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Michael Adams vs Aleksey Dreev
World Blitz Championship (2007) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 22, Nov-22
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Nov-25-07  notyetagm: Adams vs Dreev, 2007

Excellent analysis of this endgame from

< Rxg3 Not a riveting game so far, but what happens now is remarkable. White - playing with an increment, recall (without increments anything is understandable in a blitz game) - loses an ending that should be drawn by an average club player.

68.Rh7 Right.

68...Kb5 69.Rh4 Right - setting up Philidor's defensive idea one rank ahead of schedule.

69...c5 70.Rf4 Three for three.

70...c4 71.Re4? But what's this? White's not losing yet, but this is a terrible practical decision. [71.Rf8! is the basic Philidor motif, preparing endless checks to the Black king. 71...Rg2+ 72.Kc3 Rg3+ 73.Kc2 Kb4 (73...Rg5 74.Rb8+ Kc5 75.Rc8+ Kb4 76.Rb8+ Rb5 77.Rxb5+ Kxb5 78.Kc3= ) 74.Rb8+ Kc5 75.Rc8+ Kd4 76.Rd8+ Ke4 77.Re8+ Kd5 78.Rd8+ Kc6 79.Rc8 Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.]

71...Kb4 72.Rh4? And now White's losing! [72.Re8 Rg2+ 73.Kc1 Kb3 74.Rc8! Kc3 75.Kb1! and White draws, using the Karstedt defense.]

72...Rg2+ 73.Kc1 Kb3 [73...Kb3 74.Rh8 (74.Rh1 c3 75.Rf1 Ra2 76.Kb1 c2+ 77.Kc1 Ra1+ wins.) 74...Rg1+ 75.Kd2 c3+ 76.Kd3 Rd1+ 77.Ke2 c2 ] 0-1 >

So somehow super-GM Micheal Adams missed the simple drawing idea 71 ♖f4-f8!, drawing by the method of <PHILIDOR>'s endless checks. The money quote was <<<<<71.Rf8! is the basic Philidor motif, preparing endless checks to the Black king.>>>>>


Feb-18-08  notyetagm: White to play: 71 ?

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Black has just played 70 ... c5-c4, so that now his Black b5-king cannot find shelter in front of his c-pawn to escape from White rook checks.

So White should play 71 ♖f4-f8!, when he draws by the <PHILIDOR METHOD> of endless rook checks from the rear.

(VAR) Position after 71 ♖f4-f8! 1/2-1/2

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Amazingly, super-GM Michael Adams overlooked(!) this simple drawing resource (blitz game), played 71 ♖f4-e4? instead, and actually lost this drawn endgame!

Mar-08-08  notyetagm: This ending is an excellent example of the <PHILIDOR MOTIF> for drawing in ♖+♙ vs ♖ endings and I recommend the study of IM Monokroussis' notes.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 67. Rxb7 is a draw.

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