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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Alexander Morozevich
Ordix Open (2005) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 7, Aug-14
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  0-1

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Dec-06-06  Whitehat1963: An unusual game, as you might expect from these two.
Feb-16-07  notyetagm: Damn, this is an incredibly aggressive game by Morozevich as Black.
Sep-13-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 2 ... ?


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2 ... e6-e5!


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A *beautiful* idea by Morozevich (Black): the White e2-queen is poorly placed for an <OPEN GAME> so Morozevich spends a valuable tempo moving his e-pawn a *second* time (1 ... e7-e6, 2 ... e6-e5!) in order to transform from a semi-closed French to an open game.

Sep-13-08  notyetagm: 2 ... e6-e5!


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2 ... e6-e5! is what you call <FLEXIBLITY IN THINKING>: Morozevich starts out playing a French Defense but after seeing 2 ♕d1-e2 he immediately changes to an <OPEN GAME> with 2 ... e6-e5! to exploits his opponent's last move.

Your opponent's last move *always* changes the nature of the position, as least tactically if not also strategically. Here Morozevich reaps the benefits of his flexible thinking.

And I just love the Black <HOOLIGAN ROOK> deep in the White position.

21 ... ♖d3-e3!


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Sep-13-08  zoren: o_O weird opening choice
Dec-12-08  talfan: "Sorry, there are no games similar to this one in the database."
Jan-06-22  MarcusBierce: 2..e5 is my preferred way to play against the Chigorin/KIA French
Jan-07-22
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  fredthebear: Hey <MarcusBierce>, why not start out 1...e5?

After 2...e5 Stockfish recommends 3.f4 like a King's Gambit, or 3.Nf3 heading for a Ponziani.

1) +0.17 (25 ply) 3.f4

2) +0.12 (25 ply) 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d3 7.Qxd3 Qe7 8.Qe2 Nd5 9.Na3 a6 10.Nc2 h6 11.Bd2 d6 12.exd6 Qxe2+ 13.Bxe2 Bxd6 14.O-O O-O 15.Rae1 Re8 16.Bd3 Be6 17.Ncd4 Nxd4 18.Nxd4

Jan-08-22  MarcusBierce: <fredthebear>, I’m a fan of the French! And I’ve an affinity for foiling KIA set-ups :-)
Jan-08-22
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  fredthebear: Good, simple explanation. I'm thinking most French defenders don't want to play 2...e5, switching to a strange open game.

2...Be7 (breaking the e-file pin prepares 3...d5) scores OK for Black: Opening Explorer

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