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Grigoriy Oparin vs Alexander Morozevich
"Oparin's Book Club" (game of the day Feb-17-2020)
Nutcracker Match of the Generations (Rapid A) (2015) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Dec-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov-Breyer-Zaitsev Hybrid (C93)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Checked the database, which states that 13...d5 works in practice--Black secures a draw about 70% of the time, White wins less than 1 in 4--but does the pawn advance look dodgy to anyone else? 13...g6 superficially seems more in the spirit of things.
Feb-17-20  offramp: This game is called a "Smyslov-Breyer-Zaitsev Hybrid".

I can understand the "Zaitsev" part, because I remember Karpov playing this opening in the 1990s.

The problem with the Zaitsev is that Black has to play 12...h6 to stop Ng5.

Then he plays 19...f5. Why? Because otherwise it wouldn't be a Zaitsev. He follows up with 24...g6 and now his king is looking very open.

That's why this game reminds me of many of the K-K games from New York/Lyons in 1990.

Feb-17-20  jith1207: This was Ivan Bukavshin's last tournament.
Feb-17-20  offramp: < jith1207: This was Ivan Bukavshin's last tournament.>

Hence the pun.

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  perfidious: <offramp>, even before reading your post, my thought was:

<Where is the Breyer part of this unwieldy bit of nomenclature? He never played ....Nb8, at move nine or any other time.>

Feb-17-20  SChesshevsky: <...Checked the database, which states that 13...d5 works in practice...>

In this continuation it looks like shifted to some sort of Open Ruy after 17...Ne4. Black seems to get an easy...c5 and maybe the Bb7 is good there. Doesn't appear that bad for black. But I'm not at all sure about allowing the passed pawn with 19...f5.

Defending in the Ruy is usually tough enough without always having to keep an eye on that too.

Feb-17-20  goodevans: Things started to go badly wrong for Moro in his response to 33.e6, although his young opponent had already outplayed him somewhat by that point.

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White is threatening to land a R on d7 but instead of trying to prevent it with 33...Bc8 he'd have been better off rendering it harmless with <33...Rce7>.

The other thing that might have saved him was finding the best response to <34.Be5>, viz. <34...Bf2!> (whether after 33...Bc8 or 33...Rce7). Easy to miss that one in a rapid game.

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  MissScarlett: No idea what this pun means. Given the source, don't think I care to know.
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  OhioChessFan: Another decent pun, wouldn't call it great, but it'll do. Oprah's Book Club is the reference.
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  Breunor: Computer likes 13 Nb8 slightly more than d5 but it is very close:

1) +0.29 (27 ply) 13...Nb8 14.b3 Nbd7 15.Bb2 c6 16.Bd3 Nh5 17.g3 g6 18.a4 Nhf6 19.Qc2 Qc7 20.Bf1 Bg7 21.Bg2 Rad8 22.h4 d5 23.exd5 cxd5 24.Nxe5 Nxe5 25.axb5 axb5 26.dxe5 Rxe5

2) +0.36 (27 ply) 13...d5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Rxe5 16.Nf3 Re8 17.e5 Ne4 18.Bf4 Bc5 19.Nd4 Qh4 20.Qf3 Bxd4 21.cxd4 c5 22.Be3 c4 23.Rec1 Ng5 24.Qg4 Qxg4 25.hxg4 Rac8 26.f3 Ne6 27.Kf2 a5 28.Bf5 b4 29.axb4 axb4

at a difference in evaluation of 0.07 I think we can say they are pretty even.

Computer doesn't like 27 ... h5. Best is exf3:

1) +0.70 (25 ply) 27...exf3 28.Qxf3 Ba7 29.Rf1 Qe7 30.Bg3 Rf8 31.Qd3 Rxf1 32.Rxf1 Rf8 33.Rc1 Bb6 34.e6 Rc8 35.Rf1 Rf8 36.Rxf8 Qxf8 37.Be5 Bc8 38.a5 Bxd4 39.Qxd4 Qe7 40.Qxd5 Bxe6 41.Qa8 Bg8 42.Qb8 Qe6 43.Qc7+ Bf7 44.Qb8

2) +0.63 (24 ply) 27...exf3 28.Qxf3 Ba7 29.Rf1 Qe7 30.Bg3 Rf8 31.Qd3 Bb6 32.Rxf8 Rxf8 33.h4 Re8 34.Rf1 Rf8 35.Rxf8 Qxf8 36.h5 Qe8 37.e6 Bxd4 38.hxg6+ Qxg6 39.Qxd4 Qxe6 40.Qxb4 Bc8

After h5:

1) +1.75 (26 ply) 28.Qg3 Qb6 29.a5 Qc7 30.fxe4 dxe4 31.Nb3 Qf7 32.Nxc5 Rxc5 33.Rd6 Rc6 34.Red1 Rxd6 35.Rxd6 Re6 36.Rd4 b3 37.Rd8 Qg7 38.Qxb3 Re7 39.Bd2 Rd7 40.Rxd7 Qxd7 41.Qb6 Bc8 42.Be3 Qf5 43.Qd4 g5 44.b4 Qg6

costing a full pawn.

Feb-18-20  RandomVisitor: After 13.Bc2. Note below the computer likes 18.Qe2 better than the move played, 18.Bf4. Note also 13...Na7!? is playable.

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56/78 19:19:27 +0.13 13...Nb8 14.b3 Nbd7 15.Bb2 c6 16.Bd3 Qc7 17.Rb1 Rad8 18.Qc2 Nh5 19.c4 Nf4 20.Bf1 Rc8 21.Red1 Ne6 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Nd4 Nxd4 24.Bxd4 Nd7 25.Re1 Be7 26.Qb2 Bf6 27.Bxf6 Nxf6 28.Re3 Re6 29.Rbe1 Rce8 30.Bd3 bxc4 31.Nxc4 c5 32.e5 dxe5 33.Rxe5 Bd5 34.Rxe6 Bxe6 35.Qc3 Nd5 36.Qe5 Qxe5 37.Rxe5 Nf4 38.Bf1 Rb8 39.Nd2 Bxb3 40.Rxc5 Ne6 41.Nxb3 Rxb3 42.Rc8+ Kh7 43.Bxa6 Rxa3

<55/83 19:19:27 +0.30 13...Na7> 14.Bd3 Nc8 15.b3 Nb6 16.Qc2 c6 17.a4 Qc7 18.axb5 axb5 19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.Nf1 Nbd7 21.Ng3 Ra1 22.Qe2 Qa5 23.b4 Qa4 24.Bd2 Qa2 25.Rxa1 Qxa1+ 26.Kh2 g6 27.Qe3 Bg7 28.dxe5 Nxe5 29.Nxe5 dxe5 30.Qb6 Qa8 31.Qc7 Qc8 32.Qe7 Qd7 33.Qxd7 Nxd7 34.Ne2 Nf8 35.Nc1 Bc8 36.Nb3 g5 37.Be3 Ne6 38.Kg3 Bf8 39.Kf3 Bd7 40.Bb1 Bd6 41.Nc5 Bxc5 42.Bxc5 Nxc5 43.bxc5 Kg7 44.Bd3 Be6

<55/89 19:19:27 +0.41 13...d5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Rxe5 16.Nf3 Re8 17.e5 Ne4 18.Qe2> f6 19.exf6 Qxf6 20.Be3 Bd6 21.Nd2 Nxd2 22.Qxd2 c5 23.Rad1 Rad8 24.Qd3 Kf7 25.Kf1 Re7 26.Qh7 Rf8 27.Kg1 Ke8 28.Qg6+ Qxg6 29.Bxg6+ Kd7 30.b4 d4 31.bxc5 Bxc5 32.f3 Bd5 33.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 34.cxd4 Rxe1+ 35.Rxe1 Rf6 36.Be4 Bxe4 37.fxe4 Rc6 38.Re3 Rc2 39.h4 Rd2 40.d5 g5 41.Rf3 gxh4 42.Rf6 Re2 43.Rxa6 Rxe4 44.Rxh6

Mar-10-20  Ironmanth: Bludgeoned!
Jul-04-21  Dream Warrior: White use of the greate distance of the black pieces from the kingside. 25.B:e4!, 27.f3!

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