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Greet vs Adams (22.05.2010.)

As reported earlier, Andrew Greet obtained his final GM norm in the 4 Nations Chess League. It was perhaps fitting that one of his opponents should be his fellow Cornishman, Michael Adams, much the stronger player, of course, but the game itself shows there was no collusion between the two to help Andrew on his way. This was no quick grandmaster draw – it was a hard fought marathon played to the bitter end.

White: A. N. Greet (2429). Black: M. Adams (2704).

Queen’s Indian Defence [A46]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 b6 4.Bg5 Bb7 5.Nbd2 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e4 g6 8.Bd3 Bg7 9.Nf1 c5 10.Ne3 cxd4 11.cxd4 0–0 12.0–0 d6 13.Rc1 grabbing the open file, as all good rooks should. 13…Qd8 Preventing the rook getting established on the 7th rank. 14.Qd2 Nd7 15.d5 Nc5 16.b4 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Re8 18.Rfd1 exd5 19.exd5 a6 20.Nd4 b5 21.Nc6 Black can eliminate the strong knight but at a cost…. e.g.  21…Qg5

(21…Bxc6 22.Rxc6 followed by a doubling of the rooks). 22.g3 Bc8 23.Kg2 Qh5 24.h4 Bd7 25.Rd2 f5 Both queens are limited for scope so… 26.Qe2 Qxe2 27.Rxe2 g5 28.hxg5 hxg5 29.Rce1 Bc3 30.Rc1 Bf6 31.Rce1 Rac8 32.f4 Bc3 33.Rd1 g4 34.Kf2 Kf7 35.Rd3 Bf6 36.Ra3 Ra8 37.Nc2 Bxc6 38.dxc6 Rec8 39.Ne3 Rxc6 40.Nxf5 Rh8 41.Kg2 d5 42.Rd3 progress of Black’s extra pawn must be blocked 42…d4 43.Red2 Rc3 44.Nd6+ Ke6 45.Ne4 Rxd3 46.Rxd3 Rd8 The game is only half over and there now follows much cat and mouse manoeuvring, both sides probing for a mistake. 47.Kf1 Be7 48.a3 Kf5 49.Nf2 Bf6 50.Ke2 Rc8 51.Kd2 Rc4 52.Rb3 Bd8 53.Nd3 Be7 54.Nf2 Bf6 55.Nd1 Rc8 56.Nf2 Rc7 57.Rd3 Rc8 58.Rb3 Bd8 59.Nd3 Rc7 60.Nf2 Rc6 61.Rd3 Bb6 62.Nd1 a5 63.Nf2 Rc4 64.Ke2 axb4 65.axb4 Rxb4 66.Rd2 Rb3 67.Nd3 b4 68.Ra2 Ke4 69.Ra8 Rc3 (Black is invited to take the knight, after which… 69…Rxd3 70.Re8+ Kd5 71.Kxd3) 70.Re8+ Kd5 71.Rb8 Kc4 72.Nxb4 Kxb4 73.Rxb6+ Kc5 74.Rb8 Rxg3 75.f5 d3+ 76.Kd2 Kd4 77.f6 Rg2+ 78.Kd1 Rf2 79.Rd8+ Ke5 80.Re8+ Kd5 (Another “gift” is offered, but if 80…Kxf6 81.Rf8+ wins the rook.) 81.Rg8 Rf4 82.f7 Rxf7 83.Rxg4 Rf2 84.Rh4 Kc5 85.Rg4 Rc2 86.Rh4 Rc4 87.Rxc4+ Kxc4 It’s a book draw, of course, but the last rites are administered. 88.Kd2 Kd4 89.Kd1 Ke3 90.Ke1 d2+ 91.Kd1 Kd3 stalemate. ½–½

The solution to last week’s 3-mover was 1.Nbd3!

Michael Adams won the Gibraltar tournament earlier this year. This was the end of one of his games from Gibraltar 2007. He is a piece up, but Black managed to secure a draw after 3 moves. How so?

d2+ 91.Kd1 Kd3 stalemate. ½–½

The solution to last week’s 3-mover was 1.Nbd3!

Michael Adams won the Gibraltar tournament earlier this year. This was the end of one of his games from Gibraltar 2007. He is a piece up, but Black managed to secure a draw after 3 moves. How so?

Black to play and draw.

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