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Boris Gelfand vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Catalan Opening: Closed. Traditional Variation (E09)  ·  1-0

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Jan-16-06  Ulhumbrus: 10...f5 turns it into a Dutch Stonewall
Jan-16-06  Ulhumbrus: 12..dc?! draws the Nd2 on to c4 after which Bf4 is able to support Nd6 gaining the bishop pair and the advantage
Jan-16-06  Ulhumbrus: 22 e5 leads to a win of a pawn and eventually the game
Jan-16-06  Ulhumbrus: On 21 Rad1 White has an advantage in development, and some advantage in space in addition to the bishop pair. Other things being equal, he can be forecast to win.
Jan-16-06
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  al wazir: 39....Nxg7 40. Re8+ Kh7 41. Qh4+. Also winning was 39. Rd8+ Kh7 (39...Nxd8 40. Qxg7#) 40. Qf5+ g6 (40...Kxh6 41. Rh8#) 41. Qf6, followed by Rh8# or Qg7#.
Jan-16-06  Koster: Used to play the Catalan but I hated that Bb4+ line. Hard to find a good square for the white QB after Bd2.
Jan-16-06  Unicornio: Im glad Adams lost.
Jan-16-06  hintza: Give a reason at least.
Jan-16-06  Unicornio: Unicornio: I dont like him, i would like to see other GMs getting invited to top tournaments instead of him.
Jan-16-06  hintza: Why don't you like him?
Jan-16-06  Unicornio: I like many of his games, but i think his prime time is gone, and we need new blood in top tournaments.
Jan-16-06  KingG: <Unicornio> Are you upset that he beat Topalov?
Jan-16-06  Unicornio: Of course not.
Jan-16-06  Steppenwolf: I am! But i reconcile myself to the situation by thinking that Hydra skinned Adams alive.
Jan-16-06  xenophon: But after all that what a shambolic game
Jan-20-06  terrytoh: Many nice ways to win at the end. Instead of 39. Bxg7, another nice win would be 39. Rd8+ Kh7 40. Qf5+ g6 41. Qf6 forcing mate.
Apr-24-12  bystander: 9...Nh5. Maybe 9...dc4x 10. ♕c4x ♘b6 11. ♕b3 or 10.♘bd2 ♘d5 11.♘c4x ♘f4x 12.gf4x ♘b6x
Apr-24-12  bystander: <Jan-16-06 Ulhumbrus: 12..dc?! draws the Nd2 on to c4 after which Bf4 is able to support Nd6 gaining the bishop pair and the advantage> It seems to me that after 13. ♘c4x in the continuation black either sacrifice a pawn 16...d3 or loose the exchange (Bishop against rook). Maybe 12...Bb7 (keeping the position closed for a while) is better for black.
Apr-25-12  bystander: 16...d3. Some alternatives with 16..♗d6x.
I) 16...♗d6x 17.♗d6x ♖c8 18.♕a4 e5

Ia)19.♗f8x ♕f8x looks more or less equal to me.

Ib)19.♗e5x ♘e5x 20.♘e5x d3 21.♕d1 d2 22.♖e2 ♕d4 looks better for black.

Ic)19.♘e5x ♘c5 20.♕d4x ♘ce4x 21.♖ad1 ♘d6x looks more or less equeal to me.

II) 16..♗d6x 17.♗d6x ♖c8 18.♕d1 ♗e4x 19.♗f8x ♗f3x 2.♗f3x ♘f8x also looks more or less equal to me.

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