Monday, October 31, 2016

Morozevich Played 1.Nc3 c5 2.d4

The game Alexander Morozevich vs Gary Kasparov at Frankfurt in 2000 reached a sharp position. White could have played for a draw. This was a dilemma for a player like Morozevich. At one point he was the second highest rated grandmaster in the world. It seems Morozevich would rather accept an inferior position and hope to win than to settle for a draw vs the world champion. This made him popular with the fans, but his rating fell off sharply. It was not the fault of openings like the Queens Knight Attack 1.Nc3 as much as his approach. Of course it is hard for older players to stay in the top 30 anyway.

Five years later I played the same line on ICC against the chess engine “Over-Rated”. I was happy to draw an opponent rated 500 points above me. The amazing thing for me was that this computer allowed me to get a position where I could draw at all!

Sawyer (2255) - Over-Rated (2799), ICC 15 5 Internet Chess Club, 06.08.2005 begins 1.Nc3 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qh4 [4.Qd3 Nf6 5.e4 e5 6.a3 Bc5 7.Nf3=; 4.Qa4 e6 5.Nf3 Bc5 6.Bf4 Nf6 7.e3=] 4...Nf6 5.Nf3 [5.Bg5 e6 6.0-0-0 Be7 7.e4 h6 8.f4=] 5...d5 6.Bg5 Qa5 [6...e6 7.0-0-0 Be7 8.e4 h6 9.exd5 exd5 10.Bd3=] 7.0-0-0 Be6 8.Bd2 [8.Nd4 Ne4 (8...Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 10.f3+/=) 9.Nb3 Qb6 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Qxe4 Bxb3 12.Be3 Bxc2 13.Qxc2+/=] 8...g6 9.e4 [9.a3 Bg7 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4=] 9...d4 10.e5 Ng4 [10...dxc3 11.Bxc3 Qxa2 12.exf6 exf6 13.Bxf6=] 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.h3 Bg7 13.hxg4 Bxe5 14.a3 [14.Bd3 Bxa2 15.Nb5 Qa4 16.Nc3=] 14...Rc8 [14...Qc7=] 15.Bd3 Nb3+  [15...Bc4=] 16.cxb3 [16.Kb1 Nxd2+ 17.Rxd2 Rxc3!-+] 16...Bxc3 17.Bxc3 Rxc3+ 18.bxc3 [This was an improvement over the game 18.Kb1? Rxb3 19.Qh2 Qc3! 0-1 in 44. Morozevich - Kasparov, Frankfurt 2000] 18...Qxc3+ 19.Kb1 [19.Bc2 Bxb3 20.Rd2 Qa1+ 21.Bb1 Qc3+ 22.Bc2=] 19...Qxb3+ 20.Kc1 Qc3+ 21.Kb1 Qb3+ 22.Kc1 Qc3+ 23.Kb1 Qb3+ Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

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  1. Morozevich - Kasparov, Frankfurt, 2000 was the game in which, after Morozevich played 1. Nc3, Kasparov is claimed to have shaken his head and said, "No respect". Sources - some patzer I know and also these websites:

    1. Sounds like Gary. Maybe that provoked Moro to refuse the draw and lose instead!?


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