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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 9, May-21
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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May-21-05  fgh: Ok, I see <acirce> has allready reacted to the post.
May-21-05  suenteus po 147: Anand now joins the ranks of Kasparov and Topalov as players who have beaten Adams as white this year. It seems Adams is no longer indestructable.
May-21-05  Hesam7: Kramnik's suggestion [47 ♗f5] looks like a saving chance for White:

47 ♗f5 ♕f5 48 ♕f5 ♗f5 49 ♖d5

And White gets another pawn.

May-21-05  TIMER: Surely Adams would have looked at Bf5, given that his bishop was trapped and he was trying to save the game at that point? (he had a lot of time too)
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: After 26 ...c5 it seems that Adams' pawn centre has become a target instead of a weapon. This suggests that an improvement for White before this point has to avoid letting White's pawn centre becoming a target instead of a weapon.
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: 16 Bg3 cocts a tempo for development. 16 Nd2 clears the point f3 for Bf3 attacking the black queen.
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: I mean to say 16 Bg3 costs a tempo for development.
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: 14 cxd5 draws the black queen on to the splendid square d5. It is not obvious what White gains in return for this concession, if he won't drive the queen from d5 by c4 or by Bc4
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: 40 Bh3 maintains the bishop on the h3-c8 diagonal to support d7, but ...f5 will obstruct that diagonal and put the bishop out of play. This suggests 40 Qd3 avoiding Bh3.
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: After 46...g5 the move Bh3 begins to look like a serious mistake.
May-21-05  mack: Oh dear. Poor Mickey's going to get murdered by Hydra unless he's careful.
May-21-05  Ulhumbrus: 40 f4 counterattacks Black's QB by obstructing the attack by the black queen on White's rook: 40 f4 Qxf5 41 Qb4+ Kg8 42 Qxb4
May-22-05  MarvinTsai: no, <Ulhumbrus>, your line is still worse. After Re1, white king is in danger and his rook behind the pawn can do nothing in the counterattack.
May-22-05  sheaf: <Hesam7> "47 Bxf5 is obligatory"-Kramnik. Doesnt mean that it saves the game.
May-22-05  Hesam7: <sheaf> I did not said it saves the game I said: <looks like a saving chance> I just had a look at that move, and it looked way better than the game continuation for White as [I think] he can get three pawns for the Bishop.
May-22-05  Ulhumbrus: Marvin Tsai: If 40 f4 is insufficient, white has to look for alternatives before this point. Instead of 39 Qc3, 39 Bd3 supports Re2, as well as taking one step towards Be2 and Bf3
May-22-05  Ulhumbrus: Another alternative at move 39 is 39 Rd3, gaining access to c3 and to e3.
May-24-05  pantlko: i dont understand why white has resigned........what is the threat becoz black has to save his queen and bishop also
May-24-05  your brilliance: <pantlko> 61. Kd2, Qh6+. By zig zagging while checking on the c1-h6 and b1-h7 diagonals, Black's Q will eventually force White's K onto the c file, and then skewer with ..Rc8.
May-24-05  your brilliance: Anand himself regarded 25...Bb3 and the two moves that followed as decisive. White has no terribly good options on move 40.
May-30-05  patzer2: Anand wins a piece and the game with the trapped piece combination starting with 47...g4!

After this move, it seems White is lost. For example, after 47. Qc1!? g4 48. Qg5+ Kf7 49. Qxh5+ Qg6 50. Qxg6+ Kxg6 51. Rd3 Re1+ 52. Kh2 Kf6 53. f3 gxh3 54. gxh3 Re2+ 55. Kg1 f4 56. g4 Kg5 57. Kf1 Rh2 58. Ke1 Rxh3 59. Kd2 Rh2+ , Fritz 8 assesses -2.31 @ 16 depth.

May-30-05  patzer2: Notice how Anand's 26...c5! begins to create and exploit key pawn weaknesses (isolated and doubled pawns) to undermine the White position.
May-31-05  patzer2: <your brilliance> Without the computer, it looks like the finish for a winning pin on the Black Queen is 61. Kd2 Qh6+ 62. Kd3 Qg6+ 63. Kd2 Qg5+ 64. Kd3 Qf5+ 64. Kd2 Qf4+ 65. Kd3 Qe4+ 66. Kd2 Qe2+ 67. Kc1 Rc8 .
May-31-05  patzer2: Correction to my first post:

Black obtains a strong, and maybe decisive, advantage after the trapped piece combination beginning with 46...g5!

Kramnik's suggestion 47. Bxf5!? Qxf5 48. Qxf5 Bxf5 49. Rd5 is, as <Hesam7> notes, White's best practical chance to try and hold the draw.

Jun-04-05  ongyj: I thought against 16.Bd6 a good move on the first look would be 17.c4 Qa5 18.d5...
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