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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Michael Adams
Dortmund Sparkassen (2014), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-12-14  Ulhumbrus: If Adams wins the f pawn by giving up his bishop for the knight White may draw the rook and pawn ending. Perhaps for this reason Adams plays instead for an attack, preparing the move ...Be4. However is this justified or is Adams now overrating his side of the position and trying unjustifiably to win? The sequel may suggest an answer.
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: < DcGentle: <Ulhumbrus>: With the Berlin Wall, White's advantage is for real, but only with good positional play. This is quite demanding, and especially over the board players can easily slip up.>

It is a belief that the Berlin is a draw. However, a claim for white's advantage which is hard to demonstrate over the board is nonsense. Something like there is a perpetuum mobile but it is hard to find that little thing that goes tic tic tic all the time.

Jul-12-14  Ulhumbrus: <john barleycorn: < DcGentle: <Ulhumbrus>: With the Berlin Wall, White's advantage is for real, but only with good positional play. This is quite demanding, and especially over the board players can easily slip up.> It is a belief that the Berlin is a draw. However, a claim for white's advantage which is hard to demonstrate over the board is nonsense. Something like there is a perpetuum mobile but it is hard to find that little thing that goes tic tic tic all the time.> White has a considerable lead in development but it is up to him to find a way to make it count, if indeed a way exists.
Jul-12-14  DcGentle: <john barleycorn>: Did you notice an advantage for White in this game or not? Ts ts ts.
Jul-12-14
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  MissScarlett: <Who are the commentators on Chess24?>

Couple of metrosexuals.

<It seems like they hate each other :p>

Natch!

Jul-12-14  Ulhumbrus: White has not gained a draw yet. Black may be able to threaten White's a4 and c4 pawns by ...c6 and ...b5.
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: <DcGentle: <john barleycorn>: Did you notice an advantage for White in this game or not? Ts ts ts.>

Make it "tsk, tsk, tsk" and you are on level with another analyst.

Yes, I noticed an advantage for white and I also noticed an advantage for black.

Jul-12-14
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  MissScarlett: Did Vladimir attend the press conference?
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: Did Vladimir attend the press conference?>

Why did he lose?

Jul-12-14  DcGentle: Position after <43. Rf2>


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Black to move.

Jul-12-14  Bondsamir: Is it so Hard to play the right move in such endgame?
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: Black should win, with 2 pawns(a+c) + rook vs rook
Jul-12-14
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  MissScarlett: I suspect Topa's jibe about his regimented openings got to him, so he tried to play something off-menu. Seems he might have been lost after 10 moves. The rest was a slow death.
Jul-12-14
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  PawnSac: < john barleycorn: Yes, I noticed an advantage for white and I also noticed an advantage for black. >

yes! and let that be a lesson to both of them! lol

Jul-12-14  Ulhumbrus: <john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: Did Vladimir attend the press conference?> Why did he lose?> The Houdini evaluations suggest that an opening choice - allowing Black to play ...d4 - gave Black the advantage and that the game went steadily downhill for White after that, Black's advantage increasing more or less with every move
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: <Ulhumbrus> just saw it here. Condolence to Kramnik

http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2014...

Good I put my money on Leko :-)

Jul-12-14  DcGentle: Maybe <14. g4> was not best already. But this is only a suspicion of mine. Any pawn moves with the Berlin Wall are highly critical, because they can make the difference. Especially with the queens off.
Jul-12-14  Ulhumbrus: <john barleycorn: <Ulhumbrus> just saw it here. Condolence to Kramnik http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2014...

Good I put my money on Leko :-)> I just took a quick cursory look at it. It seems that White's opening strategy failed perhaps because the dividing line between an overwhelming victory and a disastrous defeat can be quite narrow. Perhaps Kramnik needed to overlook just one thing for everything to start going wrong

Jul-12-14  MuzioFan: Looks like a draw to me - if the rooks come off black cannot create a passed pawn unless he can capture the b3 pawn with his king. I doubt he will be able to move it all the way there without losing some pawns of his own.
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: <DcGentle>

Maybe 4.0-0 was not the best already. Just my suspicion/kidding you :-).

Re-read page 3 here and the hiphiphooray including a variant of 17 moves proving how good life is for white after g4. Premature happy baloney as it stands now.

Jul-12-14  DcGentle: <john barleycorn>: and your point is?
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: <DcGentle: <john barleycorn>: and your point is?>

Don't you see it? so be it.

Jul-12-14
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  PawnSac: these two clowns think they're on saturday night live! lol

Ilya Zaragatski Jan Gustafsson

they are kinda comical.

Jul-12-14  1d410: Good game from GMARK
Jul-12-14  john barleycorn: According to the database here 11.c4 was a novelty. 11. g4/Nc3/Bg5 were played before.
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