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Magnus Carlsen vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2017), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-09
Bird Opening: Leningrad Bird (A02)  ·  1-0



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Dec-09-17  BOSTER: Carlsen: <I am so dominant>. Absolutely wrong.
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  MissScarlett: Game reminded me a little of Carlsen vs Adams, 2009, where 25...dxe3 was winning; here missing 26...e3 was the beginning of the end. Where have all the years gone!?
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  ChessHigherCat: What all the winners against the Bird in the opening explorer have in common is that none of them played against Carlsen. I bet he rightly guessed that nobody would expect him play it so they wouldn't prepare for it and he came up with some amazing prep. The opening moves that we missed in the live game were incredibly sharp, always just a hair away from trapping the queen or winning a piece. Adams played very well to survive the opening.
Dec-09-17  dehanne: 1.f4 avoiding 1.f3!?
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  chancho: Carlsen is not a playa, he just crushes a lot.


Dec-09-17  CountryGirl: MC took Adams by surprise. After 8 or so moves MC had a Leningrad Dutch a move up, which is not necessarily fatal for Black, but obviously quite fine for White. Then we got to see some creative and tactical play by MC. Yet even when it was R+B+N vs 2R+p, Adams seemed to have a good strong structure, but MC chipped away at it so well. Interesting to see some analysis on this endgame!
Dec-09-17  CountryGirl: BTW I would love to see Adams win again vs MC. Micky only ever got the one win, when MC tried a silly experiment against him. Other than that, MC has a ginormous plus score...
Dec-09-17  BOSTER: After 13...Rec8 black was better.
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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: Swashbuckling Adams has a way of losing spectacularly>

Somehow that happens to many Carlsen opponents.

Dec-09-17  zanzibar: Look after 10.e4:

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White put both(!) knights on the rim (9.Nh4 was completely unexpected by me), and yet the position has a dead even eval.

Dec-09-17  zanzibar: Did anyone else playing over this game get the impression that Adams mishandled his king on several occasions?

Either not deploying it, or moving it to a passive rather than active square?

Or, as in the final phrase, retreating it so that it becomes a target (21...Kc6 vs. 21...Kb8)?

Dec-09-17  Robinkill: Poor game, poor world champion + yesterday game ..... We have to look for a real WC, someone of a Bobby format. Disgusting.
Dec-09-17  Mirovsk: 2017's weirdest game....20.Rxe4 is a very ingenious move...a real WC move...24.gxf4 - at this point Adams (black) has 2 rooks, a knight and 6 paws against rook, bishop, knight and 4 paws....nine pieces against this point black is winning according to the machines...when Adams started to crumble?
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  boz: I guess the thing with Carlsen is you have to beat him in the opening then beat in the middlegame and finally beat him in the endgame too.
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  Richard Taylor: Carlsen was lost (or close to it). Adams can win, or at least draw if there is any resource with 14...Rac8 when soon the White Queen is forced away and Adams can play Bd4+
Dec-10-17  frogbert: <Mirovsk> When black played b3, he handed over the initiative to white. Kb8? was the decisive mistake - after that, the evaluation changed from roughly equal to winning for white.

Adams also lost a defendable rook ending a pawn down against Nepo. In that game, playing fxg5? giving black a passer in the e-file was the start of white's downfall. Watching the game live, I was very surprised that Adams didn't play g3 defending f4. A buddy of mine was following the game with me, and before Adams moved, I told him «here white will play g3 and hold the draw comfortably at this level» - and just seconds later fxg5 was on the board. «Ok?» I said. «I'm sure Adams knows what he's doing - but that move really surprised me!»

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  Domdaniel: Carlsen must have been looking over Henrik Danielsen's games in his favorite Polar Bear.
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  Domdaniel: This entire line has been played many times by Danielsen - see his book on the Polar Bear (Reversed Leningrad) or books on the Bird by Taylor or Lakadawala.

Yet again, I'm bemused that some people still think that 1.f4 is weak or eccentric or just plain bad. It is none of these things: I've won some good games with it. And you can't argue with a heritage including Bird, Nimzowitsch, Lasker and Danielsen.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Domdaniel> Well if it's a sound and uncommon opening it's ideal for a trap. If nobody expects you to play a certain opening because it really is unsound, then you're likely to get shellacked anyway. As it is, MC gave the detractors the Bird :-)
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  Richard Taylor: Carlsen's oppening is o.k. (1. f4 is good) but when he dives in with 12. Qxc6? and he probably should have lost. Black is looking good at least. No winning opening middle game and endgame. Carlsen isn't that good.
Dec-11-17  Christoforus Polacco: Magnus THEORETICALLY is not good :) But PRACTICAL is the best :))
Dec-12-17  ajile: If Black plays normal moves White is simply getting a Dutch Defense in reverse with an extra move. The most interesting of these is the Reverse Leningrad Dutch with g3 and Bg2.

The problem with f4 is you BETTER KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE FROM GAMBIT 1..e5!?. Can be extremely dangerous for White if he doesn't know the lines.

Dec-20-17  jerryatric: I play 2 e4 against the From. Most of my opponents are not prepared for Kings gambit.
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  ChessHigherCat: 22...e5 was a nice try by Adams: if 23 fxe5? g4! 24. Ng2 Nf3 25. Kh1 Rd2 and then double rooks on the 7th rank with a strong attack (although maybe black has to watch out for Bc6)
Feb-22-18  yurikvelo:


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