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Michael Adams vs Fabiano Caruana
London Chess Classic (2014), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-10
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of Adams' best games. Amazing how he maintains the initiative for so long and switches from King side to Queen side play. Then he has to bring home a difficult Queen ending.
Dec-11-14  zoren: Optically White's position looked like it needed a bit of care to equalize around move 25, but he sac's a piece for long term pressure.

Didn't really see much of a clear mistake from black other than opening up the third rank for white with 27... c4.

Dec-11-14  Poisonpawns: Adams Leko Caruana have similar styles,Caruana finds difficulty playing against himself
Dec-11-14  fisayo123: <Poisonpawns> That's not really true. Adams and Leko, yes, two positional players. Caruana has and has always had a universal style.
Dec-11-14  luzhin: I have a feeling that if Adams had played 34.Re4 with the idea of doubling rooks on the g-file, Caruana would not have survived much longer. Anyway, fascinating game.
Dec-11-14  GlennOliver: "@SirRuthless
Adams is not really in his (Caruana's) path to the WCC ..."

Perhaps Adams will be, for the next cycle, given the excellence of his recent form.

Dec-11-14  Ulhumbrus: One computer sequence has suggested that instead of 30...Ne7, 30...Nf4! leads to an advantage for Black. The move 31 Qh5 suggests that the move 30...Nf4 keeps White's queen out of h5 if White does not take the knight on f4. Besides, on e7 the knight obstructs the bishop on f8 so that it cannot come out to d6, as it may do in the computer sequence.
Dec-11-14  MarkFinan: Great game from Adams, definitely our best player. And I know someone is going to accuse me of hating here, but I'm not I'm just being real and backing up what I said after Caruanas great tournament performance earlier this year.. Could you see Carlsen losing this game? There's a gulf in class, not just between Carlsen and Caruana but in Carlsen and everyone else. He wouldn't do as well as Anand did this year. I said earlier this year something like... Wes So would be lucky to take 2 points off Carlsen in a 10 game match, and people ridiculed me..Well Ruthless did, but he's off his head, lol. I honestly hope Caruana wins next years candidates.... but he won't.
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  MissScarlett: He definitely won't. There's no Candidates' tournament next year.
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  MissScarlett: See all the racist Brits turning up here to celebrate the tribe.
Dec-11-14  IraqSon: Adams got teeth, boy
Dec-11-14  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,


I would not care if the game was played a nine legged Martian (and I hate them - have you ever had a kickng from a nine legged Martian. I have, not funny.)

A good game is a good game and spec-sacs (sacrifices beyond human calculation) at this level are quite rare and refreshing.

Add that to all the cute tricks/traps and pitfalls hidden in the background and you have a good game.


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White is threatening 45 Rxg7 Qxg7 46 Qxg7+ Kxg7 47.g4!!

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White has Kg3 picking up the Rook.

47...f5 just fails by one move.

47...f5 48 Kg3 f4+ 49 Kxh4 e4.

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50.c6 e3 51 fxe3 fxe3 Black is promoting with a check. 52.Kg3.

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The game has quite a few of these unheard melodies.

Of course I've no idea how Mark can predict the future with such clarity from just one game (maybe he can tell me what I am getting for Christmas.)

Mickey had one of them days where he was on song, Fabiano was off key. It happens, on another day the roles, and the praise could eaily have been reversed.

Dec-11-14  whiteshark: Analysis by GM Jan Gustafsson: Enjoy!
Dec-11-14  MarkFinan: <<Sally¬†Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett, Racists?

I would not care if the game was played a nine legged Martian (and I hate them - have you ever had a kickng from a nine legged Martian. I have, not funny.)>>

Lol. You then go on and explain a game of chess to Missy Scarilett... Good luck with that, lol.

Dec-11-14  Bobwhoosta: Fantastic game from Adams, Caruana put up stiff resistance in a difficult position, but Adams' technique sealed the deal.
Dec-11-14  Petrosianic: Sigh, Fabian's retreat from the #1 spot is reminiscent of Napoleon's Retreat From Moscow.
Dec-11-14  MarkFinan: <<MissScarlett: See all the racist Brits turning up here to celebrate the tribe.>>

Racist against who, you numptie?? Americans!? My favorite country right now, so what on Yodas green dagobah system are you talking about?

Dec-11-14  1d410: Fab the silencer needs a long break to learn how to stop relying on prep so much.
Dec-11-14  Whitehat1963: <<coolconundrum>: Incredible. Seeing results like this re-affirms my belief that these top ten guys should really be compelled to play against non top 10s more regularly.>

Is it really so incredible for number 15 to beat number 2? Unlikely, perhaps, but not THAT unlikely. It should happen with some regularity.

Consider this, for example: Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994

Or this: Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003

Or, how about something more recent, like this:
Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011

Or this: Carlsen vs Judit Polgar, 2012

Or this: Carlsen vs Naiditsch, 2014

Or go back into the past, when someone like Capablanca was head-and-shoulders above everyone and still managed to lose games like this one: Capablanca vs Verlinsky, 1925

Or the seemingly invincible Fischer:
Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970

In each instance I've picked the best player of his era at the height of his powers, losing with black. Not really that hard to find examples. And the more often they play, as they do today, the more often they will lose to nobodies.

Dec-11-14  Everett: <premium
memberchancho: Maybe, just maybe, there was some benefit in Adams collaborating with Magnus Carlsen.>

Caruana has never had an easy time vs Adams.

Dec-11-14  1d410: professionals collaborate and learn from one another. It's a common thing.
Dec-11-14  pilobolus: How about insted 29 Qg4+

29 Nf5 and then 30 Qh5 ?

Dec-12-14  GlennOliver: @Whitehat1963:
"Is it really so incredible for number 15 to beat number 2? "

I agree with your point.

Micky Adams is, as of December 2014, ranked 14 in the FIDE top 100.

He has beaten all of the players ranked above him, with the exception of Aronian and Karjakin.

(And also So, but they have barely played, just 3 draws between them.)

Dec-16-14  Pedro Fernandez: Beautiful victory by GM Adams and not vs the crap Berlin Defence. Fabiano also played very well, just Adams was extraordinarily precise and creative!
Dec-19-14  rozzatu: wonderful game! I claim it fo GOTD! Let's suggest a pun.
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