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Alexander Morozevich vs Michael Roiz
Governor's Cup (2011), Saratov RUS, rd 11, Oct-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Oct-19-11  kellmano: Lovely stuff to finish an incredible tournament from Morozevich.

I like the way that after momve 25 white has isolated and doubled pawns on the b-file, but they are as safe as houses.

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  whiteshark: Moro lectures here how to win ♗♗ vs ♗♘ when pawns are in the center and on both wings.
Oct-19-11  bronkenstein: What kind of silent game was this...? Is moro evolving?

I especially liked all those Ba6 and Bc6 sacrificial points ( they remained in the variations though ) , and some fine zugging in the end.

Very slow technical outplaying concluded with textbook example of `how to use a pair of bishops` reminds me of Rubinstein`s or Capa`s finest works =)

Oct-19-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 8 Bh6 suggests that Stahlberg would play the manoeuvre ...Nd7-f8-e6 before playing ...g6 so that the N would defend the point g7 in the event of Bh6, and perhaps also because White would play Bf4 first and lose a tempo with the bishop
Oct-19-11  Phorqt: <bronkenstein>
< Is moro evolving?>

That's a great question. Very possibly is my answer. This game seems to me to be a near-perfect example of how his play has at least changed significantly over the last couple of years. I can't remember when or where he played the game, but a few years ago (before his recent loss of form) he was in a tournament and scored a win in very much the same style. Someone here remarked at the time that it was a very capa-like game, and it was in fact very simple and beautiful. If anyone remembers this game please enlighten me. I'll try my best to find it too.

Moro has struggled with himself for awhile I think now. Since long before his decline, I'd say, and who knows, possibly much longer than that.

Of course this trait is nothing special among great chessplayers, but very few of these types are ever able to rise to the very top of the game when they seem to be always in contention with the forces of nature and their own ideas as well. Think Rubinstein (who you mentioned) for a historical reference, and more recently think Ivanchuk. Fischer was somewhat like this also and of course he was champion, but his personality did not allow him to stay at the top for long.

Chucky is still young enough and chess-crazy enough to be a wildcard-type possibility for many years to come I think, but in terms of personality I think Moro is the more likely person to someday be champion.

And if he is evolving, as you suggest and I support, who know what we'll see from him in the future. It's almost as if he is taking a step back to move forward. He pushed and pushed the game and his own limitations for so long and here we have some really special-looking, effortless, classical play. I for one am staying tuned...

Oct-19-11  dumbgai: 7...g6 looks like a very strange move to me.
Oct-19-11  haydn20: I really liked this game. In view of the squeeze he was to endure, maybe Roiz should have tried 17...f5 to get some counterplay. As a patzer, I might have played 30 f3 to kick the Knight, but I sure wouldn't have seen the long-term consequences. Finally,I thought maybe Black had some survival chances with 45...f4 to release his pieces. A very instructive grind-down.
Oct-19-11  bronkenstein: Moro is definitely having his `doubts of the great artist` moments here (interview made after Biel) , especially touching moments were when he explains how he was turning pages of that Hundred-and-something-Brilliant-Chess-Games book seeking for just ONE game of his in vain , or when he speaks that chess professionals unfortunately think he is boring (unlike fans ) , or when he says that no1 asked him (during his latest crisis) how many good games he played, they all wondered about his Elo. He sounded really depressed @ some points , poor guy ` .

As I have already said , in an ideal world the organisers of Tal Memorial ( would say `Hey , how can we possibly have tournament ( and in Moscow , Moro`s hometown ... ) without this guy ?

Oct-20-11  hellopolgar: even though according to computer evaluation, it was pretty even until late game, but I can feel that Morozevich slowly choked this guy to death here, no major blunders from either side but somehow black just slowly died.

it reminds me of this game:

Morozevich vs Sakaev, 2007

Oct-20-11  Ulhumbrus: One point of the manoeuvre ...Nb8-d7-f8-e6 is that if the B on f4 goes to g3, it cannot then go to h6 in reply to the move ...g6

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