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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-10
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  1-0


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  plang: 4 Qb3 is rarely played because if Black refrains from exchanging the bishop the queen may end up being misplaced on b3. In game 9 of their 1998 10 game match (drawn 5-5) Timman had played 10..h6 against Van Wely and the game had ended in a draw; Adams 10..Rb8 was new. Anand was critical of 14..b5? recommending instead 14..Bc7 15 a4..Bd7 16 e4 followed by f4 with a small White edge. Anand had several opportunities to capture the a-pawn (perhaps 27 Bxa7!?) but apparently thought that the bishop was too valuable to give up for a mere pawn. Adams decision to sacrifice the d-pawn with 30..Ne7?! was much more questionable; Seirawan thought thatb 30..g5 (followed by ..g4) would have given Black a better chance. 33..Nxg2 34 Qxg2..Bh3 35 Qf2..Rfc7 36 Rdc6 would not have improved Black's chances.
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  plang: Played in the last (14th) round. Anand's win allowed him to tie with Kramnik for 2nd 2.5 points behind Kasparov who had clinched first two rounds earlier.
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