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Michael Adams vs Hikaru Nakamura
London Chess Classic (2009), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-09
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  ketchuplover: Better than losing :)
Dec-09-09  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 41 Kf2 is 41 Rc7 occupying the seventh rank, and an alternative to 42 Kg3 is 42 Rc7 occupying the seventh rank.
Dec-09-09  hedgeh0g: Did Mickey Adams misplay the ending? I'd have thought the position after 38.Rxe5 was winning for White...
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  whiteshark: <39.Rxc5 Rxa4 40.Rc7> looks like a serious alternative.

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Dec-09-09  Marmot PFL: It was not a pleasant game for black who was constantly defending. 3...c5 is my pick to equalize against the Tarrasch, but it could be that with the 3 point win rule black wanted a more complicated game.
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  HeMateMe: Instead of 50. K-g4, does white stand better by moving his king underneath the pawns, K-g2-f2-e3, and then attack blacks c pawn, without allowing penetration by the black King?
Dec-09-09  Bdellovibrio: I think <whiteshark's> line is superior to the text. White's f-pawn already prevents black's e-passer from advancing, and white can use his rook to block checks and/or hem in the black K instead of blockading a Q-side passer.
Dec-09-09  ycbaywtb: that was nice how the King gobbled up the running f pawn, then it was more straightforward to the draw, not let's go for some wins Naka, go get 'em
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  tpstar: Adams is highly proficient on the White side of the French Tarrasch Repertoire Explorer: Michael Adams (white) so playing the French against him was either bold or foolhardy. That opening doesn't seem to match Nakamura's temperament, for whatever that means, although he got a playable game despite some weaknesses like the backward Pe6. It seemed like White was better throughout but maybe the advantage was illusory. The bare Kings finish is amusing.

At the FIDE WC in Libya 2004 Nakamura used Alekhine's Defense, and in their other game Adams won a QID as Black.

Dec-09-09  ycbaywtb: agreed.

<<The bare Kings finish is amusing.>>

can't possibly be what they were shooting for at move 1.

Dec-09-09  whatthefat: Looks like a very lucky escape for Nakamura, although the ending is not trivial due to the risk of ending up with f- and h-pawns. For example, one kibitzer claimed that White could have improved with 43.f4 and indeed the engines like it. But it's a false lead. After 43...Rc3+ 44.Kh4 Rc2 45.h3 Rxg2 46.Rxc5 Ra2 47.Kxh5

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we have a well known tablebase draw. Yet another example of engines leading patzers to think they know better than the Super GMs.

Dec-09-09  hedgeh0g: <whatthefat> It may be a tablebase draw, but how easy is it for a human to actually hold that draw? A position with 2 extra pawns does seem to offer White good practical chances.
Dec-09-09  whatthefat: <hedgeh0g>

All GMs would know that position. The strategy is keep the rook in the a1 corner, allowing Black to give checks from a suitable distance on either the file or the rank, depending on White's approach. White still has chances for sure, but most strong players try to avoid this ending if they have any advantage.

Dec-09-09  sleepkid: <hedgeh0g> <whatthefat> Book draw from that position. Bondarevsky vs Keres, 1939
Dec-09-09  DiscoJew: Killer game!
Dec-12-09  Dredge Rivers: A Draw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C'mon guys, keep playing!

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