Rogozenko, Dorian (2530) -
Morozevich, Alexander (2734) [D07]
34th Chess Olympiad, Istanbul (10) 2000
[GM Morozevich, notes adopted by GM Baburin]
Here we deviated from an earlier game Peng-Botsari, played in Istanbul. That game went 13.Qa4 Nd5 14.Rd1 Be6 15.h5 a6 16.Rxd5 Bxd5 17.Nxc7 Rac8 18.Nxd5 Rxd5 and soon ended in a draw.
Rd7 Here I was
tempted to sacrifice a piece: 15...Nxe3 16.fxe3 Qxe3, with great complications arising.
16. Nd4 Also possible was 16.Bd2 Rad8 17.g3 a6 and then both 18.e4 Qg6 19.h5 Qf6 20.exd5 Bxd5 21.Bc3 Qe6 22.Nxc7 Rxc7 and 18.Nc3 Nf6!? lead to unclear play.
20. Bf3 Probably simpler was 20.g3 Qg6 21.0-0 h6 22.Rd1 Rxd1+ 23.Bxd1 Qb1 24.Qc2=.
Strangely enough all chess programs 'think' that White is a bit better here, though during the game both of us thought on the contrary - White is slightly worse, although with accurate play he should make a draw. Black's advantage lies in the control over the d-file and the queenside pawn majority, which could become dangerous.
Better was 25.Bg4! Rd5 26.Bxe6 fxe6 27.Ke2 Kf7 28.e4 Rd4 29.Rg4, with equality.
Kf8 Around here both players were short of time, which showed in the way we played.
34. Be2? This leads to difficulties; White had to play 34.Rf4 Ke5 35.Bc2 b5 36.Re4+ Kd6 37.Rf4=.
This move surrenders dark squares to Black and leads to White's defeat. He should have defended with 38.Rf4! b4 39.Rc4 Kd6 40.e4 Be6 41.Rc1 Kc6 42.axb4 axb4 43.f4 Rd4 44.Bf3 c4, when Black is only marginally better.
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