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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand
GRENKE Chess Classic (2013), Baden Baden GER, rd 1, Feb-07
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand (2013)
Photograph © copyright 2013 Georgios Souleidis.

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Feb-07-13  goldenbear: <watwinc> Personally, I'm not as sure now. I thought 34.Rd7 was more accurate than 34.Rxe4.
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  lost in space: o.k., now it it not only locking like a draw, it is 99% safe that it ends in a draw.
Feb-07-13  DcGentle: Draw agreed.
Feb-07-13  goldenbear: At my level, I think Black has practical chances, but for these guys I guess Anand may offer a draw here.
Feb-07-13  Ulhumbrus: Has Anand overlooked something or set a trap for Adams? It may be a trap if on 34 Rd7 Rxb2 (34...Rf8-f7 35 Rxf7 Kxf7 36 Kxf2 [36 Rxe4 Rxb2] 36...Ke6 and White has the distant potential passed h pawn) 35 Re6-e7 Rf8-f2 36 Rxg7+ Kf8 neither of the two White rooks can cover the e3 pawn, the g2 pawn and its colleague all at the same time.
Feb-07-13  DcGentle: Well, Adams had the better chances in this game, but he failed to convert. I think the World will not play the Berlin against Adams, but not because of this game ;-)
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  tpstar: <> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

All Rook endings are drawn, except when they aren't.

Feb-07-13  Ulhumbrus: Adams seems to have found a way to draw. This suggests that Anand missed something when he made a choice that allowed his bishop to be exchanged for White's knight.
Feb-07-13  goldenbear: During the game, I thought 29.Rf5 (with the idea of Qd8 and Qf6) was better than Qf5, but maybe Anand saw something he didn't like there...
Feb-07-13  scormus: <tpstar: All Rook endings are drawn, except when they aren't.>

All Rook endings are drawn except when I'm playing them, when they're lost.

Feb-07-13  messachess: Very nice game by Adams. He seemed to have the better chances.
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  chrisowen: A fool to believe not drawn spark in heave stipulate again empty ramble in special one together binding for brother anand and adams it horder in hammered c7 castle go build in god each willed throwd jig it is old draw for rolled as have board it sweet in my cajoled light to kick off en familes it another opening bed call it holy mother said in god we trust the creator in a mix must plug in gap ford it hankerd chief tap pet in south would a mouse again vishy roar it nimble give draw in success half tour I guess the lore practiclass ace ogle sit moot point race aim for deem in aether on I black dream c6 in ergo etc he ditto elector in glow a golly it honour in fly it hope in good game adams right in the framer rien whether it win draw too flight among loose pieces check you just c5 ticket in c7 drum fording riven ya picket c6 hup in boat be curtailed just c5 rook stub bailed.
Feb-07-13  DcGentle: Adams missed a chance to win the game against Anand. Of course not all moves in my variant are forced, but you'll get the idea, maybe:

[Event "GRENKE Chess Classic"]
[Site "0:06:33-0:29:33"]
[Date "2013.02.07"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Michael Adams"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C65"]
[Annotator "DcGentle"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. h3 Ne7 8. d4 Bb6 9. Re1 Ng6 10. Bd3 Re8 11. Qc2 c6 12. Be3 d5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 Rxe5 15. Bxb6 axb6 16. f4 Rh5 17. e5 Nd7 18. Qe2 Rh4 19. e6 Nc5 20. exf7+ Kxf7 21. Nd2

(21. Bc2 <would have been better:> Ne6 22. f5 Nf4 23. Qe3 Bd7 24. Kh2 Qf6 25. Nd2 Qh6 26. Qg3 Rh5 27. Bd1 Rg5 28. Bg4 Rxg4 29. Qxg4 Nd3 30. Nc4 Nxe1 31. Ne5+ Kg8 32. Rxe1 Bc8 33. c4 Qf6 34. cxd5 Bxf5 35. Qc4 Rf8 36. d6+ Be6 37. Qb4 c5 38. Qd2 Rd8 39. a3 Qf5 40. d7 h5 41. Qd6 Bxd7 42. Qxb6 Qf4+ 43. Kh1 Re8 44. Qxb7 Qf2 45. Qb3+ Be6 46. Qd1 Qxb2 47. Qxh5 Bd7 48. Qf7+ Kh7 49. Qf4 Qc3 50. Re4 Qb3 51. Qf1 Qd5 52. Rh4+ Kg8 53. Nxd7 Qxd7 54. a4 Qe7 55. Qc4+ Qe6 56. a5 Qxc4 57. Rxc4 Rc8 58. Kg1 Kf7 59. Kf2 Ke6 60. Ke3 Kd5 61. Kd3 Ra8 62. Ra4 Ra6 63. Kc3 c4 64. h4 Kc5 65. Rxc4+ Kb5 66. Rg4 g6 67. Rg5+ Ka4 68. Rc5 Ra8 69. g4 Ra7 70. Rc6 Rg7 71. a6 Kb5 72. Rf6 Kc5 73. h5 gxh5 74. gxh5 <#23>)

21... Nxd3 22. Qxd3 Rxf4 23. Qxh7 Bf5 24. Qh5+ Bg6 25. Qe5 Rf6 26. Nf3 Kg8 27. Ng5 Qd7 28. a3 Raf8 29. Rad1 Qf5 30. Qe3 Qf2+ 31. Qxf2 Rxf2 32. Re6 Be4 33. Nxe4 dxe4 34. Rxe4 Rxb2 35. Rd7 Rff2 36. Rg4 Rf7 37. Rxf7 Kxf7 38. Rb4 Ra2 39. Rxb6 Rxa3 40. Rxb7+ Kg8 41. c4 Ra4 42. c5 Ra5 43. Rc7 Rxc5 1/2-1/2

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  HeMateMe: Adams looked a little better for much of the game. Maybe he should have avoided exchanging minor pieces in the late middlegame.
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  Eyal: According to what Anand said after the game to Lawrence Trent, in case of 21.Bc2 he was thinking mainly of 21...Rxf4, not Ne6 - and then that after 22.Qh5+ Kf8 23.Qxh7 Qh4 he should be more or less ok. Engine analysis suggests, though, that White might achieve more by 23.Nd2! (preparing Rf1).
Feb-08-13  polarmis: You can watch the video of the post-game press conference here, with some very funny comments mixed in with the analysis:

I also wrote the official English report on the round:

Feb-08-13  Paraconti: The way to beat Adams is to use the flanks. His style is to focus on the centre. Most of his games are like that!
Feb-08-13  RookFile: Adams vs. Paraconti: 1. e4 h5 2. d4 a5.
Feb-08-13  voyager39: Gives me a feeling that Adams has something worked out here. Either it didn't work out or else he was just testing it upto a point. Interesting game certainly.
Feb-08-13  voyager39: <polarmis> That's a really lucid report. Great job.
Feb-08-13  DcGentle: <Eyal>: Well, I watched the press conference video today and must say, that the suggestion <21. Bc2 Rxf4 22. Qh5+ Kf8> even leads to a faster win of White, for example

21. Bc2 Rxf4 22. Qh5+ Kf8 23. Nd2 <as you said>

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23... Ne6 24. Rf1 <threatening <25. Bf5> undermining rook f4> 24... Qd6 25. Nf3 <with the threat 26 Ne5> 25... Ke7 26. Qxh7 <and White will get the much better endgame after> 26... Kd8 27. Nd4 Nxd4 28. cxd4 Bd7 29. Qg8+ Be8 30. Rxf4 Qxf4 31. Qxg7 Qe3+ 32. Kh2 Qf4+ 33. Kh1 Qc7 34. Qg8 Qf7 35. Qg5+ Qe7 36. Qf4 Qf7 37. Qh2 Qc7 38. a3 c5 39. Re1 Qxh2+ 40. Kxh2 Ba4 41. Bg6 Bc6 42. g4 <and White's pawns are better.>

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  cro777: The way to beat Adams (use the flanks)!

<RookFile: Adams vs. Paraconti: 1. e4 h5 2. d4 a5>

This "Flank Squared" opening is not without supporters. The game Pravdiuk-Pudovkin at the Russian Regional Championship (2008) continued

3. Nf3 d6 4. Bd3 c6 5. a4 Nf6 6. h3 g6 7. c3 Bg7 8. Be3

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Dmitry Pudovkin (2349) won the game with black.

The main alternative is to immediately attack the center (1.e4 Nf6) as you suggested.

Feb-08-13  Paraconti: <RookFile: Adams vs. Paraconti: 1. e4 h5 2. d4 a5> Haha nice one :D No, that wasn't exactly what I meant.
Feb-11-13  John Abraham: Adams played well against the World Champ.
Jun-01-13  Guitar1352: I can clearly see why this game was a draw. All one sees from an engine score is 0.0.
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