Tata Steel Chess Round 2: Michael Adams Draws an Interesting Parallel Between His Today's Game and Naiditsch - Granda

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The most experienced player of Tata Steel Chess Masters 2016, British Grandmaster Michael Adams gave a brief commentary to our website about his round 2 draw against David Navara.

Adams and Navara having a post-mortem analysis after their encounter

Andrey Deviatkin: This is Chess-News. Grandmaster Michael Adams just drew David Navara in round 2 of the Tata Steel Chess Masters. Michael, could you please tell us what happened in the game?

Michael Adams: Well, we played this line, he went for the very critical move 10...c5. To be honest, I didn't really check it. It's quite interesting, particularly with this 11...Na6. It looks a bit dangerous for Black to me, but I don't know, I didn't really find anything. In one line, maybe I can keep a pawn, but Black's too active, so I think it was a fairly normal draw.

AD: And about the opening. I think normally you don't play this 3.e5 and 4.h4 line in the Caro-Kann?

MA: I had the idea to play it for a long time, but then, for whatever reason, the Caro-Kann just wasn't coming up, so I thought I would try it. When I originally looked at it, it was less popular, while now there's already quite a lot of games. But I saw that he'd never actually had any games in this line, so I thought maybe it wasn't such a bad choice because he's not playing Caro-Kann so long, and he never faced 4.h4. So I thought it was worth trying, if he doesn't have any experience.

AD: Okay, I got it. And about the endgame "5 vs 5". Actually, you are well-known for winning many seemingly drawish positions. Did you think White could have achieved something at the end? Maybe by playing f2-f3 instead of d3-d4 or like this?

MA: Maybe... Well, I wanted to put the knight on f4 very quickly, but I don't know... I think I was just not in great shape in general. But no, I think it's basically just a draw. I don't think Black has too many problems. I wasn't really expecting 30...Ne4 somehow, and then it was very difficult to get rid of this knight on e4. I thought he might have played 29...Nc3+ instead of 29...Nc5. Yeah, I mean, it's very close to a draw. If you saw this game - Naiditsch against Granda from Isle of Man 2015 - it looked like Naiditsch had sort of a completely winning version of this endgame, more or less, and still it was a draw somehow (smiles), it was a very strange game. Okay, I think normally it's a draw against a strong player.

AD: Okay, thank you very much!

MA: No problem!

Both of the games can be viewed below.

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.17"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2730"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3 e6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Nf3 Nh6 9. Nc3 Nf5 10. Ne2 c5 11. dxc5 Na6 12. Qb5+ Qd7 13. Qxd7+ Kxd7 14. Bxe7 Kxe7 15. b4 b6 16. cxb6 Nxb4 17. Ned4 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 axb6 19. Rb1 Rxa2 20. Kd2 Na6 21. Rxb6 Nc5 22. Rc6 Ne4+ 23. Ke2 Rb8 24. Rc7+ Ke8 25. Rd1 Ra3 26. Rd3 Rxd3 27. cxd3 Rb2+ 28. Rc2 Rxc2+ 29. Nxc2 Nc5 30. d4 Ne4 31. Ne3 1/2-1/2 [Event "PokerStars IoM Masters"] [Site "Douglas ENG"] [Date "2015.10.07"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Naiditsch, A."] [Black "Granda Zuniga, J."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B10"] [WhiteElo "2682"] [BlackElo "2667"] [PlyCount "185"] [EventDate "2015.10.03"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e5 Ne4 5. Ne2 e6 6. d3 Nc5 7. Ng3 b6 8. d4 Ncd7 9. Bg5 Be7 10. h4 Ba6 11. Nh5 g6 12. Nf4 h6 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Qd2 Bxf1 15. Kxf1 Na6 16. a4 Nc7 17. a5 b5 18. g3 Na6 19. c3 c5 20. b3 c4 21. Rb1 Qd8 22. Qa2 Qc7 23. Kg2 Qc6 24. Qa3 Rc8 25. Nh2 b4 26. cxb4 c3 27. Rhc1 Qb5 28. Qa4 Qxb4 29. Ne2 c2 30. Rb2 Qxa4 31. bxa4 Ke7 32. Ng4 Rc4 33. Rb7 Rhc8 34. Rxa7 Nb4 35. Ne3 R4c6 36. Kf1 Nd3 37. Rxc2 Rxc2 38. Nxc2 Rxc2 39. a6 Nb4 40. Ra8 Rc6 41. a7 Ra6 42. Rb8 Rxa7 43. Rxb4 Rc7 44. Ke1 Rc6 45. a5 Ra6 46. Rb5 Kd8 47. Kd2 Kc7 48. Kc3 Nb8 49. Nc1 Rc6+ 50. Kb2 Rc4 51. Nb3 Nc6 52. a6 Rb4 53. Rxb4 Nxb4 54. Nc5 Kb6 55. g4 Nxa6 56. Nd7+ Kc7 57. Nf6 Kd8 58. Kb3 Nc7 59. Kb4 Ne8 60. Ng8 h5 61. f3 Ng7 62. Nf6 Ke7 63. Kc3 Kf8 64. Kd3 Ne8 65. Nxe8 Kxe8 66. Ke3 Ke7 67. Kf4 hxg4 68. fxg4 f6 69. exf6+ Kxf6 70. g5+ Kf7 71. Kg4 e5 72. dxe5 d4 73. Kf3 Ke6 74. Ke4 d3 75. Kxd3 Kxe5 76. Ke3 Kf5 77. Kf3 Ke6 78. Kf4 Kf7 79. Kf3 Ke7 80. Ke3 Kd7 81. Kd3 Ke6 82. Ke4 Kd6 83. Kf3 Ke7 84. Kg4 Kf7 85. Kg3 Ke7 86. Kf4 Ke6 87. Kg4 Kf7 88. h5 gxh5+ 89. Kxh5 Kg7 90. g6 Kg8 91. Kh6 Kh8 92. g7+ Kg8 93. Kg6 1/2-1/2 


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