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A crucial game from the first section in Dortmund. In the end, neither player 
qualified for the semifinals. But an exciting game, nonetheless. 

M. Adams (2752)  -  A. Morozevich (2716) 
Dortmund/GER/Sparkassen (1.5), 2002


1.e4 e52.Nf3 Nf6; {Diagram?} 
The Petroff Defense.  (Click here to go to a game that shows the latest analysis.) 
(It has a reputation for being somewhat drawish at the highest level.).  

3.Nxe5, {Diagram?}
This seems to be the favorite move at the GM level.

     [ White could also play: 3.d4!? ].   

 3...d64.Nf3 Nxe45.d4, {Diagram?} 
White grabs the center and insures his his Knight (on e5) is firmly anchored. 

     [  I also have played: 5. c4!? ].  

5...d56.Bd3 Bd6; {Diagram?} 
The most aggressive move. ('!?')  

     [ A book I have - that is over 20 years old! - says the main 
        line here is:  6...Be7; ].  

7.0-0 0-08.c4 c69.Re1 Bf510.Nc3 Nxc311.bxc3 Bxd312.Qxd3 dxc4
13.Qxc4 Nd7
14.Qb3 Qc715.c4,  {Diagram?} 
I think this is still all book. White is a tiny bit better. 

     [ 15.Rb1!? ]

15...Rfe816.Bb2,  {Diagram?} 
Fianchettoing the Bishop. This seems to make sense. 

     [ By playing the move: 16.Bd2!?,  White would have prevented a later Queen 
       infiltration by Black. ]

16...h6;  {Diagram?} 
The latest wrinkle, I guess. 

      [ 16...Bf8; 17.g3 Qb6; 18.Qc2 Qa5; 19.d5 cxd5; 20.Qf5 Rxe1+; 21.Rxe1 Rd8; 
        22.Rd1 g6; 23.Rxd5 gxf5; 24.Rxa5 Bc5; 25.Ba3 Bxa3; 26.Rxa3 a6; 27.Rd3 Kf8; 
        28.Nh4 f4; 29.Nf5 fxg3; 30.hxg3 Ke8; 31.Nd6+ Ke7; 32.Nxb7 Rc8; 33.Re3+!?, 
         ( 33.Rd4, "+/="
{A.J.G.} )   33...Kf8; 34.Nd6 Rc6; 35.Re8+ Kg7; 36.Nf5+ Kf6; 
        37.Ne3 Nb6; 38.Re4 Rc5; 39.Rh4 Ke7; 40.Rxh7 Nxc4; 41.Nxc4 Rxc4; ("+/=") 
        White is a little better, but the game was drawn in 65 moves. 
        1/21/2   Ye Jiangchuan - A. Khalifman
         /Shanghai,CHN/2001/The Week in Chess 357. (65)  ].  

17.g3 Rad818.Nh4 Bf819.Qc2 Qa5{Diagram.}  

 The actual game position after Black's 19th move.  (al_af-2_3-1.gif, 05 KB)

"White's hanging pawns and Black's better pawn structure give Morozevich 
something to work on here." - J. Henderson, Chess Express #2. 

20.Ng2 Rxe1+21.Rxe1 b522.Bc3!?, (Maybe - '!') {Diagram?}  
"Nicely timed - White can't exchange or advance the pawn as 22 c5 Nf6; 
and 22 cxb5 cxb5; give Black an advantage." 
- J. Henderson, Chess Express #2. 

     [  22.cxb5 cxb5; 23.Qb3, "~"  White has active piece play to compensate 
        for his slightly worse pawn structure. {A.J.G.}  ].  

22...b423.Ba1 Nb624.Qb3 c525.d5 Qa6; {Diagram?}  
"There's nothing much in the position now, White's pawn weaknesses are 
compensated by his better piece play."  - J. Henderson, Chess Express #2. 

26.Ne3 Re8; 27.Rc1 Qc8!?; 28.a3!?, {Diagram?}  
I am not sure about this, it would seem that opening the a-file can only benefit 
Black in this position. {A.J.G.} 

     [ 28.Qb1 ].  

28...a529.axb4 axb4;  {Diagram?} 
A difficult position, both sides have dangerous passed pawns. 

     [  The double, connected-passed -pawns have the potential of going either 
        way: 29...cxb4!?; 30.Qc2 Nd7; 31.Bd4!, {Diagram?} Re-activating a dormant 
        piece.  (31.Qf5!? , {A.J.G.} )  31...Bc5; {Diagram?} The most accurate? 
; 32.Ra1 Qc7; 33.Kg2!? Ra8; "~"  {Diagram?} - J. Henderson.)
        32.Nf5 Bxd4; 33.Nxd4 Nc5; "~"  ... " and anything can happen here - but in 
        reality both sides will have to stop the pawns, inevitably leading to an 
        impasse."  - John Henderson,  Chess Express #2. ].   

30.Kg2 h531.h4 Qd732.Bb2 Qa433.Qd3 Qa234.Qc2!?, {Diagram?}  
White seems to be giving Black play. (Unintentionally.). 

"As it is Adams has allowed Morozevich a biting edge by allowing his pieces to 
infiltrate the queenside." - J. Henderson, Chess Express #2. 

     [ Maybe better is: 34.Rc2!? Qb1; 35.Rd2 Qxd3; 36.Rxd3, "=" ]

34...Na435.Ra1 Qxb236.Rxa4 Qxc237.Nxc2 b338.Na3 b2;  
39.Kf1 g6
40.Ra5 Bg741.Nb1 Bd442.Ra6 Kg743.Ra7 Re4;  
44.Rb7 Re8
45.Ra7 Bf6; ('!?') {See the diagram just below.}  
" A threefold repetition is tough to spot at the best of times (rumour has it this is the 
first time Morozevich has had this!), but under the extreme pressure the players are 
under its perfectly understandable. It's more of a heartache when you had a rock-solid 
win on the board: 45...Rb8!; 46. Ke2,   (46.d6 Rd8!; and Black picks up the d-pawn 
  as White can't defend it against the king, rook and bishop closing in.)   46...Rb4; 47.d6, 
   (47.f3 Rxc4; 48.d6 Rc2+; 49.Kd3 Rc1; 50.d7 Rxb1; 51.d8Q Rd1+; 52.Kc4 b1Q)   
47...Kf6!; 48 Kd3 Bxf2; with an easy win. " - J. Henderson, Chess Express #2. 
(This analysis may not be airtight. - A.J. Goldsby I.).

The position before Black's 45th move. (al_af-2_3-2.gif, 05 KB)

46.Ra5 Bd4!?; ('?')  {Diagram?} 
"And Adams casually writes 47.Ra7,  with his trusty old Parker pen on his scoresheet, 
and informs Moro what he intends playing, and is claiming a threefold repetition draw - 
to which a stunned Moro almost collapses in shock, muttering things under his breath 
in Russian."  - J. Henderson, Chess Express #2

A great game, high in fighting content. 

 DRAW,  1/2-1/2 

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