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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Michael Adams
Bilbao Masters (2013), Bilbao ESP, rd 6, Oct-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Kramnik Variation (E17)  ·  0-1


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Oct-12-13  csmath: My favorite online blitz line for Queen Indian.

Pretty much all the moves look standard and even though

9. f5

seems to be new, I myself have seen that played many times in similar positions but not necessarily with queen on c2.

11. ...d5?!

[Black wants to open b4 square but this move does not look good. 11. ...Bf6 and plan to prepare standard break with c5 looks better.]

12. cxd5! exd5
13. Be3

[White is slightly better unless black can pull some surprising kingside attack. Adams goes for spoiling white pawn structure but his pawns are even weaker.]

17. Re5!?

[17. Bh3 looks stronger leaving e5 square for bishop for example 17. ...Nh5, 18. Be5 and black cannot play 18. ...Qf7?? due to 19. Nb5 with decisive advantage.]

20. ...g6?!

[positional error with intention to play f4 but leaving black castling in horrible shape.]

23. Rxe5!?

[White is so concentrated on attack that misses the chance to create defended passer with 23. dxe5. I guess slow grinding is not to MVL taste.]

Here black position is indeed horrible and Adams holds it with the skin of his teeth. MVL could not find any way to penetrate the dafences of black.

32. ...f4!

[Good practical chance in time trouble.]

33. Qe2

[Now the game will be drawn. The only way to play for win would be

33. gxf4

although after 33. ...h5, 34. Qe3 Ne8, white will have to seek very tactical way for advantage such as 35. f5 Bxf5, 36. Bxh5 Rxe5, 37. dxe5 Qe7! (37....gxh5??, 38. Qf4! is losing) 38. Be2 Qxh4 leads only to a draw.]

37. f5?!

[MVL is in time trouble again. 37. Ng5 followed by exchanges leaves white with horrible pawns pawn up in an interesting ending. It is hard to estimate how would that played out. However giving up exchange for perceived attack does not look great here.]

37. ...Kg8!

[excellent move by a great defender. Rook on e5 has nowhere to go anyway.]

40. f4?

[decisive error in time trouble. 40. Qe3 Qxh4, 41. Kg2 gxf5, 42. Qh6 f4 leads to repetition of moves and a draw. This is not all forced but the position is drawn in either case.]

40. ...gxf5
41. Qg2+

[and white resigned faced with 41. ...Kf7, 42. Ng5 Ke8, 43. Qf2 c5 lost position and even though this can be played out it is obvious that the tide has turned and it will be black with attack and with material advantage the prospects for white look quite hopeless.]


Yet another game with MVL forcing attack and then not having enough time to do the correct calculation. Mickey did not play great opening but he played excellent when it was needed the most. Good game for him.

Oct-12-13  onigorom: I don't understand why White cannot fight for a draw in the end position. The black king is exposed, and as soon as black pushes his pawns to gain advantage, the white Queen will penetrate black's back rank. Black cannot defend his h5 pawn. This gives practical chances, not matter what the comp says. Chess is a practical game not a theoretical game.
Oct-12-13  csmath: I think it is clearly lost. Black gets to attack faster and he has material advantage. White attack has gone nowhere and I don't think he could reorganize given the material. Black would have won but some technical precision is needed.

MVL was probably disappointed with development of the position since he was attacking the whole game and in the end found himself in worse (actually lost) position. Many attackers would quit here, I am not surprised.

Oct-13-13  STOMPNIES: This game is actually a draw !move 37 Nh5+. Clear draw, I thought this was a gift to GM Adams.
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