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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Morozevich
"Moro Better Blues" (game of the day Jan-17-2013)
World Blitz Championship (2012) (blitz), Astana KAZ, rd 19, Jul-10
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Agincourt Variation (A13)  ·  0-1



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Jul-10-12  Garech: Shades of D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956


Jul-10-12  uscfratingmybyear: 47.Qb8+ is a slight improvement for white.
Jul-11-12  rogl: <uscfratingmybyear: 47.Qb8+ is a slight improvement for white.> Yes, but only slight... On another note, without his pesky a-pawn Magnus could play 58.Qg8+ for an immediate draw.
Jul-11-12  shivasuri4: <rogl>, how so? The king still has the h6 square available after 58. Qg8+ Rxg8.
Jul-12-12  rogl: OOOPS, brain fart.
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  HeMateMe: Moro was able to do this in five minute chess.
Jan-17-13  abuzic: After <33...Rc8>, the white B is lost anyway or else black threatens ...Rc1+, ...Rd1+ or ...Bd5+ with mating attack; after 34.Qb5, 34...Rxc6 wins straitaway.

After <37.g5>, 37...Rdd2 should finish the game.

After <41.h4>, 41...Nf4+ should win the Q and the game.

After <42.Qb1+>, 42...Kh5 keeps black pressure.

After <44...Ne7>, 45.Qh8! is another counter attack: 45.Qh8 Kg6 46.Qe8+ Kg7 47.h5 h6 48.gxh6+ Rxh6 ...

After <46...Kf8>, 47.Qb8+ (<rogl>) white wins a R and the game, probably.

But this was a blitz game...

Jan-17-13  Chesschatology: Nice annotations, <abuzic:>: it's funny how in some Q vs. pieces endgames with open Ks and no time on the clock, a pentium with Chessmaster '95 on it would probably outplay Carlsen and Morozevich. Comforting in a way.
Jan-17-13  abuzic: <Chesschatology>
Except for the Ne7 blunder and the counterplay, most of the plans are suggested by a computer
Jan-17-13  Antaresnimrod: There is the game

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  kevin86: White cannot stop the mate without losing the queen.
Jan-17-13  chesssalamander: Great game by Moro! When he is on, he is ON!
Jan-17-13  Cemoblanca: <chesssalamander: Great game by Moro! When he is on, he is ON!>


Jan-17-13  drnooo: mmm...since 06 neither has beaten the other in classical that's quite a while folks not sure exactly what it means if anything, but in eight years it has been a classical standoff, pretty amazing, especially when you tally the rapid scores of this pair against one another, speaking very well for just how scary Moro can be if he's healthy
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Jan-17-13  chesssalamander: Cemoblanca, the heat is on! Moro can bring it and bring it fast!
Nov-01-13  generein: After 34.Qb5 Rxc6, white resigns.
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  whiteshark: Moro ftw. Watch teh kewl final:
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  JointheArmy: <Moro was able to do this in five minute chess.>

Even better. Moro was able to do this in 3' + 2'' chess.

The video link above clearly shows the time control if anyone is interested.

Apr-30-14  cplyakap: 47.Qb8+ and c7 or d6 rook burned.Did i overlook anything?
Apr-30-14  Nerwal: <47.Qb8+ and c7 or d6 rook burned.Did i overlook anything?>

No. We can see on the video linked above Morozevich realized he had blundered, but he had already released the piece.

Dec-18-16  Saniyat24: Black could have won in 36 moves...
Nov-27-20  M.yasser: 27 is a wrong move ? pawn took pawn by this move ?
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  moronovich: <M.yasser>

No it is legal.And it is called "en passant".


May-17-21  ZackyMuhammad: After 34. Qb5, black has winning if he play 34. ... Rd1+, because 35. Kg2, 35. ... Rxc6, 36. Qxc6 36. Bd5+.

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