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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 6, Dec-13
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-04  chesscookie: where is the win?
Jul-07-04  Reisswolf: I don't know. Maybe Nc7 followed by Nxa6 somehow leads to a forced queening of the a-pawn?
Jul-07-04  Reisswolf: Oh no. I think Bg4 is the threat.
Jul-07-04  ConLaMismaMano: I thought that too, it could be 36...h5 37.Nf4 Qf6 38.Nxh5 Bxh5 39.Bxh5, and white looks in good shape. Or if 36...Nf6 37.Nf4 Qe8 38.Re7 winning the Queen or maybe 36...f5 then 37.Nf4 winning the Bishop. I don't know but maybe this could happen.
Jul-07-04  acirce: There is no mate or anything approaching, but the situation seems hopeless, White's position is just too superior. Each of his pieces is much better than its counterpart, he'll start grabbing pawns any minute.. Maybe I shouldn't have resigned this early but it does make sense.
Jul-07-04  ConLaMismaMano: Or if 36...h5 37.Nf4 Qe8 38.Nxg6 fxg6 39.Bxh5! and if black takes the Bishop then 40.Qxg7#
Jul-07-04  Reisswolf: My computer says Black's best bet here is Qe5, after which White should play f4, followed by f5. White has a +1.70 advantage.

Most other moves by Black, such as Rd7, are catastrophic, leading to a +4.50 advantage for White.

So I guess Adams is right to resign. Just goes to show how much more grandmasters can see in a position.

Jul-07-04  chesscookie: quite a difficult position then for black, I'd hate to see this as a puzzle :-)
Feb-01-06  svbabu: If I were Adams, I would have sacrificed the bishop for two pawns and exchange the Queens! (if not, collected the 3rd pawn)
Apr-08-08  positionalgenius: From <the hindu>on Dec 13: NEW DELHI, DEC. 13. A slight stumble by Michael Adams allowed Viswanathan Anand to surge ahead with a huge stride. At the halfway stage of their race for a place in the final of the World chess championship here, the favourite has surely set the pace. It is now up to the Briton to do all the catching up.

In the second game of their four-match semifinals, Anand punished Adams in a positional battle lasting 36 moves. Reasonably placed until the middle-game, Adams looked like matching Anand but the match turned on its head once the former erred on the 20th move. The sudden turn of events could not be foreseen for the major part of this Ruy Lopez game. The first 12 moves were straight from Adams' match with Joel Benjamin played at Lucerne in the World team championship in 1997. In fact, on that occasion, Adams playing white had won on the 22nd move. This year, playing black, Adams had lost from a similar start against Peter Svidler in the Cup European Club final.

But today Adams pieces struggled to breath easy after the 15th move. The knight at `a7 and bishop on `g6 were crammed for squares and virtually out of play, while Anand's pieces began to make their presence felt. To make matter worse, Adams opted for `c5 on the 20th move. It did not take him long to realise that he was at the receiving end of a variety of complications.

The move allowed Anand to virtually monopolise the central `d5 square, from where his knight supported by two pawns could exercise control on the strategic squares. Though Adams managed to exchange one of the knights, Anand's other knight came into play and the position was no different.

``Basically, a positional blunder,'' was how Anand described Adams pawn-move that dictated the course of play. ``Once he played this inexplicable move, its lost.''

Once Anand doubled his rooks on the `b file on the 30th move and then planted one of them on the seventh rank, the Briton began to choke. Adams rooks and queen could do no better than occupy the back-rank. On the other hand, Anand's strategically-placed bishop on the queen's side began looking ominous. With Anand's queen threatening further damage from the kingside, Adams saw the inevitable.

``He could have played on for a few moves but its hopeless,'' Anand was to say later. In the final position Adams managed to get his queen out of the back-rank but there was really nothing for him to play for.

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  plang: Game 2 of their 4 game semi-final match in the World Championship tournament; the other 3 games were drawn. Anand then went on to defeat Shirov in the finals. A couple of months earlier at the European Club Cup at Neum Svidler had played 13 Qe2 against Adams and had gone on to win a nice game; 13 g4 was new. In playing this move Anand spent some time looking at the bishop sacrifice 13..Nxg4!? and concluded that after 14 hxg..Bxg4 15 Kg2..f5 16 Bb3+..Kh8 17 Be6..Qe8 18 exf..Bxf5 19 Bxf5..Rxf5 20 Ne4..Qg6+ 21 Kh1..Rbf8 22 Nh2..Bxf2 23 Qg4 White;s position is playable though Black has dangerous counterplay. 20..c5? weakened d5; better was 20..Nd7. 21..Kh8? was slow; better was 21..Nc8 intending ..Ne7. 26..Rxb1+ would have keld out longer.

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