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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 3, May-14
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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May-14-05  Hesam7: <MPA> according to 34..a3 was the losing error.
May-14-05  dac1990: Here is as, as promised, the analysis of Fritz.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0–0 Be7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0–0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 <last book move>

16.Bg3 Bf6 <16...Bd6 17.Qa4 Bd7 18.Qc2=>

17.Nd2 Qa5 18.Qc1 Bxd4 19.cxd4 Nxd4 20.Bc4 Nc2 <Exerts pressure on the isolated pawn>

21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Rb1 Re1+ 23.Qxe1 Nxe1 24.Rxe1 Kf8 <24...g6 25.Re8+ Kg7 26.Be5+ Kh6 27.Bf4+ g5 28.Be3 Qxa3 29.h4 <29.Bxf7? is a blank shot 29...Qa1+ 30.Nf1 Bd3–+> 29...Qa1+ 30.Kh2 >

25.Nf3 <25.Re5 Qxa3 26.Rxf5 Qc1+ 27.Bf1 Qxd2 >

25...f6 <Covers e5>

26.Rd1 Qc5 <26...Qa4 27.Be2 c5 28.Bd6+ Kf7 29.Re1 <29.Bxc5? doesn't work 29...Qc2–+>>

27.Bf1 <27.Be2 Ke8>

27...Ke8 <27...Qxa3!? is interesting 28.Bxc7 Qa4 29.Bd6+ Kg8=>

28.Nd4 Bd7 29.Rd3 a5 <29...a6 30.Bf4 >

30.h3 Secures g4 <30.Ne2 Qb6±>

30...b5 31.Nb3 <31.Bf4!? >

31...Qxa3= 32.Bxc7 a4 <Black gains space>

33.Bd6 Qb2 34.Nc5 a3?! <much better was 34...Bc8= and Black can hope to live>

35.Re3+ Kf7 36.Nd3 Qb1 37.Bxa3 <37.Re7+ Kg6 38.Bxa3 >

37...Be6? <much better was 37...Bf5 38.Re7+ Kg8±>

38.Nf4 b4 39.Bxb4! <the death sentence>

39...Qxb4 40.Nxe6 g6 41.g3 <41.g3 g5 42.Be2 > 1–0

There. Just making the inexplicable plicable.

May-15-05  cheski: < WMD: Something I've noticed is that Kasparov has gone out of his way on a number of occasions to compliment Mickey's play. It's a real pity Mickey missed that ...Qc6 move vs Kasim, because otherwise Kasparov would still be playing and we'd have a WC match in London to look forward to. > Hear, hear! I've been sad about that since last summer. I have always liked Adams' play so much better than Short's. I hope Adams will finally come into his own and win a major. Although being number six in the world is not exactly a bad achievement.
May-15-05  Orbitkind: Of all the chess lovers, not many will reach a level of mastery that Adams has reached. He is one of the best players in history. I saw a biographical book of his showing a picture of him at about age 10 or 11 giving a simlul against about a 20 man chess club, (and scoring about +18 =2). Not many people could even reach that standard in their lifetime.
May-15-05  csmath: Keep in mind that Adams has a very good score against most of elite players today, that includes positive scores against Leko, Kramnik, and Topalov. Only two exceptions - Kasparov and Anand. In fact Adams is a measure of quality for whomever plays him.
May-15-05  Philidor: I rejoiced when Shirov beat Leko this year in the Amber, and I shout for joy now, when Mickey beat Kramnik. Why? Well, I would like to see more wins, tactics, bravery, sacrifices, ingenuity (and ingenuousness!) at the board. Players like Kramnik and Leko are dead tissue in the heart of chess.
May-15-05  hintza: <Philidor> So tell us, were you happy to see Kramnik's ...Bxd4 *sacrifice* lose yesterday?
May-16-05  Philidor: <hintza> Yes, I was -- not because he lost the game, but that he DARED to lose. Maybe I was a little unjust to Kramnik and Leko, but the fact is that I find their play and attitude towards the game too drawish, thus mostly not very exciting. That's my personal view, of course. The spirit of chess is slowly dying, due to strangulation of computer-aided analyzation and theoretical knowledge. According to Fischer, chess is already dead. He was probably hoping that his random chess would bring some new life into the corpse, but I'm afraid the "death" is irreversible. In some respect chess is still alive and kicking only in the game of the weaker player (such as myself). Well, perhaps I'm being ignorant... but, hey, sometimes ignorance IS bliss!
May-28-05  patzer2: Kramnik makes a defensive error in a difficult position with 20...Nc2?!, entering a middle game with Black having three pieces for the Queen and a big advantage after 21. Rxe8+!

Necessary, but perhaps hard even for a GM to see OTB, was 20... Rxe1+!? 21. Qxe1 Nc2 22. Qe7 Nxa1 23. Bxf7+ Kh8 24. Nf1 Nc2 25. Be5 Qxa3 26. Qf6 Qf8 27. Qxf5 Re8 28. Bxc7 Re7 29. Qxc2 Rxf7 with drawing chances in a difficult endgame.

May-28-05  hintza: <patzer2> <Necessary, but perhaps difficult to see OTB, was 20... Rxe1+!? 21. Qxe1 Nc2 22. Qe7 Nxa1 23. Bxf7+ Kh8 24. Nf1 Nc2 25. Be5 Qxa3 26. Qf6 Qf8 27. Qxf5 Re8 28. Bxc7 Re7 29. Qxc2 Rxf7 with drawing chances.> What about 24.Be5 Qxd2 25.Bxg7+ Kxg7 26.Be8+ Kh6 27.Qf8+ Kg5 28.f4+! which looks very good for White?
May-28-05  patzer2: Anand displayed the anecdote for 16. Bg3 with a nice win using 16...Bd6! in Adams vs Anand, 2005.
May-28-05  patzer2: Good catch hintza! Looks like Kramnik's 20...Nc2 was no worse than 20...Rxe1, since it now appears both moves allow White a strong and probably decisive advantage.

After <20... Rxe1+!? 21. Qxe1 Nc2 22. Qe7 Nxa1 23. Bxf7+ Kh8>, your <24.Be5! Qxd2 25.Bxg7+ Kxg7 26.Be8+ Kh6 27.Qf8+ Kg5 28.f4+!> is decisive for White after 28...Kg4 29. Qg7+ Kxf4 30. Qh6+ Ke5 31. Qxd2 Rxe8 32. Qe2+ Be4 33. Qh5+ Kd4 34. Qxe8 .

To avoid these messy complications, it looks like Black's best chance to improve is with Anand's 16...Bd6!

Jun-04-05  ongyj: In my opinion the 'wrong continuation'(meaning to say the sac was absolutely sound and playable) was 24...Kf8. In many ways this move seem like the real move that got Black into serious trouble in the long run. My idea is 24...h6 or even 24...Be6 offering a pawn which solves many problems in my opinion.

Comments anyone? Thanks

Jun-04-05  patzer2: <ongyj> Guess you are right in calling 24...Kf8?? the blunder. Your 24...Kf8! and 24...h6! both look good for equality for Black. Also 24...g6 = looks OK.

So 20...Nc2! was the correct defense and 20...Rxe1?! (my previous suggestion) is doubious at best.

Jun-04-05  aw1988: <patzer2> Er, what? Kf8 is a blunder but Kf8 is better?
Jun-05-05  patzer2: <aw1988> Sorry for the typo, making for an unintended contradiction. I meant 24...Be6! and 24...h6! both look good for equality, while 24...Kf8?? is the blunder.
Jul-29-05  Queens Gambit: Lovely and exciting game, this material unbalance positons are ntoe very common, a beatifull game, good played Adams!!!
Jul-30-05  Queens Gambit: This its the kind of games, that one says, that in spite dont having the patience to watch live games, are so great thats worth seeing them live, really great!!1
Oct-09-05  powershaker: I will never believe chess is dead! Chess will never die. I do not believe that there are a set of perfect moves. Even with the exponential possibilities mathematicians have calculated, the game still depends on both sides and their responses to each other's moves. I refuse to believe chess is dead, because I love the game. Fischer thinks chess is dead, because his game is no more. He could never beat the grandmasters of today in a set match. Impossible! He appeared to be in a 2600 norm when he played Spassky in 1992. What's 2600 compared to 2800+? In his youth, he was the best for his time. But, that was then and this now. Hank Aaron can't outbat the younger Barry Bonds. It just doesn't happen.
Oct-09-05  Animus Archetype: I agree, and this game its a fine example of what a beatifull game can be.
Nov-29-05  AdrianP: I was looking through this game again on the bus this morning. <Hintza> has pointed out the beautiful winning line that both Adams and Kramnik (in the latter case, belatedly) spotted.

20... Rxe1+ 21. Qxe1 Nc2 22. Qe7 Nxa1 23. Bxf7+! Kh8 24.Be5!! Qxd2 25.Bxg7+! Kxg7 26.Be8+ Kh6 27.Qf8+ Kg5 28.f4+! Kg4 29. Qg7+ Kxf4 30. Qh6+ Ke5 31. Qxd2 Rxe8 32. Qe2+ Be4 33. Qh5+ Kd4 34. Qxe8

I remember Larry Christiansen, when commentating on, also saw this line fairly easily - without computer assistance.

Quite a feat! Am I right in assuming from <Patzer2>'s post that Fritz does not see this until it is prompted with Be5!! ? I wonder what about Hydra - the line is about 28-ply deep?

May-30-07  OneArmedScissor: <powershaker>
That's a pretty asinine thing to say considering Fischer didn't exactly have computers at his disposal.
Jun-25-08  Abejorral: The draw master Kramnik get his ass smashed here
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  Bobsterman3000: wow 34...a3 loses almost immediately. I don't think I've ever seen Kramnik make an error of this magnitude.

Jul-17-12  IlluminatoSavio: nice defensive
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