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Jonathan Rowson vs Michael Adams
Match (1998), London (England), rd 5
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1


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Apr-05-06  notyetagm: 23 ... ♖xg3!, the <exchange on the pinning square>, trading a half-pinned bishop along the e1-h4 diagonal for a fully-pinned rook.
Apr-18-07  computer chess guy: After 25. Kg1 (instead of Rgf3), it doesn't look to me like Black has a win, or not a quick one anyway.
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  plang: Game 5 of the six game match that Adams won 5-1. This was Adam's 4th and last win. Rowson repeated his pet variation 7 Nd5 that he had used in the first game. Rowson played 12 f4 in that game; 12 Be3 was new and was suggested by Sadler in the post-mortem to the first game. Adams felt that 12 f4 was stronger as the bishop on e3 could be chased with ..f5 and ..f4. With 14..f4 Adams was not concerned about giving up control of e4 because the White knight had no quick route to get there. Adams pointed out that 15..Qe8 was imprecise as the queen became a target on the kingside; 15..Rf6 first was better. Adam's exchange sacrifice may not have worked had Rowson played 25 Kg1!..Bh3 26 Rff3..Bxg3 27 hxg..dxe with an unclear position. After 25 Rgf3?..Bg4! Rowson was instantly lost. Rowson resigned as 30 kg1 would be answered by 30..b5 and 31..Qe3+.
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