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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-21-06  Ulhumbrus: Ulhumbrus: 10 a5 creates a weak pawn for White on a5 and a weak pawn for Black on a6. If White were to be given time to attack the a6 pawn by Bc4, the Black QB might be tied to the square b7 , in order to defend the a6 pawn. Adams does not wait for Bc4 but attacks the White KB at once by 10...Be6! This transaction favours Black greatly, because then Black has no longer a weak pawn on a6. This is because the only White minor piece which can attack the a6 pawn is the White KB. By exchanging white squared bishops, Adams is in fact removing the a6 pawn as a weakness, while White's weak pawn on a5 remains. Thus White is deprived of the gain - a weak pawn on a6- for which he pays the price, a weak pawn on a5. Perhaps one instructive point of all this is that White acquires a permanently weak pawn on a5 for a pawn on a6 which is only temporarily weak as Black can exchange the only White minor piece able to attack it.
Jan-21-06  Ulhumbrus: 18 Nb3? passes the advantage to Black. 18 Nf5 threatens both Nxe7+ and Ne3, but Anand wants more.
Jan-21-06  Ulhumbrus: After 23 Rb1 two white pieces are tied to the defence of weaknesses, the N on b3 tied to the defence of the a5 pawn, and the R on b1 tied to the defence of the b2 pawn. The latter circumstance may hamper White's ability to contest possession of the e file. Black has a queen side pawn majority. For some reason Adams agreed to a draw. A lucky escape for Anand, then.
Jan-21-06  PinkPanther: Why are you analyzing known theory?
Jan-21-06  CowardlyKnight: Adams could have safely played on with all the chances on his side. Maybe Vishy freightens him, and judging from their record he should. (A woping 24 to 5 in Vishy's favor)
Jan-22-06  alicefujimori: <Ulhumbrus>It is true that Adams' position is a little better than Anand's, but it was not that easy for Adams to take advantage of that. If Adams ever tries d4, then it will create an outpost for white's knight on e4 and c4. If Adams ever tries c4, then it will create an outpost for white's knight on d4.

But I do agree that Adams had allowed the draw too soon. Maybe he should of pushed a little more and see how Anand react before considering a draw.

Jan-22-06  Ulhumbrus: <Alice Fujimori> Adams can play to control the e file by ...Kf7, ..Rxe1 and ...Re8. Apart from that, Adams can attack the a5 pawn more quickly with his Queen than Anand can pull his QN back if it leaves b3 and goes elsewhere. If the White N is kept out of play on b3 while the Black N is free to go elsewhere, this suggests putting the Black N to work. One potential Black threat is ...Nd7-e5-c4 attacking the b2 pawn a second time.
Jan-23-06  sharkbenjamin: <Ulhumbrus> Your notes are excellent!

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