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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 1, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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  PawnSac: Yea, see thats what i like about Mickey. He keeps a very cool head over the board.
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  PawnSac: this would make a good Wednesday GOTD
with black to play and win after 56. h4

except that white resigns after ..Kf4

maybe CG can append the whole winning line 57. Kf6 Kg4 58. g6 Kh5 59. g7 Kh6 60. Kf7 Rf2+ 61. Kg8 Rg2 62. Kh8 Rxg7 63. h5 Rf7 64. Kg8 Rf5 65. Kh8 Rf8# in a game annotation that shows after you click Kf4 maybe?

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  Eyal: It wouldn't make such a good puzzle because the rather obvious 56...Ke6 is also winning (in fact, even 56...Kd6 is winning), though less elegantly.
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  Eyal: Regardless, a very high-class endgame play by Adams. Note, for example, how he activates the king starting with 34...Kf7! instead of being tempted to push forward his passer(s) immediately - 34...b3 35.a6 b2 36.Rb6 Ra3 37.Rxb2 Rxa6 gives Black nothing.

dxe5 on move 10 followed by the queen exchange on move 11 looks like very unambitious play by White - Lars Bo Hansen and Alex Yermolinsky on ICC speculated that Anand might be training for the endgame grinds he would likely have to endure during the match with Carlsen...

Apr-21-13  Just Another Master: HAHAHA.....those whining about MC loseing a game against a top flight player pushing for a win with everthing on the line in a extremely complicated pos and everyone is ready to cry phony, here is many of yours "so called Fishy WC" getting crushed with white in an equal ending against a player MC eats for breakfast and there is so little response....LMAO...good luck Fishy fans you will need it.
Apr-21-13  Reisswolf: In this kind of shape, if Anand scores anything better than -3 in the championship match against Carlsen, it should be considered a good performance by him.
Apr-22-13  blackdranzer: <just another master>....i understand your feelings...i am a vishy fan and i accept that he stands no chance against MC...but he has been a worthy champoin since 2007 and age does catch everyone...u cant be highly motivated when u r 45...when u have a cute wife and a cuter baby...even kasparov was loosing/drawing very much around 2004-05....he is not the same vishy of 2002-05....magnus will also face the same situation when he is 45....there is no running away from age..marriage ...i bet magnus will get busy with 'other than chess' once he gets into a serious relationship!...
Apr-22-13  fgh: <there is no running away from age>

Tell that to Lasker.

Apr-22-13  blackdranzer: i wish i could have....but he is no more...age has caught him!...
Apr-22-13  anandrulez: Now that things is that Anand is clueless in this game saaaaad. Black is brilliant but I can imagine Anand not solving this relatively simple position. Miscalculation everywhere.
Apr-22-13  Just Another Master: <blackdranzer> Damn its people like you that ruin juicy insulting posts :) I of course totally agree, we all lose it and I dont hate Vishy, I really respect him as a great player, and gentleman of the game and he may yet win the match maybe, except for the toupee...
Apr-22-13  dumbgai: That's twice in a row now that Anand loses with white against Adams.
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  morfishine: <there is no running away from age> Can't argue with this, but exceptions keeps us running anyways...for example, Korchnoi
Apr-22-13  Just Another Master: Did Korchnoi ever WIN ANY elite Tournaments, not to mention the WC after 45...50? He may have won the candidates after 45 when he thought Karpov was putting a Psychic in the audience to control his mind, LOL, or Yogurt flavors were signals to Karpov but that seems more like a crazy man than anything at that point. He is not even an exception that proves the rule.
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  FSR: <Just Another Master: Did Korchnoi ever WIN ANY elite Tournaments, not to mention the WC after 45...50?>

He turned 45 in 1976. After that year, he:

1977: Beat Petrosian, Polugaevsky, and Spassky in Candidates Matches.

1978: Lost World Championship match to Karpov by the narrowest possible margin after 32 games.

1980: Won Candidates Matches over Petrosian, Polugaevsky, and Huebner.

1981: Won at Rome (8/9) and Bad Kissingen (9/10); lost World Championship match to Karpov.

1984: Equal first at Wijk aan Zee (10/13), Beersheba (9/13), Sarajevo (9/13), and Titograd (7.5/11).

1985: Equal first at Tilburg (8.5/14).

1987: Equal first at Wijk aan Zee (9.5/13); won Interzonal outright with (11.5/16).

1991: Won Candidates match against Gyula Sax.

1993: Equal first at Antwerp.

1994: First at Ostrava.

1995: First at San Francisco and Madrid.

2006: Won World Senior Championship.

Ranked in the top 100 on the FIDE world rating list as late as January 2007 (aged 75), the oldest such player ever.

You are free to think that this is an unimpressive record, but virtually anyone else would disagree.

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  perfidious: Korchnoi's candidate series wins were at 46 and 49.
Apr-22-13  Ulhumbrus: 10 de parts with White's advantage in space. 10 c3 keeps it.

11 Qxd8 gives Black's king's rook a tempo for development and White will end up paying for this with a still greater concession, that of the bishop pair. An alternative is 11 Qe2.

12 Nbd2 obstructs White's queen's bishop. Instead of this 12 Bg5 pins Black's king's knight now that Black's queen is no longer there to defend Black's king's bishop

If 13 Bc4 is intended to make way for Nb3, Adams does not wait for it but plays 13..Ng4 first. This suggests 13 h3 to prevent the move ...Ng4

After 15 Bd5 the bishop will be pinned to the back rank after White's quen's knight moves. This suggests 15 Bd3 eg 15 Bd3 b3 16 h3 Nf6 17 Ne1 bc 18 Bxc2

The Houdini computer suggested that instead of 20 exd5? the zwischenzug 20 Nc6! would have gained some advantage

Anand's play suggests poor playing form. It remains to be seen whether this is temporary.

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  ketchuplover: Perhaps he's trying to lull young Magnus into a false sense of superiority.
Apr-22-13  Lambda: A couple of Chessmetrics observations on older Korchnoi:

He has two 2800+ performances past the age of 45. (The 1978 WC match, and the candidates match against Polugaevsky while getting there.) By comparison, Smyslov and Petrosian only have two 2800 performances in their entire careers. (As does Keres, his biggest rival for "greatest never-champion".)

His performance rating of 2761 in winning Sarajevo 1998 at the age of 67 (against good if not stellar opposition; Bareev, Georgiev, Sokolov) is by far the best performance I can find for an over-65. By contrast, Lasker's famous performance at Moscow 1935 finishing above Capablanca at the age of 66 only rates 2707.

Apr-22-13  Ezzy: V Anand (2783) - M Adams (2727)
(1), 21.04.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.00 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 00 8.a4 b4 9.d4 d6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 12.Nbd2 Bc5 13.Bc4 Ng4 14.Re2 Na5< Novelty. 14...Be6 has been played before in an ICCF e-mail game 2009> 15.Bd5 Rb8 16.Nb3 Nxb3 17.cxb3 h6< Adams is threatening 18...c6 19 Bc4 Rd1+ 20 Ne1 Nxf2 winning. >18.h3 Nf6 19.Nxe5 Nxd5 20.exd5 < 20.Nc6 Nc3 21.bxc3 Rd1+ Vishy must have had 'flashbacks' to the game against Adams at the London Chess Classic 2012 where he lost the game when Adams played ...Qd1. Perhaps he didn't want to see another major piece landing on d1 (21...Rd1+) 22.Kh2 Rb6 23.cxb4 Bd6+ 24.e5 Rxc6 25.exd6 Be6 26.d7 Rxd7 27.a5 Rd1 28.Bb2 Rxa1 29.Bxa1 Bxb3 and the game should be a draw.] >20...Rxd5 21.Bf4< or else 21...Rd1 would have left white seriously tied down.> 21...Be6 22.Rc1 Bd6 23.Bg3 Re8 24.Re3 <Defends the pawn on b3 but [24.Nc6 Bf8 25.Bxc7 Rc8 26.Bb6 Kh7 27.Rec2 seems a lot more active.]> 24...c5< [24...Bxe5 25.Rxe5 Rxe5 26.Bxe5 Bxb3 27.Bxc7 Re2 28.Ba5 Rxb2 29.Bxb4 Bxa4 black wins an ouside passed pawn, but it doesn't seem enough to win.] >25.Nd3 <Threatening 26 Bxd6 Rxd6 27 Rxc5 but the knight looks more active on c4 or c6.> 25...Bxg3 26.fxg3 Red8 27.Nf4 Rd1+ 28.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 29.Kh2 Rd2 30.Nxe6 fxe6 31.Rxe6 Rxb2 32.Rxa6 Rxb3 33.Rc6 Rc3< With 2 connected passed pawns, it's black playing for the win.> 34.a5 Kf7 35.a6 Ke7 36.a7 Ra3 37.Rxc5 Rxa7 38.Rb5 Ra4 39.Rb7+? <Anand goes pawn grabbing when he should probably be bringing his king over to the queenside.> 39...Kd6 40.Rxg7? Kc5 41.Rc7+ Kd4 42.Rd7+ Kc3 43.Rc7+ Kd3 44.Rb7 Kc3 45.Rc7+ Kb2 46.Rc6 b3 47.Rxh6 Kc3 48.Rb6 b2 49.Rxb2 Kxb2< This is a tablebase loss for white, but it can be tricky, and a little bit of carelessness can result in a draw.> 50.g4 Kc3 51.Kg3 Re4 52.Kh4 Kd4 53.Kg5 Ke5 54.Kg6 Re2 55.g5 Rxg2 56.h4 Kf4 01

Adams always seemed to be the one playing actively. Vishy played a lot of passive moves and was positionally outplayed leading to a lost endgame. When Vishy decided to be active 39 Rb7+ 40 Rxg7? it wasn't the right time and he was forced to sacrifice material to stop the passed 'b' pawn, but Adams technique easily converted the table base win of rook against 3 passed pawns.

Nice game by Mickey. That's 2 black wins against Vishy in the last 4 games. The World Champion has been in shaky form as of late. He must be saving his endgame prep for Carlsen :-)

Apr-22-13  Robyn Hode: Anand went wrong as early as 24 Re3?!. Clearly better was 24 Nc6.
Apr-24-13  Just Another Master: OK FSR ....VERY well put, Victor was thee exception and a freak of nature, and he was fun to watch.
Apr-24-13  bischopper: this is part of a game without errors is a draw till the champinon lost...
Apr-28-13  QueentakesKing: After playing this game, I want the champion out of this tournament. This game is another bad example from the the world champion. He should teach us amateurs the basic principles of chess. What are these double pawns on the left and right flanks?!
May-04-13  Everett: Each of Adam's decisive games involved very interesting endgame positions, the one with Svidler perhaps being over before it started.
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