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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-25
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-18-14
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  plang: 15 Ng4..Nf4 16 N4xe5..Nxe5 17 Rxe5 (17Nxe5?..Qg5)..Nxd3 would have been equal. Adams was critical of 13..d5 recommending instead 13..Qd7 with equality. Had Anand played 21..Re4 22 Nxe3..Qe6 23 Qd3..Re8 24 Nc2..Nc4 he would have had some compensation for the lost pawn; instead after 21..Qb5? he was down a pawn for nothing. 22..Qxb2? 23 Nxf5..Qxc3 24 Rxe8+..Rxe8 25 Rc1..Qb4 26 Qg4 would have just been winning for White. 24..b6! was a clever defensive move planning to centralize the offside knight; 24..Rxf4? 25 Nd5..Rxe1+ 26 Rxe1..Re4 27 Rxe4..fxe 28 c4 would have cost Black his knight. Adams thought he started to go wrong with 25 c4?! recommending 25 Kh2 instead. Perhaps 29 a4 would have been an improvement. Rogers recommended 31 c5!?; in any event after 31 Nb4..a5 (Anand:"31..a5 is a typical Dvoretsky move, the type of move you only find because nothing else works!") it was clear that the winning chances for White were gone.

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