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Alexander Morozevich vs Luke McShane
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Jun-17
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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Jun-17-12  fischer2009: One thing I find very interesting about Mcshane is that he is not the least bothered by the names of such greats as Carlsen,Kramnik,Aronian or Morozevich.It also seems that each game he plays we can feel that he is innately enjoying it.The Rg8+g5 plan reminded me of those Fischer,Yusupov hedgehog games.This guy has surely got some raw talent.I must add after yesterday's loss Morozevich does seem to have lost that momentum he showed in the first half.
Jun-17-12  achieve: Good post!

And yes, a loss almost by rule breaks the momentum; by definition, I should say.

Jun-17-12  philpot: I saw Luke at the Hastings congress in 1998. The last round was his 14th birthday if I remember right. He played an early draw with Mathew Sadler in the last round but you could see that he was a bit special. Spent most of his teen years studying which was no bad thing. Seems to be catching up now though.
Jun-17-12  uscfratingmybyear: This strikes me as a book end game to his round 3 win over Aronian, exchange sac with the knight deep in white territory, white pieces tripping over themselves, and capped with a deadly attack.
Jun-17-12  fisayo123: This is what happens when Luke uses the force!
Jun-17-12  Harvestman: Those black knights are monsters!
Jun-17-12  Marmot PFL: From move 8 on white was struggling to equalize. Just when he thought he has done that came the shocking 23...Rxg3!
Jun-17-12  luzhin: Moro clearly missed 32...Nxf4! when he played 32.Bxe4? But after 32.Qd2 McShane had the phenomenal finish 32...Ng4+ 33.Kh3 Qf8!! 34.Qxd4+ Kg8 35.Kxg4 (if 35.Bxe4 Nde3! wins) f5+ 36.Kh5 Nf6+ 37.Qxf6 Qxf6 and mate follows.
Jun-17-12  Mendrys: 23...Rxg3! Nice vigorous play by McShane and as black to boot!
Jun-17-12  drnooo: momentum with Moro is almost an oxymoron
and here is a freebie pun OxyMOROn
Jun-17-12  Shams: Once again in this tournament McShane gains lethal activity with his queen and knight. Impressive as hell.
Jun-17-12  Tiggler: This was McShane's most impressive win yet. Morozevich is totally crushed.
Jun-17-12  Reisswolf: A magnificent game. And it is very impressive that the part-timer now has an even score in this very strong field, with only one round to go. McShane is a real talent.
Jun-18-12  Naniwazu: Impressive play by Mcshane! Perhaps Morozevich should have stuck with 8. Qxf3?
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  harrylime: After McShanes' 15 ..Kh8 if you took a photo of the board you'd have to wonder what white's/Moro's strategy was in the opening. My problem with the white position is his pawn mass has no venom.. any advance just weakens his position. So what's white doing here?!?

Super game by McShane.

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  harrylime: What's cool about this win is how the analysis teams (Dlugy et al) at the tournament were looking for wins for Moro all the time during play....

Yet when you play thru it McShane is the boss, all the time, during play.

Jun-29-12  Eyal: Vlad Tkachiev on the game (Moro's 3rd consecutive loss in the tournament):

<What was the name of that film of Almodovar's? "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." That's the same impression I have of this game. What did Morozevich want to do in it?!

On the 14th move the black knight came to c4. I don't know if White had an edge at that moment: it's clear that the a6- and c6-pawns are weak, the rook will at some point come to b6 and so on. But that's still a long way away, and White first needs to decide what to do with that knight. And his next two moves simply killed me: 15.Be1 and 16.Ne2. Utter nonsense! Did it really seem to him at that point that White had all the time in the universe? I don't know a man who wouldn't respond to that with Kh8, Rg8 and g5! It's asking to be played. Judging by how Morozevich responded that was some kind of amazing concept for him, as White's next moves made a very awkward impression.

All of those moves like 17.Ng3 and 18.Qf3 – I don't think when he played Ne2 he was planning on bringing it to g3. It's obvious he'd thought up something like Ne2-c1-d3-e5. But if that's the case then in my view it was idle dreaming and a clear sign that he'd fallen completely out of form. Doing something like that is strange in itself, but even more so against as dynamic a player as McShane. Of course Morozevich immediately got what he was asking for!

Black's edge immediately crystallised. It's obvious that McShane didn't play in the best manner, but due to his opponent's efforts it was much easier for him. I don't know which of Black's knights ultimately decided the outcome of the encounter, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was actually the c4-knight, which White had striven so hard to pay no attention to.> (

Jul-18-12  Xeroxx: pretty nice

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