GM Alexander Morozevich – IM Mikhail Demidov, French defense, Blitz chess

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GM Alexander Morozevich – IM Mikhail Demidov, French defense, Blitz chess

The French Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves:

1. e4 e6

This is most commonly followed by 2.d4 d5, with Black intending …c5 at a later stage, attacking White’s centre and gaining space on the queenside. White has extra space in the centre and on the kingside and often plays for a breakthrough with f4–f5. The French has a reputation for solidity and resilience, although some lines such as the Winawer Variation can lead to sharp complications. Black’s position is often somewhat cramped in the early game; in particular, the pawn on e6 can impede the development of the bishop on c8.

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.


  1. The guy played Rubinstein against the guy who literally wrote an article about the opening! What a crazy display!


  3. I dream to play this good. But sadly I then wake up. . . . .

  4. Unbelievable! Morozevich is an absolute genius and a romantic! To find such dynamism and force against the ultra solid Fort Knox variation of the French is Reminiscent of Murphy. I absolutely love the pure creativity of his play. I bet Miles and Nunn would also solute this great Grandmaster of our day. Sweeeeeet.

  5. Bf3 не было в ответ на Nf7 ?

  6. Nxf7 was obvious, Demidov should've defended it.

  7. that moment when you realize you know nothing about chess

  8. mikhail shoul cover the king with the knight in the end, he could continue longer

  9. Nice bluff by Moro. After 7…h6 black is much better. Since this was all preparation, Moro must have known it.

  10. All Morozevich games are so artistic. His play looks like Opera. 🙂

  11. To achieve that check mate under that immense time pressure with only 3 seconds remaining on the clock is breathtaking!

  12. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 5. Nf3 Bc6 6. Neg5 Bd6 7. Bc4 Nf6 8.
    Nxf7 Kxf7 9. Ng5+ Ke8 10. Nxe6 Qd7 11. O-O Bb5 12. Qe2 Bxc4 13. Qxc4 Qc6 14.
    Nxg7+ Kf8 15. Ne6+ Ke7 16. Nc5 Bxc5 17. Re1+ Kd8 18. dxc5 Nbd7 19. Bg5 h6 20.
    Re6 hxg5 21. Rxc6 bxc6 22. Qe6 Rb8 23. Rd1 Kc8 24. Qxc6 Rxb2 25. h3 Re8 26. Rd3
    g4 27. Qa6+ Kb8 28. Rb3+ Rxb3 29. axb3 Nxc5 30. Qxf6 gxh3 31. gxh3 Ne4 32. Qg6
    Nd6 33. h4 Kc8 34. h5 Kd7 35. h6 Ke7 36. h7 Nf7 37. Qg7 Ke6 38. f4 Ke7 39. Kf2
    Rd8 40. f5 Rd2+ 41. Ke3 Rh2 42. c4 a5 43. Kd4 Rh5 44. Ke4 c6 45. Kf4 Rh4+ 46.
    Kg3 Rh1 47. Kg2 Rh5 48. Qg6 Rh4 49. Qe6+ Kf8 50. f6 Rxh7 51. Qc8+ *

  13. надо ли было сразу заводить ладью на е6? мне кажется, этот горе ИМ развалился бы гораздо быстрее после простого увода слона на аш4. а так получилось не очень выгодное упрощение с двумя ладьями против ферзя и двумя конями против ладьи..

  14. Я что-то не понимю, но почему на 3:32 Морозевич не взял слона? Есть же конь на подстраховке с ударом на с7

  15. In Soviet Russia knight captures a pawn. Lol

  16. An impressive mate. Didn't see it till after it happened.

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