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Alexander Morozevich vs Nikita Vitiugov
Russian Championship Superfinal (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Dec-19
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  0-1

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Dec-19-07  kellmano: Awful game from my chess hero. He shuffles the pieces seemingly aimlessly, and indeed it turns out to be aimless. He then plays on for ages in a clearly lost game. I hope this is a sign he is annoyed and will take out this anger on his next opponent.
Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: Morozevich loves strategic complexity (in this sense he reminds me of Korchnoi, whose style I also loved). Sometimes his love of the unknown bites him in the foot.

I have no doubt he'll bounce back

Dec-19-07  Ulhumbrus: On 20 Nd5 Morozevich may have been worried about 20...Bxd5 21 Rxd5 c3! 22 axb4 axb4 with a terrifying attack along the a file. In the event Vitiugov manages to develop his Rooks towards an attack along the b file instead. After 29...Rxb2 White's N on e1 is overworked. If it has to defend the R on f2, it cannot also recapture a Rook on b2 in reply to 29...Rb7xb2.
Dec-19-07  Bobsterman3000: what's the finish? I don't see it.

Dec-20-07  armtwister: The Game followd Ivan Cheparinov vs Yannick Pelletier European Team Championship 2007,until 13th move.Moro's Ka1?! is dubious,since it gives black time to castle.Instead ,14.Bf4 e5 15.Bg5 Qb6 16.N1e2! 0-0 17.Bf6 Ba3 18.b3 Qf6 19.Nd5! gives white a clear plus.The difference is in Chapaninovs games black knight doesnt have e8 sqare as it is occupied by the black King,White exchanges the bishop for knight and in return he gets the d5 sqauare for his knight which helps his attack!!.
Dec-20-07  armtwister: I Cheparinov vs Y Pelletier 1-0 30 2007 European Team Chess Championships I Cheparinov vs Y Pelletier, 2007
Dec-20-07  Ulhumbrus: <Bobsterman3000: what's the finish? I don't see it. > Black's QB keeps back the White b pawn while White has to give his Rook up to stop Black's g pawn, after which Black can advance still his f pawn eg 72 Kb5 g2 73 Rd7+ Kc8 74 Rg7 g2-g1/Q 75 Rxg1 Qxg1 76 Kxc4 Bb7 77 Kd3 f3 78 Ne4 Bxe4 79 Kxe4 f2 80 Kd5 f2-f1/Q 81 Kc6 Qb1 82 b7 Qxb7+ winning
Jan-01-08  minasina: http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... (Translated: http://www.google.com/translate?u=h... The board is not functioning at the translated page.)
Jan-02-08  kingsindian2006: it took a 70 move fight for Moro to lose a game this tourney... moro was on his game the whole week. nice game for nikita, I am sure he will tell his grand kids about this win.:)
Jan-08-08  patzer2: Morozevich won the Russian Championship, but he incurred a few losses along the way. In this game he falls victim to what appears to be a true piece sacrifice offer by Vitiugov in 18...a5!? (offering his Bishop for a promising Queenside attack). In this game, Morozevich's loss occurred after declining this sacrifice offer.

What I'm wondering is whether White can grab the Bishop, defend carefully and survive. Working it out with Fritz 8, move-by-move, I came up with <18. a3 a5!?> 19. axb4!? axb4 20. Na2! Qa5! 21. Be7 Ra8 22. Nec1 Be6 23. c3 b3 24. Bxf8 Kxf8 25. f4 Qb6 26. Kb1 bxa2+ 27. Ka1! Kg8 28. f5 Bd7 29. g4 Nf6 30. Rhe1 Bc6 31. Qg2 Qb7 32. Rxd6 Bxe4 33. Qe2 Bd5 34. g5 Ne8 35. Rxd5 Qxd5 36. Qxe5 Qc6 37. Qe4 Qxe4 38. Rxe4 Nd6 = (0.00 @ 19 depth). Here White appears to have fully equlized.

Of course I'm not a Master and my Fritz 8 is not a super strong computer program, so deeper analysis might turn the tide either way in this tight rope of attack and defense. Appreciate any opinions or deeper analysis to answer this question (i.e. Can White survive after capturing the Bishop with 19...axb4!?).

Jan-08-08  patzer2: <armtwister> I like your plan of < 14.Bf4! e5 15.Bg5 Qb6 16.N1e2! 0-0 17.Bf6 Ba3 18.b3 Qf6 19.Nd5! = > However after 19...Qc6 = here I don't know if it's necessarily a big plus for White, since Black has the Bishop pair and reasonable counterplay. Still White has at least achieved full equality with a space advantage and connected pawns in a comfortable position, while neutralizing Black's attack. And this is certainly better than the game outcome.
Oct-01-19  joddon: strategically intensifying !!thriller!!

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