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Michael Adams vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LBA, rd 73, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation. Wing Attack (B43)  ·  1-0


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  acirce: What says that Kasim doesn't switch from 1.e4 ?
Jul-08-04  refutor: if he doesn't switch from 1.e4 then adams will probably play 1. ...e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 like he has for most of his career, and kasimdzhanov will play 3.Bb5 like he has for most of his career ;) Kasimdzhanov vs Grischuk, 2004 and Kasimdzhanov vs Short, 2003 in the past year and a half or so
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  acirce: An exchange Ruy is not out of the question then, I think it's underrated as a winning weapon.
Jul-08-04  dac1990: I just avoid the whole thing altogether and play 1. Nf3. Or 1. ...e6. Either works.
Jul-08-04  WMD: <jumps excitedly on Rustam's grave> Him not beaten, him buried.
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  InspiredByMorphy: I just did a double take on Rustam's 10th move. 10. ... Be7 ? Why even play 9.... Bc5 and waste a tempo? I like how Adams played 6.Bd3 followed by 7.Nf3
Jul-08-04  quovadis: could 39... Rc1 had done some good results ?! (instead of 39... Rxb3 )
Jul-08-04  Ignatius J Reilly: I know now it`s easy to talk, but the K-man tried to find an active position with black, and he never had it. And I agree with InspiredByMorphy, he may have lost a tempo, Adams opening wasn`t powerful.
Jul-08-04  clocked: 9... Bc5 Adams vs Topalov, 1998 when Adams deviates with Qd2 black must not have liked the looks of lines like Nf6 Qg5 0-0 e5. Maybe white also is setting up tactics such as Nf6 b4!? Bxb4? Nxb5
Jul-08-04  PinkPanther: I told you all he was going to win, and to think, some of you actually doubted me?!
Jul-08-04  ruylopez900: I would definitely like to see a Ruy Lopez on Saturday, though instead of a Closed I would like an Archangel or a Marshall Attack :D That's when the fun begins!
Jul-08-04  percyblakeney: <quovadis> 39... Rc1 doesn't work because of 40. Qd8+ Kh7 41. Qd3+ any 42. Qf3.
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  cu8sfan: Congrats to Mickey! He came right back to even the series. See you back on Saturday.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <ruylopez> I would love to see Adams play the classical defense ( 3. ... Bc5) ! I strongly doubt it would happen, but I dont see why not...
Jul-08-04  Maroczy: Nice to see Adams come back, I'm sure he was aware of the game's importance. What do you do in Tripoli on a day off? I'd probably visit archaeological sites. If Rustam does finish second he has nothing to be ashamed of; surprised the heck out of me.
Jul-08-04  Hanzo Steel: What's up with 33. ... Qe2? Why doesn't Kasim try to defend the b-pawn and try for a draw? It ties up his pieces a little and still leaves him a pawn down, but isn't that better than being down two passed pawns?
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  Gypsy: <   Hanzo Steel: What's up with 33. ... Qe2? Why doesn't Kasim try to defend the b-pawn and try for a draw? It ties up his pieces a little and still leaves him a pawn down, but isn't that better than being down two passed pawns? > How do you propose Black affects the defense? The three possibilities I see are these:

I. 33...Qxd6 34.Rxd6 Rb8 35.Rd4 Kf8 36.Kf1 and the march of White king easily wins both, the pawn and the game.

II. 33...Qe4 34.Rd4 Qd1+ 35.Kg2 would pretty much follow the game; the pawn can not be retained.

And III. 33...Qb7 34.Rd4 Rb8?? 35.Qd8+ Rxd8 36.Rxd8# is the swiftest way to loose.

Jul-09-04  Hanzo Steel: <Gypsy> Hm... 33. ... ♕e4 looks like the best defense. If 34. ♖d4, then 34. ... ♕b1+, which still loses the pawn, but wins the pawn on b3. Still, White has a lot of other good options it seems, so you're probably right that the pawn is lost. Maybe if he had an extra tempo to play g6 or something and give his king some air, he could hold on. I guess it's hard to argue what line gives the "best fighting chance" when it's probably just a lost position.
Jul-09-04  ruylopez900:

Chessbase article with some brief annotations.

Apr-24-05  LIFE Master AJ: If you go to my website for "downloads" (, you can get a free "e-book" on this match. I have deeply annotated all the games. (You MUST have a current CB product - like Fritz - to read these files!)
May-26-05  woodenbishop: <ruylopez900> Thanks for the link... btw, <WMD> totally discredits with a passion (he insists they are an uncertified website full of conspiracy theories and that is the only legitimate source of chessic knowledge).

Unfortunate for him.

May-27-05  LIFE Master AJ: <woodenbishop> If you use CB files or programs ... you quickly become converted. In the mid-1990's, I NEVER used a PC to study chess on. (I even told my friend Mike Thornton - on the way to a tournament in Atlanta - "NO WAY ... you EVER get me to study chess without a board!") Today, I go weeks without doing so.

I have used all other programs ... CB is by far the superior product. (And they don't pay me a nickel to say this.)

Jun-01-13  Whitehat1963: I must be stupid AND blind. What happens on 47...Ra6?
Jun-01-13  Shams: <Whitehat1963> 47...Ra6 48.Qf6 Rf6 49.Ra2 Ra6 50.Kg2 should do the trick.
Jun-03-13  Whitehat1963: Thanks, <Shams>, I thought I was missing some masterstroke, but it's just inevitability that convinced Kasim to resign.
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