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Alexander Morozevich vs Loek van Wely
Pamplona (1998/99), Pamplona ESP, rd 9, Jan-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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  plang: One possible idea behind White's move order may to be avoid the 6 Be3..Ng4 line. After 9..h5 Morozovich changed plans with 10 a4 forgoing queenside castling as well as the English Attack". Bologan had played 11 a5 against Sakaev ay St Petersburg 1995; 11 Be2 was new. With 15 Bg5 and 16 Bxf6 it looked like Morozovich was playing for control of d5 but then he changed course again with 20 Nxf6+ and 21 Qh6 taking advantage of the weakness created by 9..h5. 23..f5 was a necessary response to Morozovich's sharp 23 Rg1; for instance if 23..Rac8 24 g4..Rc1 25 Rg2..Rxg1+ 26 Rxg1..h4 27 g5..f5 28 g6 and Black is lost. After 38..a5!? Morozovich obtained two passed rook pawns which became a significant factor in the queen ending. Morozovich thought that the best defense would have been 40..Qd3 41 a5..f5 although White is still clearly better. The premature 43 a5?..d4 44 a6..Qd2! would have led to a draw.

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