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Michael Adams vs Peter Svidler
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 2, Apr-22
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Apr-22-13  Nezhmetdinov: The Spider!
Apr-22-13  310metaltrader: 21 ra1 i presume was the killer move?
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  Check It Out: Black's c-pawn will fall soon - is this why Svidler resigned?
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  PawnSac: <Check It Out: Black's c-pawn will fall soon - is this why Svidler resigned?>

The black knight can't move or the C pawn falls. The black bishop has no squares. If the black K moves to e7 white plays Ne4 and the C pawn is lost, white is up 2 pawns and has a relatively simple endgame win. For a player of Mick's level and style, its a hopeless position, and Svidler knows it.

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  Everett: Such an innocuous opening out of the Ruy. Seems the main lines (Chigorin, Keres, Zaitsev, Breyer) are no longer on the menu for most of these guys.
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  Check It Out: <PawnSac> I see, black's minor pieces are totally immobilized. Thanks!
Apr-23-13  dehanne: Why didn't Adams play in the Candidates?
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  ajk68: This could become an opposite-colored bishop endgame. Not necessarily a win even with being two pawns up.

It would be interesting to see the win demonstrated. Way beyond my skill level.

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  Everett: <ajk68: This could become an opposite-colored bishop endgame. Not necessarily a win even with being two pawns up. It would be interesting to see the win demonstrated. Way beyond my skill level.>

Absolutely, but Black has no way to force that situation, and a guy like Adams would be keen, and good enough, to avoid that scenario.

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  AylerKupp: <<dehanne> Why didn't Adams play in the Candidates?>

Adams simply didn’t qualify. See for the qualification criteria and who qualified under each of the criteria. Remember, only 8 players could qualify and per the Apr-2013 FIDE rating list Adams was ranked “only” 22nd in the world with a rating of “only” 2727.

Apr-23-13  Just Another Master: probably cause MC beats him like a drum among other things
Apr-28-13  marljivi: Actually I doubt that black can equalise here with 9...Bb7 (If he then succeeds with d6-d5,his center will be completely shaky,like in the game,and if he doesn't,his bishop on b7 will just shoot into the well-defended pawn on e4.Moreover,square f5 will then be weak,and white even doesn't have to play h2-h3.),although it is the main line.At first,I thought that the best for black is 9...Be6 10.Nd5Na5(This is novelty,but insufficient;10...Bd5 11.ed5 gives white a pleasent plus-bishop pair in connection with the possibility of Re1+d4 is just better for white,his light squared bishop will later come out from pawn-bariere,builded up with c2 and d5 pawns,and the c6 square should eventually turn out to be weak.)11.Ba2!...(And not 11.Ne7?Qe7 12.Be6Qe6 13.b4Nc6! and a6-a5 on the next move,or 13.a4c5 14.ab5ab5 15.Bd2Nc6,or 13.Bd2Nb7!? 14.b4...(14.a4Nc5 15.ab5ab5=)14...c5! 15.a4cb4 16.ab5...(16.Bb4a5 17.Bd2b4,etc.) 16...a5,etc.-after 11.Ne7? black is at least equal everywhere.) 11...c6 (This is the main difference between 11.Ne7? and 11.Ba2!-now black wont be able to retreat actively with Nc6 after b2-b4...) 12.Ne7Qe7 13.Be6Qe6 (13...fe6 changes very little.) 14.b4!Nb7 15.a4!-so,white has managed to play a4 before black could play a5,and now he will decide when to open the a-file with axb5! Moreover,black's knight on b7 is quite passive here.White is clearly better in this position.And if 15...a5?!,then 16.ab5cb5 17.ba5Na5 18.Bd2,etc.-the pawn on b5 would become very weak here...So,I don't know-perhaps black's best option is to put bishop on e6 as early as on move 8!? Well,8...Be6 had actually been played in a rapid game Anand-Aronian,2007,which went 9.Be6fe6 10.c3,etc.White later won that game,but black had a lot of decent chances,I think.Actually,according to my database,this Anand-Aronian,2007 game is the only one in which the move 8...Be6 had been played. (And also in 8...0-0 9.Nc3Be6 there had only one game been played yet-it is actually funny that people are so eager to develop their bishop on b7,although it does almost nothing there,and-on the other hand-white's bishop on b3 stays in the role of a dragon in case of Bb7.Adams himself and Timman both believe that white has a slight advantage after 9...Bb7.)

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