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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-12
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Seemed like Anand would easily win the game, but nice comeback by Adams. 30...Black to Play is a decent drawing combination puzzle.
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  Eyal: 12.h3 creates a threat of winning the e5 pawn - an immediate 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Qxd8 Raxd8 14. Ncxe5 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 wouldn't work because of back rank problems (15...Bxb3 16. axb3 Nxe4); and there's something rather amusing in how Adams doesn't bother to defend the pawn and after Anand takes it just keeps playing like nothing happened. It's also nice how 28...Ke7 sets up the Nxc3 idea without appearing to set up anything, because an immediate 28... Nxc3 29. bxc3 Rxd4 30. cxd4 Bxd4+ 31. Kg2 Bxa1 would fail to 32. Bb4+ and Black has to give up the exchange with ...Re7.
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  Ulhumbrus: 29...Nxc3 removes one of the three obstructions on the a1-h8 diagonal, 30..Rxd4 removes a second and 31...Bxd4+ removes the last, making a fork.

This suggests that three captures (comprising two sacrifices and one capture) are able to remove three obstructions.

This suggests that three obstructions can be removed by three captures (which include two sacrifices).

Now let us look at how the balance sheet is affected by each capture.

The first capture gives up a piece for a pawn. The second capture concedes the exchange, so a rook has been conceded for a pawn on balance thus far. The third capture takes a pawn and forks a king and a rook . Black thus gains two pawn overall although White can regain a pawn.

Dec-15-16  sachman19: I still don't understand, why its a draw, Anand was having 2 rooks
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  keypusher: <sachman19: I still don't understand, why its a draw, Anand was having 2 rooks>

Not for long! ....Bxa1.

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