Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tal Memorial: Aronian - Morozevich

The Tal memorial is on its way with a tantilizing playing field. One of the most exciting games in the first round was Aronian, who once referred to himself as a cheap tactician, against Morozevich.

(14) Aronian,L (2741) - Morozevich,A (2747) [D27]
Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (1), 06.11.2006

Analysis with Rybka 2.1o 32-bit

D27: Queen's Gambit Accepted

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 a6 5.a4 Nf6 6.Bxc4 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.dxc5 0-0 11.b3 e5 12.h3 e4 13.Nd4 Ne5 14.b4 b6 15.Nd2 bxc5 16.bxc5 Bxc5 17.Ba3 Bxa3 18.Rxa3 Ng6 19.Nf1 Qc5 Diagram

Start of an original manouvre in the spirit of Tal. After 16... Ne5 the position is equal

20.Rc3 Qg5 21.Ng3 h5 22.Kh1?! Diagram

[22.Qc2 Bxh3 23.gxh3 h4 24.Bxf7+ Rxf7 25.Rc5+/- With the idea 26.Ne6 after 25...Ne5 or Nd5]

22...Nh4?! [22...h4 23.Nf1 Bd7= ]

23.Qc2 Nxg2 24.Kxg2 Better would have been

[24.Nxe4 Nxe4 25.Qxe4 Bxh3 Diagram

(25...Nh4? 26.Bxf7++- ) 26.Bd3! g6 27.Rg1+/= ]

24...h4 25.Bxf7+ Kxf7 26.Rc5 Bxh3+ 27.Kxh3 Qg4+ 28.Kg2 Diagram


[Black can hold with 28...Rfc8! 29.Rc7+ Kg6 30.Rc1 Rxc7 31.Qxc7 hxg3 32.Qxg3+/= ]

29.f3!+- exf3+ 30.Nxf3 Kg8 31.Qa2+ Diagram

[31.Rd4! Would have been faster 31...Qe6 32.Ng5 and the threat of Qc4+ and the open h-file can not be defended eg 32...Qe7 (32...Qe8 33.Qc4+ Rf7 34.Rc7+- ) 33.Rc7 Qxc7 34.Qxc7+- ]

31...Kh8 32.Rc4 Qf5 33.Rf4 Qh7 34.Rh4 Nh5 35.Rd5 Rf5 36.e4 Nf4+ 37.Kxg3 Rh5 38.Rxf4 Rh3+ 39.Kg4 Re8 40.Rdf5 Rg8 41.Qxg8+ Qxg8 42.Rf8 1-0


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