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Michael Adams vs Veselin Topalov
FIDE World Ch (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 5, Dec-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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Apr-08-08  positionalgenius: One of my favorite adams games. A great positional game- i would like to see annotations of this game
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  plang: Game 1 of their 5th round match in the World Championship tournament; a draw in the 2nd game clinched the match for Adams who was then eliminated by Anand in the semi-finals. 8 a3 is an unusual move (particularly combined with queenside castling) that takes the game out of mainline theory. In the previous round against Svidler in the decisive 4h game (second quick play tiebreaker) Adams had played 9 g4; here he varied with 9 Qd2. 19..f6 20 Nxe6..Qxe6 21 Bf5..Qxf5 22 gxf..fxe 23 b3..b4 24 Kc1..Bb5 25 Rxe5..Bc6 26 Qd3 would have been winning for White. Adams made steady progress eventually resulting in the win of a pawn with 37 Rc6. Adams was critical of 48..Kb5? recommending 48..g5 49 a4..h5 50 Rg3 as a tougher defense with White still having some work to do to earn the win. Adams concluding play in the rook endgame is quite instructive.
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