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Michael Adams vs Viktor Laznicka
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 2, Sep-15
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0



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Sep-15-15  twijfelaars: Brutal!
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  whiteshark: ♫ ♪ ♫

<There must be some way out of here,> said the joker to the thief...

Sep-15-15  JohnDMaster: Wow and just like that we are done! Open the H file for the win!
Sep-15-15  grobmaverick: Laznicka is no mug either. He has been above 2700. He just did not understand the position he was walking into.
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  Gilmoy: The early <10.Qg3> looks soooo coffeehouse, almost insulting. But White doesn't care about mate, he just wants Black to plan his way out of the closet.

<14..Nf6> asks for the QGD <16.e5>-thrust, while <15..Qa5> loses the hidden-double on h4. Against other Black ideas, surely White continues differently.

<6..bxc6> is rote "capture toward center", neutered by <19.c4!> with a very un-Sicilian position: Black has no counterplay on c or b, and half his pieces are out of the game. It must be better to save his tempi and blow something open sooner.

Sep-15-15  savagerules: Laznicka only needed a draw to advance and yet he plays the Sicilian? It appears he also plays the Caro Kann but this game would have been the time for Laznicka to use the Petroff if he is up on it which apparently he is not since he doesn't play 1 e4. In retrospect the Caro Kann might have been the better choice
Sep-15-15  zoren: <Gilmoy>
What happened after 16.e5 resembles something like a King's Indian Attack except his LSB is positioned in attack rather than fianchetto'ed, and Black maybe chose a French setup. There's missing d and b pawns but they sometimes get swapped when bxc happens in a KIA.

Strangely in this configuration, Na4+c4 completely shuts down the queens flank which is usually the source of counterplay for Black in the KIA. I get the suspicion Laznicka didn't get a good sense of the danger until it was too late.

Of course Laznicka is eons above my paygrade, but I've seen these positions pretty frequent at club level when opponents just feel the onus to capture something once it's possible. 6.Nxc6 is a somewhat frowned upon move (allowing central majority) that is seen at club level play very frequently, but Laznicka was just oblivious to the danger.

Sep-16-15  paavoh: 9.Qf3 is rather rare, according to CG only 41 games from 300+ games in this line. Leko, Svidler, van Kampen among proponents. White has a slight pull in this variation too.
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  whiteshark: GM <Jan Gustafsson> looks at this encounter: Enjoy!
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  Honza Cervenka: 22...g6 was very unfortunate decision.
Sep-18-15  paavoh: Yes <honza> I agree. But Black was almost without any options in such a cramped position. He cannot defend on the 7th rank, and e.g. Nb6-Bad7-Rad8/Rab8 does not help much. A good plan is hard to find.

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