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Michael Adams vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1
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Jul-13-04  Maroczy: 24. Ra7 looks better.
Jul-13-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: What a beautiful way to win the FIDE Knockout Championship, with a <wicked> zwischenzug, 53 ... f3+! The brilliant point is that Black will play KxB on e5 and allow the pin on his e4 knight by the White rook on e1 but that Black will <not> allow the White f-pawn to pile on the pinned knight by letting White play f2-f3. After 53 ... f3+! either a Black pawn will reside on f3 (if the White king moves out of check 54 K moves) or the White king will be on f3 (after 54 Kxf3): in either case the White f-pawn will be <blockaded> and thus it will be unable to pile on the pinned Black knight on e4. Therefore, being unable to pile on the pinned Black knight by playing f2-f3, White cannot regain his piece and must play the endgame down a piece for a pawn.
Jul-13-04  maildog: Brilliant! Kasim avoided the little trap on move 56 and won a bishop for a pawn. Congratulations Kasim!
Jul-13-04  Kaspablanca: Adams lost his chance to clinch this tournament in the previous game when he missed Qe4. Now is gonna be very easy to Garry. The match will be a classical time or FIDE time?
Jul-13-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: This game is very hard to understand.
Let's presume Rustam's 2700 rating was not a fluke in 2002. Therefore he probably knew about the Ponomariov-Topalov 1999 game with 8..Bg4 in this opening, especially because he just finished a match vs Topalov. Therefore logic suggests the 8..Rc8!? was prepared. Likewise 12..Bg4!?.What kind of move is that? It's an obvious invitation for white's Knight to come into c6 with tempo. But then the R/c8 eats it and the fun begins. White has the exchange but Black has lots of positional trumps, like very scary cavalry, especially in view of the holes on White's kingside. And the a-file proves useless for the 'invited-in' White Rook which eventually just gives itself up for one of the monster Knights. Maybe 24.Ra7 was better, but after ..Na8 there are still giant structural problems. A 'technically won' position in correspondence is a different world from an apparently won position in 30-minute chess. Adams, like Topalov, had consistently been paired down at Tripoli and won all his matches at 90-minute tempo. Kas had 4 successful experiences in playoffs. I'll bet the gears are already grinding in Gary KAsparov's brain figuring out a way to avoid 30-minute games against the new champion. Incidentally, a possible reason Kas' rating went down after 2002: he got married, had a kid, relocated home base to Germany--distracting sort of stuff like that. This game was difficult to understand;
but don't under-rate it by filing it in the "black-played-like-an-idiot-and-was lost-but-white-blundered" box.
Jul-13-04
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  Honza Cervenka: <Adams lost his chance to clinch this tournament in the previous game when he missed Qe4.> That's right but Adams also could lose that game easily. Even before that awful move Qa8-g8 Rustam had solid winning chances and before time control he missed several much better continuations. I guess that when the game ended Michael was quite satisfied with draw.
Jul-13-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Psychologically it is totally understandable that he chose just to bail out with a draw after being under such pressure so long - but with 20 minutes left on the clock surely he could have used them to see if there was something more.
Jul-13-04  iron maiden: Well, with Radjabov, Nakamura and Carlsen all KO'd earlier, I really didn't give a flip who won this, although I guess the human in me demanded that I root for the underdog. Hopefully Kasim will rejoin the super-GM's soon, but I fear that this tournament was just one big withdrawal of his from the luck-bank.
Jul-13-04
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  ketchuplover: Chess games aren't won they're lost.

Kudos to the new champ :)

Jul-13-04  iron maiden: <Chess games aren't won they're lost.> Classic quote! :-)
Jul-13-04  admiralnemo: I'm inclined to agree with IM day that this was an example of some inventive play by Kasimdzhanov. Adams just didn't quite know what to make of it in a rapid game and it clearly unnerved him into losing it.
Jul-13-04  Resignation Trap: Kasimdzhanov made the most of the opportunities presented to him. When in inferior/losing positions, he just didn't ROAD (roll-over-and-die), but started to play with more determination than ever. If this were just sheer dumb idiot luck (SDIL), we are at a loss to explain why this happened to Rustam so often.

Perhaps that quip by Short about "Random Uzbeks" was just the incentive he needed to move his determination into overdrive. I am pleased with his result.

Jul-13-04  mystique.mystique: Bravoooohhh Kasim!!! I like you...I love you...
You are the new world champion now...
I hope that you shall be great...

I screamed out of joy when I read the news in the chessbase.com

You are great ... long live Kasim...
An Uzbek has shown his greatness...

A glorious day for the Uzbek chessdom...
Great! Great! Great!
Hail Kasim!!!

Jul-13-04  Nezhmetdinov: English sport has had a terrible summer and these error ridden games show very clearly that chess is a sport in the large, genorous sense: that it is a test of nerve. I am afraid Micky's failed rather. Lasker's famous fighting spirit is alive and well in Kasimdzhanov.
Jul-13-04  Kaspablanca: Well, underdogs are popular. Greece win Euro 2004, Marlins beat the Yankees in the last year world series, Pistons beat the Lakers, Tampa Bay Ligthning beat Calgary in the Stanley Cup and now Rustam beat Adams in FIDE KO tournament(WC if you like that way)Watch out Garry!
Jul-14-04  ruylopez900: <mystique> Kasim is not the WC, he is the winner of the FIDE KO WC tourney or as I call it, the FIDE Candidates ;). To become WC he must beat Kasparov and the winner of Kramnik/Leko.
Jul-14-04  nikolaas: <ruylopez900> Kasky IS the new worldchampion but he's NOT (most likely) the best player in the world. I think we should try to make the best player the worldchampion and therefore I think this reunification is a good job.
Jul-14-04  rclb: Does anyone agree with me that 21 Bxe6 would have been much better?
Jul-14-04  islero: <Does anyone agree with me that 21 Bxe6 would have been much better?> (21 Bxc6) I don't, I prefer dxc6.
Aug-10-04
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  patzer2: Although 56. Bxe5 failed quickly to 56...f3+, Michael Adams attempt at a swindle (hoping for complicating drawing chances after 56...Kxe5 57. f3) is understandable since White had a lost game at this point.

However, Adams seems lost even if Kasimdzhanov accepts the "pin" pseudo-sacrifice. For example, Black wins after 56...Kxe5 57. f3 g5 58. h3 Kf5 59. fxe4+ Rxe4 60. Rb1 Re2+ 61. Kg1 f3 62. Rb4 Ra2 63. Rg4 Rb2 64. Ra4 Rg2+ 65.Kf1 Rh2 66. Ra5+ Kg6 67. h4 Rxh4 .

Even so I included this game and the moves 56. Bxe5 f3+ in my collection on "pinning," as an illustration of how to quickly refute this attempted pin tactic.

Aug-10-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: I agree with Im Day's commentary.
Even with the win of the exchange, and plenty of time to review this game, it is difficult to agree with the so called "overwhelming advantage" that was reported in the press after White "wins the exchange" with 21. dxc6.

Kasparov's reported recommendation of 28. Be3!? seems to offer White slightly better than equal chances, but not much more. However, that is a far cry from a clear winning advantage -- especially in a rapid game.

If indeed this was a planned speculative exchange sacrifice to get Adams to overextend his center and miscalculate in rapid play, then the scheme worked to perfection. If instead it was a great defensive resource in time pressure, then that is the mark of a champion. Either way, the new FIDE Champion Kasimdzhanov should be congratulated for his resourceful play and fighting spirit in earning the right to play Kasparov for the uncontested world championship.

I'm sure Kasparov will not underestimate the new FIDE champion, and hopefully we will be treated to quality games with interesting and exciting Chess play when they meet.

Jul-02-05  ArturoRivera: this game is analized in icc lectures by a Well known GM who says that black gave up the echange by nothing and so white returns the favor for nothing
Apr-13-09  dumbgai: <What a beautiful way to win the FIDE Knockout Championship>

Yeah, by your opponent blundering from a winning position in a rapid game at the end of a knockout in which blitz and Armageddon games played a significant role in the results, in which only two of the world's top ten players participated, and where several players weren't allowed into the country to participate and others withdrew in protest. Great, LEGITIMATE, way to win a "world championship" indeed.

Apr-14-09  Udit Narayan: Why not 41...Ne4, forking rook and bishop?
Sep-26-09  Rama: Discounting concrete variations, the position after 41. ... Ne4, 42. Rc6 Nxc3, 43. bxc3 ..., seems perfectly even as the white Rook lies in front of the pawn.

Instead black conducts a general advance. He uses white squares c4 and e4 for the N, while the R uses the b7-c6-a6 complex, mostly staying on the same rank as the King. This resembles siege warfare.

49. ... Nxc5, seems attractive for black at first. Momentarily the white Rook has left the pawn which black could then surround and capture. But the black King and Rook have lost their connection too, allowing a Rook-check on move 51 which would restore the balance.

Harrying the Bishop rectifies this fault, and with 52. ... f4, the siege bears fruit. The B has no squares and the b-pawn must fall. When Adams' swindle collapses he resigns, faced with a double-attack.

Rustam showed very cool play under tremendous pressure especially in a rapid game.

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