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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2011), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-03-11  LoveThatJoker: Why didn't Adams go in for 33. Rxe4.

It seems that Black is forced to go in for 33...Qxe4 34. Qxe4 AnyRxd8 35. Qxb7 when White looks better.


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  Penguincw: Hmm. Endgame Statistics:

♔♕♙♙♙♙ vs. ♔♕♙♙♙♙

A decisive result happened 40.4% of the time.

A draw happened 59.5% of the time.

Based on over 1,104 games.

Debut: Bird vs J Mason, 1876

Recent: Rozentalis vs B Sambuev, 2011

Dec-03-11  bischopper: why Anand loves to draw? It is better position or not?
Dec-03-11  Ezzy: <LoveThatJoker: Why didn't Adams go in for 33. Rxe4.

It seems that Black is forced to go in for 33...Qxe4 34. Qxe4 AnyRxd8 35. Qxb7 when White looks better.


Black can basically force a draw with -

33.Rxe4 Qxe4 34.Qxe4 Rcxd8 35.Qxb7 Re2 36.h4 <36 Qxa6?? Rd1 Mate> Rdd2 37.b4 Kf8 38.Kh2 Rxg2+ 39.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Ke7 41.Kf3 Kf7 42.Kg3 Ke6 43.Kf4 Kf6 44.Ke4 Ke6 45.c5 g6 46.Kd4 h6 47.Kc4 g5 48.hxg5 hxg5 49.Kd3 Kd5 50.Ke3 a5 Draw

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Dec-04-11  serenpidity.ejd: <PRIDE CHICKEN or PISS FILLET>

After 35) Qxe4; either player could have offered a draw. A GM's draw. Was it disrespect or pride?

Dec-04-11  LoveThatJoker: @Ezzy: Thanks for the analysis. It definitely helped me see the different drawing motifs available to Black.

Not very basic though. Anand is a monster!


Dec-04-11  Ulhumbrus: With 15 Nc1 it may be that Adams wants to creep up on to the square d5 in the manner of Karpov by playing the knight to b4 as in the game Karpov vs Nunn, 1985

If so, Anand pre-empts all that by the pawn sacrifice 15...d5!! To begin with, White's N on c3 is overworked. If takes the d5 pawn it cannot then defend the e4 pawn. On 16 exd5 Bb4 17 d6 Qd7 ( Black can't allow 18 d7 and 19 d7-d8/Q) the d6 pawn is going to fall.

If the move 25...e4 leads to no more than a draw, this suggests 25...f4 instead or else playing the advance ....f4 at some earlier point or playing for the advance ...f4 at some earlier point eg instead of 23...Nd7 23...f4, or instead of 24...Nxb6 either 24...f4 or perhaps 24...Nf6 followed by ...f4

Mar-24-13  wachter123680: Adams had a leg up but with 4.Nxd4 he contained his knights to the wrong side of the board where they could not move offensively. Bishop placement was okay, I would have themed keto for white Queenside, and Adams had way better opp. for a win than a simple draw. I read somehwere, that a draw is the difference between one pawn move.
Jul-01-15  Bettler: 47 Qd6! What a sneaky move by Anand. I bet most players below 2400 would fall for the tempting Qd5
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