(1) Morozevich,A (2732) - Bologan,V (2665) [B12]
TCh-RUS Sochi RUS (2), 21.04.2004

B12: Caro-Kann: Advance Variation

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bf4 Ne7 6.Qd3 b6 7.Nge2 Ba6 8.Qe3 0-0 9.0-0-0 c5 10.a3 Bxc3 11.Qxc3 Bxe2 12.Bxe2 c4 13.h4 b5N
[ 13...Nbc6 14.h5 b5 15.h6 g6 16.g4 Nc8 17.Qe3 Nb6 18.Bg5 f6 19.Bh4 Qd7 20.Rhe1 b4 21.Bf1 Rae8 22.axb4 Nxb4 23.Qa3 Qd6 24.Kb1 Qh2 25.Qxb4 Qxh4 26.exd5 exd5 27.Re7 Qxh6 28.Rxa7 Nataf,I-Motylev,A/Istanbul 2003/CBM 96/[Lukacs]/0-1 (46)]

14.Qe1 Nbc6 15.h5 Qd7 16.g4 f6 17.Bf1 Rad8 18.Bh3 dxe4 19.fxe4 Nxd4 20.g5 f5 21.Kb1 Qc6 22.h6 fxe4
[ >=22...g6!?=/+ ]

23.Qc3 e3?
Threatening ..e2, but White has a remarkable response. [ >=23...Ndf5 24.Bxf5 ( 24.g6 Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 gxh6 26.g7 Rc8 27.Qf6 Nd5 28.Rxd5 exd5 29.Qxf5 ) 24...Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Nxf5 26.hxg7 Nxg7+/= ]

Who can resist joining the Moro fan club? He gives up a rook with check for crushing threats against the black king. The threat of mate on g7 is deadly.

What else? Being down a piece isn't any more attractive than the game. [ 24...b4 25.axb4 Qxh1+ 26.Ka2 Qxh3 27.Rxd8 Nf5+- ]

25.Ka2 Qxh3 26.Rxd8 gxh6
[ 26...Nf5 27.Qe5 Qh5 28.Qxe6+ Qf7 29.Qxf7+ Kxf7 30.g6+!! hxg6 ( 30...Kxg6 31.Rxf8 Nxh6 32.Bxe3 Ng4 33.Bxa7 h5+- ) 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.h7 ]

27.gxh6 Qg4
[ 27...e5 28.Qxe5 Kf7 29.Qg7+ Ke6 30.Qxf8 ]

Spectacular and unique. Perhaps the most famous Qh8+ queen sacrifice was Petrosian-Spassky, Moscow 1966. That led to a winning knight fork, this one leads to mate. This queen-to-the-corner sacrifice is not rare in that Petrosian-Spassky context, leading to a knight fork that immediately regains the queen. Doing so for mate like this is quite unusual, especially in Master play. Beautiful. [ 28.Qh8+ Kxh8 29.Rxf8+ Ng8 30.Be5+ Qg7 31.hxg7# ] 1-0