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Michael Adams vs Stuart C Conquest
British Championship (2010), Canterbury ENG, rd 8, Aug-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-10  Marmot PFL: Black never seems to equalize. White avoids the queen trade while black sill has the bishop, as that ending is very hard even with the extra pawn.
Aug-04-10  JuliusCaesar: What a squeeze! Black never had any real counterplay.
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  sleepyirv: Make a backwards e-pawn, capture a backwards e-pawn, win.

What's so hard about this chess thing anyway?

A model Michael Adams game: the early a4 push to stop counterplay,the strong knight play, the exploitation of the backwards pawn, etc. When I went quickly through the game, I though there must have been an exchange sac opportunity for black that would at least would have put up a fight, but at second glance Black didn't even that desperate gamble.

I've been rethinking my openings, and this is a sad reminder why I became uncomfortable with the Caro-Kann

Aug-04-10  guybrush: Isn't 8..c5 the usual way to go, instead of 8..Rc8. Or, is this the Short variation? The lack of a c5 push renders Black's dark square bishop completely hopeless. Or, more likely, I'm missing the whole point.
Aug-04-10  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 17...Nf8 Black tries 17...Bg5 attacking White's N on d2. On 18 Qc2 Bxd2 19 Nxd2 Qf6 both attacks f2 and supports the advance ...e5.
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  GrahamClayton: Adams would have enjoyed putting the Alekhine's gun formation on the e-file and attacking the backward e6-pawn:

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Jul-22-12  Albion 1959: Superb squeeze play by Adams !! I watched this game live on the internet. I could not see how Adams was going to win this game, but I knew that he would !! This game also shows the gulf in class between a strong grandmaster like Conquest who is a great competitor and former British champion and an even stronger super GM like Adams. for example, Adams v Conquest 8-1 Short v Conquest 6-0 !!
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  kingscrusher: Great exploitation of a "Backward pawn" which i video annotated way back:

and part 2 here:

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