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Magnus Carlsen vs Michael Adams
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 4, Nov-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Anti-Queen's Indian System (E17)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-08  percyblakeney:
Nov-16-08  Bobsterman3000: What's the finish?

Are there no defensive resources for Adams? Black can still limp along with 46..Rf8 but then 47. Qc2 looks potentially troublesome for black.

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  Eyal: < >

So Carlsen is using the "win with White, draw with Black" strategy against Adams...

<Bobsterman3000> Black is lost after 46...Rf8 47.Qf3 and Qf6; I've posted some analysis of the final moves of this game on the main page, btw (Olympiad (2008))

Nov-16-08  Bobsterman3000: <eyal> thanks, great and concise analysis from you, as usual...

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  Gilmoy: At <22..Qf6> it looks balanced, but Black is tied down to the weak d-pawn. Carlsen patiently stacks Jenga pieces on Black's Q-side: <23.Qe2-b5-b4-d2> She runs a lap and makes "no progress" -- but she coaxed Black's R to abandon aggressive c for defensive d, and the commital <25..a5> has created a weakness at b6.

<28.Qe2 Rc5> Black must prevent Qb5, and his Q-side is gradually tying itself up. Black's LSB now has too many hats: (a) defend d5 (b) prevent b4 (c) hold the a6-diagonal. <32..Bb3 33.Qa6> Adams chooses (a+b), Carlsen promptly cashes in (c), forcing Black's Q to step into the pin on d.

More delicate maneuvering ensues -- Carlsen's <37.Qc2> is an insidious offer of a "poisoned discovery", or a sham sac of a tempo -- <37..Bf8> doesn't really gain a tempo, as White planned <38.Qd1> regardless, with a "half-Gun" double on pinned d5.

<39..Qa8 40..Qc6> cleverly steps out of the pin. 38..Bc4? looked hopeless, as White has b4 and e4. <42.b4> Carlsen's last Jenga piece isn't winning by force, as <Eyal> notes, but Adams blinks.

Dec-20-08  positionalgenius: seems like a premature resignation.
Mar-20-09  mrriddler: Thanks for the analysis. Quite helpful to my amateur eyes.
Feb-18-16  RKnight: The final position is indeed resignable at grandmaster level. <Eyal> indicated why 46...Rf8 fails. 46...Qb2 (threatening both the N and f2) also fails to 47 Qf3. Perhaps the best try is 46...Qe4 47 Nxf7, but that too leads to a big advantage by white. Haven't tried to see if an engine can find a hidden defensive resource, though I doubt it.
Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 20

1. (0.93): 24.Bxd5 g6 25.Kg2 Kg7 26.Bxb7 Rxb7 27.Qf3 Rc7 28.Qxf6+ Kxf6 29.Kf3 Ke7 30.Ke2 Nc5 31.h4 Rc8 32.Nf3 a6 33.Ne5 Ke6 34.f4 Ne4 35.Kf3

Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 21

1. (0.33): 43...Rc7 44.Rxd5 Qxb4 45.h4 Kg7 46.Nd3 Qc3 47.h5 Qc2 48.Qf3 Qc6 49.hxg6 Ng5 50.Qg2 Qxg6 51.Nf4 Qc6 52.g4 b5 53.Qf1 b4 54.Qd3 Ne6 55.Nh5+ Kf8 56.Qe4 Qc4 57.Qe5 Qc2 58.Qh8+ Ke7 59.Rf5 Rc5

2. (0.36): 43...Rb5 44.Qa4 Qxb4 45.Qa8+ Qf8 46.Qc6 Rc5 47.Qxb6 Ng5 48.h4 Ne4 49.Ra2 Qd6 50.Qxd6 Nxd6 51.Ra7 Rc2 52.Kg1 Rb2 53.Rd7 Rb6 54.Kg2 Kg7 55.Kf3 Kf6 56.Nd3 Ke6 57.Nc5+ Kf6 58.g4 Rc6 59.Kf4 Rxc5 60.Rxd6+

3. (0.72): 43...Rc3 44.Rxd5 Qxb4 45.Rd7 Ng5 46.h4 Qe4 47.hxg5 Qxe5 48.gxh6 Qf6 49.Kg1 Qc6 50.Rd6 Rc1 51.Rxc6 Rxd1+ 52.Kg2 Kh7 53.Rc7 Kxh6 54.Rxf7 Kg5 55.Kf3 b5 56.Rb7 Rb1 57.Rb6 Rb2 58.g4 Rb4 59.Rd6 Rb1 60.Ra6 b4 61.Rb6 Rb3 62.Kg3 Kh6 63.Kf4 Rb2 64.f3

Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 25

1. (1.17): 45...Qe4 46.Ng4 Kf8 47.Nf6 Qc2 48.Qf3 Rd8 49.Nd7+ Ke8 50.Nxb6 f5 51.Kh3 Rxd5 52.Qxd5 Qe4 53.Qd7+ Kf8 54.Qc8+ Kf7 55.Kh2 Nf8 56.Qc7+ Qe7 57.Qc3 Qe6 58.Qc7+ Qe7 59.Qc3

2. (1.43): 45...Qf8 46.Ng4 Qg7 47.Qf3 Kh8 48.Nf6 Qf8 49.h5 Qg7 50.Rd6 b5 51.Rb6 gxh5 52.Qf5 Rd8 53.Rxb5 Qg6 54.Qe5 Ng5 55.Nxh5+ Kh7 56.Nf6+ Kg7 57.Ne4+ Kh7 58.Nxg5+ hxg5 59.Qxg5 Qxg5 60.Rxg5 Rd2 61.Rf5 Kg6 62.g4 Rc2 63.Kg2 Rd2 64.Kg3

3. (1.53): 45...Qb2 46.Qf3 Rf8 47.Qf6 Ng7 48.Kg2 Qc2 49.Rd8 Qe4+ 50.Kh2 Qf5 51.Nd7 Ne6 52.Qxf5 gxf5 53.Rxf8+ Nxf8 54.Nxb6 Kg7 55.Nd5 Nd7 56.Kg2 Kg6 57.Kf3 Nc5 58.Ke2 Ne4 59.Nf4+ Kf6 60.f3 Nc5 61.Kd2 Na4 62.Kc2 Ke5 63.Kb3 Nb6 64.Kb4 Kd6 65.Kb5 Na8 66.Nd3 Kd5 67.Nb4+ Kd6

4. (1.70): 45...Nf8 46.h5 Kg7 47.hxg6 Nxg6 48.Nxg6 Kxg6 49.Qh5+ Kg7 50.Rd7 Qf8 51.Qg4+ Kh8 52.Qd4+ Kg8 53.Qxb6 Qc5 54.Qxh6 Qf5 55.Rd2 Qh7 56.Qxh7+ Kxh7 57.g4 Rc6 58.Kg3 Re6 59.Rd5 Kg6 60.Kf4 f6 61.e4 Rb6 62.Rd2 Re6

5. (1.89): 45...Rc5 46.Qf3 Rc7 47.h5 Kg7 48.Ng4 Qe7 49.Qd1 Ra7 50.Qb1 Ng5 51.Qxb6 Nf3+ 52.Kg2 Rb7 53.Qc6 Rc7 54.Qa4 gxh5 55.Rxh5 Ng5 56.Nxh6 Qe4+ 57.Qxe4 Nxe4 58.f4 Nd6 59.Kf3 Kg6 60.g4 Rc8 61.Rd5 Kxh6 62.Rxd6+ Kg7 63.Rd7 Rc1 64.g5 Kg6 65.Rd6+ Kg7 66.Ke4 Rc3 67.Rd7

6. (2.00): 45...Rf8 46.Ng4 Kh7 47.h5 Qb2 48.Kg2 Qg7 49.Qd3 Rc8 50.Rd7 Kh8 51.hxg6 Qxg6 52.Qxg6 fxg6 53.Rd6 Nf8 54.Rxb6 h5 55.Ne5 Kg7 56.f4 Re8 57.g4 hxg4 58.Rb7+ Kf6 59.Nxg4+ Ke6 60.Kf3 Kd6 61.Ra7 Rc8 62.Ne5 Rc3 63.Ke4 Rc8 64.Rf7 Ke6 65.Rb7 Rc3 66.Rb6+

7. (2.00): 45...Rc7 46.h5 Qb2 47.Ng4 gxh5 48.Nxh6+ Kg7 49.Nf5+ Kg8 50.Kg2 Rc5 51.Nh6+ Kg7 52.Qxh5 Qf6 53.Nf5+ Kf8 54.Qd1 Rxd5 55.Qxd5 Kg8 56.g4 Ng7 57.Nd4 Qe7 58.Qc6 Qd8 59.Kf3 Kf8 60.Ke2 Ne8 61.Nf5 Qc7 62.Qxc7 Nxc7 63.Kd3 f6 64.f4 Kf7 65.Kc4 Ke6 66.e4 Kf7

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