Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Loek van Wely vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-28
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 42 more Van Wely/Adams games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: As you play through the game, you can get the FEN code for any position by right-clicking on the board and choosing "Copy Position (EPD)". Copy and paste the FEN into a post to display a diagram.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 12 OF 12 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jan-28-06  nizzechess: Leave the a-pawn, take blacks remaning pawn then use knight to block black bishop from taking the advancing h-pawn. :)
Jan-28-06  kolobok: now knight is trapped it cant move anywhere clear draw
Jan-28-06  Hoosier Daddy: White's king is tied to defending the a-pawn, his knight to blockading Black's f-pawn. There's no way to make progress.
Jan-28-06  Cheesemaster: <nizzechess> Thats what i tried to say
Jan-28-06  chessy636: some how i do not like a6.
Jan-28-06  percyblakeney: Draw confirmed.
Jan-28-06  64 Squares: Draw 1/2-1/2
Jan-28-06  thewolf: Its a draw now!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <Sneaky: And now I'm starting to wonder: was there ever a win?> For what it worth I never saw any; in my view, vW played the best try.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for coming by today. The final round is tomorrow, and it <STARTS ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN NORMAL!> That means 6:30am EST (11:30 UTC).
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Great fighting draw, underscoring the importance of endgame technique.

<> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: No thanks, getting my Zzzzzzz tomorrow. =)
Jan-28-06  Cheesemaster: WOW to come this far and then NOT play Kc5 to make it interesting... what a let down vW
Jan-28-06  ianD: Draw that's official!
Jan-28-06  WMD: Van Wely is all wet.
Jan-28-06  cuendillar: <Leave the a-pawn, take blacks remaning pawn then use knight to block black bishop from taking the advancing h-pawn. :)> Problem with this is that white has a rook pawn. As long as black gets his king over, it's a trivial draw after a minor piece exchange too. Trivial now meaning it's virtually impossible to lose for a 900+
Jan-28-06  Fan of Leko: Only winner gata kamsky today
Jan-28-06  LoFarkas: The only question is how crafty could put out the line

48. ... g5 49. fxg5 f4 50. g6 f3 51. g7 f2 (eval 1.71; depth 17 ply; 150M nodes)

,missing the fact that 50. Nxf4 wins for white after 49 ... f4, which would be a blunder (as pointed out by saruman, I just ran Chessmaster and it confirmed his view)

Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <LoFarkas: The only question is how crafty could put out the line ...> Sun spots.
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: (corrected repost ) Got back from Wijk aan Zee. In the comentaryroom a long friend of mine (with initials G.M. but only an amateur:) has suggested 33. a5 as winning, what was awarded the suggestion prize, a glass chessset. GM Sosonko who did the comentary couldn't find no save for black after 33. a5 (I checked it with my friend and neither did we, just try it:). Now its also confirmed at the homepage to be a correct suggestion and also 33 Ke1 wins
Jan-29-06  MUG: vW had less then a minute on the clock at around move 33, so you can't blame him for going for the repetition of moves. From a practical point-of-view it was probably the correct decision.

33.a5 appears to be a sound idea (get your passed pawns moving!), but looks hideously complicated (to a patzer like me). We could ask Crafty, but it seems even it has trouble analysing this endgame correctly!

Feb-27-06  patzer2: According to <The critical moment came on move 33, when White should have played 33. Ke1 (and 33. a5 wins also), for example: 33…Rd4 34. a5 Bg1 35. Ne7+ Kf7 36. Rxd4 Bxd4 37. Nc6 and curtains for Black. Instead a minor piece endgame arose, where White could not realize his pawn advantage.>

So it looks like White missed the win with 33. a3! or 33. Ke1!

Playing out 33. a3! with Fritz 8 yielded a ♖ & ♘ vs. ♗ endgame which White wins after a bit of tricky maneuvering.

Feb-27-06  patzer2: OOps make that 33. a5! or 33. Ke1! wins.
Feb-01-07  Whitehat1963: I think it's time to look closely at this game considering where we are with Shulman. We seem to be heading in this direction.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: If only the pieces were positioned so the game wouldn't be drawish.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 12)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 12 OF 12 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
N vs B
from Master the endgames by eXodus
33. a5!
from Passed Pawns by patzer2
33. a5!
from Passed Pawns by Jaredfchess
33. a5!
from Passed Pawns by trh6upsz
AugustAle's favorite games
by AugustAle
33. a5!
from Passed Pawns by kingscrusher
5. b3
from 2001-2007, 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 or 5.Nbd2, Rated 2700+ by cybermarauder

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC