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Alexander Morozevich vs Viktor Laznicka
"Viktory Lap" (game of the day Jan-26-2014)
European Club Cup (2013), Rhodes GRE, rd 4, Oct-23
Hungarian Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1



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Oct-23-13  PhilFeeley: Uncommon Opening indeed! This has got to be the most complicated game I have seen in a long time. It's a wonder somebody didn't lose on time.
Oct-24-13  chess123456789: oh i certainly agree!
Oct-24-13  Shams: I think the novelty here is <42.Bh3>.
Oct-24-13  Captain Hindsight: A solid opening would have been more appropriate.
Oct-24-13  EvanTheTerrible: Incredibly complex.
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  Penguincw: 7...Nd3+ is when it started to get complicated.
Oct-24-13  csmath: It looks like a Fischer Random.
After 39 moves white king is the most advanced white piece. :-)

Typical crazy Moro's game. He used to be able to win these games some time ago. Not any more.

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  plang: There is nothing uncommon about the opening - the game quickly transposes into a Reversed Sicilian variation of the English: 1 c4..e5 2 Nc3..Nf6 3 g3..Nc6 4 Bg2..Bc5 5 e3..d5 etc - there are a number of games in this line in the database.
Oct-25-13  PhilFeeley: <plang> How many by move 7?
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  Everett: Moro talking to his kings R before the game: "alright, you can just chill out until move 57 or so, when your sole purpose will be to delay defeat by a few moves."

It is a tribute to Moro that he didn't get miniatured.

Oct-26-13  iking: WHAT A GAME ... BRAVO lAZNICkA ,,
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  VasuGina: It's great to see the White King march up the board.
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  Check It Out: 1.g3 (!)

That's not something you see everyday!

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  al wazir: I can't help feeling that there were a lot of unexploited tactical possibilities in this game.

For example, 34...Rxh5+! 35. Qxh5 (35. Kg4 Rg5#; 35. Nxh5 Be2) Rxh5+ 36. Kxh5 (36. Nxh5 Bxf2+ 37. Nhg3 Qg8 38. Kh3 Qh7+ 39. Nh4 f5) Qf7+ 37. Kg4 Qg6+ 38. Kf3 Qh4+ 39. Kg3 Qg5+ 40. Kh3 (40. Kf3 Qf4#) Bxf2.

Jan-26-14  anjyplayer: For me white wins for showing extreme fighting capabilities.
Jan-26-14  offramp: I like the way the white QB walks off a cliff at moves 35-36.
Jan-26-14  goodevans: <Captain Hindsight: A solid opening would have been more appropriate.>

Yes, indeed. As role models, GMs should play solidly at all times. Playing through an exciting game like this could have a corrupting influence on up-and-coming players.

Jan-26-14  celtrusco: Crazy little thing called chess.
Jan-26-14  artemis: <goodevans> Nice!

<Captain Hindsight>

I understand what you are saying, but I think the opening choice is not to blame. I really think that 7. Nf3 is the questionable move. It feels like a mistaken move order, since 7. d3 (preventing the knight's move to d3) Nbxd5 8. Nf3 or Nge2 and 9. 0-0, white is getting the hedgehog-- the very essence of a sound, solid position.

I really feel that moro either mixed up his intended moves (Tal apparently did this about once every few months where he would write down the first move in the continuation and then play the second move!), or he missed one of black's moves later on which got his king into such a horrible position.

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  Domdaniel: <plang> is quite right: this is an English Opening, with c4 and g3 (not that 1.g3, or the Hungarian, is particularly unusual). Admittedly, it becomes eccentric a little later...
Jan-26-14  Travis Bickle: Wow wild game! So sharp I cut myself replaying it. ; P
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  Domdaniel: <Travis> -- <So sharp I cut myself...> Aha, so that's how you got that haircut...
May-02-15  Bycotron: Wow! Was there ever a less likely candidate for a 70+ move game?! What a great battle! HAIL!!!
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  whiteshark: Some of Laznicka's annotations:

<13...Nc2>: Around this moment we both got short of time, that is why the quality of the game is quite low at some moments.

<20...Qe7?> Too passive, Black could exchange queens with a huge edge [20...Qg6 ]

<21.Qf5??> With a couple of minutes and a full board of pieces one could be easily lost at the board. [21.Nh4 Qe6 22.Nf5 Qg6 23.Ng7+ Ke7 24.Nf5+ Ke8= with funny repetition.]

<23...Nc2?> [23...Qf7 and what should White do against the coming ...Bd7?]

<40...Nd3?> By now it was completely winning for Black, sometimes very easily sometimes with a little accuracy. However, after the time control the position became just better for Black and one could say that we were both on the starting line again. [40...a5 ]

<49.Rh1?!> Even after this move the game is pretty drawish, neverthless White has to be on guard. [49.Kh3 with an easy draw: 49...Rh8 50.Qxh8 Qh6+ 51.Kg4 Qg5+ 52.Kh3 Qh6+]

<59.Ne3??> And after this, there is no way back after all. White was again short of time and could not evaluate long lines correctly. [59.h5 Nc2 60.Rxa2 Rxa2 61.h6 c5 62.h7 Ra8 63.Kf6 c4 64.Ne7 Rh8 65.Kg7 Rxh7+ 66.Kxh7 Nb4 67.Nf5 c3 68.Nd4 Kc5 69.Ne2 c2 70.Kg6 Kc4 71.e5 Kd3 72.Nc1+ Kd2 73.e6=]

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