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Michael Adams vs Magnus Carlsen
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 4, Apr-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: less than 2 minutes for the next 5 moves for Magnus; 5 minutes for Adams.
Apr-20-15  Tomlinsky: Draw.
Apr-20-15  ajile: Draw agreed.
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  whiteshark: Threefold move repetition
Apr-20-15  Marmot PFL: White could possibly have claimed a win on time if black had continued
Apr-20-15  Marmot PFL: Seems Fischer won a game with 8 d5 about 50 years ago so it's the main line, but overall doesn't look that great. Black gets good play as Magnus showed. Probably just completing development gives white more options.
Apr-20-15  offramp: I'M surprised no one has kibitzed on this before.
Apr-20-15  Kinghunt: Carlsen's ability to rock the boat is scary. He didn't manage to tip Adams over today, but he certainly was able to come close.
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  FSR: So wins yet again, over Mamedov, to move back into the sole lead. Since forfeting against Akobian, he's been on fire!
Apr-20-15  Ulhumbrus: Keene mentions in one book that 3...g6 is Pillsbury's move and gives it an exclamation mark.

It may seem that 8 d5 helps White in at least two ways. It exchanges White's bad bishop for Black's good bishop and it exchanges a piece when Black wants to attack on the king side. However it may be that it saves Black time towards the advance ...f5 as well.

12 ef concedes one part of White's centre. Perhaps Adams wants to avoid the advance ...f4 or hopes that Black's king side will become a target instead of a weapon.

After 13 Nh4 Carlsen can prevent Qh5 by 13...Nf6 and does. One justification for 13 Re1 is that it prepares the advance c5. If White wants to play 14 f4, one justification for 13 Ne1 is that then on ...e4 the N can head for e3 via c2. After 13 Nh4 Nf6 14 f4 e4 White can't play Ng2 as the g2 pawn occupies that square.

If Adams could get no more than a draw, this suggests that White will want to seek an improvement. Black can be satisfied with equality from the opening but White will want to play for more.

Apr-20-15  Howard: Cute quip, offramp !!
Apr-20-15  SirRuthless: I like Magnus' late winning attempt with the bold exchange sac. He analyzed the position flawlessly and was able to disturb white's pawns enough to create some late chances for himself. Magnus should be known as "lord of the pawns" or "prince of practical chess". Those two elements of his game separate him from the pack.
Apr-20-15  CountryGirl: Carlsen seemed to achieve sound equality quite easily. The move 18.c5 (and not 18.d5) was instructive for ordinary players like me.
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  beenthere240: I thought MC squandered a winning attack when he held off from d5. His artful maneuvering gave Adams a chance to regroup and solidify his position. Finally Bxc3 killed his endgame chances. No one can accuse MC of playing like a chess engine in this game.
Apr-20-15  scout118: Suggest you next feature Anand-So's first ever game. This promises to be a classic. Will it be positional and restrained or a battle in uncharted territory? The Tiger of Madras vs The Rising Star on a Hot Streak.
Apr-20-15  waustad: Since So is leading at the moment, that game would be the default choice.
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  Penguincw: Not sure why <cg> hasn't update the live games page yet to Anand-So. Perhaps they think tomorrow is a Rest Day (it's actually Wednesday).
Apr-21-15  Hesam7: According to Stockfish after 24...Bc3 the position becomes equal and stays equal until the end of the game. The machine recommendation is 24...Bh8!? 25 Bh8 Rh8:

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The crucial difference with the game continuation is that the d4-square is available for a Black Knight. The threat of Nc6-Nd4 appears to be so strong that from the diagrammed position Stockfish hits the panic button with: 26 b4 cb4 27 c5 dc5 28 Rc5 in order to get to a probable draw.

Apr-21-15  MindCtrol9: I like the move that Carlsen made 18....c5 which I see takes away the square c3.This is a positional move for a future endgame.
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  perfidious: If the knight can swing round to d4, White's chances are not looking up, to put it mildly.

This middlegame has come to resemble a type often seen in the Saemisch KID, if in an inferior form; though White has apparent pressure against the weakness at d6, it is more cosmetic than real. He cannot enforce the break g4 or play against the weak square d5. This is the type of position in which it is very easy for even a strong GM to lose control very quickly.

It is not at all surprising that the silicon monstrosity recommends bailing out by playing to open the position another way, for passive play can come to no good.

Apr-21-15  offramp: I see that the result is still awaiting for this game. Carrier pigeons aren't as fit as they used to be.
Apr-21-15  offramp: <Penguincw>, I think you think I'm garbage.
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  Penguincw: < offramp: <Penguincw>, I think you think I'm garbage. >

Um, I'm not sure what you mean by that. I honestly don't think you're garbage, or have even once considered you being garbage. There are some users I think on this site are "garbage" (I prefer not to elaborate on that), but you're <not> one of them. I'm not even sure why you would think that way...

Apr-21-15  offramp: Many apologies, <Penguincw>! I accidentally misread a previous post and author!
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  beenthere240: Anyone who thinks that Carlsen can win all of his games by simple endurance and opponent errors should look at this game again. It reminds me a bit of So-Carlsen where MC suddenly backed off a position that the engines thought was promising and transitioned into a dead draw (Bc6 instead of Ba3).
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