Marvellous Morozevich Takes The Lead

Marvellous Morozevich Takes The Lead

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He's unpredictable.  He's enigmatic.  He's definitely not your average GM and today the magical Alexander Morozevich thrashed Vladimir Kramnik to take the sole lead on 2.5/3 in the Tal Memorial in Moscow.

Morozevich (pictured) was clearly out for blood against Kramnik, playing an early g4 and inviting a sharp struggle.  Both kings sought safety on the Queenside, but Kramnik's looked vulnerable in the face of Moro's pawns at b4, c4 and c5.

The sweet pawn push 23.c6 exposed Kramnik's king to multiple threats that he failed to answer and suddenly the game was over.  Certainly a game of which the great Misha Tal would have approved! Cool

The only other decisive game of round 3 saw Peter Leko piling on the agony for Alexei Shirov to leave the Latvian (who now plays for Spain) with three duck eggs to start the tournament.  You've got to admire Shirov's uncompromising style, but when it goes wrong it's Shirov who ends up getting burnt by the "Fire On Board".

The results in round 3:

Morozevich, Alexander - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 31 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Alekseev, Evgeny ½-½ 23 C42 Petroff's Defence
Leko, Peter - Shirov, Alexei 1-0 45 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 87 A33 English Symmetrical
Kamsky, Gata - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 61 C43 Petroff's Defence


The standings after round 3:

1 Morozevich, Alexander   RUS   2788   
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2781 2
3 Leko, Peter  HUN  2741 2
4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2742  
5 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2720  
6 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2718  
7 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788  
8 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2723  
9 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2708 1
10 Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2741 0

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