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Alexander Morozevich vs Teimour Radjabov
"Thud and Blunder" (game of the day Aug-05-2011)
ACP Rapid (2007) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 2, Jan-07
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Jan-07-07  myschkin: Well blundered!
Jan-07-07  Pounamu Knight: Cool pressing moves 4ward won the day 4 Radjabov; very effectiv against the mad scientist Morozevich - dammit!

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64. b5?? Kxc5 0-1

Jan-08-07  euripides: Chessbase claim the position was a technical win for Morozevich. Is this right ? If 64.Kxe4 then 64...Bg2+ 65.Kd4 Bxd5 66.Rxd5+ Kc7 67.Rc5+ Kb7 68.Rxc8 Kxc8 69.Ke5 h5 70.Kf5 h4 looks drawn. White has the resource Nf6 in some lines as well as king moves, but is there a clear win ?
Jan-09-07  Ramin: no need for kxe4. kd4 and the game is won
Jan-09-07  euripides: <ramin> Kd4 is no doubt better than Ke4, but what's the winning line ?
Jan-09-07  acirce: <If 64.Kxe4 then 64...Bg2+ 65.Kd4 Bxd5 66.Rxd5+ Kc7 67.Rc5+ Kb7 68.Rxc8 Kxc8 69.Ke5 h5 70.Kf5 h4 looks drawn.>

69.g4 stops ..h5 and wins the pawn endgame.

Jan-09-07  euripides: <acirce> true. Is there any mileage in <64.Kxe4 Bg2+ 65.Kd4> h5 ?
Jan-29-07  AAAAron: Hey,!!! You need to fix the glych in this game. I heard Morozevich is such a radical player, that he pointed a BB gun at Radjabov. Radjabov, thinking the gun was real, resigned. All this before the first move. Good strategy by Moro!
Jan-29-07  positionalgenius: <AAAAron>I will be happy when you stop posting.
Jan-29-07  Shams: for the record, I laughed at AAAAron's post.

Radjabov gets the two bishops in exchange for ruined q-side pawns in the opening, but then gives up his dark squared bishop. Doesn't this seem a little odd? He goes on to win, though. I suspect he knows a little more than I do.

Feb-12-07  AAAAron: Thanks Shams.... I'm like a chessgames jester. Unfortunately, some people, like <positionalgenius> have no sense of humor. Just line after line analysis............ Which is OK, but I bet he's VERY boring in person. Oh well, I wish they'd fix the glych in this game.
Aug-05-11  hedgeh0g: Poor Morozevich...

In his defence, I would argue that it was a rapid game and he would likely be short of time by move 64. Nonetheless, 64...b5?? is a tragic blunder.

On a further note, I'm sure the numerologists on this site will point out that the blunder was committed on move 64 and there are 64 squares on a chessboard, etc. Please get jobs.

Aug-05-11  BiteByBits: sometimes sacrifices like that works, like if the black king wasn't at c5...
Aug-05-11  eSpade: just noticed that GOTD and Puzzle of the day both have Morozevich at the losing end :(
Aug-05-11  JohnBoy: I love the single annotation to this game score... HAHAHA
Aug-05-11  psmith: <acirce> no mileage.

64.Kxe4 Bg2+ 65.Kd4 h5 66. Ne3 Bb7 (or whatever) 67. Nc4+ and Nb6 winning.

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  kevin86: oops!!!!! White had a win until he left his rook hanging.
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  LIFE Master AJ: In the game, we had:

63.g3 Bxh3;
The position after Black's 63rd.

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A horrible blunder.

[ White wins in all lines after KxP/e4. For example:

64.Kxe4! Bf1;

Fritz shows this as being best.

(64...Bg2+; 65.Kd4 h5;
Again - several programs show this as being best, taking the Knight on e4 loses badly.

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(Black loses after the capture on d5.
65...Bxd5; 66.Rxd5+ Kxc7; 67.Rc5+ Kb8; 68.Rxc8+ Kxc8; 69.g4,

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This is an easy win in the K+P ending.)

Now White should win easily.

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66...Bb7; 67.Nc4+ Ke6; 68.Re5+,

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(Also interesting was 68.b5!?)

The machine wants to play 68...Kd7; in this position, but that loses to the immediate fork on b6.

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69.Nd6 Rxc7; 70.Ne8+,

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White wins - as he picks off the Rook.)

65.Kd4 Ba6; 66.Ra5 Bb7; 67.Rb5 Bc6; 68.Rb8 Rxc7; 69.Nxc7 Kxc7; 70.Rh8,

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This is a fairly simple win for White. ]

64...KxR/c5; " " and White Resigns. 0-1

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  Peligroso Patzer: A bit reminiscent of Short vs Krasenkow, 2004, another game in which a world-class player suddenly spoiled a clear advantage by blundering a rook in a simplified position.

Presumably, severe time pressure was responsible in both instances.

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  LIFE Master AJ: <Presumably, severe time pressure was responsible in both instances.>

A safe assumption. (IMO)

Aug-13-11  Gambit All: What's wrong with 13...♘xc3? Setting up 14. bxc3 ♗xd3
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  Sastre: 13...Nxc3 14.bxc3 Bxd3 15.Qd1 Rfd8 16.Re1 gives White the advantage.

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