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Dortmund Win!

I was happy to be invited to play at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting again after a few years break; I had played there quite regularly since my debut as long ago as 1992. After checking out my pairings before the event I wasn’t very optimistic about my chances , many of the opponents had proved tricky adversaries in the past and I had an additional Black game which rarely helps. However expectations can be misleading, and the first round proved to be my only setback, as I squandered a decent position.

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[Event "Dortmund SuperGM 41st"]
[Site "Dortmund"]
[Date "2013.07.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Fridman, Daniel"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C47"]
[WhiteElo "2629"]
[BlackElo "2740"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "108"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2013.08.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 O-O
8. O-O d5 9. exd5 cxd5 10. h3 Rb8 11. Qf3 c6 12. Bf4 Bd6 13. b3 Rb4 14. Bxd6
Qxd6 15. Rfe1 Be6 16. Ne2 Re8 17. c3 Rb6 18. Ng3 ({A step in the wrong
direction} 18. Nf4 {was better}) 18… Rbb8 19. Re2 Bd7 20. Rae1 Rxe2 21. Rxe2
g6 22. Nf1 a5 23. Qg3 Qxg3 24. Nxg3 a4 25. bxa4 Ra8 26. Bc2 c5 27. Nf1 Bxa4 28.
Bxa4 Rxa4 29. Ne3 h5 30. f3 Ra3 31. Nd1 h4 32. Kf2 Kf8 33. Rb2 Nh5 ({Black is
exerting serious pressure after} 33… Ke7 {but I failed to realise the
upcoming liquidation eases White’s problems.}) 34. Rd2 Nf4 35. Ne3 Rxc3 36.
Nxd5 Nxd5 37. Rxd5 Rc2+ 38. Ke3 Rxa2 39. Rxc5 Rxg2 40. Rc4 g5 41. Rg4 Rg3 42.
Kf2 Rxg4 43. fxg4 Ke7 44. Ke3 Kd6 45. Ke4 f6 46. Kf5 Ke7 47. Ke4 Ke6 48. Kd4 f5
49. gxf5+ Kxf5 50. Ke3 g4 51. hxg4+ Kxg4 52. Kf2 h3 53. Kg1 Kg3 54. Kh1 h2
1/2-1/2

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I haven’t tried the main line of the Berlin for some time, but decided to give it a go in round 2. This seemed to catch Andreikin by surprise and I got a healthy clock lead and an extra pawn albeit one that was not easy to convert.
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[Event "Dortmund SuperGM 41st"]
[Site "Dortmund"]
[Date "2013.07.27"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C67"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]
[BlackElo "2727"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "127"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2013.08.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Be7 12. Rad1 Nh4 13. Nxh4 Bxh4 14.
Ne2 Bd7 15. Rfe1 Rd8 16. Nd4 Bc8 17. c3 Rd5 18. e6 Bf6 19. exf7+ Kxf7 20. Bxc7
g5 21. Nf3 Rxd1 22. Rxd1 Re8 23. Nd2 b5 24. f3 Bf5 25. Kf2 Re7 ({Initiating
some tactics but} 25… g4 {relying on the strength of the bishops was another
logical idea.}) 26. Bd8 Rd7 27. Bxf6 Bc2 28. Rg1 Rxd2+ 29. Ke3 Rd5 (29… Rd3+
30. Ke2 Kxf6 31. Rc1 {regains the piece}) 30. Bh8 Kg8 31. c4 {The only try but
not easy to counter} bxc4 (31… Rd3+ 32. Ke2 Rd6 33. c5 Re6+ 34. Kd2 Kxh8 35.
Kxc2 Re2+ {was a better try, the opposite bishop ending is a nightmare to
defend in practical play}) 32. Bc3 Kf7 33. Rc1 Bd3 34. h4 gxh4 35. Rh1 Rg5 36.
Kf2 Rd5 37. Rxh4 Ke6 38. Rh2 a5 39. Kg3 a4 40. a3 Rg5+ 41. Kh4 Rd5 42. Rh1 Kf7
43. Re1 Bg6 44. Re3 Bd3 45. Be5 Kg6 46. Re1 Bc2 47. Bc3 Kf7 48. Re2 Bd3 49. Re3
Bg6 50. g4 c5 51. Re1 hxg4 52. fxg4 Bc2 53. Rf1+ Ke7 54. Rf4 Bd3 55. Bg7 Ke6
56. Rf6+ Ke7 57. Rb6 Kf7 58. Bc3 Bc2 ({Black should have played} 58… Ke7 59.
g5 Rd6 {Now my pawn can’t be stopped.}) 59. g5 Rd1 60. g6+ Ke7 61. g7 Rg1 62.
Rb7+ Ke6 63. Rb8 Bh7 64. Kh3 1-0

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As I had spent some time working on the Berlin I decided to give it a try with Blackagainst Caruana, a risky decision as he is well prepared on the White side. Although he hit me with a strong novelty I managed to respond well, and he then blundered when settling for perpetual was a sensible option to allow me a fairly easy win.

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[Event "Dortmund SuperGM 41st"]
[Site "Dortmund"]
[Date "2013.07.28"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C67"]
[WhiteElo "2796"]
[BlackElo "2740"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2013.08.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Bd7 10. Rd1 Kc8 11. g4 Ne7 12. Ng5 Be8 13. f4 h5 14. Kf2 b6
15. f5 Kb7 16. Nc3 hxg4 17. hxg4 Rh2+ 18. Kg3 Rxc2 19. Nh7 c5 20. Nxf8 Bc6 21.
f6 $2 ({The stronger} 21. Bg5 Nxf5+ 22. gxf5 Rg2+ 23. Kf4 Rf2+ 24. Kg4 Rg2+ {
leads to a draw.}) 21… Rg2+ 22. Kf4 gxf6 23. exf6 Rf2+ 24. Ke3 Rxf6 25. Nh7
Rf3+ 26. Kd2 Rd8+ 27. Kc2 Rxc3+ 28. bxc3 Ba4+ 29. Kb2 Rxd1 30. Bg5 Nc6 31. Rxd1
Bxd1 32. Bf4 Bxg4 33. Nf6 Bf3 34. Ne8 Na5 35. Nxc7 Bc6 36. Kc2 Kc8 37. Kd3 Kd7
38. Kc2 Nc4 39. Na6 Bb7 40. Nb8+ Kc8 41. Kd3 b5 0-1

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After an uneventful draw with Peter Leko, in my next game against Wang Hao fortune smiled on me:
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[Event "Dortmund SuperGM 41st"]
[Site "Dortmund"]
[Date "2013.07.30"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Wang Hao"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A15"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]
[BlackElo "2752"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2013.08.08"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nc6 8.
O-O Qa5 9. Nb3 Qh5 10. Nd5 d6 11. Nf4 Qe5 12. Re1 a5 13. a4 Be6 14. Nd2 Bf5 15.
Nd5 Nxd5 16. cxd5 Nb4 17. e4 Bd7 18. Nc4 Qd4 19. Qxd4 Bxd4 20. Be3 Rfc8 21. Bf1
Rxc4 ({The simple} 21… Bxe3 22. Nxe3 Nc2 23. Nxc2 Rxc2 24. b3 {is a good
option. My opponent’s imaginative idea is not bad but not really necessary.})
22. Bxc4 Bxb2 23. Rab1 Bf6 24. Rec1 ({A good response after} 24. Bb5 Bxb5 25.
axb5 Nc2 {or}) (24. Bb3 b5 {Black gets pleasant play}) 24… Bxa4 25. Bb6 Bd7 (
{I was anticipating the better} 25… Bc2 26. Rxb4 axb4 27. Rxc2 Ra1+ 28. Kg2
b3 29. Bxb3 Rb1 30. Rc8+ Kg7 31. Re8 Rxb3 32. Bd8 {when White hangs on.}) 26.
Bxa5 Rxa5 27. Rxb4 b5 28. Bd3 Kg7 29. Kg2 g5 30. Rc7 Bg4 ({It was my lucky day
} 30… Be8 {still leaves Black with chances to save the game.}) 31. e5 {
Winning a bishop.} 1-0

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After the free day I was Black against Naidtisch who played in typically aggressive style in a QGD.
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[Event "Dortmund SuperGM 41st"]
[Site "Dortmund"]
[Date "2013.08.01"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D53"]
[WhiteElo "2710"]
[BlackElo "2740"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2013.08.08"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 O-O 8. Bd3
dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. a4 c5 11. O-O cxd4 12. exd4 Nb6 13. Bd3 Nbd5 14. Ne5 Nb4
15. Bb1 Bd7 16. Ra3 {I thought it was too extravagant to swing the rook along
the third but actually it works quite well.} Bc6 17. Ne2 Nd7 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19.
Rg3 Rfd8 20. Qc1 Kf8 ({It is important to move the king first as} 20… Nxe5
21. dxe5 Kf8 22. Bh7 {introduces a painful threat of Qc1xh6. At this stage I
was rather concerned about my position but strangely won the game six moves
later!}) 21. Bh7 ({As piece play proves insufficient to crack my position} 21.
f4 {might have been worth considering}) 21… Nf6 22. Nf4 Be8 {White’s last
few moves looked very logical but as everything is covered it’s hard to see
how to proceed.} 23. Rf3 Nc6 {Retreating my only advanced piece throws White’s
game into crisis.} 24. Rd1 Rxd4 25. Rxd4 Nxd4 26. Rd3 Nc6 0-1
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The next day I won against Khenkin who erred in the opening after which things went smoothly.
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[Event "Dortmund SuperGM 41st"]
[Site "Dortmund"]
[Date "2013.08.02"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Khenkin, Igor"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B18"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]
[BlackElo "2605"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2013.08.08"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nf6 8. Ne5
Bh7 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. Bxh7 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Qa5+ 12. Kf1 Nxh7 13. e6 Qd5 14. exf7+
Qxf7 15. Ne4 Nf6 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 ({Here} 16… exf6 {was stronger}) ({even}
16… gxf6 {was considerably stronger.}) 17. Rh3 e6 18. Be3 Be7 19. Bd4 {
Already a pawn is dropping off.} Qg6 20. Rg3 Qf5 21. Rxg7 Rf8 22. Qg4 Rd8 23.
Re1 Rd6 24. c3 h5 25. Qg6+ Kd8 26. Qxf5 Rxf5 27. Rg8+ Kd7 28. g3 c5 29. Be3 Bf6
30. Rf8 a6 31. Rf7+ 1-0

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Up to this stage Vladimir Kramnik was also in good shape and we were frequently tied for the lead, however in this round he was beaten by Andreikin and I had a point lead.

I played a solid draw with Meier the next day whilst Kramnik played a lengthy game with Caruana. It looked although Fabiano had saved a draw with a determined rearguard action but he made a bad blunder in the final timecontrol so my lead was cut to half a point before the last round.

Fortunately I was able to steer the game towards a draw with kramnik to an early repetition without many dramas and secure a very satisfying tournament victory!

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Last Minute in London

Around lunchtime the day before the opening ceremony, I got a late call up to the London leg of the FIDE Grand Prix substituting for Peter Svidler for that one event only. Despite the lateness of the invite, openings-wise I fared quite well, but was tired towards the end of the event and felt I should have picked up a few more half points from the positions I had.
The rules were the usual FIDE mishmash: it’s not clear why Sofia rules are used during this event when they aren’t during the World Championship match when they would actually be useful. The event was also unusual for unintentionally employing two different time controls; we started with 40/2 followed by 20/1 but now things got confusing as in the first couple of games you were only credited with your additional 15 mins plus 30 seconds once your regular time had elapsed rather than on move 60. The additional increment would have been welcome in my first game with Wang Hao. To remedy this flaw from round 3 onwards, we received the increment on move 60 as is the norm.
This event was the first to be organised by Agon although it is clear that they won’t have time to implement their main ideas until at least the London Candidates. Obviously they are serious about chess and I was impressed with their concepts concerning branding and presentation of the game several of which were new to me. I hope they can be successful with the big problems of finding sponsors, and creating a proper World Championship cycle.

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