Ezzy: Mi Adams (2729) - I Cheparinov (2696) [B52]
Baku Grand Prix Baku AZE (2), 22.04.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.h3 0–0 10.Be3 Nc6 11.0–0 Rfd8 12.Rc1 Rac8 13.b3 e6 14.Qf3< White threatens 15 Nxc6 Qxc6 16 Bg5 Nd7 Nb5 winning the exchange> 14...Qe7 15.Rfd1 a6 16.Nxc6 Rxc6 17.Bd4 Rdc8< With ideas of 18...b5 and play on the queenside.> 18.a4 <But a player with Adams positional style will not allow that >18...Nd7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qe3 <Probably to deter 10...Qg5 which would be a more active square for the black queen >20...Qd8< so the black queen decides to relocate on the queenside >21.Ne2 Qa5 22.Nd4 Rb6 23.Rc3 Qc5 24.Qe1 Ne5 25.Re3< Moving the rook to e3, Adams now threatens 26 a5 Rb4 27 Nc2 winning the exchange> 25...Nc6 26.Nc2 a5 27.Qc3+ Kg8< Not 27...Qe5 28 Rxd6! [27...e5?? 28.Rd5 traps the queen]> 28.g3 Nb4 29.Nxb4 Rxb4 <Black is threatening to open the queenside with 30...b5 31 axb5 Rxb5 and white can't take the rook with his c4 pawn because his queen is pinned. So..........> 30.Qf6< Adams has nice control of the a1 - h8 diagonal> 30...Rb6 31.e5 Re8< [31...dxe5?? 32.Red3 is decisive]> 32.h4 d5? <loses a pawn, but what to do, white is in control. >33.Rf3 Qe7 34.Qxe7 Rxe7 35.cxd5 exd5 36.Rxd5 Rbe6 37.Rxa5 Rxe5 38.Rxe5 Rxe5 39.Re3< Cheparinov should probably be able to hold this position, but he goes astray >39...Rd5 40.Re8+ Kg7 41.Rb8 Rd7 42.Kg2 h5 43.b4 Kf6 44.a5 Ke6 45.b5 Kd6 46.Rc8 Re7 47.b6 Re5??< The rook shouldn't leave the seventh rank >48.a6 1
Typical accurate positional play by Adams. He basically shut out any counterplay by Cheparinov, who had nothing to attack all through the game. Adams always had a nagging initiative and Cheparinov couldn’t find any sort of plan.
I think Cheparinov is starting to dislike the English players.
Great positional play by Adams.
<whiteshark:> lol - Nice image. Very clever!
I think there's lots of depth in Adams games. This game was quite nice. Adams had to stay tactically aware to achieve his positional plus. That takes great skill and is interesting to study.