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Alexander Morozevich vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 9, Sep-23
Pterodactyl Defense: Miscellany. Queen Pterodactyl Quiet (A40)  ·  1-0



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Sep-24-07  KamikazeAttack: <slomarko: well what can I say Moro beating Kramnik was simply fantastic :)>


Wait until Kramnik loses his title.

U gonna throw a party?

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  chancho: In spite of Kramnik's apparent calm, his disappointment was plainly visible.

<"I played a terrible opening, he said, I thought I had it under control.
Looking back on it, Qe7 was an error because I did not notice he could play the move Ra3. From that moment on, my position was clearly inferior.">

Sep-24-07  Softpaw: <slomarko: i think Moro demonstated great chess pshicology in this game.>

I agree completely. He was willing to go into a slightly less-than-optimal Benoni position in order to drag Kramnik out of a his symmetrical English preparation.

<jamesmaskell: The Benoni??? Thats just about the last opening I expected him to play!>

Probably the last opening Kramnik expected to play also! Remember, he headed into a symmetrical English, responding to 1.c4 with ...c5. It was Moro that secured the Benoni structure with his d5 move.

Moro took a big risk with that and it really paid off!

Sep-24-07  acirce: I don't know if Kramnik was prepared for playing the Benoni. It's conceivable that he was tricked by the move order. But he kept moving quickly for some time if I remember correctly.

Here you can see Kramnik suffering: (third video from above).

Btw, the Russian conspiracy seems to work about as well as it did in Elista...

Sep-24-07  KingG: <keypusher> It seems you were right all along about that BxN trade. :-) Good insight.
Sep-24-07  slomarko: <keypusher> got one right. good job.
Sep-24-07  ganstaman: I know we don't normally expect it of Kramnik, but it's not like he hasn't played the Benoni for the WC title before. Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
Sep-24-07  FHBradley: <Morozevich is the consummate style player. Instead of a theoretical argument he'll go to extremes to reach unusual, imbalanced positions where his unique insight sees advantages others cannot.>


Morozevich is the 21st century Chigorin: <"If I often play the King's Gambit or Evans Gambit,it is not because I like losing a pawn at move two or move four, but because I have been able to convince myself by means of analysis of the genuine strength of these lines which offer the best chance of winning. What do they mean by love of complications? What normal person would prefer the complex path to the simple one? The point is that I often foresee victory in the sort of position in which others can only see complications".> From

Sep-24-07  Magician of Riga: I like that Moro quote. Nice he hands Kramnik his only loss at classical time controls for 2007. I'd much rather see an Anand vs Kramnik world championship match than a Topalov vs Kramnik world championship match.
Sep-24-07  you vs yourself: <Magician of Riga> If you're refering to the quote <FHBradley> posted, it is actually from Chigorin.
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  chancho: Kramnik and Morozevich press conference.

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  IMlday: 11..Nbd7 & ..Rc8 doesn't seem very flexible. After 11..a6 12.a4 b6 Black has a plan with ..Ra8-a7-e7 leaving open the option of ..Nf6-e8 to unblock the f-♙ and diagonal for the ♗g7.
Sep-24-07  Ulhumbrus: One question is whether 28...f5 or 31..f5 draws.
Sep-24-07  notyetagm: From TWIC:

<Morozevich v Kramnik 1-0 A major upset! 13 g4 announced aggressive intentions on the K-side, while 13...c4 14 Be2 Rc8 began an expansion on the Q-side. 15 g5 and 16 f4 were excellent moves. The speculative 17...Rc5 and 18...Ra5 led to fascinating play on the Q-side - refer to 20...Nb3 21 Ne4 Nxd2 22 Qxd2 Qd8 (surely 22...Qc7, pro- tecting the c-pawn, is required). The embarrassed rook had to be sprung from jail, and 25...Qb6 avoided the loss of a pawn. It was clear, though, that White was better at the point where 31...f6 was attempted to gain freedom on the K-side, and 32 Rc6 was very strong. The blockade 34...Nc7 was necessary, yet White's dominance was still apparent. 41 Rb3 was hard to meet. After 41...Rb8, the sweet 42 Rh3 invaded on the h-file when 42 Kf3 and 43 Ke4 might have been expected. Morozevich said 15 g5 was sharp play that had succeeded in the end. Kramnik responded by admitting that the rook adventure had been over-optimistic. He said that he has a chance to get back into the tournament when he plays Anand with the white pieces. A beautiful, significant win by Morozevich.>

Sep-24-07  Resignation Trap: Morozevich plays 1.a3 in this game: .

"What? Touch move? Me? Oh no, I was only joking!" : .

Sep-24-07  notyetagm: <slomarko: i think Moro demonstated great chess pshicology in this game. Kramnik is unbeatable in those Petroff, Catalan or Slav positions which he analyses constantly, he probably tries all the variations and ideas at home not much there. instead it is imperative to create an original position as soon as possible not really important how good objectively just original.. this game shows what happens then: Moro played the opening a full tempo down nevertheless Kramnik play was confused: the Bg4-Bf3 idea was wrong, c4? bad and Rc5-a5 horrible..>

Yes, this game is a textbook example of what happens when you force someone out of their comfort zone. I thought Kramnik played this very poorly, which is to be expected because Kramnik probably does not spend a lot of time studying the Black side of the Modern e3 Benoni.

Sep-24-07  mrbasso: This is not a normal Benoni.
Unlike in the Benoni, Black has an equal position here.
Sep-25-07  Ulhumbrus: Marin's commentary includes the following remark: <21.Ne4. We can see that White makes use of the e4-square to activate his knight. Now, ...f6 is out of question already, because of gxf6 followed by Ng5-e6.>
Sep-26-07  Ulhumbrus: To quote Marin's comment : <Apparently, White has played the opening without any ambition. 5.d5!? But this move causes an opposite impression. 5...0-0 6.Nf3 e6 7.Be2 exd5 8.cxd5 d6 As an experienced Benoni player, I have problems finding a proper name to this almost non-existent variation; "the e3-Benoni" sounds almost comical! However, White's setup is not without venom. By refraining from exposing his e-pawn to early attacks (...Re8), White intends to obtain more freedom of action for his minor pieces. His king's knight could go to c2 (via e1) in order to counter a later ...b5 with b4, or to the more usual c4-square, without having to care about defending the e4-pawn from d2. We shall see further differences as the game advances. One possible drawback of this system is that the c1-bishop will remain passive for a long time. From psychologic point of view, Morozevich choice is simply brilliant. Kramnik does not play this opening regularly (although he employed it in the penultimate game of his match against Leko, when he desperately needed to win) and, almost surely, never studied the e3-system! There are not many recent cases when the World Champion was taken "out of book" at such an early stage, with the position remaining cmplex at the same time. > There is however a famous game played with a related type of pawn formation and it is :Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1967
Dec-02-07  hitman84: Kramnik got hammered!
Jan-05-08  cotdt: So Kramnik is not invincible like everyone seems to beleive. He does lose games, after all. Here Kramnik was clearly caught off guard by this kind of opening.
May-08-08  sagahelten: It seems, this was the only classical game Kramnik lost in 2007!!!
Aug-06-09  WhiteRook48: Benoni Defenses are not Kramnik-type
Dec-04-10  James Bowman: Played over this game and realized I miss Morozevich a little, he has been inactive lately.
Oct-14-11  Hesam7: The machine suggests a curious pawn sacrifice, 14. ... Re8 15. Bxc4 Rc8 16. Be2 Nc5:

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for which Black seems to have full compensation:

<A> 17. Bf3 Nfe4 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. a5 Qh4 20. Bg2 Ng5 21. Kh2 Ne4 22. Kg1 Ng5=

<B> 17. a5 Nfe4 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. Bd3 Nc5 20. Bc2 Rc7 21. f4 Qe7 22. Qf3 Rec8 23. g5 Nd7 24. Bd3 Nc5 25. Bc2=

<C> 17. Kg2 Nfe4 18. Nxe4 Rxe4 19. a5 Rb4 20. Qd2 Rb3 21. Ra2 Qe8 22. f3 Bh6 23. Bc4 Bxe3 24. Qc2 Nd3 25. Bxe3 (25. Qxb3? Nxc1 26. Rxc1 Bxc1 ) 25. ... Qxe3 26. Qxb3 Nf4+ 27. Kg3 Ne2+ 28. Kg2 Nf4+ =

<D> 17. f3?! Bh6! 18. f4 Bg7 19. g5 Nfe4 20. Nxe4 Nxe4 21. Bf3 h6 22. h4 h5 23. Qd3 Nc5 24. Qc2! Qd7 25. Kg2 b5! 26. axb5 Qxb5 27. Ra3 Ne4!

<E> 17. Qc2? Nfe4 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. Qd1 (19. Qb3? Qh4 20. Kg2 f5 ) 19. ... Qh4 (White has lost a tempo compared to line <A>) 20. Kg2 h5!

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