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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 6, Mar-01
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Kasparov Attack (C10)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-02  knight: Although I am not ready to point out the losing move, analyses will show that Anand lost the game because he incorrectly pushed his kingside pawns forward in the queen and pawn ending.
Jan-18-03  Sarimanok: 29...g6 should have been sufficient for a draw.
Apr-23-08  satch boogie: Does anyone know why is this game not considered the French Tarrasch?
Apr-23-08  euripides: <satch> The nomenclature can be npredictable, but here I think it's right. The position after move 4 can arise either from 3.Nc3 dxe4 or from 3.Nd2 dxe4, so although White has played 3.Nd2 it makes sense to name it after the Rubinstein variation which is characterised by 3...dxe4.
Apr-23-08  satch boogie: <euripides> Thanks. Sometimes the opening names just confuse me. I always thought it was considered the Tarrasch after 3.Nd2, it's hard to keep up with all the variations.

Nice game by Adams, I dont think I'd ever try to play the French against him at all, judging from his games...

French Tarrasch
55 wins
26 draws
8 losses

French Defense
67 wins
34 draws
12 losses

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  wwall: Perhaps 31...g5 is the losing move. Black should be able to draw after 31...gxh5 32.gxh5 f3 33.Qh8 Qf5+.
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  plang: 12 Bxd4 was played in the short draw Dvoirys-Zakharevich St Petersburg 1999 (game not included in this database); 12 Nxd7 was new. The game simplified to a queen ending which should have been easily drawn. There was no reason for 27..f5?! which unnecessarily weakened Black's position. After 31..g5? 32 Qh8! Black lost his h-pawn and the game; Adams offered 31..gxh 32 gxh..Qh7+ 33 Kc1..Qf7 34 a4 with a clear edge still with a clear positional edge for White but with a lot of play left.

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