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Michael Adams vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Mtel Masters (2007), Sofia BUL, rd 3, May-12
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense Modern Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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  suenteus po 147: Most impressive that Adams can sac the piece for the two pawns and make the advantage work. I have no doubt that Adams has a win, but I would greatly appreciate a better player than me pointing it out to me :)
May-12-07  Karpova: Black had about 14 min left.
May-12-07  marcwordsmith: Maybe the key is that Black is all tied up and can't do much? He's pinned everywhere! And White can proceed with Kh1 and then f4, f5, etc. If Black tries Rg5, then White goes Qxe8.
May-12-07  Rubion: The position for black is absolutely hopeless. All his pieces are trapped. He cannot move the rook on g6 as Qxe8 wins. The black Queen cannot move as Rxe7 will also win. White will march his pawns up the board towards inexorable victory, for example advancing the f pawn to f5.

Excellent win for Mickey. The bishop sacrifice is atypical for his type of game, but the subsequent suffocation of Nisipeanu is classic Spidey.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <pawnofdoom: What is the win here?>

In the final position, Black is practically in zugzwang, and White threatens 40. f4 and 41. f5. Illustrative of Black's problems is that if he moves the g6-Rook (e.g. 39. ... Rg5), White wins with 40. Qxe8! Qxe8 41. Rxe7+.

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  Peligroso Patzer: On closer examination, White could not play 40. f4 (if it were his turn to move in the final position) since 40. ... Bxc5+! would turn the tables and actually win for Black. So White would first need to put his King on a light square (40. Kg2 or 40. Kh1 both seem good), and then continue with 41. f4 and 42. f5. So a little tactical care on White's part is still needed, but the Black position was quite hopeless when Nisipeanu resigned.
May-12-07  weisyschwarz: Slow to castling and sluggish play held Nisipeanu back, as Adams sought to accumulate little advantages. Rather than endure a long losing battle, black resigned early. It saves energy.
May-12-07  builttospill: I really like this game. I'm not sure I understand it, but maybe that's the appeal of it.
May-12-07  Eyal: Black is playing with fire by avoiding 12...0-0-0 in this line (see also Z Andriasian vs M Rodshtein, 2006).
May-12-07  ChessVip: I would like to see the Nisi`s execution... resign in early position is against Sofia`s rules? :)
May-12-07  Eyal: Adams had several simpler wins along the way: <21.Rg3>; <32.f4 Kg7 33.f5 followed by Qxe8 and Rxe7+ (or 32...Bc5+ 33.bxc5 Rxe6 34.Rxe6 Qxe6 35.f5)>; and <34.b5 axb5 35.cxb5 b6 (to stop b6 by White) 36.Qc6>.
May-12-07  Rubion: So what was the winning line from 21.Rg3?
May-12-07  Eyal: Well, it's not so forcing as the other lines, but after 21.Rg3 Rd8 22.Qh6+ Ke8 23.Qg7 Rf8 24.Rge3 Rd7 25.c4 Black's situation looks pretty hopeless; whereas in the actual game Black could have put up a tougher resistance with 29...Rg8 instead of Kf7, and later 31...Kf8 instead of Rg6.
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  Ron: Also, Adams offers a pawn 17 b4 which Nisipeanu correctly refuses. If 17. ... Qxb4? then play might go 18. Rb1 Qc5 19. Rxb7 Rd8 20. Qg4 Kf8 21. Rxe7 Qxe7 22. Rxe7 Ke7
May-12-07  pacelli: I wonder if Adams can ever play flanks. All his games are focused on the center - everything goes to the centre where he hopes to gain a break.
May-13-07  diabloprancer: <Ron> In your line I think 20.Qg4 loses immediately to 20...Rd1+ followed by 21...Rxe1 mate.
May-13-07  THE pawn: <pacelli>

Adams vs J Benjamin, 1992

Best exemple I could think of.

As for this game, I see the spider hasn't lost its touch.

May-13-07  Plato: <pacelli: I wonder if Adams can ever play flanks.>

Of course he can! Try this one, a very nice win featuring piece maneuvers on both flanks:

Adams vs Christiansen, 1990

(take a look at the congested h-file after move 23)

May-13-07  messachess: The zugzwang aspect is the pin on the R on g6; e.g., 39...Rh6 is not possible because of 40.Qxe8. If black plays 40...Qxe8 41. Rxe7! QxR, and the white R takes back with check and wins the b pawn, an utterly lost end game for black. And, of course, white's connected Rooks pin both the Bishop and the e8 Rook.

So, black is thoroughly tied up in those respects. White might then maneuver the e1 Rook to h4, sac'ing the e6 Rook for: Qe7! Kf8 Qxg6, and there is no defense against Rh8.

May-13-07  cornflake: I don't think GM's will be playing 12...Qc5 in the future. Maybe 12...0-0-0 but not this line from Nispeanu
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  Ron: <diabloprancer> In the sideline I gave, the queen at g4 protects the d1 square preventing mate
May-13-07  notyetagm: An Immortal Pinning Game by Adams.
May-14-07  Eyal: A tactical point about 13.Bxe6 - 13...Qxg5 loses immediately to 14.Nf3 followed by Bxd7+.
Nov-13-07  Takya Kotov: Black is pinned all over the place. A sample plan might be h4, R1e5, Rg5. It's hard to stop this.
Nov-13-07  Takya Kotov: Also f4, f5
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