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Loek van Wely vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-28
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-28-06  nizzechess: Leave the a-pawn, take blacks remaning pawn then use knight to block black bishop from taking the advancing h-pawn. :)
Jan-28-06  kolobok: now knight is trapped it cant move anywhere clear draw
Jan-28-06  Hoosier Daddy: White's king is tied to defending the a-pawn, his knight to blockading Black's f-pawn. There's no way to make progress.
Jan-28-06  Cheesemaster: <nizzechess> Thats what i tried to say
Jan-28-06  chessy636: some how i do not like a6.
Jan-28-06  percyblakeney: Draw confirmed.
Jan-28-06  64 Squares: Draw 1/2-1/2
Jan-28-06  thewolf: Its a draw now!
Jan-28-06
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  Gypsy: <Sneaky: And now I'm starting to wonder: was there ever a win?> For what it worth I never saw any; in my view, vW played the best try.
Jan-28-06
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Jan-28-06
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  tpstar: Great fighting draw, underscoring the importance of endgame technique.

<chessgames.com> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

Jan-28-06
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  WannaBe: No thanks, getting my Zzzzzzz tomorrow. =)
Jan-28-06  Cheesemaster: WOW to come this far and then NOT play Kc5 to make it interesting... what a let down vW
Jan-28-06  ianD: Draw that's official!
Jan-28-06  WMD: Van Wely is all wet.
Jan-28-06  cuendillar: <Leave the a-pawn, take blacks remaning pawn then use knight to block black bishop from taking the advancing h-pawn. :)> Problem with this is that white has a rook pawn. As long as black gets his king over, it's a trivial draw after a minor piece exchange too. Trivial now meaning it's virtually impossible to lose for a 900+
Jan-28-06  Fan of Leko: Only winner gata kamsky today
Jan-28-06  LoFarkas: The only question is how crafty could put out the line

48. ... g5 49. fxg5 f4 50. g6 f3 51. g7 f2 (eval 1.71; depth 17 ply; 150M nodes)

,missing the fact that 50. Nxf4 wins for white after 49 ... f4, which would be a blunder (as pointed out by saruman, I just ran Chessmaster and it confirmed his view)

Jan-28-06
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  Gypsy: <LoFarkas: The only question is how crafty could put out the line ...> Sun spots.
Jan-28-06
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  lostemperor: (corrected repost ) Got back from Wijk aan Zee. In the comentaryroom a long friend of mine (with initials G.M. but only an amateur:) has suggested 33. a5 as winning, what was awarded the suggestion prize, a glass chessset. GM Sosonko who did the comentary couldn't find no save for black after 33. a5 (I checked it with my friend and neither did we, just try it:). Now its also confirmed at the homepage to be a correct suggestion and also 33 Ke1 wins
Jan-29-06  MUG: vW had less then a minute on the clock at around move 33, so you can't blame him for going for the repetition of moves. From a practical point-of-view it was probably the correct decision.

33.a5 appears to be a sound idea (get your passed pawns moving!), but looks hideously complicated (to a patzer like me). We could ask Crafty, but it seems even it has trouble analysing this endgame correctly!

Feb-27-06
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  patzer2: According to http://www.coruschess.com/report.ph... <The critical moment came on move 33, when White should have played 33. Ke1 (and 33. a5 wins also), for example: 33…Rd4 34. a5 Bg1 35. Ne7+ Kf7 36. Rxd4 Bxd4 37. Nc6 and curtains for Black. Instead a minor piece endgame arose, where White could not realize his pawn advantage.>

So it looks like White missed the win with 33. a3! or 33. Ke1!

Playing out 33. a3! with Fritz 8 yielded a ♖ & ♘ vs. ♗ endgame which White wins after a bit of tricky maneuvering.

Feb-27-06
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  patzer2: OOps make that 33. a5! or 33. Ke1! wins.
Feb-01-07  Whitehat1963: I think it's time to look closely at this game considering where we are with Shulman. We seem to be heading in this direction.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: If only the pieces were positioned so the game wouldn't be drawish.
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