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Michael Adams vs Magnus Carlsen
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-04
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-04-07
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  Gypsy: <Eggman: With reference to <Tamar's> question above, I think that if Carlsen had taken the pawn he would lose as follows: 41... Qxb3 42. Bd6 Qf7 43. h4 Kd7 44. Bxe7 Qxe7 45. Qxe7+ Kxe7 46. Kf3 Ke6 47. Kf4 Kf6 48. g3 Kf7 49. Kg5 Kg7 50. h5 gxh5 51. Kxf5 Kh6 52. Kf6 and Black can resign.>

Or 47...Kd5 48.Kg5 Kc4 49.Kxg6 Kxc3 50.h5 b4 51.h6 b3 52.h7 b2 53.h8Q b1Q...


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White to move.

Is this a win?

Dec-04-07  s4life: <slomarko: on 56th or 57th move d5 was winning>

With the idea of 57 .. cxd5, 58.Kd4, and 59.c5, 60 Qb7+ ? maybe the passed pawn would be enough for white, but I am not too sure... do you have any lines?

Dec-04-07
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  tamar: <Gypsy> I guess Magnus smelled a big rat, and there is one.

after 41... Qxb3 42. Bd6 Qf7 43. h4 Kd7 44. Bxe7 Qxe7 45. Qxe7+ Kxe7 46. Kf3 Ke6 47. Kf4

47...Kd5 48 Kg5 Kc4 49 Kxg6 Kc3 50 d5!


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and Black loses the race because of check from either h8 or c8!

Dec-04-07
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  Gypsy: Bravo <tamar>!

If <50.d5!>, then White wins. Black has to take <50...cxd5> and White wins the footrace to the promotion-with-check on the long diagonal: <h8Q+>. Should Black not take on d5 and try <50...b4>, then <51.dxc6(!) b3 52.c7 b2 53.c8Q+...> and we have an echo promotion-with-check, but this time on the c-file.

I, of course, tried to make the d4-d5 work, but too late, only after both promotions: that is, as 54.d5+ from my diagram. But I quickly noticed serious problems. Moving the d4-d5 push up to the move order to the move 50 is such a masterful solution.

What a beautiful pawn ending!

Dec-04-07
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  tamar: thanks. I found this one without my computer, which is much more satisfying, but much rarer too!
Dec-04-07
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  Gypsy: <tamar> I am impressed!
Dec-05-07  notyetagm: 78 ... ♗e7xc5+!!
Dec-05-07  notyetagm: From http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt...:

<More on the round 4 games later. But did Adams miss a win in the second game against Carlsen? It looks like he has a winning king walk with 65.Ka5! and Black is in zugzwang. True, he can threaten mate or give a few checks, but it looks like the white king can make it all the way up the board and Black is out of moves. Can't find a draw.>

Feb-04-08  notyetagm: Does anyone know if Carlsen's -stupendous- game-drawing tactical shot 78 ... ♗e7xc5+!! made it into the latest edition of that the endgame tactics compilation from New In Chess? The one that won the 2006 BCF Chess Book Of The Year Award.

I just read that a 3rd edition was recently published (January 2008). Carlsen's 78 ... ♗e7xc5+!! deserves to be in it.

Thanks

Feb-04-08
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  Eyal: <luzhin: 79.Kxc5 Qd5+ 80.Kb4?? c5+ is Carlsen's diabolical idea, exploiting the 'loose' queen on a8.>

Btw, if White plays 80.Kb6 instead, Black forces a perpetual check by Qb3+ 81.Ka7 Qa3+ 82.Kb8 Qf8+ 83.Kb7 Qb4+ etc. - but not 80...Qb5+?? 81.Ka7 Qa5+ 82.Kb8 Qd8+ 83.Kb7 (or 82...Qb5+ 83.Qb7+) running out of checks.

Feb-04-08  notyetagm: <luzhin: 79.Kxc5 Qd5+ 80.Kb4?? c5+ is Carlsen's diabolical idea, exploiting the 'loose' queen on a8.>


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Diabolical, indeed.

Feb-04-08  notyetagm: <Eyal: ... Btw, if White plays 80.Kb6 instead, Black forces a perpetual check by Qb3+>

Yes, and since a draw would win the match for Carlsen, 78 ... ♗e7xc5+!! is a brilliant match-winning (not game-winning) move.

Mar-13-08
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  whiteshark: A summary of the recent theory on this new <Marshall-Gambit>, written by Lars Schandorff, can be found here: http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten...

Position after <10...d5> / games in this db: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Sep-06-08
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  GrahamClayton: What is the difference between this "Marshall-Chigorin" Gambit and the "true" Marshall Gambit?
Nov-24-08  notyetagm: The <Gajewski Gambit>!
Dec-20-08  positionalgenius: great game.
Apr-10-09  WhiteRook48: 78...Bxc5+!!
Mar-08-10  notyetagm: <WhiteRook48: 78...Bxc5+!!>

78 ... ♗e7xc5+!!

Mar-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: TAIP^2S: Threats Against Inferior Piece or Pawn

Adams vs Carlsen, 2007 78 ... Be7xc5+!! White d4-pawn protects e5-bishop from e6-queen

Aug-29-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: COMPLETING THE DISCOVERY CHAIN IS A TACTICAL TAR

Adams vs Carlsen, 2007 79 ... Qe6-d5+ completes discovery chain with undef a8-queen

Nov-29-10  hedgeh0g: <What is the difference between this "Marshall-Chigorin" Gambit and the "true" Marshall Gambit?>

If nothing else, the absence of textbooks full of theory and exhaustive analysis on drawn lines is surely a reason for opting for this "variation" of the Marshall.

Mar-12-11  notyetagm: Adams vs Carlsen, 2007

78 ... ?


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78 ... ♗e7xc5+!!


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<luzhin: 79.Kxc5 Qd5+ 80.Kb4?? c5+ is Carlsen's diabolical idea, exploiting the 'loose' queen on a8.>


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Mar-12-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TACTICAL TARGET CAN BE A TACTICAL MOTIF

Adams vs Carlsen, 2007 79 .. Qe6-d5+ gives check, forms disc chain with undef a8-queen

Dec-02-11  Gunuffimo: Gunuffimo: After 78.Bxc5+:

---Ply = 4 ---
Houdini2.0b w32 1/2 1/2
---Ply = 5 ---
Houdini2.0b w32 1/2 1/2
---Ply = 7 ---
Houdini2.0b w32 1/2 1/2
---Ply = 9 ---
Houdini2.0b w32 1/2 1/2

Score white 50%, 4 games
Done

Magnus is good, but Houdini 2.0b is more like God !! :D

Apr-06-13  zebekias: Adams had the right idea with 65. h5 but he didn't execute the win. Actually he had the win from move 64:

64. h5 gxh5 65. Qxh5+ Ke7 (65. .. Kg8 66. Kb4 Be7 (66. .. Bh6 67. Ka5 Kf8 68. Kb6 Bg7 69. Qg5 Qb3+ 70. Kxc6 Qa4+ 71. Kd6 Qa6+ 72. c6 Bxe5+ 73. Kxe5 white wins) 67. Qh8+ Kf7 68. Qh5+ Kf8 69. Ka5 Bd8+ 70. Ka6 Qc8+ 71. Ka7 Qd7+ 72. Kb8 Qe6 73. Qh8+ white wins) 66. Bd6+ Kd8 67. Bxf8 white wins

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