SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The Russian Team Championship started today and saw some real fighting chess! One of the top players in the world , Alexander Morozevich, played a real lemon on his 39th move and threw away a good game in one move!
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 39th MOVE (39.Rf2)
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It has been a tough game so far, with both sides trying to win. The position is a mess, with both sides having numerous weaknesses. It is not clear who–if anyone–has the advantage! White’s last move threatens the h-pawn, but Black should simply ignore this and play for the initiative with 39…Rd7!. Should White want the h-pawn, then so be it (!): 40.Qxh5 Kg7 and the position is still unclear. For example, 41.Qe2 Rd3!
INSTEAD, probably short of time, Morozevich tried to defend the h-pawn and in doing so overlooked an elementary tactic that loses the exchange and with it the game!
Even great players are human!
Ofcourse! This must have been a cold shower for the Russian superstar…after the exchange of Queens on e2 White has a zwischenzug, taking the Rook with check! The resulting position would leave White an exchange up with an easy mopping-up operation.