Morozevich-Svidler rapidplay Match ON ICC
Morozevich, Alexander - Svidler, Peter 0-1 32 A03 Bird (1.f4) Svidler, Peter - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 40 E63 Kings indian about.com/ICC GM Challenge ICC Internet HUN (Internet), 6 xi 1999 1 2 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2758 0 1 1.0 2684 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2684 1 0 1.0 2758
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John Fernandez reports: On November 6 at 3PM Eastern time over four hundred members and guests from all over the world watched the about.com/ICC Grandmaster Challenge played live on ICC. The two-game match between GM Alexander Morozevich and GM Peter Svidler was tied, after two exciting games that lasted practically all of the 30 minute time control. In Game 1, Morozevich shocked many by playing 1. f4. The game quickly turned into a reversed Leningrad Dutch with Morozevich using his extra tempo to get himself some queenside play. However, the game quickly seemed to turn into a Grunfeld type position. In the hands of Peter Svidler, he quickly gained quite an advantage after 25. ... Qc8! After Svidler's 32. ... Re4, Morozevich spent all but forty seconds of his remaining time trying to find a way out, and instead resigned, when he saw that Svidler's bishop pair was going to help him eliminate the passed white d-pawn, and with it the game. Game 2 started off symmetrically, but soon turned into a King's Indian, where Svidler seemed to have all the trumps. Having the White pieces and 1 - 0 match lead, it appeared that he was well on his way to winning the match. However, after some inaccurate moves late in the middlegame, it seemed Black's 32nd move was again the killer, as after 32. ... Bxe5, Black has everything, including White's weak queenside pawns. In mutual time pressure, Svidler tried to make up for the loss of his queenside, but Morozevich calmly refuted it, and went on to win and tie the match. The players split the $400 prize fund with a drawn match. The event was sponsored by about.com (http://chess.about.com) and organized by the Internet Chess Club (http://www.chessclub.com). The arbiter and organizer for the match was John Fernandez. ICC plans on having many such events in the future. Anyone with any questions about this match or upcoming events, please contact email@example.com.