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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Morozevich
Moscow PCA-Intel GP (1995) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Apr-29
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0

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Jun-18-06  Poisonpawns: An Amazing defense put up by Morozevich only to let it slip away in the end.I believe blacks hasty 38..Nc4?!39.Nb1!Rd4 40.b3is the cause of trouble, and Anands advatage is clear.However Black has dynamic chances in the position on move 38.One thing i noticed was that blacks pieces are better placed,and he has a kingside majority headed by an advanced passed pawn.This is offset by whites queenside majority,and the weakness of the pawn on e3.It is obvious that 38..Nc4 doesnt hold the pawn so i dont know if time pressure caused this mistake.Play for black must follow his strong points in the position,namely Kingside p-majority and better placed king,knight and rook.therefore 38..g5!! now white must act defensively no time to push the queenside pawns 39.Kxe3? Rxd3+ and black is great.38..g5! 39.f4 gxf4 40.gxf4 and now Nc4!41.Nb1 rd4 the same as Moros line except we have created a weak pawn for white on f4 now.42.b3 nd2! Notice this doesnt work in the game because there is no check available on e4.43.Nxd2 exd2 44.Rxd2 Rxf4= or 38..g5! 39.Na4 f4! 40.Nc5+ ke7 41.Ne4!(Nxa6 fxg3 42.Kxe3 Rf8!43.ke4 nxf3=)a5 42.h4 = So Moro missed his chance to maintain =,how? he misused his only + in the position which was superior pieces by playing 38..Nd4?,and 39..Rc4? Allowing Anand to activate his own pieces and thus nullify that adv.won a pawn and finally mobilized his Q-side majority for the win.Nice instructive game.
Nov-27-06  orio24: It seems he was even clearly better before. E.g. instead of 37.-♘e5 if he played the idea 37.-g5.
Oct-11-07
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  tpstar: As of 29 ... g6 Black is clearly better with that powerful Nd3 tying White up in knots, although material is equal. The advance 35 ... e3 seems premature, as the Pawn cannot be supported and is soon lost. Maybe 35 ... ef 36. gf (36. Rcd2?! fg+ 37. Kxg2 Nf4+ gets out of trouble) Ne5 37. Rxd8 Rxd8 and White's Kingside Pawns are seriously weak. In the game, once White's Rook infiltrated behind Black's Pawns, it was a blowout.

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