Reggio Emilia: Morozevich Blows Up Giri's Center & Takes Sole Lead

Время публикации: 28.12.2011 23:39 | Последнее обновление: 28.12.2011 23:40

The second round of the Reggio Emilia tournament was marked with Morozevich's victory over Anish Giri. This time his win can't be called just luck. 

GIRI - MOROZEVICH
Slav Defence
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.Nc3 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.h4 dxc4 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.g5 Nd5 12.Bxc4 Bb4 13.Bd2 Qe7

14.a3
Leads to an unclear structure for White.
14...Nxc3N 15.bxc3 Ba5 16.f4 O-O-O 17.Qb3 Nb6 18.Bd3 Kb8 19.Ke2 Qd7 20.Be4

20...f6
Black start to blow up the center. 
21.gxf6 gxf6 22.Rag1 e5 23.fxe5 fxe5 24.Rg5

24...exd4! 25.Rxa5?
Perhaps, White shouldn't have accepted a piece sacrifice, however, its position is worse in any case. 
25...Rhe8
Good is 25...Qg4+ 26.Bf3 d3+ 27.Kf2 Rdf8 28.Qd1 Rxh4! 29.Rxh4 Qxh4+ 30.Kg2 Rh8!, where the knight joins the attack from c4. 
26.Bg2?!
Lesser of two evils - 26.cxd4 Rxe4, where Black attacks and dominates on the white squares in a materially equal position. 
26...dxe3
Black wins easily.
27.Bc1 Qd3+ 28.Ke1 e2 29.Bf4+ Ka8 30.Kf2 Rf8 31.Qb4 Nc4 32.Qa4 Nxa5 33.Bf3 b5 0-1

An interesting struggle took place in Ivanchuk - Vitiugov encounter. The game ended in a draw. 

17...Qa8!!
Due to this tactical trick Vitiugov saved some approximately equal chances.

A draw was recorded in Nakamura - Caruana duel. After two rounds Morozevich takes sole lead.


  


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