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Fabiano Caruana vs Michael Adams
Isle of Man Masters (2016), Douglas IMN, rd 9, Oct-09
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Oct-09-16
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  HeMateMe: was the sac exchange 29...Rxf3 absolutely necessary?
Oct-09-16  starry2013: From the commentary I heard he should have moved his knight up first. Strong position, must hurt when you lose from that. Earlier on the commentary they were talking about how he must act quick and not allow Caruana to solidify to keep the pressure on. Didn't strike the balance between action and going for it as time was ticking down to the time control.
Oct-09-16  Marmot PFL: Didn't see the game - sounds like Adams played well up until time control when his younger opponent could calculate faster. Older players should receive time handicaps to compensate for this.
Oct-09-16
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  Jambow: This was reminiscent of Capablanca. Nice job Fabiano never too complex but always tactical options and he reduced it to an end game when it was time. Adams is is no easy fish.
Oct-09-16
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  Jambow: <HeMateMe> Micky might have helped with 29 ... Rxf3

29...Nf6 looks to hold better at a glance? Blockade the e pawn and fortify the d pawn. Nimzowitsch would have been pleased.

Oct-09-16  Ulhumbrus: After the exchange 12...Bxc4, 13...Qe7 seems consistent followed by ...Qe6 unpinning the knight. By removing White's king's bishop Black has gained the use of the square e6 for his queen.
Oct-10-16  Everett: <t-09-16 Marmot PFL: Didn't see the game - sounds like Adams played well up until time control when his younger opponent could calculate faster. Older players should receive time handicaps to compensate for this.>

Really enjoy Adams' chess, yet your suggestion is ridiculous.

Oct-10-16  Howard: Yes, giving older players "time handicaps" is rather ridiculous. Besides, if you're going to do it in chess, why not, say, in golf ? In other words, any golfer over 50 should have x-number of strokes shaved off his final score so as to compensate for his "age" ?!

Keep in mind, by the way, that older players have the advantage of experience.

Oct-10-16  Shams: If you're over fifty you get unlimited clock-pauses in case you need to use the bathroom or have a midday colonoscopy.
Oct-10-16
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  saffuna: <have a midday colonoscopy.>

My opponent often gives me a metaphorical colonoscopy.

Oct-10-16  Shams: <My opponent often gives me a metaphorical colonoscopy.>

"Luzhin's thought roamed through entrancing and terrible labyrinths, meeting there now and then the anxious thought of Turati, who sought the same thing as he..."

Oct-10-16  Marmot PFL: <If you're over fifty you get unlimited clock-pauses in case you need to use the bathroom or have a midday colonoscopy.>

You won't laugh about that if/when you get to my age. About 40 years ago I won a game after my opponent (former state champ in the 1930s, then in his 70s or 80s) got lost returning from the bathroom. (I think I was winning anyway but the extra 20 minutes didn't hurt).

As for the advantage of experience, it doesn't any help if you can't recall the position until after the game is over. BTW I was locked out of the site for almost half an hour this morning when I forgot my password.

In golf let a player over 45 tee off a few yards closer to the hole (increase handicap at 55, 65, etc). Once you get to 95 you only have to putt.

Oct-10-16  Everett: <"Luzhin's thought roamed through entrancing and terrible labyrinths, meeting there now and then the anxious thought of Turati, who sought the same thing as he...">

Very much enjoyed that book. Thanks for the reminder <Shams>

Mar-23-17
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  tpstar: [Fritz 10]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 0-0 6. 0-0 [last book move Opening Explorer ] Re8 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 a6 Opening Explorer 9. Bc4 d6 Opening Explorer 10. Nbd2 Ba7 11. a4 Be6 12. a5 Bxc4 13. Nxc4 Re6 14. Ne3 Bxe3 15. fxe3 d5 16. d4 exd4 [16 ... dxe4 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. dxe5 Qxd1 19. Raxd1 =] 17. Bxf6 [17. Nxd4 Nxd4 18. exd5 Qxd5 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. exd4 Rae8 ] Rxf6 [ ] [17 ... Qxf6? 18. exd5 dxc3 19. dxe6 Qxe6 20. Qe1 cxb2 21. Rb1 ] 18. e5 Re6 19. exd4 f6 20. Re1 Qd7 21. Qb3 fxe5 22. dxe5 [White has a new passed pawn] Rf8 23. Re3 Rg6 24. Kh1 Nd8 25. Rd1 c6 26. c4 d4 27. Qc2 [Worse is 27. Nxd4 Qxd4 28. Rf3 Rxf3 29. Qxf3 Qxe5 30. Rxd8+ Kh7 ] [27. Rxd4?? Qxd4 28. h3 Qf4 ] Rg4 28. h3 Rgf4 29. b4 Rxf3 30. Rxf3 Rxf3 31. gxf3 Qxh3+ 32. Kg1 Qg3+ 33. Qg2 Qxe5 34. f4 Qxf4 35. Re1 Qf6 [35 ... Nf7 36. Re8+ Kh7 37. Qe4+ Qxe4 38. Rxe4 =] 36. Qg4 [ ] Nf7 [36 ... Kh7!? ] 37. Re8+ [ ] Kh7 38. Re6 Qg5 39. Qxg5 Nxg5 [39 ... hxg5 40. c5 ] 40. Re7 c5? [40 ... Nf3+ 41. Kf2 Nd2 ] 41. b5 [ ] axb5 42. cxb5 c4 43. Kf2 c3 44. Ke2 Nh3 [44 ... c2 45. Rc7 Nf7 46. Rxc2 ] 45. Rf7.

The frequent use of the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense by Black at the top level has led to White reconsidering older and outdated lines, including 4. d3 & 5. c3 transposing to the Anderssen Variation with a quieter game. After 9. Bc4 you would think this was a Giuoco Piano instead. The minor piece trades led to QRRN vs QRRN which can be tricky, however this game was more straightforward. At Move 27, note the Pd4 is indirectly protected due to White's weak back rank. Fritz agrees with the exchange sacrifice 29 ... Rxf3 trading down to QR vs QN where Black has two Pawns for the exchange, then things were pretty even until 40 ... c5 where the evaluation suddenly shot up for White as 41. b5 creates a passed Pawn which Queens quickly; Black may be up several Pawns but that is no match for a rampaging White Queen. In the final analysis, good for Caruana to win, and too bad for Adams to lose, but this game demonstrates the famous adage that one bad move can spoil forty good ones.

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