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Monday, July 31, 2006

Carlsen - Moro : 2-0

Wow.. what a great game by both players.
Moro has shown a very deep understanding in chess.
However Carlsen, in his combative style, showed a deeper understanding of the game.
In the end it was Carlsen who won the glory after a major blunder by Moro.
It was a simple move Bg7 which has brought Moro's day to an end.
Had he played b4! instead, he would have won.
And had Carlsen missed the ... Bg4! , Moro would have win or at least survived in a game of Q+R+B vs R+R+B+B.

It was an impressive and instructive game which I and many other kibitzers in the enjoyed. Moro is still leading Biel 2006 with +5 -2 =0 in his try to make a 3/3 Biel title.

Moro vs. Carlsen - again

Moro is playing Carlsen again in Biel today. He lost his first and only game to Carlsen in the tournament so far. Until this moment, Moro seems to be playing really well keeping Carlsen's Black Queen on the a-file without an active role. Moro is the only player without a draw in so far. It is a very impressive perfomance. I like Moro and Carlsen since they are both combative players who do not seek for short draws. Maybe when they are too tired but most of the time, no. Both players also like to look for interesting sacrifice especially in the middle game,having played strong opening.

They played an unusual line of Sicilian today with 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Bxc3 dxc3. I believe it's the Rossolimo variation. Well that is not too unusual. It's just that the line has not been played much recently. Moro played 6.Bf4 which I believe is a novelty. They are in the 18th moves right now and Moro (White) has a strong attack on the Queen side. He has a good (but not solid) defense although he might not have to worry too much since Black will not be able to create a counter-attack for the time being. Carlsen (Black) has doubled his rook on the d-file but for the time being, they are defending and not attacking. They are good weapons for counter-attacking if Black manage to free it's Queen that is missing in action on the a-file.

Verdict: draw

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Dortmund and Biel

It's summer again when a lot of chess tournaments are taking place everywhere.
Biel will go into the second round tomorrow and Dortmund has started today.
I've been fascinated again and again with the games by Morozevich and also the wonder boy Carlsen.

In Dortmund, Leko won against Naiditsch in an interesting Catalan-Bogo Indian while Svidler won against Jobava who played not the strongest Grunfeld one can play.
Gelfand and Kramnik had a short draw without going into a complicated in a semi-slav game. Adams had to accept a draw against Aronian even though he was leading with 2 pawns in a closed Ruy Lopez game.

The chess world has also been shaken with the death of young Jessie Gilbert,19 a few days ago. I really hope that the mystery will be solved as soon as possible.

Monday, July 17, 2006

vs. Guest2420 on ICC

I played a blitz on ICC today after a long time I haven't been able to play.
The game can be replayed here:

1. d4 d5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Bf4 e6
4. e3 c5
5. c4 cxd4
6. Nxd4 Bb4+
7. Nc3 Bxc3+
8. bxc3 Qa5
9. Qb3 dxc4
10. Bxc4 Ne4
11. Rd1? Qxc3+? ( 11. … Nxc3 12. Bc7 )
12. Qxc3 Nxc3
13. Rc1 Ne4 ( 13. … Nd7 14. Rxc3 e5 )
14. Bb5+ Bd7
15. Rc8+ Ke7
16. Rxh8 a6
17. Bxd7 Kxd7
18. Bxb8 Black resigns

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