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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Michael Adams
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 12, Oct-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-11-05  who: Is it really so bad. The black bishop seems to have the extra pawn under control.
Oct-11-05  who: chessgames.com it still says on the main page that this is leko-anand
Oct-11-05  xenophon: checking with fritz;Mickey has actually clawed most of his disadvantage back;but remember q+n is often better than q+b
Oct-11-05
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  chessgames.com: Reminder - there are no games tomorrow (rest day). The final two rounds are Thursday and Friday, and tiebreaks on Saturday if needed.
Oct-11-05  Knight13: Adams don't seem to be doing well
Oct-11-05  Knight13: Personally I would say White is better here. Black's all split up. I wonder if mickey can win this or draw this....
Oct-11-05
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  Sneaky: Sure White's better--he's got the extra pawn. Black has no chance of winning, but it's too early to rule out a draw. Does White want to swap queens or keep them on the table?
Oct-11-05  suenteus po 147: 45...Qf4 and what does white do but move back to f3?
Oct-11-05  who: now white can play Ne3-c2-d4-b5
Oct-11-05  who: with a Qe4 thrown in somewhere to secure the position.
Oct-11-05  Knight13: Why ...Bh7? Why not ...Bc5? Does he really worried about future Nxc5 moves? I guess Black doesn't wanna trade down.
Oct-11-05  Knight13: I meant' ...Ba7. Mistype.(There's no such word)
Oct-11-05
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  Sneaky: knight13, you mean "Why ...Ba7?" I think the reason is that he wants to keep his eye on f2, so if White gets too frisky he can make threats. E.g. 46.Ng6? Qf4 attacking the knight and f2 at the same time.
Oct-11-05  Hesam7: <Chessgames.com> Thank you!
Oct-11-05  Knight13: <Sneaky> Okay. But I don't get "Why not ...Bc5" part because that protects the pawn and doesn't leave the bishop hangging. Also it's attacking Bf2 and can make threats, as you said. :)
Oct-11-05  Hesam7: Is 46. Ne3 any good?
Oct-11-05  Resignation Trap: I don't see how Kasim makes any progress here. Any ideas?
Oct-11-05  Dionyseus: Black has a forced perpetual draw line here.
Oct-11-05  Hesam7: <Resignation Trap> When I saw the Q+N vs Q+B, I thought white will win this. But right now the draw is the most likely outcome. The engines also give prepetuals after Bxe3. I should look into this endgame later, Why Black can defend? I just do not understand.
Oct-11-05  Knight13: Draw. Yup. Definently a draw.
Oct-11-05  Dionyseus: It's official, draw.
Oct-11-05
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  chessgames.com: OK, that's it for today. We'll be uploading the Morozevich-Polgar game when it's done.

One more reminder--tomorrow is a rest day! Come back Thursday and Friday for the exciting final two rounds.

Oct-11-05  Resignation Trap: I posted my note right after 46.Ne3. Apparently Kasim couldn't find anything constructive.
Oct-11-05  csmath: Here I just don't understand why would white want to exchange the bishop on 14. Bd5. The whole pawn structure is set up to protect this bishop and that is the only way to have some type of threat remaining in the position.

Nevertheless Adams plays poorly and gives Kasim a whole pawn and a significant advantage that Kasim wasted away by chasing a wrong pawn!

22. Qe2? (Ng4 is better)

This is going for a wrong pawn though it is very attractive since it looks as if white would create some passers. But it won't because of sufficient counterplay black gets on the queen side. The proper pawn to go for was the one on e4.

White did eventually saved a pawn more but unfortunately with reduced material on both sides and without a good plan the ensuing queen endgame resulted with nothing as it is often the case in queen endgames.

Oct-12-05
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  lostemperor: I predicted a draw here in 47 moves in predictioncontest of cu8sfan. @#$%
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