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Garry Kasparov vs Michael Adams
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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Dec-19-04  DanielBryant: As a low level player, I find my mind biased against moves that create two instances of pawn tension such as 25.d4. Is this normal?
Dec-19-04  iron maiden: I should think so; it's just a basic fear of complications. I've read that sometimes even the best players lose faith in their analytical abilities.
Sep-11-07  anandrulez: Yes agreey Daniel on what you said . I also avoid such pawn breaks ... Anyway this game was a result of blunder from Adams , at move 32 Qg5 the position was . Its Kasparovs energey that helped him to win this game from an almost lost position .
Sep-11-07  euripides: A good way to assess that kind of break is to look at the four squares under attack and see which side is defending their vulnerable points better. In this case, White's grip on d4 looks very shaky. Of course, if one's actually going to play the break, it's advisable to calculate the variations as well, but the short-cut helps to give one confidence in the outcome of the calculation.

I guess Kasparov already thought he was worse at move 25 and decided to complicate.

Nov-08-09  WhenHarryMetSally: michael played well and kasparov squeezed home the advantage
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  plang: Kasparov. as usual, avoided the Marshall Gambit but the opening was not a success for him and Adams achieved equality easily. After 19 b4?!(perhaps 19 f4)..d5! Black was already better. It is possible that Kasparov overlooked Adams 26..Re5 when playing 25 d4?! as he had no compensation for the pawn he lost; 25 exd looks like an improvement. Adams started to go wrong with 31..Ne6?; Kasparov recommended 31..d3! 32 cxd..Nxd3 33 Rd1..Qd4 34 Ne4..h6 with a solid Black edge. After 36..e4? White had the advantage; 36..Re7 was better. Kasparov planned to answer 42..Nxh3+ with 43 Kh2..Nxf2 44 Qe6+..Kg7 45 Ne5 and wins. Seirawan did not understand 49 h4?! with the subsequent exchange of pawns; he recommended 49 Kg2..Kf7 50 Kf3..Kf6 51 Kf4..Nd5+ 52 Ke4..Nc7 53 Ne2 as the clearest path to a win for White. The losing move was 53 Kh7?; instead after 53..Kf6 54 Kh4 (54 Kf4..b4 55 axb..Nd5+ draws)..Kg7 55 Kg5..Nc4+ 56 Kf5..Nc3 Black will be able to achieve the draw.
Dec-24-12  12.12.12: poor black knight.
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