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Michael Adams vs Alexey Shirov
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-11
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-12-04  refutor: amazing that shirov was able to hold on for a draw.
Jan-12-04  PinkPanther: No, just shoddy endgame technique by Adams. I was kind of diasppointed, I wanted him to win so badly.
Jan-12-04  AdrianP: <PinkPanther> I don't think it was shoddy endgame technique... I'd be interested to hear where you think Adams could have improved...
Jan-12-04  PinkPanther: Well let's see by move 51 Adams is up a pawn with a superior minor piece, something must have gone wrong. I have to question Adams' decision to trade off his superior bishop, it leave his king with no useful moves at the end of the game, giving Shirov a half point which he didn't deserve.
Jan-12-04  technical draw: I agree with PinkPanther. It appears that Adams was just moving pieces around with no real plan.
Jan-12-04  Dick Brain: <PinkPanther>You can find many material up endgames that cannot be won because of counterplay that arrives just in time [in the final k&P ending white cannot force a queen on the kingside withough allowing Black to do the same on the queenside on the next ply] among many other reasons. The problem with a Bishop is that it cannot hit squares of the opposite color (for instance g4). In this game black was threatening to swing his knight to f3 and snatch the h2 pawn. In the case of a blocked pawn pair the knight alone could then protect his own pawn on g4 from the white king with the knight flip-flopping from h2 <-> f3 and the bishop can do nothing about this.
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  InspiredByMorphy: Those Knight moves in the opening by the king knight are very cool! Ive never seen it moved like that in a sicilian game until now ( usually its in the Ruy lopez as White ). Im looking forward to trying it.
Jan-13-04  Maroczy: Where is the winning line for Adams? I'd like to see Shirov's post mortem notes.
Mar-15-07  mannetje: Anand kind of accepted the draw with 48.g3. Thereīs no win after that, but I donīt know how he could have improved.
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  wordfunph: Adams-Shirov
Final Position

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nice game, a fighting draw!

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