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Michael Adams vs David Howell
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 7, Jan-30
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  1-0


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  luzhin: Adams is known for his ability to squeeze wins out of the tiniest advantage, but here he excels himself.
Jan-30-12  bronkenstein: Ah, the way he milked full point from the tiniest tiny miny microplus , by perfectly timing the last cheep trick to sleepy Howell somewhere deep into 6th hour...

PS I just checked some numbers, Mickey the Spider lost <2.1> Elo by <drawing> Gopal , and won only <3.4> for this <victory> (!), no wonder he was trying so hard , just the difference between draw and victory against Howell is more than 5 Elo to him , god forbid he loses to some rabbit o,O

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  Fusilli: Right, and for another game in the same opening with an entirely different dynamic, see P Ricardi vs R Perez Wertheim, 2005.
Jan-30-12  fetonzio: holy crap, an actual mating net there
Jan-31-12  HolyAvatar: 110. ...Bb3??
What a blunder.

I was worth the wait I guess.

Jan-31-12  goodevans: I was one of the few people it seemed that were actually following this game to the bitter end. Mickey was coming in for a bit of stick for playing on when everyone (and some of their pets too, apparently) <knew> it was a dead draw.

Adams had two advantages: An extra pawn and an opponent in time trouble when he wasn't. With only one of these advantages I'm sure he'd have agreed a draw. It was the combination of the two that finally proved fatal for Howell.

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  Penguincw: Two Englishmen fight. Adams goes victorious.
Mar-16-17  Albion 1959: The ultimate example of "Sitzfleisch" This is more akin to Bobby Fischer. Ie: Geller v Fischer Palma 1970 or Fischer v Taimanov Candidates Game 2 in 1971. Here Adams grinds away for nearly 60 moves in a position where most players would probably agree to a draw, but not Mickey! The only thing in his was favour is that his bishop controls the h8 square in the event of being left with a solitary rook pawn. But even this should not have been anywhere near enough to win here. And don't forget Howell is a former British champion and had a 2603 Elo rating and yet somehow he managed to lose! Analysis shows that 110.Bb3?? was the losing blunder. The best line for Howell would have been 110.Kg5 Be8!
111.Rc7+ Kg8
112.hxg Bb5
No doubt the Adams band would have still played on. Howells must have been fatigued and tired to have fallen into the mating trap. Credit to Adams for finding and creating this pitfall in this most barren and sterile of endings. One more thing, on move 110. 110.Kg5 gxh??
111.Rh6+ Kg8
112.Rh8+ Mate
A sickener for Howell, but Adams must have felt vindicated. This kind of mating attack / pattern is well worth remembering!
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