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Michael Adams vs Ioannis Papaioannou
34th Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 11, Nov-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  1-0

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Jun-13-06  sandmanbrig: Is the win 33...gxf6 34 Ng4 ?
Jun-13-06  Rocafella: I think so, doesn't look like it can be stopped
Jun-13-06  Rogon: No, after 33... gxf6 34. Ng4?? Qf4! The threat is 34. Qg4+ Kh7 35. Kf2, when mate is unavoidable. So, the pawn cannot take, but then there are no moves. E.g. 33... Rc2 34. Qg5 g6 35. Qh6 and mates.

The best try is: 33... Qd8 34. Bxd8 Rcxd8 35. Kf2 but it is nevertheless hopeless.

Oct-15-06  AdrianP: In view of the better defence, 32. ...Qf8, Adams should have played 32. Kf2!! (winning)
Jan-28-13
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  PawnSac: He didn't even see it coming!
Someone musta "slipped Papa a Mickey!"
Feb-16-17
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  plang: 10..Nce7 was a new move; 10..Be7 and 10..Re8 are the most popular moves. Adams was critical of 14 Qe2? recommending 14 a3..Bd6 15 Qe2..Nf5 16 Qg4 with an unclear position. Black should probably have taken the pawn with 15..Nxd4 as after 16 Qh5..Be7 17 Bxh6..gxh 18 Qxh6..Nf5 19 Qg5..Qc7 20 f4 White does not have enough compensation for the piece. 28..hxg? was an error; better was 28..Nd7 29 gxh..Nxe5 30 dxe..Qxe5 31 f4..Qh5 32 hxg though White would still have had a clear edge.

<AdrianP: In view of the better defence, 32. ...Qf8, Adams should have played 32. Kf2!! (winning)>

32 Kf2 was a move Adams found after the game with his computer. The lines are quite tricky and tactical and is not surprising that Adams would choose a more practical continuation over the board.

As mentioned Black could have stayed in the game with 32..Qf8: after 33 Nd7..Qd6 34 Nf6+..gxf 35 Bxf6..Qh2+ 36 Qxh2..Bxh2+ 37 Kxh2 when he would have had some practical drawing chances.

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