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Alexander Morozevich vs Ivan Sokolov
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 3, May-19
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bonsch-Osmolovsky Variation (C34)  ·  1-0



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  IMlday: Winning with the KG may leave the opponent 'freaked' for future encounters!?
Mar-21-05  PinkPanther: What?
Mar-22-05  RisingChamp: yes Sokolov is most definitely "freaked"he has lost to Moros Albin counter gambit as well recently.
Mar-20-07  Poisonpawns: Morozevich tied Sokolov to the whipping post and beat the hell out of him in this game.By move 33 Sokolov wanted to cry i know it.
May-28-08  sallom89: wow very nice game.
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  plang: 3..Ne7 is a rare sideline that Sokolov has had some success with. The game Spassky-Seirawan Montpellier 1985 showed that an early h4 can show the knight on g6 to be clumsily placed. 5 Nc3 had been primarily played before; 5 Qe2 was a new idea that has since been repeated a few times. Morozovichs idea was that 5..dxe 6 Qxe4 would produce an awkward pin on the knight. 6..dxe?! has not been repeated as 6..h5 has been shown to be stronger. 11..f6 looks ugly but after 11..Bd6 12 Ng5..0-0 13 Bxf4..Bxf4 14 Rxf4..Nd6 15 Bb3..Nd7 16 Nce4..Nxe4 17 Rxe4 White would have had a solid advantage. The alternative 20..Nxe4 21 Rxe4..Rf7 22 Bc4 would have been winning for White. With 22 d5 Morozovich sacrificed a pawn and after 25 Re3 the knight on f8 remained bottled up and the rook on h5 had trouble getting back into play. 27 g4 looked tempting but wouldn't have worked after 27..Rh3 28 Kg2..Ng5!. Gallagher was critical of 30..Ke7 recommending instead 30..Ke8 31 Nb5..Rb8 32 Re3..Nd7 33 d6 though this would also have left White with good winning chances.

A really nice positional effort somewhat in the style of Kramnik I think.

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