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Michael Adams vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 11, May-03
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-03-08
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  whiteshark: The immediately <35...Rxh4>


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looks stronger, even winning. I wonder why Adams didn't play it.

May-03-08  euripides: <whiteshark> maybe <35.Rxh4>f3 when 36.Rxg4 f2 is nasty and 36.gxf3 gxf3 37.Rh8 Rd4 threatens both Rf4 and Rxb4.
May-03-08
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  whiteshark: <euripides> After <35.Rxh4 f3> 36.Rh5+! K~ 37.Rxd5. If 37...Kxd5 it's a lost ♙-endgame after 38.Ke3. If 37...fxg2 than 38.Rd1 is winning.
May-03-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: <whiteshark> Yes, black opened the door with 34...f4?? instead of 34...Kd4 below.


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White simply missed a golden opportunity.

May-03-08  percyblakeney: It must be a sign that they are tired when two players of this strength can make two such mistakes after each other in what (for them) should be a comparatively simple endgame, and that without serious time trouble.
May-03-08
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  whiteshark: From the tournament bulletin:

Adams-Mamedyarov, a Rubinstein French, quickly turned into an equal endgame after the unusual 10...cxd4 followed by the excellent move 15...Qd6!.

Later, thanks to some strong moves (26…g5!, 29…g4!, 30…h4! and 32…e5!) Mamedyarov was even a bit better. "I played for a an advantage but then got worse at some moment," Adams said, "and then my <35.Rh5+> was of course a big blunder."

It was Mamedyarov who had blundered before, with <34...f4??>, a moment of mutual chess blindness. "I thought 35.Rxh4 f3 36.gxf3 gxf3 37.Rh5+ Ke4 38.Rxd5 Kxd5 was winning but after 39.Kd3 White is winning. It could have spoilt my whole tournament," Mamedyarov said.

May-04-08  euripides: well, if Shakh missed it, I have an excuse :-)

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