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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-05  PinkPanther: I don't really think this was his best game from Corus this year.
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  patzer2: Anand's positional exchange sacrifice offer after 15. b4! is reluctantly accepted by Adams, since declining it is apparently even worse.

In compensation for the "loss of the exchange," Anand gets an extra pawn, the Bishop pair and two connected queenside passed pawns. Looks to be much more than a "fair exchange" for Anand.

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  patzer2: Anand's 37. Ba6! appears to initiate a decisive "passed pawn" combination.
Jan-29-05  csmath: Well, it is the best because other wins are not particularly impressive. Morozevich was a suicide by Morozevich, Bruzon was a suicide by Bruzon, and Ponomariov was a hesitating attack. Each of them fails to impress. This is the only one he has initiative and executes the advantage as a machine.
Jan-29-05  Bogdanel: Impressive.Is this the refutation of Queen's Indian (-:?
Jan-29-05  csmath: Hardly.
Jan-29-05  csmath: The theory here will not be significantly changed.
18. ... a5 might be critical here, perhaps not the best decision by Adams though he has been quite a forefront expert on QID, which is my favorite defence as well. Another critical move will be 19. ... Ne4 which might be inaccuracy as well though it seems white already has advantage. Anand played this game extremely well.
It is very, very hard to play against Anand when he is so precise like here.
Jan-29-05  PinkPanther: After 19...e4 instead of Ne4 Fritz 8 was giving black like half a pawn.
Jan-29-05  hjsukthankar: You must have a different Fritz 8 from the one that I have, or perhaps you just left it running for a few microseconds.

Fritz does give black a slight advantage though (-0.22), the position is basically even at that point and the final result shows the difference in quality between the two players.

Jan-29-05  Badmojo: Nice work here by Anand.

After the Q's are off, we see the passed pawns on the Q-side. That's how White will win the game.

But he doesn't do anything with them initially. His next three moves are all on the K-side. It destroys that side of the board for Black. Black will have no counterplay over there. There will only be more passed White pawns.

Jan-29-05  iron maiden: This win makes Vishy's prospects for Linares look a little better.
Jan-29-05  yoozum: One thing is for sure, though: tomorrow's games are going to get VERY interesting.
Jan-29-05  fian: <This win makes Vishy's prospects for Linares look a little better.> Are you implying that his level of play in this win was higher? Yeah, I agree. However, remember that he blundered into a draw against van Wely just two rounds back...if he gets a smashing win with Black tomorrow then yes, he'll be in good touch going into Linares.
Jan-29-05  iron maiden: Actually, I meant that in the sense that Anand's recent personal score against most of the Linares participants is somewhat lacking.
Jan-30-05  SimonBrazil: In the game Anand-Adams, the Indian GM switched to 1.d4, instead of his usual 1.e4. The game followed a previous encounter between Kramnik and Leko, until Adams deviated with 14...cxd5, after which White is forced to offer an exchange sacrifice. The whole line had been suggested by Portisch in Informant, but this was the first practical test. A series of almost forced moves led to the diagram position. (see diagram 2) White has some chances to pressurize Black, but Anand was not convinced that he has a clear plan to make progress. However, it was evident in the post-mortem that Adams had been feeling rather more pessimistic about his chances, and his usual tenacious defence deserted him. After the further moves 27.Qd4 Qxd4 28.Bxd4 Kf8 29.h4 Ke8, Anand set his opponent a test with 30.e6. Psychologically, it is not so easy to play 30...f6, granting White a third passed pawn, but it is not clear that White has a serious plan for strengthening his position. Instead of this, a rather dispirited Adams played 30...fxe6, a move he described after the game as "ridiculous". After the reply 31.Bxg7, White has an additional chance to create a distant passed pawn on the K-side, and Black's position is untenable.

Jan-30-05  csmath: 14. ... cxd5 does not look bad.
It seems quite a normal choice. Keep in mind that Adams is an expert in QID, so I think this was analyzed by him before this game.
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  patzer2: According to analysis at, 29...g6!? or 30...f6!? would have given Adams better drawing chances. However, Anand's Queenside passers still look pretty tough, regardless of how Black maneuvers his Kingside pawns.
Jan-30-05  notyetagm: A beautiful interference move by Anand, 42 ♗b5+!. The point being that after 42 ... ♔xb5 43 b7 the b7-pawn cannot be stopped from queening since now the Black king prevents his rook from getting behind the passed pawn (<self-interference>).
Jan-30-05  notyetagm: This self-interference move 42 ♗b5+! is very similar to Korchnoi's 39 ... ♖c1! from Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965. Anand's move involves making Black block the b-file from his rook while Korchnoi's forces White to block his first rank and interfere with his rook, in both cases allowing a pawn to promote.
Feb-02-05  Badmojo: patzer2: According to analysis at, 29...g6!? or 30...f6!? would have given Adams better drawing chances. However, Anand's Queenside passers still look pretty tough, regardless of how Black maneuvers his Kingside pawns.

No doubt.

The thing about GM's is that they punish you for small errors.

If Adams eliminates the K-side by means of some pawn barrier, and reduces White's threat to only the connected passed pawns on the Q-side, he can draw if White makes even one mistake.

But the position after the 32nd move is wayyyyyyy winning. White may make a mistake, or two, or even three and still win.

Black just cannot defend the threats of passed pawns on two sides of the board.

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  beenthere240: 23....Qd5 was a nice try and created a few complications. I looked at 27. Qb3, but I think 28. Bd2 may be enough.
Aug-04-05  dasp3edd3m0n: The opening Adams played is the absolutely ridiculous...Bb4+ then Be7? Horrible waste of moves.
Jun-14-06  AdrianP: Anand in recent years has played 1. d4 against practically no-one except Adams (see also Anand vs Adams, 2005 ). Anyone know what that's all about?
Jun-14-06  Chesschatology: <dasp3edd3m0n>

It's theory.
A breathtakingly naive attack from you!
Do you think Adams would make an error on move 6 of a mainline QID? It forces a bottelneck on d2 and is well worth the tempo.

May-24-08  sheaf: i am not claiming that anand played objective chess and refuted a line, but looking at such a line in mainlne QID, one notices that white has a prolonged initiative which doesnt seem to diffuse much like topa- anand san luis 2005, which incidentally seems to have settled thanks to leko, aronian kramnik and numerous 35+ moves theoretical battles.... is it in blacks interest to choose such a line where he retains a minimal material advantage but faces relentless threats and a non ending initiative by his opponents.. with kramnik anand wc coming up.. comments & and insights will be interesting.
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