Wild Ruy Lopez Game: Morozevich vs Caruana Ruy Lopez Open Variation – Tal Memorial 2012

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Morozevich opens with 1. e4 and Caruana responds with the Open Variation of the Ruy Lopez, a line that hasn’t been seen too frequently since the late 1990s. Morozevich employs the Howell Attack with 9. Qe2 and 10. Rd1, developing rapidly to place x-ray pressure on the d-file against black’s Qd8. White continues very aggressively 14. f3!? – playing to establish a quick bind on black’s queenside so that white can have a freer hand to attack in the center and on the kingside. Caruana plays for counterplay on the queenside with 18. …a5 while Morozevich continues to build up pressure on the kingside. With 25. bxa5 Nc5!!? Caruana ambitiously sacrifices a pawn for activity to transfer his knight to a great square on e4, but this does give white a protected past pawn for the remainder of the game. Massive complications arise in the ensuing time trouble, leading to Caruana sacrificing another pawn for a speculative attack against the white king with 33. …g4!?. The veteran Super-GM Morozevich defends cold-bloodedly and sacrifices an exchange to repel white’s attack on 41. Nxe4! – leading to a difficult defense that Morozevich stubbornly conducts, giving white a winning endgame after black is simply unable to break through. Black is forced to trade his 2 rooks for white’s queen, neutralizing black’s attack. White is left with a rook, knight, and 2 pawns against black’s queen – leading to Caruana’s resignation on 56. a6. Morozevich’s brilliant exchange sacrifice and incredibly calm defense granted him a deserved first round victory over the young Caruana.

[Event “Tal Memorial”]
[Site “Moscow RUS”]
[Date “2012.06.08”]
[EventDate “2012.06.07”]
[Round “1”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “A Morozevich”]
[Black “F Caruana”]
[ECO “C81”]
[WhiteElo “2769”]
[BlackElo “2770”]
[PlyCount “112”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8.
dxe5 Be6 9. Qe2 Be7 10. Rd1 Na5 11. c3 Nxb3 12. axb3 O-O 13. Nd4 Qe8 14. f3
Nc5 15. b4 Nb7 16. Be3 Bd7 17. Na3 c6 18. Nac2 a5 19. f4 Qc8 20. h3 Re8 21.
Bf2 Bf8 22. Qf3 Ra6 23. Ne3 Qa8 24. Ndc2 Qd8 25. bxa5 Nc5 26. b4 Ne4 27.
Rd3 f6 28. Bh4 g5 29. fxg5 fxg5 30. Bg3 Bg7 31. Bh2 Rf8 32. Qe2 Rf2 33. Qe1
g4 34. Rd4 Rf8 35. Rad1 Qe8 36. Nxg4 Bf5 37. Nce3 Bg6 38. Nf1 h5 39. Nge3
Ra7 40. Ng3 Bxe5 41. Nxe4 Bxd4 42. cxd4 Qxe4 43. Be5 Kh7 44. Rc1 Raf7 45.
Kh2 Rf2 46. Rxc6 R8f3 47. Rc7+ Bf7 48. Kh1 Rf1+ 49. Qxf1 Rxf1+ 50. Nxf1 Kg6
51. Rc6+ Kh7 52. Ng3 Qb1+ 53. Kh2 h4 54. Ne2 Qxb4 55. Rc7 Kg8 56. a6 1-0

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