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Kramnik - Morozevich

Kramnik, Vladimir (2772) - Morozevich, Alexander (2745) [D17]
Corus, Wijk Ann Zee (9) 2001 [notes by Alexander Morozevich]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Nd5!? 8. g3 e5 9. Bg2 Nxc3?!
   Better was 9...Nb4 10.e4 Be6 or 9...exd4.
10. bxc3 exd4 11. Qxd4!   This is much stronger than 11.cxd4 as now Black has difficulties with development.  Nc5 12. Qe3+ Ne6     Better was 12...Be6.  13. a5!? Bc2 14. Ba3   Simple 14.0-0 would have also given White big advantage after 14...Bc5 15.Qf3 0-0 16.a6.  Bxa3 15. Nxa3 Bb3 16. a6 Bd5 17. axb7 Rb8 18. f3 c5 19. O-O    Also very promising for White was 19.Rd1 Rxb7 20.Nc4!.
Rxb7 20. Rfd1 Rd7 21. c4 Bc6 22. Rxd7 Bxd7 23. Nc2 Bc8 24. Qd3 Qxd3 25. exd3 a6 26. f4 Ke7 27. f5 Nc7 28. Ra5?! Kd6 29. d4 cxd4 30. Nxd4 Re8 31. Kf2?! Re5 32. Rxe5 Kxe5 33. Ke3   This is correct as after 33.Nf3+ Kd6 34.g4 a5 it would be much easier to play for Black.  Kd6 34. Kd3 a5 35. Kc3 Bd7    35...f6!? was worth trying.  36. Bb7! f6 37. g4 Ba4!? 38. h3 Bd7 39. Nb3 a4 40. c5+?(+)    The control move and a serious mistake. After 40.Nc1! White would be OK.  Ke5 41. Nd2? Nd5+ 42. Kc4 Ne7 43. Nf3+ Kf4 44. Nd4 Kg3 45. c6 Nxc6! 46. Nxc6 Kxh3 47. Nd4    During the game I thought that 47.Nb8 was more stubborn. Yet, after 47...a3 48.Kc3 Bb5 49.Bf3 Kg3 50.Bd1 h6 a curious zugzwang occurs.  Kxg4 48. Be4 Kf4 49. Bc2?! a3! 50. Kc3    The line 50.Kb3 Ke3 51.Ne6 Ba4+ 52.Kxa4 a2 is quite neat.  h5 51. Ne6+ Ke5 52. Nxg7 h4 53. Bd1 h3 54. Bf3 Bxf5 55. Nh5 Bg6   55...Be4!.
56. Kb3 Bxh5 57. Bxh5 h2 58. Bf3 Kf4 59. Bh1 Ke3 60. Kxa3 f5 61. Kb3 f4 0-1