Fedorov,A – Morozevich,A B70
Corus 'A' Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands (10), 25.01.20

Position after:

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Once again Alexander Morozevich proves he is a superb counter-attacker.
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nge2 Nf6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4

7...Bg4!? 7...Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 This is a common option to obtain comfortable play. The text move does not have good reputation, but it's a speciality of Alexander Morozevich to revive dubious continuations, at least for a while...

8.Nde2 Bg7 Strangely enough Black usually connects this early bishop sortie with the idea to make it more difficult for White to castle by 8...Qc8 9.h3 Bd7 but it is usually more affective for his own development.

9.h3 Bd7 10.0-0 0-0 11.a4 a6 12.Nd5 The game Tseshkovsky - Tukmakov, Yerevan 1982 continued: 12.Be3!? Rc8 13.Nd5 Ne5 14.b3 Nxd5 15.exd5 Qa5 16.Ra2 Be8 17.Bd4 Bf6 18.Qb1 Nd7 19.Re1 with a small advantage for White.

12...Rb8 13.c3 b5 14.axb5 axb5

Black has solved his problems - if he manages to create a pawn weakness by ...b5-b4 than he can be more ambitious.
15.Bg5 Simply 15.Nxf6+!? Bxf6 16.Bh6 deserved serious attention, in my opinion.

15...Nxd5 16.exd5 Ne5 By the way, ...Bh3 is on the agenda. 17.Nd4 b4

18.cxb4 This capture is interesting but risky - the b-pawn becomes too weak. 18.f4!? was a good alternative, for example: 18...bxc3 19.bxc3 h6 (19...f6 20.Bh4 Nf7 21.g4) 20.Bh4 and the tempting 20...Rb2 (20...Nc4!? 21.Qe2 Qc7) 21.fxe5 dxe5 (21...g5? 22.e6!) seems to be in White's favour: 22.Nc6! Qb6+ 23.Kh1 Bxc6 (23...g5 24.Nxe7+ Kh8 25.Bxg5 hxg5 26.Rxf7!+-) 24.dxc6 g5 25.Qd7! and the dream of the c-pawn queening is real.

18...Rxb4 19.Nc6 Bxc6 20.dxc6 h6 21.Bd2 21.Be3!? Rxb2 22.Rc1 deserved attention - White not only gives good support for the passed pawn, but threatens f2-f4. 21...Rxb2 22.Ba5 Qc8 23.Qd5

White's position looks very strong, but Morozevich finds a way to get a counter-play. 23...Qf5! 24.g4?
This dubious move was connected with the wrong idea. The immediate 24.c7?! could have been strongly met by 24...Rb5!; 24.f4 looked more to the point. Black had some good plans, but White was not bad also, for example:
24...Rxg2+ 25.Kxg2 Qc6 25...Qc2+ ;
24...Nxc6 25.Qxf5 (25.Qxc6 Rc2 Ba1) 25...Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 gxf5;
24...e6!? 25.fxe5!? exd5 26.Rxf5 gxf5 27.exd6 Rc2 (of course not 27...Rxg2+?? 28.Kxg2 Bxa1 29.d7 Bf6 30.c7) 28.Rd1 Rxc6 29.d7= and the position is drawn.
24...Qf4 25.c7?

The point, but the following reply by Black was obviously missed. 25...Nxg4! 26.hxg4 Be5-+

27.Qxe5 A sad necessity. If 27.Rfb1 Qxf2+ 28.Kh1 Qh4+ 29.Kg1 Bh2+ 30.Kh1 Bf4+ 31.Kg1 Be3+ 32.Kf1 Qf2#
27...dxe5 28.Rad1
The pawn c7 is still fairly strong but an extra Queen is too much.
28...Rc2 29.Rd8 e4!? 30.Bb6 Qxg4 31.Ra1 e3!

Confusing his opponent in the time trouble. 32.Raa8?? The only continuation 32.Bxe3 Rxc7 33.Rxf8+ Kxf8 34.Bxh6+ Kg8-+ was too far from the fortress - two extra pawns makes Black's task easy. 32...Rc1+ White resigned as he is checkmated. 0-1

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