Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Michael Adams vs Hikaru Nakamura
London Chess Classic (2009), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-09
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1/2-1/2


explore this opening
find similar games 17 more Adams/Nakamura games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some games have photographs. These are denoted in the game list with the icon.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-09-09  ketchuplover: Better than losing :)
Dec-09-09  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 41 Kf2 is 41 Rc7 occupying the seventh rank, and an alternative to 42 Kg3 is 42 Rc7 occupying the seventh rank.
Premium Chessgames Member
  hedgeh0g: Did Mickey Adams misplay the ending? I'd have thought the position after 38.Rxe5 was winning for White...
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <39.Rxc5 Rxa4 40.Rc7> looks like a serious alternative.

click for larger view

Dec-09-09  Marmot PFL: It was not a pleasant game for black who was constantly defending. 3...c5 is my pick to equalize against the Tarrasch, but it could be that with the 3 point win rule black wanted a more complicated game.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Instead of 50. K-g4, does white stand better by moving his king underneath the pawns, K-g2-f2-e3, and then attack blacks c pawn, without allowing penetration by the black King?
Dec-09-09  Bdellovibrio: I think <whiteshark's> line is superior to the text. White's f-pawn already prevents black's e-passer from advancing, and white can use his rook to block checks and/or hem in the black K instead of blockading a Q-side passer.
Dec-09-09  ycbaywtb: that was nice how the King gobbled up the running f pawn, then it was more straightforward to the draw, not let's go for some wins Naka, go get 'em
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Adams is highly proficient on the White side of the French Tarrasch Repertoire Explorer: Michael Adams (white) so playing the French against him was either bold or foolhardy. That opening doesn't seem to match Nakamura's temperament, for whatever that means, although he got a playable game despite some weaknesses like the backward Pe6. It seemed like White was better throughout but maybe the advantage was illusory. The bare Kings finish is amusing.

At the FIDE WC in Libya 2004 Nakamura used Alekhine's Defense, and in their other game Adams won a QID as Black.

Dec-09-09  ycbaywtb: agreed.

<<The bare Kings finish is amusing.>>

can't possibly be what they were shooting for at move 1.

Dec-09-09  whatthefat: Looks like a very lucky escape for Nakamura, although the ending is not trivial due to the risk of ending up with f- and h-pawns. For example, one kibitzer claimed that White could have improved with 43.f4 and indeed the engines like it. But it's a false lead. After 43...Rc3+ 44.Kh4 Rc2 45.h3 Rxg2 46.Rxc5 Ra2 47.Kxh5

click for larger view

we have a well known tablebase draw. Yet another example of engines leading patzers to think they know better than the Super GMs.

Premium Chessgames Member
  hedgeh0g: <whatthefat> It may be a tablebase draw, but how easy is it for a human to actually hold that draw? A position with 2 extra pawns does seem to offer White good practical chances.
Dec-09-09  whatthefat: <hedgeh0g>

All GMs would know that position. The strategy is keep the rook in the a1 corner, allowing Black to give checks from a suitable distance on either the file or the rank, depending on White's approach. White still has chances for sure, but most strong players try to avoid this ending if they have any advantage.

Dec-09-09  sleepkid: <hedgeh0g> <whatthefat> Book draw from that position. Bondarevsky vs Keres, 1939
Dec-09-09  DiscoJew: Killer game!
Dec-12-09  Dredge Rivers: A Draw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C'mon guys, keep playing!

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
96b_The Unbearable Lightness of rook endgames 2
by whiteshark
Opus 3 (C00-C99)
by Chessdreamer

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC