Wijk aan Zee 2001

Tony Miles

Without doubt my favourite game so far was the following gem

van Wely – Morozevich

1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 dc 5 a4 c5!? Something of a novelty. The position now becomes a Queen’s Gambit Accepted with the extra move a4 for White (as in 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dc 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 Nf6 - e6 is more common - 5 Nc3) The major difference is the weakening of b4, though it is not clear where that will be important. 6 d5 A quieter way is 6 Nf3 cd 7 Qd4, but that is not very van Welyish. 6..Bf5 This, really, is the unusual idea. Black fights for control of e4. And quite sensible it looks too. On 7 Ne5 comes ...e6 while Nh4 looks unlikely after ...Be4. 7 e3 e6 8 Bc4 ed 9 Nd5 Nc6 10 Qb3 Hindsight being a wonderful thing, it is easy to suggest 0-0 here. 10...Qd7! Typically dynamic! Morozevic ignores his pawn structure and gets on with business. 11 Nf6 gf 12 Bd2 Now if 12 0-0 Na5 secures some useful Bishops. 12...Rg8 The storm clouds are gathering. Now 0-0 leaves Black with a draw by 13...Bh3 14 Nh4 Bg2 or a try for more with 14...Rg4. 13 Bc3 White expects the attacks on f6 and f7 to restrain the black initiative. 13...0-0-0 Wrong again!! 14 Bf7 Seeing the game continuation, van Wely thinks that White has miscalculated. Perhaps Bf6 should be preferred. 14....Rg2 15 Nh4 Ne5!! Splat! I guess hereabouts Loeky started to get that sinking feeling. 16 Nf5 If 16 Ng2 Nf3 17 Ke2 Bd3 18 Kf3 (18 Kd1 Bc4) Qh3 19 Kf4 Bh6 mate, or 16 Be5 Qd2 mating. 16...Nd3 17 Kf1 Rf2 18 Kg1 And White has won a piece. If Q or R to f5, then Be6. Morozevic has seen further though. 18...Kb8! Simply eliminating the Be6 resource and threatening to take the Knight. White’s King is in a coffin. 19 Qe6 If instead 19 Be6 Qc6 20 Nh4 (the only way to guard g2) Qe4 (hitting the N) and the roof caves in. 19...Rf5 and Loek had seen enough. 0-1 If 20 Qd7 Rd7 21 Be6 Rg7 mate and otherwise White’s position is just wretched.