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Fabiano Caruana vs Michael Adams
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0

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Jan-18-16  Marmot PFL: This game is typical of an older player losing- fine up to move 30, slightly worse at move 40, and rapidly downhill after move 50.
Jan-18-16  ndg2: @marmot: you mean, like the aging process itself? ;-)
Jan-18-16  ndg2: Hard-fought win for Caru. Not a brilliancy, but brilliant in its perseverance
Jan-18-16
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  ketchuplover: sounds like the aging process
Jan-18-16  kamagong24: i think 21... Rxe4 was a mistake, the R is misplaced there, maybe 21... fxe4 is better, then 33... a5 only made matters worse, maybe instead of 31... Bd7 Adams could have played 31... a6 first, if 32. b5 a5 holds the queenside and can concentrate pieces on the kingside
Jan-19-16  Atking: Not sure about 21...fxe4 <kamagong24> the square has more value than an health pawn structure. Yet I agree with ...a6 to close the Queen side by a5 on an eventual b5. Did 26.b4 surprised GM Adams? 26...Ne7! which threats 27...Rg4 and 28...Ng8 winning the Queen. 27.Rg3 a6! with now Bd7-Nc8-Nd6-Re8-Ne4 plan Black should be satisfied by such dominant N.
Jan-19-16
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  Sokrates: A sad defeat for Adams. IMO he had the better position for a good while, but then he seemed to lack a good plan to progress. Caruana ("Machine!" according to Carlsen) played his chances to a maximum when he sensed Adam's hesitation and irresolution. This is not an age issue. Lasker/Botvinnik/Korchnoi at that age wouldn't have lost with black with the position around moves 25-30. It is the fact that Caruana is the better player now.
Jan-19-16  1971: Lol when did Carlsen call him a machine?
Jan-19-16
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  Sokrates: <1971: Lol when did Carlsen call him a machine?> Unfortunately, I don't recall the exact tournament, but it was in one of the three latest. Carlsen and the other participants appeared in a video, where they were asked to use one or two words to describe their opponents. Carlsen said "machine" when he was asked to characterize Caruana. He said "legend" about Anand. Sorry for not being able to give you a link. Perhaps others here can do it?
Jan-19-16
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  moronovich: On this level <machine> is a compliment when it comes from one of your colleques.E.g.the football team from Barcalona is sometimes also called a machine.

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