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Lysyj, Igor (2686) - Morozevich, Alexander (2724) [E11]
Russian Championship Super Final, Kazan (4) 2014

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+








   
4. Bd2
The Bogo-Indian Defence. After 4. Nbd2 in the game Gelfand,B - Ivanchuk,V, SportAccord Blitz, Beijing 2014 Vassily Ivanchuk played the rare 4...a5 with the idea to counterattack in the centre without short castling, and White's plan to attack Black's king with h2-h4 is impossible, 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Bd3 (8. cxd5) 8...c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. Re1 cxd4 (10...O-O) 11. cxd5 Nc5? (correct is 11...exd5 12. Nb3 O-O) 12. Bb5? (12. dxc6 Nxd3 13. Re4 Nxc1 14. Rxd4 Qc7 15. Rxc1 bxc6 16. Ne4, with a clear edge to White) 12...Qxd5 13. Nc4 O-O 14. Nb6 Qb3 15. Qxb3 Nxb3 16. Rb1 Rb8, with equality.
4...Be7
The alternatives: 4...Qe7, 4...a5 and 4...c5.
5. Nc3 O-O 6. a3
The simple 6. e4 is logical.
6...b6 7. e4
And White seizes the centre.
7...d5
Black counterattacks.









   
8. cxd5
The typical reaction. After 8. e5 Ne4 9. Bd3 Bb7 (9...Nxd2 10. Qxd2 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Bb7 12. d5 exd5 13. Bxd5?! (13. Nxd5) 13...c6, with counterplay in Miguel Tomas,P - Atienza,H, UECC email 1999) 10. Qc2 (10. cxd5) 10...Nxd2 11. Bxh7+ Kh8 12. Nxd2 dxc4? (12...c5 is better, , with counterplay) 13. Be4 Nc6 14. Ne2?! (14. Nf3!) 14...Rb8? (14...b5) 15. Qc3 (15. Qxc4 Na5 16. Qd3) 15...g6?! (15...Kg8) 16. Qxc4 Na5 17. Qc3 c5, with a clear edge to White in Kamowa, J - Chambule,P, Lusaka 2005.
8...exd5 9. e5
Or 9. exd5 Re8? (9...Nxd5) 10. Be2 (10. Bb5! Bd7 11. Be2 Bg4 12. O-O Nxd5 13. Bc4 c6 14. Re1, and White is better) 10...Nxd5 11. O-O, with a small edge to White in Hielscher,U - Skogvall,M, Germany 2008.
9...Ne4 10. Bd3 Bb7
10...Nxc3 and 10...Ba6 (to trade the strong bishop) deserve attention.
11. O-O c5 12. Re1 Nxc3
After 12...Nxd2 13. Qxd2 c4 14. Bf5 g6 15. Bc2 Na6 16. h4 Nc7 17. h5 Qc8 18. Nh2 White has a small advantage thanks to more active pieces.
13. Bxc3 c4 14. Bf5 Bc8
14...g6 is also possible.









   
15. e6!
White weakens Black's kingside and opens the e-file.
15...fxe6 16. Bxe6+ Bxe6 17. Rxe6 Na6 18. Ne5
White has a small advantage thanks to the strong knight in the centre.
18...Bf6 19. Qh5 Nc7 20. Rc6 Bxe5?!
Here 20...Nb5 is interesting, but Alexander Morozevich usually prefers knights to bishops.
21. dxe5 Nb5 22. Rd1!
White wins the d5 pawn.









   
22...Rc8?
A mistake. Another player could take the aggressive bishop with 22...Nxc3 23. bxc3 Qe8 24. Qxe8 Raxe8 25. Rxd5 Rf5 26. Rxc4 Rfxe5 27. Rxe5 Rxe5 28. Kf1 and fight for a draw in the rook endgame without a pawn. Alexander Morozevich keeps the knight, hoping to attack on the kingside with the queen and the knight.
23. Rxc8 Qxc8 24. Rxd5 Qc6 25. Qd1 Nc7?
Again Black can play 25...Nxc3 26. bxc3 b5, though here White has a clear advantage.









   
26. Rd7!
White plans to attack Black's kingside.
26...Ne6 27. Bb4 Re8 28. Rd6 Qb5 29. Bc3 Nf4?!
29...Qc5 is more stubborn, but after 30. g3 b5 31. Qg4 Qc8 32. h4 Re7 33. f4 White pushes pawns to win.
30. Qg4 Nd5 31. Rd7 g6
White weakens Black's kingside completely.
32. Qh3 h5








   
33. e6
White opens the long diagonal, attacks the king and wins. 33. Rd6 is also good, 33...Kg7 34. Qg3 Ne7 35. Qg5 Kh7 36. Qf6, winning.
33...Re7 34. Rd8+ Re8 35. Qf3
Alexander Morozevich could keep the knight, but lost the game. After 35...Rxd8 (35...Nxc3 36. Qf7+) White checkmates with 36. Qf7#. Here the bishop is better than the knight.
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Lysyj, Igor (2686) - Morozevich, Alexander (2724) [E11]
Russian Championship Super Final/Kazan (4) 2014

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. a3 b6 7. e4 d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. e5 Ne4 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. O-O c5 12. Re1 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 c4 14. Bf5 Bc8 15. e6 fxe6 16. Bxe6+ Bxe6 17. Rxe6 Na6 18. Ne5 Bf6 19. Qh5 Nc7 20. Rc6 Bxe5 21. dxe5 Nb5 22. Rd1 Rc8 23. Rxc8 Qxc8 24. Rxd5 Qc6 25. Qd1 Nc7 26. Rd7 Ne6 27. Bb4 Re8 28. Rd6 Qb5 29. Bc3 Nf4 30. Qg4 Nd5 31. Rd7 g6 32. Qh3 h5 33. e6 Re7 34. Rd8+ Re8 35. Qf3 1-0


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