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Michael Adams vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: Thanks sneaky. I grew up crumb cartoons and the fabulous freak brothers.
Jan-21-05
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  Gypsy: <   Sneaky: Hey you, no need to remove your comment, I agreed with you... this is a very subtle position.> I seccond Sneaky! (We are earnestly interested in your thoughts!)
Jan-21-05  cjhasbrouck: Two isolated pawns is a huge deal in GM-level play. On a long enough timeline Adams is almost certain to gain a material advantage.

Right now Adams' play will be shifting to focus heavily on preventing Sokolov from forcing the draw, while also applying as much pressure as he can to isolated pawns d and b.

Jan-21-05  fred lennox: I feel blacks position is slightly worse, more seriously he is running out of time.
Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: After that knight retreat, engine says tempo advantage white.
Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: I would love nothing more than to see Micky get another full point.
Jan-21-05  SCUBA diver: What was wrong with f5
Jan-21-05
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  geezerbloke: spiders applying the pressure, its about time now, in this position i think black can easily mess up
Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: Rc1 or Be3??
Jan-21-05
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  Gypsy: <29.Nf3> I think Spider got about the maximum out of the tension release phase. Now the "real" game starts. <Gazo>, can you approximately quantify this opening tempo advantage?
Jan-21-05
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  chessgames.com: <SCUBA diver> check out the last avatar on page #21 of the Avatar Area.
Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: <gypsy> not any more. At that time 26. the exchange would have given adams more intiative.
Jan-21-05  bomb the bishop: Where is Adams from?
Jan-21-05  ChessMan94: Carlsen is grilling Stefanova!
Jan-21-05
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  chessgames.com: Game over, 1/2-1/2.
Jan-21-05  Franz the Stampede: mah, Adams should have tried harder, since Sokolov was in zeitnot...
Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: The Bishop xchange should have been move 27. Sorry :}
Jan-21-05  TheSlid: <bomb the bishop> Adams is a Cornishman - South West corner of England
Jan-21-05  Ragar: I don't get that draw. Time and space. Sokolov could easily have gone astray. Mickey may regret lack of fight.
Jan-21-05
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  Gypsy: Thanks <Gazo>. I presumed you were thinking in terms of roughly about 55% vs 45% (+10%) chances for Adams and I wanted to confim that. Also started thinking if there is a handy conversion of the form +10% = .15 pawn or something like that.
Jan-21-05  GazoGypsy: 27 Bxg6 fxg6 28 Nf3 instigates QB7 29 Qd3
Jan-21-05  dac1990: Once again, I was right. Instead, I'll analyze the Anand-Ponomariov game. Later, of course; it's still school.
Jan-21-05  cade: Why on earth would Adams accept a draw here... He is in no position to lose, surely its worth trying for the full point against one of the weakest players in the tournament.
Jan-21-05  crampov: Scuba diver - good question ! Maybe 28. f5 Bh5 29. g4 Ne5 - threatens Bd2 and Nf3+. If 30. Be5 Bc5+ and white's king comes under attack by the rook and queen (d4)
Jan-22-05  SimonBrazil: Adams, against Sokolov, played quite originally with 18.Qb1!? threatening e5 and forcing 18...Bg6. Black followed a smart strategy of not initiating the opening of the position - for example he avoided 19...bxa4 20.bxa4 Rb8 because of 21.Qa2! and white is better. It was White who eventually opened things up, but Black was well set up for it and further exchanges hinted to the inevitable result: draw.

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