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Peter Svidler vs Alexander Morozevich
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Nov-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Nov-15-06  GBKnight: Quite an epic game. Svidler seemed to be coasting to victory, but Morozevich's counterplay made him work very hard for the win.
Nov-15-06  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 23...a5, 23..Qb7 gets ready for ...Rad8 and ..d5 and how is White going to save himself?Instead of 24..Bd7, 24...Rxa5 recaptures the P.34..Bg5 throws the d6 pawn away for no obvious reason. This may or may not be poor playing form.
Nov-15-06  bane77: 36...Qxc3? lost the game. 36...Bxe3 and 37...Qxg4 would probably draw.
Nov-15-06  Mameluk: Black´s play is confusing. 35... Qxc3 looks simply equal, 36. Nd5-Qc5 is impossible. <bane77> After 36...Bxe3 37. Qxe3 Qxg4 38. Rd5 white still has some chances.

Rybka gives interesting 36...Qd2. For example 38. Qxd2 Bxd2 39. b4 (Rd1! the only attempt?)Ra2 40. Rb6 Rc8 41. Rxb5 Rc2. The presence of queens is better for white, because queen covers black´s counterplay on c and a. So 38. Qf3, but after some Qc2, black has enough counterplay at least for draw. So I give 37...Qc8?? as losing move.

Nov-15-06  jcb: Why not 73. Rxc6? It seems quicker.


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  ajk68: <jcb> Qh5+ followed by Qc5+ wins the rook.
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  ajk68: Alternatively, white goes down a knight and a pawn.
Nov-16-06  Tariqov: Isn't 21.Bxf6 playable?? e.g 21..Nxf6 22.Ng4!?Nxg4 23.hxg4Bd7 24.Ne3Qxc3!? 25Nd5Qc8 26.f3. It seems decent.
Nov-16-06  Runemaster: What an unusual game. It was fascinating to see how Svidler slowly spun the web around the Black king over the last twenty moves.
Nov-16-06  euripides: <Mameluk> I assume you mean <37...Qd2>. Very interesting that Rybka suggests this. After 38.Qxd2 Bxd2 the discovered attack with 39.Nc7 looks good as after 39....Rc8 the desperadoes with 40.Ne6+ or 40.Nxb5 will win a pawn or double Black's d pawns. However, this doesn't seem to be enough e.g. 40.Nxb5 Rxb5 41.Rxd2 Rc3 42.Rdb2 looks very difficult for White to win. Close to the time control, Morozevich's sense of the counterattacking possibilities perhaps weakened for a moment.
Nov-16-06  somitra: Amazing to see the power of a lone ♘ in this game. Just marvellous to see Svid playing like himself again.
Nov-16-06  Mameluk: <runemaster> That´s nice idea. 40. Ne6+ is quite nothing, but the 40. Nxb5 is bad for the same reason as b4 and Rb6. Black simply plays 40...Bb4! 41. Rd5 Rc2 and next moves will be Raa2, Bc5. Moro probably thought about this c and a file counterplay, but thought that losing a pawn, he should not exchange queens. But he should.
Nov-16-06  geigermuller: if you ask me, this one was the game of the tournament
Nov-16-06  jcb: <ajk68> Your response doesn't seem right to me.

If 73. Rxc6 Qh5+, 74.Nh2 seems to end the threat. Black can regain the piece with 74. . .Qd1+, 75.Nf1 Qxf1+, 76. Kh2, but the pawn at g2 prevents an immediate check, and there seems to be no way for the queen to prevent an ultimate back rank mate unless black can steal a perpetual check.

Nov-16-06  gothenburg: Hi jcb ajk68 You must mean 73.Rxb6 right? and then Qh5+ 74.Nh2 Qd1+ 75.Nf1 Qh5+ draw or 73.Rxb6 Qh5+ 74.Kg1 followed by ajk68s Qc5+ Which means Svidlers 73.Rxh6 is best.
Nov-16-06  shintaro go: Moro's bane in this tournament has been hanging all those pawns.
Nov-17-06  sucaba: With 51. _ ♖b6 or 51. _ ♕xb3 52. ♘xb3 ♖a2, Black could probably still save the draw.

It seems that both moves ♖b6 and ♕xb3 lead to similar lines. For example, in 51. ♖b6 52. ♕xa2 ♖xa2 53. ♘d7 ♖b7 54. ♘xe5 ♖b2, Black will win the b-♙. Or 51. ♖b6 52. ♕xa2 ♖xa2 53. ♖xe5 ♖b2 54. ♘a4 ♖6xb5 55. ♘xa2 ♖xe5 56. f4 ♖b5 57. fxg5 ♖xb2 58. gxh6+ ♔xh6 59. ♖xf7 ♔g5 is a ♖-ending which I think is impossible to win for White.

Nov-17-06  sucaba: Correction: 51. _ ♖b6 turns out to be bad after 52. ♕c3 f6 53. ♖d7+ ♔h8 54. ♘b7 and White invades on the 7th rank, or 52. _ ♕a5 53. ♕xe5+ ♗f6 54. ♕f4 and 54. _ ♖xb5 is answered by 55. ♘e6+ .

But 51. _ ♕xb3 still looks fine.

Nov-18-06  positionalgenius: Best game of the tournament.

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