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Michael Adams vs Judit Polgar
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 3, Dec-03
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Dec-03-12  luzhin: One of those games in which Mickey Adams makes chess seem so simple. Judit's 25...Bg5 looked desperate, but after 25...b5 26.Qc6! is overwhelming.
Dec-03-12  Nerwal: Another opening disaster for Judit. The position after 9. d4 is already unpleasant, and after 13... ♘b4 just bad. In view of this it's easy to recommend something else, like 3... d5, or 5. ♕e2 d6 followed by e5 and ♗g4, but Adams is a great expert in those positions and black wouldn't have an easy game anyway...
Dec-03-12  Ezzy: Michael Adams - Judit Polgar
London Chess Classic London ENG (3.4), 03.12.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 <Must be an English trend at the moment. McShane, Jones and Short have played this recently. Oh, and Carlsen played it in the Grand Slam final play off against Caruana.> 3...Nc6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Qe2 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.0–0 Be7 8.Rd1 0–0 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Rxd4 Bf6 12.Rd1< 13 c4 is threatened. >12...Qc7 13.c4 Nb4?! <Novelty. Nb6 has been played before.> 14.Nc3 a6 15.Bf4 e5 16.Be3< Threat is 17 a3 Nc6 18 Nd5 Qb8 19 Nxf6+ gxf6 20 Qh5 winning.> 16...Be6 17.Nd5< 17 Rac1 is the computer move, as the c4 pawn seems poisoned.> 17...Nxd5 18.cxd5 Bf5 19.d6 Qd7 20.Bb6 <Whites position seems easier to play than black's. Perhaps Judit's 13...Nb4 novelty was not so good, as it has given Mickey too much momentum.> 20...Rac8< Judit would love to get this rook to c2, but it isn't going to happen.> 21.Bc7 <Now 22 Bxb7 is threatened.> 21...Bg4 22.Bf3< 22 f3? just blocks his own bishop. >22...h5 23.Rac1 Rfe8?< Wanting to play 24...e4 but again it 's clutching at straws looking for counterplay which isn't going to happen. Perhaps 23...b5 is better. >24.Bxg4 hxg4 25.Qe4 Bg5 26.Rc5 Bd8 27.Qxb7< Threatening 28 Qxc8 Qxc8 29 d7 winning easily.> 27...Re6 28.Rdd5 <Now 29 Qxa6 is a threat because the rook has moved from d1 to d5 avoiding the ...Rxc7 tactic. [28.Qxa6 Rxc7 29.dxc7 Qxd1+ 30.Qf1 Qxf1+ 31.Kxf1 Bxc7 32.Rxc7 I think white would like to keep it simpler than this.]> 28...Rf6?< The only glimmer of a fight is with 28...e4 [28...e4 29.Qc6 (29.Qxa6 e3 30.fxe3 Rxe3 31.Bxd8 Rxd8 32.Re5 Rxe5 33.Rxe5 Lifes still difficult, but it's better than the game continuation.) 29...Qxc6 30.Rxc6 Bxc7 31.b4 Kf8 32.Rxc7 Ra8 33.a4 White is winning.]> 29.Qxa6 Qf5< A last gasp attempt at a mate in 3.> 30.Qe2 <But Mickey's alert :-)> 30...Qb1+ 31.Rd1 Qxa2 32.Rxe5 Bxc7 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Qxe8+ Kh7 35.dxc7 Qa7 36.Qe4+ 1–0

So a dream start for 'The Spider' with 2/2.

I don't think Judit's novelty 13...Nb4 worked, and Mickey seemed to effortlessly create a lasting initiative, and Judit ended up being tied in knots.

Ms Polgar seems a bit out of sorts in the tournament so far.

Dec-03-12  master of defence: Why Mickey doesn´t played 13.Bxd5 exd5 14.Rxd5, winning a pawn?
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  perfidious: <master of defence> Adams probably never seriously considered relinquishing his light-squared bishop. While there is no direct refutation, it exchanges his best piece and Black gets tremendous development for the pawn.
Dec-03-12  galdur: Cat vs. mouse.
Dec-03-12  Nerwal: On general ground, 13. ♗xd5 exd5 14. ♖xd5 would be dubious : white gives up all his positional advantage, including his strong ♗g2, for just a pawn. For instance after 14... ♗e6 black has great compensation for the pawn : active play with two bishops, and white is dangerously lagging behind in development, not to mention ♖d5 and ♕e2 are more exposed than developed. But there is an even more annoying move : 14... ♕c6, which threatens horrible things based on ♗h3 and ♖e8, exploiting the weaknesses around the white king : light squares, especially g2, and backrank. Actually it's quite possible white is already lost after 14. ♖xd5.
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  Gypsy: Beautifully played by Adams.
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  HeMateMe: Polgar's game ruined by that LSB bearing down on the h1-a8 diagonal. She never got her pieces untracked.
Dec-04-12  luzhin: I think 8...Nd4!? should be considered, to block Adams's plan by radical means. After 9.Nxd4 cxd4 10.c4 Nb4 11.d3 Nc6 we get a more standard sort of King's Indian Attack type position.
Dec-04-12  Nerwal: According to Daniel King 8... ♘d4 leads to a Benoni with reversed colors position that is quite comfortable for white. Still this looks like a better chance than the game. But the more I think of 5... d5 the less I like it. After this the moves ♕e2 and g3-♗g2 become fully justified.
Dec-05-12  Mudphudder: Polgar got destroyed here.
Oct-02-13  lioric:

A high rated game featuring this opening.

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