way that bishop will be ignored and isolated later on.

Oct-16-11
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  Ulhumbrus: On 14...c5 15 e5 one alternative to 15...fxe5 is 15...f5 threatening 16...d5
Oct-16-11  bronkenstein: <On 14...c5 15 e5 one alternative to 15...fxe5 is 15...f5 threatening 16...d5> Doesn`t look as great improvement after lessay Bxe7 , exd and c4 . Speaking of threats after f5 , eventual 16.d5 leads to the pawn structure similar to the one happening in the game ( black managed to play both f5, d5 and even d4 later on , which didn´t help his position much).

I agree that 14...c5 is more flexible than the game move since Black had to play it sooner or later , and knight went few tempos away from d4.

Oct-16-11  LIFE Master AJ: Monster game, a former Internet student (from south FL) brought this game to my attention.

Wow, simply amazing.

Oct-17-11
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  Ulhumbrus: <<On 14...c5 15 e5 one alternative to 15...fxe5 is 15...f5 threatening 16...d5> Doesn`t look as great improvement after lessay Bxe7 , exd and c4 .> 16 Bxe7 Qxe7 17 c4 Rad8 and White may be unable to gain an advantage after eg 18 exd6 Rxd6.

However this suggests that Black has gone wrong somewhere before this point, because with a strengthened centre Black may be able to play for more than just equality.

One alternative to 12...Be6 is 12...Bd7 so that on 13 Qc2 c5 Black's Queen's Bishop will attack White's Knight.

Oct-17-11  bronkenstein: <Bxe7 , exd and c4> in ˝full notation˝ means 16.Bxe7 , 17.exd and 18.c4 , so there is no Rxd6 in that line.
Oct-17-11  Robed.Bishop: <LMAJ: Monster game, a former Internet student (from south FL) brought this game to my attention.>

I'm surprised you don't follow the current tournaments.

Oct-18-11  kellmano: <GreenFacedPatzer> the mate after 40..... Qxd6+ is 41. Qc4+ Kh8 42. Nf7+ Kg8 43. Nh6++ Kh8 44. Qg8+ Rxg8 45. Nf7#

It's called philodor's legacy or something like that.

Oct-18-11
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  Ulhumbrus: <bronkenstein: <Bxe7 , exd and c4> in ½full notation½ means 16.Bxe7 , 17.exd and 18.c4 , so there is no Rxd6 in that line.> My mistake. On 16 Bxe7 Qxe7 17 exd6 cxd6 18 c4 Bd8 and the bishop goes to f6
Oct-18-11  bronkenstein: <On 16 Bxe7 Qxe7 17 exd6 cxd6 18 c4 Bd8 and the bishop goes to f6>

That`s better , still I would slightly prefer white there.

Oct-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: I really like the way Morozevich handled the opening. (Simply, economically.)
Jun-26-18  Saniyat24: Scotch-taped bishop and two passed pawns...!
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