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R.Scherbakov Chess Today 80
Once again Alexander Morozevich proves he is a superb counter-attacker.
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.Re1² 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.
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:
A) 24...Rxg2+ 25.Kxg2 … Qc6 25...Qc2+ ;
B) 24...Nxc6 25.Qxf5 (25.Qxc6 Rc2 … Ba1) 25...Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 gxf5;
C) 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.
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