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Sergey Karjakin vs Michael Adams
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Utrecht NED, rd 10, Jan-27
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1

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Jan-27-16  siggemannen: wow, that's one bad game by Carjak
Jan-27-16  Ulhumbrus: After 15 0-0-0 White has disturbed his queen side pawn structure by c3 - inviting the pawn attack ...b4 - while Black's king side pawns are still intact. Karjakin decides all the same to take the risk. Perhaps there is something which he sees too late.

22...f5 disturbs Black's king side pawns. Is there any need for this? 22...a5 begins to advance the a pawn without delay.

Instead of 23 gxf5 suppose that White tries 23 g6. On 23..h6 White's knight can't go to g4 to threaten Nxh6 and the square f7 is covered by the N on d6. However that knight also watches the c4 square. On 24 c4 Nxc4 25 Nf7 gets ready for Nxh6

Instead of 24 Rg4 suppose that White tries 24 c4. Then on 24...Nxc4 25 Nxc4 Bxc4 both of the defenders of the e4 pawn have been displaced.

Jan-27-16  shintaro go: Karjakin tried to emulate Carlsen's opening vs Tomashevsky but in his case, he lost pretty badly
Jan-27-16  CountryGirl: Highly instructive game, especially if you are interested in those d-pawn attack style openings. Once black had his bishop enthroned on d5 it was 'good night Sergei'. Nice comeback, Adams.
Jan-27-16  Sokrates: Yes, this is almost a game that could have been played a century ago. Classic domination and realitsation. Very well played by Adams - hats off!
Jan-27-16  ajile: London System is the Colle with the q-bishop on f4 outside the pawn chain.
Jan-27-16
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  whiteshark: <ajile: London System is the Colle with the q-bishop on f4 outside the pawn chain.> However by move 10 (or 14, if you like) he was locked in behind the pawn chain and never come into the open again...

True story ;)

Jan-27-16  luzhin: 32.Rxd2 Qc1+ 33.Rd1 Qxe3 mate would be the neat conclusion.
Jan-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: First game between them for seven years, and Mickey's first win, following not long after his first defeat of Aronian: Adams vs Aronian, 2015
Jan-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Of course this whole opening and line is suspect for players rated over 2700 anyway. Maybe Karjakin thought Mickey was down and he could kick him? Yes the new 15.0-0-0 is no improvement over the more passionate tries by Blatney and Mitkov 15. Qh3 and 15. h4 respectively, both of which also failed.

13. g4 looks so intimidating but it is an illusion because of black's ability to fight so well in the center. Engine recommendations such as 13.0-0 or 13. Rd1 seem much less promising or exciting.

Check out the engine line after 15. Qe2 though, it gets real double-edged and exciting.

Perhaps that would have worked better. It would be a neat line to see two GMs play, should white of trot out this tired old (statistically inferior for white anyway) opening.

I really like it when an old abandoned opening or line gets revived with an exciting game, but I am pretty sure the exact opposite happened here!

Jan-27-16  QueentakesKing: Even a 500-rated player can assume that Serjey was semi-drunk while playing this game.
Jan-28-16  Ulhumbrus: <SteinitzLives: ... Maybe Karjakin thought Mickey was down and he could kick him? > If so, that may have been a mistake if we assume that there are no easy opponents in this tournament and that every one of the contestants is dangerous <...

13. g4 looks so intimidating but it is an illusion because of black's ability to fight so well in the center. ...> Perhaps you mean that Black is able to play a knight to e4. In the book <How to think ahead in chess> Horowitz, speaking about the Stonewall attack mentions more than once that White wants to prevent the move ..Ne4 obstructing his king's bishop. With this bishop attacking h7 the advance g4 and g5 serves to displace the N on f6 defending h7 before the attack Bxh7+ followed by Qh5 and Rf1-f3-h3.

Jan-28-16
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  SteinitzLives: Yes, black placing knight on e4 which leads to being able to fight well in the center is what I was referring to.

Well, if Horowitz wrote about it, and that would have been a long time ago, it should probably be ingrained theoretical knowledge for any of us in the U.S. who were alive when he wrote it, and or had an interest in Stonewall pawn formations.

Of course Karjakin was born 17 years after Horowitz died, and I am just guessing he probably had plenty of works from Russian authors to read first, ;-) before learning of Horowitz, despite what a prolific American chess writer Horowitz was.

It's interesting for me to go back and read Horowitz (also Reinfeld and Chernev too) not only to enjoy some pre-Fischer nostalgia, but to see just how well they taught chess principles, and how good some of their game or game-fragment examples were in the pre-engine era.

Jan-28-16
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  Gypsy: <luzhin: 32.Rxd2 Qc1+ 33.Rd1 Qxe3 mate would be the neat conclusion.>

While ... <33.Kf2 Qxd2+ 34.Kg1 Qe1+ 35.Kg2 Qf1#> ... is just brutal.

Jan-29-16
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  thegoodanarchist: <Classic domination and realitsation. Very well played by Adams - hats off!>

Yes White was crushed rather swiftly after a couple of inaccuracies. Adams still has it, when given even a slight opening.

Jan-29-16  Ulhumbrus: <SteinitzLives: ...if Horowitz wrote about it, and that would have been a long time ago, it should probably be ingrained theoretical knowledge for any of us in the U.S. who were alive when he wrote it>

It seems that Horowitz first wrote the book <How to think ahead in chess> in 1951. However in the UK a Faber edition was available in the libraries and in the bookshops two decades later in the 1970s. So that makes it four decades ago in the UK but not as long ago as six decades ago in the USA.

Feb-03-16  Pinkerton: Nice win by GM Adams
Jun-28-16
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  Richard Taylor: It's interesting that the B on b7 that many might say was 'bad' here is "part of the team". It is often hard to know when to adopt this kind of method, the N on e4 to counter this Colle or London System kind of attack. But Adams got both his Ns to bear on e4 so White's f1 (or King's Bishop) is blocked and White's attack is blunted.

Then the Queen side counter comes.

I was trying to work out a system against something like this if say (as in a game the other day I played very badly and was lucky to draw) it starts 1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 when I played e6 then my opponent fianchettoed. I tried to work out a system with Nc6 trying to get e5 in but the immediate c4 kyboshes it...

So this game by Adams is instructive.

Jan-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Beautiful black piece coordination throughout. Steps: develop all pieces first, make a stronghold on e4, stop kingside attack on its tracks, push the queenside pawns... I played through the game quickly, but the impression I get is that the black pieces are always in the best square for each of them.

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