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Wang Yue vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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Jan-23-09  jasso: Nice win by Adams. He obviously surprised
his opponent totally. It is also good
to see Adams taking risks (choosing rarely played opening). Maybe He wanted to won Yue at last. In their previous encounters He has usually had better winning chances but chinese has always defended very well.
Jan-23-09  Cactus: I don't know if the TMB is a risk, it might be the safest defence there is to 1.d4.

Yue plays too quietly and loses the initiative.

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  Jimfromprovidence: 31 Qd3 looks better defensively than the text.

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Now, if 31...Nxb3, then 32 Qxb3 (no doubled pawns).

If 31...Re1+, then 32 Kh2. If 32...Qe5+, then 33 Qg3. If black trades material with 33...Nxb3, then 34 Qxe5. After 34...Rxe5 35 axb3, white has doubled pawns but his rook guards the second rank, with no pawn loss as a result.

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Jan-23-09  Eyal: Indeed, there's no special risk in playing the Tartakower in itself; it's notable, though, that this is the first time Adams has played it (at least in a serious tournament game). The first new move, according to the databases, is 18...Ng5 - and it does look like a good idea to avoid the exchange of this knight and reposition it in e6. 24...d4! is strong and thematic, in this kind of hanging pawns formation.
Jan-23-09  Jafar219: Typical Adams masterpiece.Very good game.
Jan-24-09  jasso: Well Cactus and Eyal. I just meant that
it is risky to play system that you aren't so familiar with.

Nowadays it seems that Adams is becoming too conservative and cautious. Usually cautious players don't use rarely played openings and that is why I used word "risk". :)

Jan-24-09  arkansaw: no matter what, he can't be more cautious than the chinese
Jan-24-09  messachess: I don't like the pawn structure for black after ...bxc5. I try to avoid these kinds of structures. I like white's better here.
Jan-24-09  messachess: Adam's positional mastery makes this win look easy
Jan-24-09  Eyal: From Dennis Monokroussos' commentary:

<22.Nb3 Ne6

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Both pawns are attacked, both are defended. Now what? Well, hanging pawns sometimes advance, and that can be good or bad. The bad version is when a pawn advances and White gets to securely blockade the square in front of the other one (e.g. Black plays ...c4, White gets the d4 square). The good version is when Black gains something dynamic with an advance (e.g. ...d4, gaining a passed pawn, or opening the a8-h1 diagonal when there's a Bb7, or freeing f4 for the Black knight, etc.).

23.h3 Rc6 24.Rc2 d4!? 25.exd4 [25.Nxd4!? Rcd6 26.Rxc5 Nxc5 27.Qxc5 might not have been a bad choice. White gets two pawns for the exchange and a very strong knight on d4. That should be enough for at least equality, especially since a well-timed Nf5 could bother Black's king.]

25...Rcd6 26.d5?! Rxd5 27.Rcd2 Rxd2 28.Rxd2 Nd4!

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A very strange position. Viewed statically, White's in very good shape, but his pieces are vulnerable to tactical possibilities: 29.Nxd4?? Qe1+ ; 29.Rd1?? Ne2+ (or 29...Nf3+ ); 29.Qxc5?? Qxc5 30.Nxc5 Nf3+ 31.gxf3 Rxd2 ; 29.Qa5 might be worth considering, though, protecting the Rd2 and hitting the Rd8.

29.Qa6 Overprotecting e2.

29...Rd5! More neat tactics. White's rook and knight are still paralyzed, and now Black has a nasty little threat to boot.

30.Qf1 [30.-- Qe1+ 31.Kh2 (31.Qf1 Nf3+ 32.gxf3 Rg5 + ) 31...Nf3+ 32.gxf3 Rg5 and wins, e.g. 33.Qc8+ Kh7 34.Qg4 Rxg4 35.hxg4 c4 ]

30...Re5 Another threat.

31.Rd1? Understandably, White errs under the pressure. [31.Qd3!= ]

31...Nxb3 32.axb3 Re2 Black's pieces dominate, and he's probably going to make off with an extra pawn.

33.Rc1 g6 34.g3 Qe4 35.Rc4 Qe6 36.Rc1 Rxb2 37.Rxc5 Qxb3 Mission accomplished. Black has a very safe extra pawn, and in his capable hands the technical task is but a matter of time.> (

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