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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 9, May-01
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1


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  HeMateMe: That last twist, giving up the Bishop for white's kingside pawns was nice.
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  Dionysius1: The super gms certainly have to work for their full points!
May-01-13  shivasuri4: My favourite move in the game is 70...Rd3+, possibly the only move which wins. It deflects the king to the c-file, since 71.Ke2 loses to Re3+.
May-01-13  ceebo: 70.Rf8 might have saved the game because of a drawn f+h pawn rook endgame. e.g. 70.Rf8 Rd3+ 71.Kc2 Rg3 72.Kd2 Kg4 (now that the white king is closer 72...h3 loses to Nxg3) 73.Nxg5 Kxg5 with a drawn 6-piece ending.

So 70.Rf5 wasted an all important tempo in view of the moves 70...Rd3+! and 71...Rg3!

May-01-13  Balmo: A sad loss for Adams after making such a fight of it. He must have been tired - the last round of an intense tournament in two different countries. I imagine through tiredness he simply missed that after 70...Rd3+ 71. Ke2 isn't possible because of his knight hanging. As ceebo pointed out, maybe 70. Rf8 was his best chance. I don't think Adams was the only one to be fatigued though - look at how Vachier Lagrave ruined his great start with back to back losses. The final standings say it all really, hardly anything between first and 8th place.
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