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Natalia Pogonina: Morozevich - Vachier-Lagrave annotated!

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Alexander Morozevich (2751) - Maxim Vachier-Lagrave (2703)

In the 8th round of the prestigeious Biel event we have witnessed an exceptionally exciting game between the two tournament leaders - Alexander Morozevich and Maxim Vachier-Lagrave. The middlegame has been rich with complications and beautiful tactics, while the endgame has been remarkably interesting. Black, being a rook up (!), still had to demonstrate a lot of skill and talent to overcome the difficulties that they have been facing.

Hope you will enjoy my commentary:

Morozevich (2751) - Vachier-Lagrave (2703)

Comments (7)
1. Written by Stepa on 21:11 30 2009 .
Many thanks for the analysis, Natalia! 
I was under [obviously wrong] impression during the game that if White king had made to the king\'s flank, it would have been a draw.  
How do you think, what move is harder to find \'over the board\'? 22. Be6+ or 26. Rxf8 ?  
I believe Be6+ is harder, but any chess engine finds 22. Be6+, so this move should be found before the game during the preparation... And the same prep should suggest 17..e4!, but we\'re not afraid of it, aren\'t we? :-) So 17..Kf7 should be too bad to be found -- Maxime got Alexander \'out of variation\', or something else. There was no spectacular defense by Black in the moves 17-19.  
Little conspiracy theory... Now it puzzles me most :-)  
Thanks again and best wishes :-) 
P.S. I believe you know, Flash plugin used to show the game has White castling twice :-) It mistook 21. Kc1 from 17..e4 variation for 21. 0-0-0 :-)
2. Written by Natalia on 12:14 31 2009 .
Yes, that's a funny bug with the chess viewer that we're using. :)
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 20:45 31 2009 .
Hi Natalia, 
very good commentary of Moro-MVL game. But, barely no exclamation mark for MVL, only for Moro (who lost by the way), and, i like your "easy quick win" comment, easy?? maybe for Rybka, but over the board in time trouble in a very sharp tactical position i dont think it was easy for Moro to find those moves... 
keep going  
Serial Blunder
4. Written by Peter Zhdanov on 14:54 01 2009 .
"Easy" and "hard" are relative adjectives. For a 2750+ it's supposed to be very easy, since such tactics can be found in books for Expert-level players. :)
5. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 04:02 03 2009 .
Hi, I don't see you in twitter anymore, everything is ok?
6. Written by Natalia on 06:44 03 2009 .
My account has been suspended for some reason. Hope they are going to fix it.
7. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 15:14 03 2014 .
enjoyed the bishop move on the 22nd, but the 23rd also looks like it could be improved.

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