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Miguel Illescas Cordoba vs Alexander Morozevich
Pamplona (1998/99), Pamplona ESP, rd 3, Dec-29
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1



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Oct-02-06  willychess: It´s a very strange opening. Anybody knows it?
Jun-07-08  Xeroxx: 4.Bd3 is quite rare.
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  plang: After this fantastic result 8-1 (2904 TPR) in a Category 13 tournament Morozovich started to get more invitations to Super Tournaments. 3 e3 and especially 4 Bd3!? are attempts to avoid mainlines of the Slav. Had White played 5 dxe Black would have responded 5..dxc! and would already have been better. Illescas spent 40 minutes on on the tempo-losing 10 Bd3!?; a clear admission that his opening had not been a success. Morozovich gradually outplayed his opponent in the complicated middle game that followed. 17 Qxa7!? did not work out well; Morozovich offered another possibility: 17 Bxe4..dxe 18 Nxe4..Bxh2! 19 Nxh2..Bc4 20 Qxc8..Qxc8 21 Nd6..Qc6 22 Nxe8..Bxf1 23 Rxf1..Nf8 24 Nxg7..Kxg7 25 bc3 with Black having slightly better chances. 21 Qb5? was a serious error; 21 Nb5 was necessary where Black's advantage would have been relatively small after 21..Be5 22 Nxe5..Nxe5 23 Qc7..Nc4 24 Bc3..Nxe3 25 Qe5..Qg5 26 Qxg5..hxg. The finish after 31 cxd would have been 31..Re2 32 Re1..Rxe1+ 33 Nxe1..Re8 34 Nc2..Rc8.

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