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Michael Adams vs Boris Gelfand
Dortmund Sparkassen (2006), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Aug-02
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0

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Aug-03-06  positionalgenius: This has to be Adams' finest endgame ever.What a phenomenal game.I am looking forward to Adams annotating it in New In Chess later this year-I am sure he will.
Aug-03-06  PinkPanther: Adams sort of shuffled his feet in this endgame, but ultimately he deserved to win the game.
Aug-03-06  MelvinNofx: that knight will be in gelfand nightmares until the end of this year!!
Aug-03-06  Tactical: I tuned into this game at black's 62nd and what a nice ending. How about the position after 89...♘c7. White's 110th appears splendid.
Aug-03-06  Tactical: <ARTIN> I agree black's 113th could maybe improve. Without a computer, I'll try your 113...Ra8: 114.Ne7, Ra5+ 115.Kd4, and doesn't the f-pawn promote after 115...Ra1 116.Ke5, Re1+ 117. Kf5-f7-g7
Aug-03-06  firebyrd: 108. c6 may have been the wrong pawn to push - after that Adams had to give up his rook and had to struggle a little bit more. 108. f6 seems to convert a little easier.
Aug-03-06  percyblakeney: <108. f6 seems to convert a little easier> Agreed, the move wins quickly. Chess engines confirm that Gelfand had a draw with 113. ... Ra8.
Aug-03-06  acirce: Yes, tablebases prove 112.f6?? (112.Nf4! only winning move) threw away the win, but that Gelfand quickly returned the favour. I wouldn't have thought some moves earlier that Gelfand would still get the opportunity to force a draw.
Aug-03-06  Marvol: I humbly suggest that a) ChessGames makes this a game of the day and b) name it 'the Spider's Stratagem' - which is a song by Dead Can Dance.

Awesome game.

Aug-03-06  luzhin: The point is that 32...Rc8 loses on the spot to 33.Rxc6! with a N fork on e7 coming up.
Aug-03-06  jahhaj: <the Spider's Stratagem> 'The spider' also being Kasparov's nickname for Michael Adams.
Aug-03-06  Bob726: whats wrong with 109.Ke6?
Aug-03-06  jahhaj: <Bob726> 109.Ke6 allows 109...Rd6+ picking up the c pawn.
Aug-03-06
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  al wazir: <ARTIN: The c pawn decides the game.>

42...Re7 43. Rb8+ Ne8 44. Nxe8 Rxe8 45. Rxe8+ Kxe8 46. Kg3 Kd7 47. Kf3 Kd6 48. Ke3 Kd5 49. Kd2 (29. Kd3 e4+) Kc4 50. f3 f5.

I don't see how the c ♙ can go anywhere.

Aug-03-06  thom: a sicilian without 6.♗e3 e5 and a wining in dortmund. great Adams!
Aug-04-06  think: I thought that GrandMasters resigned when two pawns down in an endgame. Why didn't black resign at around move 50?
Aug-04-06  jahhaj: <think> If he'd resigned on move 50 then he wouldn't have had the chance to miss the drawing oppotunity on move 113!
Aug-04-06  Petrosian63: Nice win by Adams after 7.5 hrs of torture.
Aug-04-06  monad: 108.f6 Rf1
Aug-04-06  Marmot PFL: Probably Gelfand played on because Adams had not found a clear winning plan. Until recently the game would be adjourned and the player on the losing side might be convinced it was hopeless to continue. OTB however the technique is much harder after 5 or 6 hours of play.
Aug-04-06
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  plang: Grandmasters resign when they feel they have no chance of saving the game and not before. The repeated posts on this board criticizing players for not resigning earlier are tiresome. What possibly is gained by resigning if you think you have even the slightest chance of a draw?
Aug-05-06  ahmadov: 113. Gelfand misses a draw when he plays 113. ...Rd1. Ra8 would have helped him save the game.
Aug-05-06  Albertan: I wonder why Adams didn't play Nd5 on move 38?:

38.Nd5 Qxe4 39. Nf6 Qe1+ 40. Kh2 Ra8 41.Nxh7+ Kg8 42.Nf6+ Kf8 43.Rb8+ Rxb8 44.Qxb8 Ne8 45.Nxe8 Qe5+ 46.g3 Qxe8 47.Qxd6+ Kg7

Aug-20-06  Bob726: <jahhag 109.Ke6 allows 109...Rd6+ picking up the c pawn> Can't white than play kf7?
Nov-05-06  Bob726: Now i see the that black could play 110. Rf6
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