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Dorian Rogozenco vs Alexander Morozevich
"Dorian Mowed" (game of the day Sep-19-2005)
Istanbul Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 10, Nov-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Exchange Variation Costa's Line (D07)  ·  0-1



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Sep-19-05  Gowe: <Sneaky> jaja, that's a good one. (seriously, i laughed)
Sep-19-05  acirce: From John Watson's "Chess Strategy In Action", the introduction to the section "Doubled Pawns In Action":

<The treatment of doubled pawns has become increasingly complex in our times. As a broad characterization, we can say that the unifying factors of the modern treatment are retention of maximum structural flexibility and a general open-mindedness. More than ever, players are willing to enter into positions in which they have doubled pawns, even when it means retaining them for much of the game without prospect of liquidation. Conversely, players are more willing to sacrifice positive tactical and positional factors in order to create doubled pawns in the opponent’s camp. Those factors might include time, development, the bishop-pair, safety and the like. It’s all a matter of specific context, and there don’t seem to be many general guidelines. Specific structures and formations may allow of doubled pawns while others tend to suffer from them. Yet even in those cases, delicate issues of timing and initiative can intervene and make general assessments unreliable. In short, the ideas are in the moves themselves.

What is clear is that the stronger players are experts at drawing upon their vast experience to assess which side they favour and thus when to enter into a doubled-pawn situation. Opening structures are as usual important teachers. Of course, most opening variations do not involve doubled pawns early on, if only because the opposing forces do not engage one another for some time. It also takes two to tango, so both the doubler and double must see advantages in their positions. Normally there must be a planned effort to create or provoke the creation of doubled pawns early on, and that’s precisely what we are seeing more and more of today. In many situations, players no longer view doubled pawns as weaknesses to be compensated for but as natural or even positive features of the position. Because doubled pawn play has become so widespread, I will concentrate upon a few illustrative structures and some ideas that weren’t discussed in SOMCS (“Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy”).

The Extension of Doubled Pawn Theory

I can’t give enough credit to GM Peter Wells’s subtle and extended discussion of doubled pawns in Chessbase Magazine 80, in which he brings forth theoretical details that weren’t discussed in SOMCS and that haven’t been covered in any other book or source that I know of. Remarkably, his many excellent examples were taken from a single issue of the magazine, an indication of how common these ideas are! I will borrow a couple of these first before moving on to my own selection of themes and games.>

Sep-19-05  acirce: Watson goes on exemplifying with this game:

16.Nd4 <Black is ahead in development and can double on the d-file whereas White will have to use a tempo to play the weakening g3 in order to bring his king to safety. White's advantage is his better-placed queen, which can operate well in conjunction with the minority attack and c-file. Morozevich enters into a forced sequence that most of us would blanche at.>

21..Qf6! <The point. Instead of worrying about ’weaknesses’ that will never be attacked, Black exchanges off White’s best piece.>

22.Qxf6 gxf6 <Wells: “What I wonder is how many players simply would fail even to seriously examine 21..Qf6! because taking on such doubled, isolated pawns goes against deeply ingrained instincts. In fact, these pawns easily contain White’s majority, while Black obtains total control on the other wing.” This is one of Wells’s themes: doubled pawns can be excellent restrainers of a majority. After all, when one pawn is exchanged the other takes its place! Conversely, he makes the (better-known) point that “a doubled pawn on the majority side is in general a far greater burden since it profoundly complicates the task of creating a passed pawn.”

As for Wells’s question of how many players would consider 21..Qf6, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t! On the other hand, it’s easy enough to imagine this move from any number of positionally-minded grandmasters (and surely top ones like Kramnik or Karpov), particularly since the taboos against doubled pawns even in simplified positions is disappearing.>

23.h5 h6 24.Rh4 <The computer, indoctrinated with classical principles, assesses White as better here. Wells more accurately sees this as a clear black advantage. White would normally push his kingside pawns, say, by g4-g5 in order to activate his pieces if nothing else. Now that can’t be done. By contrast, Black’s queenside majority is strong: not because it is on the queenside (White’s king is not far away), but because it is mobile and will eventually produce a passed pawn. It is also very important that White will be tied to defence of d1 and d2 and thus rendered relatively immobile.>

Sep-19-05  flixterhipster: Can somebody help me out - I don't understand why this is won for black. Can white not play 49 Re2+ Kf4 50 Rf2 and still be in with a shout of hanging on?
Sep-19-05  slapwa: Flixterhipster: after 49 Re2+ Kf4 50 Rf2 Rf1+ 51 Rf1 Bf1 52 Kf1 Kf3 wins at a canter.
Sep-19-05  Poisonpawns: Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995 Kasparov crushed Ivanchuck in this line.White should play 7.bxc3 keeping the center intact instead of taking with the bishop on move 7.
Sep-19-05  backyard pawn: <flixterhipster> At first glance, after 50 Rf2, , it looks like Black would exchange off both pieces by 50,...Rxf1+; 50 Rxf1, Bxf1; 51 Kxf1, Kxf3. Black's better placed King would then rule the board, picking off white pawns and queening one of his own.
Sep-19-05  aragorn69: Thx <acirce>. Highly instructive!
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  WannaBe: <Gantastic: Love the pun -- obscure AND...> In my opinion... If the pun takes a dictionary & 10 minutes to read and understand, it's probably too much trouble! =)
Sep-19-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A nice game of the day. I'm particularly impressed by Morozevich's endplay here.

45...Rd2! is the decisive move here. I think instead of 45.Rc1 White should have played Kf1 or perhaps Bd1.

Sep-19-05  ajile: What about 33.Bc4? After this move White gets rid of Black's strong bishop. How can Black avoid a draw after this?
Sep-19-05  Professeur Y: <al wazir>, about the pun and the "Dorian mode": <There, aren't you glad you asked?> I sure am, insofar as I have always wanted to read about the history of music. However, it seems to me that the connection to the game, or to chess in general, is rather obscure. But thanks a lot.
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  kevin86: I picked up the pun right away,but I do know a few things about premodern music.It looks like black can win either by zugzwang or by knocking off white's pawns with the king,despite the fact he is a pawn down.
Sep-19-05  who: <flixterhipster: Can somebody help me out - I don't understand why this is won for black. Can white not play 49 Re2+ Kf4 50 Rf2 and still be in with a shout of hanging on?> I don't get it - if 49.Re2 why not 49...Kxf3?
Sep-19-05  ConspTheory06: Well after 49.Re2+ black isnt scared of the checks and plays 49...Kxf3 50.Rf2 Kxe4 and then the major pieces will have to come off the board after the black king flees from the checks and black will be up a passed pawn with white having no chance of winning.
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  al wazir: <who: if 49.Re2 why not 49...Kxf3?> 50. Rf2+ Kxe4 51. Rxf7. Without the f pawn, which will become passed when king white's e pawn falls, black's canter (as <slapwa> would have it) is slowed to a walk, or maybe completely lamed.
Sep-19-05  Bobwhoosta: I think my favorite move of the game is ...37. b5. It's a tough move to find, and is an example used consistently in positional play: Get the better position, and tatics will flow from it. Then you cash in on tactics to improve your position..... Repeat as necessary until your opponent decides he's had enough.
Sep-19-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <Bobwhoosta> Yes I really liked 37...b5 also.
Sep-19-05  old coot: <al wazir> if 49.Re2...Kxf3 50.Rf2+..Kxe4 51.Rxf7..Rxf1+ 52.Rxf1..Bxf1..53.Kxf1..Kd3 and black will queen his c pawn.
Sep-03-10  AlexPoste: I don't understand- why not 10. Nxc7? To this patzer's eyes, it seems like white is just up a pawn.
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  Eric Schiller: Presumably 11.Nxc7 is met by 11...Rd8 with counterplay, but it seems a reasonable plan for White.
Jan-04-13  chesssalamander: The pun isn't as obscure as y'all are making it out to be. The "Dorian mode" is a musical scale commonly used in jazz. White's first name is Dorian, and he is "mowed" down by Moro.
Jan-04-13  chesssalamander:

This is a link to a video of Miles Davis performing his "So What" in 1959, the world's first modal jazz tune. It is based on the Dorian mode. That's John Coltrane on tenor sax.

Jan-04-13  fokers13: Purposeful/powerful play by Moro but W's handling of the endgame was atrocious.
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  plang: 7 Bxc3 was a relatively new idea but it leads to a position after 9..0-0 where Black has a big lead in development and White's only trump is the 2 bishops. Accepting the gambit with 11 Nxc7..Bg4 12 Qb3..Rad8 13 Qxb7..Rd6 leads to a very promising position for Black but still seems better than not taking the material; what was the purpose of 10 Nb5!? after all. 11..Qg6 had been played previously; 11..Qh6 was new. 19 Qxc7?..Rxd4 20 exd..Rc8 21 Qe5..Qc1+ 22 Bd1..Bd3 23 0-0..Bxd1 24 Qe1..Qxb2 25 Qxd1..Qxa3 would have been winning for Black. 25 Be2?!..Bb3! improved Black's winning chances; better was 25 b4..Bb3 26 Be2..a5 27 bxc..bxc 28 Bc4..a4 29 Bb5..Rd1+ 30 Ke2..Ra1 31 Bxa4..Be6 with an equal ending. Rogozenko had been hoping to exchange bishops with 26 Bc4 but then he realized that he would lose a pawn after 26..Rd1+ 27 Ke2..Rb1!. 34 Be2? allowed Black to eliminate his weak f-pawn; 34 f4 would have been better. Morozovich considered 38 e4? to have been the losing move creating a weak e-pawn as well as weak dark squares; better would have been 38 Rf4 with only a small Black edge.
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