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Michael Adams vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), London ENG, rd 9, Oct-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-12  shivasuri4: 20...Ra4 was an overoptimistic move, hoping for 21.b3, when 21...Rxa2 nets a draw by perpetual check.

21...Bd6 and 22...Bxe5 are odd moves too.

Nakamura doesn't play the Caro-Kann often, and it showed.

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  scormus: When I saw Caro-Kann at first I thought I'd misread, I really don't think it suits him. Full marks to Michael. Now 4/9 in very distinguished company.
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  chancho: Naka's rating is dropping like a rock.
Oct-01-12  csmath: csmath: <20...Ra4 was an overoptimistic move, hoping for 21.b3, when 21...Rxa2 nets a draw by perpetual check. 21...Bd6 and 22...Bxe5 are odd moves too. Nakamura doesn't play the Caro-Kann often, and it showed.>

Very good assessment. Well Nakamura learned good lesson here - you can lose very fast in Caro-Kann, better leave it to positional players that don't make moves like 21. ... Bd6 and 22. ... Bxe5.

I might add that 18. ... Rd4 is also crap even though it has been played before.

Easy win for Adams.

Oct-01-12  csmath: However, to give a due credit - Adams has played splendidly and reminds me of the good old Mickey Adams we knew few years ago.

Mickey is a test for the world champions. If you cannot pass Mickey, you cannot be world champion. Ask Kasparov and Anand about that.

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  tamar: Mickey, breaking from his usual dour responses, said he was surprised they didn't make him and Nakamura play in a separate room reserved for toxic chess.
Oct-02-12  MrQuinn: Mickey may be loved around here (England) but he's been stale for some time. Years and years of the same dried out repertoire have taken their toll. He's doing okay, but let's be honest, he isn't moving any meters. He's the solid journeyman at work these days. Some days are better than others, but we needn't get too hyped about him.
Oct-02-12  Hesam7: While <20...Ra4?> is definitely a mistake, but even after the best move Black is still struggling: <20...Re4 21 Qf3 Rd8 22 g4 Qa5> or 21...Qa5 22 g4 Rd8 <23 Bc1 Rd1 24 Rd1>

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Here my engine's top move is<24...Ra4> which loses as follows: <25 Qb7! Ra2 26 Rd4! Ra1 27 Kc2 Nd5 28 Qc8 Qd8 29 Rc4 Nb6 30 Qd8 Bd8 31 Rc6>

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White's b & c-pawn will simply run over the Black pieces.

Oct-02-12  Hesam7: So where did Black go wrong then? I find his entire opening scheme very depressing and the solution I found is very counter-intuitive. Certainly not something you would play over the board (unless you are Kramnik: Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2010). After <17 dc5>

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Black should play <17...Bc5! 18 Bc3 O-O 19 Bf6 gf6>

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The pawn on f6 cover e5 and while h6 is weak White has no way of attacking it (d2 & e3 are covered). In fact playing Black is much more straight forward: <20 Nd2 Qe5 21 Qg4 Qg5 22 Ne4 Qg4 23 Nf6 Kg7 24 Ng4 f5 25 Ne3 Kf6>

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Black has full compensation and he has the initiative (better king, control of the center and B vs N).

Oct-02-12  Hesam7: Also it seems several super GMs (specially the older generation) have figured out Nakamura. They avoid concrete play and aim for positions which require deep understanding of the classical positional rules (<Eyal> brought this to my attention after the Gelfand game, now it has been repeated two more times). His losses to Gelfand, Ivanchuk and Adams resemble Master vs Amateur games rather than two +2700 GMs fighting it out.
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  Troller: Black went wrong at move 4, where he should have played ..Nf6.

Jokes aside, I thought only ..Ra4 and ..Bxe5 landed Black in serious trouble, but it's true that even after <20..Re4 21.Qf3 Rd8> White has simple pawn-pushing with g4 etc on the K-side which looks rather uncomfortable.

26..Rb8? is very strange, it should be obvious that back-rank check followed by a check on the diagonal b1-h7 leaves Black defenseless - even more so, as White will be looking for ways to eliminate a rook pointing at his king.

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  perfidious: < Troller: Black went wrong at move 4, where he should have played ..Nf6....>

Quite true, so long as he responds to 5.Nxf6+ with the combative 5....gxf6 and not the insipid 5....exf6.

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  Troller: <Quite true, so long as he responds to 5.Nxf6+ with the combative 5....gxf6 and not the insipid 5....exf6.>

That, I presumed, went without saying.

Oct-02-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Poor Naka. Girl problems?
Oct-07-12  positionalgenius: Basaically Adams took control of the position from moves 21-25 with a series of quiet, yet strong moves- with alot of over optimistic ideas from Nakamura.
Mar-16-14  ChessYouGood: I hope Adams was suitably paid for this lesson.

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