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Garry Kasparov vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-20
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  1-0



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Sep-18-04  clocked: An important novelty with 12.Ne3, strong middle game play, and precise endgame finish. Black may have faired better with 21...Qe5, as the text reduces the game to a superior minor piece with weak h-pawn. Morozevich came back with the improvement 14...Nc5! in Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 and has since been taken up by notables such as Shirov.
Sep-18-04  maoam: <clocked>

On <21...♕e5>, what if White tries 22.♗xc6? Accepting the sacrifice with

22...♗xc6? 23.♕xc6+ ♕c7 (not 23...♔b8?? 24.♕b7+ followed by ♕xa6+ or ♖c4+ etc.)

24.♕xc7+ ♔xc7 25.♖xg4! hxg4 26.♖xh8

loses immediately.

22...♕c5 threatens ♕xf2# and forces the exchange of Queens, but this leaves White up a pawn with a safer king, and it doesn't seem to me like Black can compensate for this with active piece play.

Following 22...♔b8 White has a few choices:

A: 23.♕b3 followed up by

23...b5 24.axb6!? ♕xf5 25.♗f3 ♘e5 26.♕c3 for example;

B: 23.♗f3 defending the kingside;

C: 23.♔g2!? attempting to bring the h1 rook into play with

23...bxc6 24.♕b3+ followed by ♕b6!? perhaps?

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  samvega: <maoam> you appear to be making an analysis from the wrong position -- at move 21 the black king is already at b8.

I think if 21..Qe5 22.Bxc6 then just 22..Rc8.

Sep-18-04  maoam: <samvega>

You're right, I've done everything with 20...♕e5 unfortunately. Oh well that's dyslexia for you :S

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  samvega: I've done the same thing myself more than once, but have so far caught myself just before pressing 'send'. And you'll no doubt come across other examples of analyses that are one move out of register on these kibitz pages.
Sep-28-04  cpalape: I suppose this game it finish with the following moves:46)Ke4-Kxe6 47)Kxe3- Kf5 48) Kd4-c3 49) Kxc3-Kxg5 50)Kd4-Kf4
51)Kc5-Ke5 52) Kb6-Ke6 etc.
Feb-07-11  Eyal: <An important novelty with 12.Ne3, strong middle game play, and precise endgame finish […] Morozevich came back with the improvement 14...Nc5! in Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 and has since been taken up by notables such as Shirov.>

The novelty was actually Moro’s 11…g5 – and, in retrospect, it’s quite funny to see what the TWIC report said at the time: <The enterprising young Russian hits the world champion with an unseen TN – and one that'll probably never see the light of day again following Kasparov's careful handling.> ( – in fact, it became since the most popular and topical move in the position reached after 11.Bg2 (Opening Explorer). 14…Ng4 a few moves later was unfortunate, though, (it hasn’t been repeated in top-level play) and the attempt to maintain the knight on that square seems to be the source of many of Black’s troubles. It’s quite impressive how Kasparov refutes Moro’s idea otb, specifically with 15.a5! - threatening a6 to weaken the h1–a8 diagonal, stopping ideas of ...Qb6, and allowing the rook to enter the game to good effect from a4.

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  Everett: <Eyal> Thanks for the notes. It is relatively unknown games like these that show really how strong Kasparov was, even when walking into another GMs quality TN.
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  plang: 11..g5 is an example of Morozovich's fresh approach to opening play. Kasparov considered the idea dubious but the move has since gained mainline respect Kasparov offered an interesting variation: 12 Nxe5..gxf 13 Nxd7..0-0-0 14 Qxd4..Qxd7 15 Qxh8..Qd2+ 16 Kf1..Qxb2 17 Re1..Bb4 18 Qf6..Qc2 with an unclear position; this line was actually tested in an obscure 2009 game that ended in a draw. Morozovich had used 11..g5 in a number of training games with success. The position after 14..Ng4 had been reached in a few of these games but Morozovich had not considered 15 a5!. 15 fxg clearly wasn't consistent with Morozovich's plan but Dokhoian provided mind-numbing analysis starting with 15..Ndf6 (15..a6 16 Ra4 is bad for Black) 16 a6..Bc5 17 axb+..Kb8 18 0-0..Nxf2 showing that White's attack was more promising than Blacks. After 18..Nxe4? White was clearly better; a better continuation was 18..Nd5 19 Nc5..h5 20 0-0 with only a small White edge. Giving up the powerful knight with 22 Nxe7! was not obvious but Kasparov figured that after the alternative 22 Bf3..Bf6 Black would have more counterplay in an endgame as the a5 pawn would be weaker.

This game is a good example of Kasparov's fearlessness - he must have figured that he was walking into a prepared variation but didn't avoid Morozovich's preparation and managed to outplay him over the board. Somewhat reminiscent of the famous Capablanca-Marshall game when the Marshall Gambit was introduced.

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