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Michael Adams vs Alexander Onischuk
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Sep-27
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  1-0


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  plang: 9 dxc was an interesting decision making it difficult for black to achieve counterplay. Adams felt that 10..h6 would have prevented white from exchanging his dark-squared bishop for a knight thus strengthening whites control of d5. Adams positional play on both sides of the board with 14 a5, 15 Ra3, 16 h4, 17 h5 and 18 a6 makes quite an impression. Adams did not mention 17..a6 but perhaps this would have been an improvement. 21..Bf6, trying to exchange the bad bishop, looks like a good alternative but after 22 Nxf6+..Qxf6 23 Qg4..Rdd8 24 Rf3..Qg5 25 Qe6+..Kh8 27 g3 blacks position is awful. 27 Kh7? blundered a pawn but Adams felt that after 27..d4 28 Rh3..Rf6 29 Rd1..Rdf7 30 R1d3 he still would have had a winning position.
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