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A.Morozevich (2734) - Art.Minasian (2614) [B14]
Istanbul ol (12) 2000 [A. Morozevich, notes adopted by A. Baburin]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Nf3 Bb4 8. Bd3?!   Better was 8.Rc1.  dxc4 9. Bxc4 h6 10. Bh4?!    Better was to play 10.Be3 Nd5 11.Qd3 0-0 12.0-0, with unclear position. Bxc3+?  Instead of this move Black could and should have played more aggressively - 10...g5. After 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Qd3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 g4 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qxd3 16.Bxd3 chances are equal.
11. bxc3 Qa5 12. O-O Nd5 13. Rc1!
 This pawn sacrifice is much more attractive for White than the line 13.Bxd5 Qxd5 14.Qd3 Na5 15.Ne5, where Black has 15...Nc6!, with almost a full equality. Nxc3 14. Qd3?? White had to play 14.Qb3 instead.
Nd5?    Black had top grab yet another pawn with 14...Nxa2!. After 15.Ra1 Nab4 White has a wide choice, but his initiative is not enough to compensate for 2 pawns.  15. Bxd5 exd5   After 15...Qxd5 16.Qa3 f6 White has a very nice move - 17. Ne5!. Then Black has to choose between 17...Bd7 18.Ng6 Kf7 19.Nxh8+ Rxh8, and White is better or 17...Nxe5 18.dxe5 Qxe5. In the latter line after 19.Bg3 Qb5 20.Rc7 Bd7 21.Rd1 Rd8 22.h4! White maintains the attack.
16. Rfe1+ Be6 17. Rxe6+ fxe6 18. Qg6+ Kf8 19. Ne5! Nxe5 20. dxe5 Qb4 21. g3??    This is bad slip, while after 21.h3! Black would be in serious trouble, for example: 21...Kg8 22.Qxe6+ Kh7 23.Qf5+ Kg8 24.Rc7 Qf8 25.Qe6+ or 21...Re8 22. Bf6!. Relatively best is 21...Qe4 22.Qxe6 g5 23.Rc8+ Rxc8 24.Qxc8+ Kg7, but even then White is close to winning.
Re8 22. h3?   Yet another mistake. .. Better was 22.Bf6! Rg8 23.Qh5! gxf6 24.Qxh6+ Ke7 25.exf6+ Kd6 26.f7 Rgf8 27. fxe8Q Rxe8 and now 28.Qg7 Re7 29.Qf8 Qb6 30.h4! e5 31.h5 Ke6 32.h6 leads to White's advantage.
Rg8! 23. a3 Qe4! 24. Be7+ Kxe7 25. Rc7+ Kd8 26. Qf7 Qe1+ 27. Kg2 Qxf2+ 28. Kxf2 Rgf8 29. Rd7+ Kc8 30. Rxb7 Rxf7+    It's tempting to take the queen immediately, but better was to play 30.. .a5! - after 31.Ke3 Rxf7 32.Rxf7 g5 33.Rh7 Rf8 34.Rxh6 Kd7 35.Rh7+ Ke8 36.Rh5 the ending is drawn.
31. Rxf7 Rd8 32. Rxa7 Rd7 33. Ra8+    Perhaps 33.Ra6 would be a better winning try. Kc7 34. Ke3 Kb6= 35. Re8 Ra7 36. Rxe6+ Kc5 37. Rg6 Rxa3+ 38. Kf4 Ra7 39. h4 Rf7+    After 39...Kd4 40.Kf5 Ke3? Black loses: 41.Rd6 d4 42.e6 d3 43.Rd7 d2 44.e7.
40. Ke3 Re7 41. Kf4 Kd4 42. e6 Ra7   Safer was 42...Kc5 43.Ke5 d4 44.Rg4 d3. However, Black decided to play for a win, which in this position was a sure way to a disaster!
43. Rg4! h5?   This is the final mistake. Black could still make a draw by playing 43...Kc5 44.Ke5 Kc6 45.h5 Rb7 46.Ra4 Rb1 47.g4 Re1+ 48.Kf5 Kd6.
44. Rg5 Re7 45. Kf5 Kc5 46. Ke5 d4?    Better was 46...Ra7, but after 47.Rxh5 Ra3 48.Rg5 Re3+ 49.Kf5 Kd6 50.Rxg7 Rxe6 51.Rg8 White wins anyway.
47. Rxh5 d3 48. Rh8 Kc4 49. Rc8+ Kb3 50. Rd8 Kc2 51. Kd6 Re8 52. e7 d2 53. Ke6   This game with full annotations by Alexander Morozevich will appear (or has appeared, depending when you read this) in the New in Chess magazine.