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Etienne Bacrot vs Alexander Morozevich
Biel International Chess Festival (2003), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-22
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Attack (C43)  ·  0-1



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Aug-17-03  morphynoman2: A crazy opening gives advantage to black in the endgame.
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  patzer2: As strange as it seems, the simple 23...Re6 seems to be the winning move, as it blockades the isolated white e-pawn so Morozevich can capture it as his leisure. With the pawn advantage, Morozevich quickly exchanges down to a won bishop and pawn versus knight and pawn position. Morozevich's subtle opening play and middle game technique, displaying mastry of the middle game without the queens on the board, is reminiscent of Petrosian at his best.
Aug-30-03  sleepkid: patzer2: I have to say that your comments are sometimes quite bizarre. While it's true that 23. ...Re6 blockades the pawn. It's not a "strange" move - and Morozevich certainly cannot capture it "at his leisure" (he is in fact forced to capture two moves later, otherwise White can reinforce the e-pawn with f4 if the knight retreats.) (...and Fischer's 35. Be2 against Unzicker isn't really "subtle")

I would say that the win is due more to Bacrot's mishandling of the opening (11. Nf3 was weak) and endgame (for better or for worse 37. fxe5+ had to be played, allowing the knight onto the f4 square. . . maybe not enough for a draw, but certainly more active then 43. Nc1) than anything Morozevich does. It seems that he just allows Bacrot to make mistakes.

I would guess that Bacrot had a specific position he wanted out of the opening, and when he Morozevich side stepped it, Bacrot lost the thread of the game.

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  patzer2: <sleepkid> I did not mean to imply 23...Re6 was a strange move, only that I found the situation strange that this quiet but simple move to win the pawn gave black a winning advantage.

In amateur play, the win of a pawn in positions like this often doesn't mean much, due to tactical mistakes or poor end game play giving equalizing chances. However, at the master level (and especially at the super GM level), the win of a pawn, especially with queens off the board, is, more often than not, decisive.

I too thought 11. Nf3 was weak (preferring 11. NxN) allowing the isolated pawn, but it wasn't until Morozevich blockaded and won the isolated pawn with 23...Re6 that the mistake became glaringly obvious and was finally punished.

While I won't argue that Barcot could have played better in this game, I don't find that his mistakes were so glaringly obvious either. The fact that Barcot made a few subtle mistakes, which Morozevich punished with excellent technique does make the game a useful and instructive lesson, and is a tribute to Morozevich's skill and talent.

Mar-29-04  seoulmama: I still can't help but wonder why everyone plays the Petroff. It is just sooooo miserable. Even Toppy and Shirov.. dang...
May-05-05  Whitehat1963: Love the early queen exchange.
Sep-17-05  bomb the bishop: What about 35. Kg3?
Aug-16-08  just a kid: <Bomb the bishop>If 35.Kg3 than black still plays 35.e5.<seoulmama>I have to disagree.I play the Petroff now and then,and I find it gives black more of a chance to find counterplay.(I once played a game with the Petroff where I made him move his queen 14 times in 24 moves!.I blew it in time pressure though.)

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