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Alexander Morozevich vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Pamplona (1998/99), Pamplona ESP, rd 7, Jan-03
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 9 Nf3 isn't played very often. A month and a half earlier in a Bundesliga game Short had defeated Morozovich with 9 Nf3; perhaps that is where Morozovich got the idea. At Linares 1992 Anand had played 13 a3 in his win against Ivanchuk; Morozovich's sharp 13 dxc!? was new. Morozovich had a slight endgame advantage but had he played the "expected" 26 g5 his winning chances would have been limited. Instead, his sharp 26 gxh!? made a draw a lot less likely. Black would have been no worse after 27..Rxh4+ 28 Kc5..axb 29 axb..Rf4 30 Kb6..Rxf2 31 Kxb7. Instead, after 27..b6? 28 a5! White got a decisive passed pawn. The quickest win would have been 33 a7..Ra8 34 Kxb5..Kc7 35 Ka6. If 44..e4? 45 Re6 would have won immediately. The winning plan was Morozovich's 48 Kc7! removing stalemate possibilities.

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