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Michael Adams vs Luke McShane
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Marmot PFL: Don't need computer here to see the moment has passed for white to win this.
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  whiteshark: A lost opportunity won't come back in donkey's years
Dec-08-12  Conrad93: What about 75.h4 Rg3 76.Qf5?

Is that drawish?

Dec-08-12  haydn20: What a brilliant defense by Luke until, apparently, 57....Rc3 when Rf1+ might have saved the day. The GM commentators said the position after 48. Qb4 was a grim defensive chore and that Luke could well break down. The decision to play 46. a5! is justified, it seems.
Dec-08-12  Bent Bexley: Adams blows another one. *sigh*
Dec-08-12  Dalex61: Qf7 and the rook is in trouble
Dec-08-12  Conrad93: Why not just push the pawn to h4 and then play Qf4?
Dec-08-12  haydn20: Ugh! I wrote my previous after 62. Qg8+. Just goes to show--you can't draw by resigning.
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  lost in space: This looks drawish now. I thought white would be able to play h4 and win somehow Pe5. But now it seems white is nothing.
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  Tomlinsky: What was 65.Rf8 preparing? It's unlike Adams not to go for the check sequence while he thought things through.
Dec-08-12  Conrad93: 79.Qf4 and black is in zugzwang.
Dec-08-12  Conrad93: Qf4-Rd7-Rd5-Rxd5
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  Tomlinsky: Draw *Sigh*
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  whiteshark: Draw agreed!
Dec-08-12  Conrad93: Is this the longest game in the tourney?
Dec-08-12  Edeltalent: Mickey will be kicking himself for missing the win, especially considering the tournament situation. However, it's nice to see Luke come up with half a point this time, as opposed to always be very tenacious but still losing, like in the previous rounds.
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  lost in space: Draw. Very interesting fighting game. As soon as I don't need my comp for the analyze of other games I will check this game with the help of my silicon friend. I thought that either 57...Rxh3+ or 57...Rf1+ would draw easily?!
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Dec-08-12  scormus: <CG> thanks for the 2 great games, and greatcredit to all 4 players for tremendous fighting play. I still dont know how Luke survived.

<lost in space> glad I wasnt the only one who thought 57 ... Rxh3+ was drawn. Better check it now with the Si

Dec-08-12  Steve.Patzer: I don't see how 65. Qe8 is a crusher. How?
Dec-08-12  me to play: <Steve.Patzer> Not sure if it's all forced but this is one line... 65.Qe8ch Kh7 66.Qh8ch Kg6 67.Qf8 Qe3 68.Qe8ch Kh7 69.Qh8ch Kg6 70.Rd6ch Kh5 71.g4ch
Dec-08-12  Steve.Patzer: I thought 52. Rb1 would win.
Dec-09-12  scormus: <<me to play>Steve.Patzer: I don't see how 65. Qe8 is a crusher. How?>

I tried to see how 65 Qe8 but couldn't, so I wondered if you meant a different Q move. In fact it's Qf8 that kills. I needed the engine to find the whole winning sequence, but the immediate threat of Rd6+ and the prospect of c5 coming up makes it a fairly obvious choice.

But that takes no account of the pressure, the fatigue, the clock situation. Also Micky must have been so focussed on the line he was pursuing it would have been very difficult to make the necessary mental shift.

I feel it is a shame that after pressing so hard for victory and coming so close, he couldn't quite make it over the line. But one should give a lot of credit to Luke, also under massive pressure and for so long. Really, this was great sustained fighting play by both players.

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  luzhin: Mickey's 65th was right square, wrong piece! The win was to be found with 65.Qf8! Qe3 (only chance) 66.Qe8+ Kh7 67.Qh8+!! Kg6 68.Rd6+ Kg5 69.g4+ Kh4 70.Rxh6+ (or indeed 70.Qxh6+!) gxh6 71.Qxh6+ and mate next move. The point is that without checking on h8 rather than g8,the decisive double capture on h6 would't be there and it would be White who gets mated! This is incredibly hard to see, especially as both players were short of time.
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