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Boris Gelfand vs Michael Adams
"Drawn Together" (game of the day Jun-06-08)
Sydney (1988)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jul-28-05  aw1988: Amazing! Thanks for that Resignation Trap, that is most aesthetic.
Jul-29-05  samvega: Wierd and wonderful, Res.Trap. Sometimes these draws go under the radar... 37..Rb4 must have been satisfying to play.
Jun-06-08  dabearsrock1010: weird that adams misses the win especially after the time control(?). its not too hard to calculate.
Jun-06-08  arsen387: A wonderful game. And these 2 players soon will face each other again in Yerevan in a rapid tournament called "Chess Giants", which will start on June 9.
Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: 9.Nxe6 looks interesting.
9..fxe6
10.Qh5+

or 9.Nxe6 fxe6
10.Bg6+

And Black can't 0-0 and develop normally.

Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Both players could have won this crazy game. White outplayed black here and for example 41.Kb1 would be a safe win for him as now black's counter is too slow: 41...Qb5 42.e8=Q and there is no Rxa3 with check. But despite of some flaws from both sides this is a magnificent battle.
Jun-06-08  Alphastar: <ajile> theory regards that sacrifice as incorrect with the f8-bishop on d6, because after 9. Nxe6?! fxe6 10. Bg6+ (your Qh5+ here is impossible by the way) Ke7 black can already kick the bishop out with Nf8 and he is relatively well organised.

This 'trick' does work against 7. ..Be7. Let me show you a game which is not in the chessgames database:

[Event "Kopavogur"]
[Site "Kopavogur"]
[Date "1994.04.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Almasi,Zoltan"]
[Black "Kumaran,Dharshan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B17"]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 Be7 8.Qe2 h6 9.Nxe6 fxe6 10.Bg6+ Kf8 11.0-0 Nb6 12.Ne5 Rg8 13.a4 Bd7 14.a5 Nbd5 15.c4 Nc7 16.Be3 Be8 17.Bc2 a6 18.f4 g6 19.Rf3 Bf7 20.Rg3 Qe8 21.f5 g5 22.Rf1 Bh5 23.Qd2 Bd6 24.h4 Rd8 25.Qf2 Ke7 26.hxg5 Bxe5 27.dxe5 Ng4 28.f6+ Kf7 29.Rxg4 Bxg4 30.g6+ Rxg6 31.Bxg6+ Kxg6 32.f7 Qf8 33.Qf6+ Kh5 34.Rf2 1-0

Jun-06-08  hedgeh0g: Amazing game! Yes, it is a bit odd that Adams missed the easy win after 47. Kb2, but I think he quickly looked at the bishop check, saw the perpetual and went for it to escape with a miracle draw. He was probably pinching himself when he saw he could salvage a draw!

A really entertaining game!

Jun-06-08  birobidjan: Yes, a wonderful game... But I don't understand where is the trap when Adams doesn't capture the Bh6 at 27th move. Someone could explain it to me ? Is it to avoid 27...gxh6 28.f6 ?
Thanks
Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: How ironic! White is ahead,but blunders by promoting a pawn! Black then proceeds to blow a force checkmate.

In an odd sort of justice,the game is drawn.

Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: And... white saves the game by giving up a queen at a4 at move 46:

46 Kb2?? Qc3+ 47 Ka2 Qa3#

Jun-06-08  Riverbeast: A fascinating battle
Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: Were these guys trying to concoct a draw?
Jun-06-08  cydmd: <birobidjan> You are quite close to the answer. One possible line is:

27... gxh6 28.f6 Qd6 29.e7 and Black is lost. Look at the e8 square. It´s guarded by the white bishop. The black rook cannot stay there to block the pawn. That's why, even giving the bishop back, Black has not a satisfactory defense.

Sacrificing the exchange is hopeless as well.

28.f6 Qxe6 29.Qxe6 Rxe6 30.Rxe6 Bd6 31.Rde1 Bc6 32.f7 Bd7 33.Re8 and Black's position crumbles.

Jun-06-08  jovack: I got this one in a few seconds.
Too easy for a friday.
9/9
Jun-06-08  MatrixManNe0: <jovack: I got this one in a few seconds. Too easy for a friday.
9/9>

How do you "get" this one when it's not a puzzle? Or am I missing something here?

Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: The human brain is too monogamous to comprehend positions with so many queens. If I was guessing the players here I probably would have picked Petrosian for black, with Fischer or Spassky as white.
Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <jovack> ROFL of the DAY :D
Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <31.g4> is the start signal for a crushing kingside pawn storm.


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Maybe one day I could analyse it in depth. :(

Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: 41 Qd5! looks like an immediately winning move for white.


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How can black respond? If for example, he tries 41…Rxa3+, then 42 Kxa3 Qb5 43 Qa8+! Kxa8 44 e8Q+ Qxe8 45 Rxe8 gives white an overwhelming advantage.


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Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <39.Qg3!!>


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Tequila!

Jun-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: <Alphastar> Interesting. Thanks. I didn't have my board so I couldn't really analyze this properly.
Jun-06-08  newzild: The point is that 28...gh 29.f6 gives white a pawn roller that can't be stopped without returning the piece and giving white a strong initiative.
Jun-06-08  ruyfanatic: awesome pawns in this game.
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: nice game and there were 4 queens... briefly
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