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Michael Adams vs Viswanathan Anand
Corsica Masters (2005) (blitz), Bastia FRA, rd 3, Nov-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Nov-09-05  AdrianP: What a corker! 28...Nxg4!; 35 ...Bf5!!
Nov-09-05  sheaf: I am absolutely surprised that there is only one comment on this game, it was one hell of a tactical battle. adams missed 48. Qc8! which draws by perpetual checks.
Nov-16-05  watchchess79: What would be black's progress for 41>Qd2 or Qe3?
Nov-16-05  sheaf: 41. Qd2 Rxf2 42. Qxf2 Rxf2 43. kxf2 Kf7 black has a passeed pawn, but this is most likely a draw
May-03-08  positionalgenius: Heck of a fight! ...Nxg4!! is a very brilliant sacrifice. Anand's ...Bf5!! is also brilliant vision.
Aug-15-08  SetNoEscapeOn: In the line by <sheaf> above, the game is not a draw. Black simply marches his king to the queenside and attacks white's pawns.

White cannot push c5 and at the same time defend against the g pawn, and after he takes the g pawn, white will win the resulting ending.

At least that's what I think.

Aug-15-08  VaselineTopLove: What's wrong with 41. Qe2, with the idea of protecting Knight and c4 pawn and also moving the King to e1 on the next move, thus unpinning it.

From e2 the Queen can also try to give perpetual checks from e6 and then on h3 and keep the rooks tied to block the King from perpetuals.

I haven't analyzed this line with a machine and am just suggesting it off hand.

Aug-15-08  SetNoEscapeOn: The same thing, Rxf2+. But I also haven't checked this. It looks like a pretty trivial win in the pawn endgame.

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  Alex Schindler: I use an app called opening repertoire for Android, trying to improve my opening knowledge. So at the beginner level of sicilian najdorfs there's a variation I am not familiar with, with 9Kh1 b6, and the app gives you a cool game as the teaching example for each line.

They're usually great games, but this one was exceptional even for the app. I just wanted to see what themes I could discern that would explain the function of kh1 (seems like a slow, initiative conceding move for white) and of b6 (more understandable, but I was curious whether the pawn would end up on b5 quickly anyway, as it did). Instead I got a tactical extravaganza! 28 Nxg4 looked intuitively right, but very hard to see a continuation through to an advantageous end. It took some pretty creative moves to turn that queen sac at moves 34 and 35 into a slight material plus

Aug-16-15  tivrfoa: this deserves to be a game of the day
Aug-16-15  morfishine: At least this should be a 'Notable' game for Anand. Maybe its not because its a rapid game
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  Tabanus: Offical site (transl.): "Vishy wins the tiebreaks after sacrificing a bishop, then the queen in the first game. The Englishman blundered in the second with 52 ... Bf4 in a slightly higher position."

So this is Round 3.3, which was 5 + 3 blitz. Impressive :)

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