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Ding Liren vs Michael Adams
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-16
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0

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Jan-16-16  dumbgai: Tremendous endgame play by Ding!
Jan-16-16  luzhin: The end is spectacular. If Adams' 60...Re4 is answered by 61.Nxe4?? then it's stalemate. But 61.Rh8+! is the only move--if 61.Nxf7??? Rg4 checkmate!
Jan-16-16  4tmac: Hard to see 54.. Rxe3+ 55. Kf6 Nc7! 56. Nxf7 Nd5+! very nice, good endgame R + N tactics
Jan-16-16
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  whiteshark: Poor Adams
Jan-16-16  mrandersson: Is this 7 Be3 a new idea in the english?
Jan-16-16  Sularus: Mickey setting traps till the very end. Of course a super GM will most probably see those. :)
Jan-16-16  manorchy: Straight outta Composition
Jan-16-16
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  cro777: <mrandersson: Is this 7 Be3 a new idea in the English?>

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cd5 Nd5 5. Nc3 Nb6 6. d3 Nc6


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Here, the main move is 7.Nf3, but 7.Be3 and 7.Bxc6 have also been tried. With 7.Be3 White usually wants to take play into less-known territory.

Anand, Karjakin and Giri as White used the same set-up after 6...Be7 (which is more popular than 6...Nc6)


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Jan-17-16  EhsanBalani: If 41Rh2, how can White take his pawn back?
Jan-17-16  Nerwal: <If 41Rh2, how can White take his pawn back?>

Simply 42. ♘c6 and ♘e5.

Jan-17-16  Ulhumbrus: After 13 a4 if White's bishop lands on c6 following the displacement of Black's b7 pawn by a6, it will fork the black rooks. This suggests 13...Rb8
Jan-17-16
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  cro777: Ding Liren overtook Adams in the endgame. Rook + knight endgames are usually tactical because rook and knight work together harmoniously in the attack.

Position after 54.Ke5


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54Nd8? This was the decisive mistake. The correct move was 54Rxe3+ and then

55.Kf6 Nc7 56.Nxf7 (56.Rxc7 Re6+) Nd5+ 57.Kxg6 Rxg3+

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