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Michael Adams
Number of games in database: 2,665
Years covered: 1984 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2728 (2741 rapid, 2768 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2761
Overall record: +865 -339 =1130 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      331 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (541) 
    B90 B30 B47 B22 B23
 Ruy Lopez (267) 
    C78 C67 C84 C65 C92
 French Defense (147) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C02
 French Tarrasch (120) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C06
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (109) 
    C84 C92 C90 C95 C97
 Sicilian Najdorf (101) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (271) 
    C78 C84 C89 C69 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (170) 
    C84 C89 C92 C88 C91
 Queen's Indian (137) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E13
 Nimzo Indian (130) 
    E32 E34 E46 E21 E37
 Queen's Pawn Game (119) 
    A46 A41 E00 A45 D02
 Caro-Kann (86) 
    B17 B12 B14 B10 B13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Adams vs Topalov, 2006 1-0
   Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Adams, 1999 0-1
   Adams vs D Andreikin, 2013 1-0
   Caruana vs Adams, 2013 0-1
   Adams vs Akopian, 2004 1-0
   Adams vs Miles, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs V Dimitrov, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs Bareev, 2004 1-0
   Adams vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bunratty Masters (2013)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Staunton Memorial (2007)
   Dortmund (2013)
   British Championship (2010)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   British Championships (2011)
   Hoogovens (1998)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   World Cup (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Adams! by amadeus
   Master the endgames by eXodus
   Chess in the Fast Lane by Michael Adams by Resignation Trap
   1997 - Groningen Candidates Tournament by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1992 (Rapid DRR) by amadeus
   WCC Index:Gronigen 1997 by positionalgenius
   Michael Adams games of note by duboy77
   Schwartz's favorite games by Schwartz
   White - Pirc by gaborn

   T Rendle vs Adams, 2013

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(born Nov-17-1971, 44 years old) United Kingdom

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International Master (1987); Grandmaster (1989); British Champion (1989, 2010 and 2011); Candidate (1993 (twice - for FIDE and PCA); 2007); FIDE vice-World Champion (2004-2005).


'Mickey' Adams is the top player in the United Kingdom and at the age of 43, is still a contender for the World Championship. He was born in Truro in Cornwall to Bill and Margaret Adams, started learning the game at age 6, and became the world’s youngest IM in the month before his 16th birthday. Gaining the Grandmaster title in 1989 aged 17, Adams went on to win four British titles, many tournaments, and to contest several world championship events. Along with Nigel Short, Adams has dominated UK chess in the last couple of decades and he is considered one of the UK’s strongest ever players.


<Age and Regional>: Adams’ first tournament appearance was in 1979, when having just turned 8, he won the Cornwall U10 championship. Just over a year later, in early 1981, he contested and won the Cornwall U18 (also the U9, U13 and U15) championship while still 9 years of age, the youngest person ever to win an U18 county championship. Two years later in January 1983, aged 11, he came =1st in the Cornish Championship. In 1982, aged 10, he won the British U11 championship, and was =1st in the British U12. In April 1985, Adams took =1st in the British U18 championship, while in April 1987, he won the British U21 championship, repeating the latter feat in April 1988. In April 1987, he won the West of England championship.

<National>: He first won the British Championship in 1989, the same year he gained his GM title. He won it again in 1997, then twice more: British Championship (2010) and British Championships (2011), the last in a tiebreaker against Short. He also placed 2nd in the English championship of 1991.

<World>: Adams’ first foray in the World Championship cycle came in May 1990 at the age of 18 when he placed =2nd behind Murray Chandler at the English Zonal. This result qualified him for the Manila Interzonal held a few months later where he scored 7/13, missing by one point the cut for the Candidates, which was subsequently won by his compatriot, Nigel Short. Three years later, in 1993, he made another attempt, this time winning the English Zonal that was staged in Dublin with 9/11, qualifying for the Biel Interzonal. This time he qualified for the FIDE Candidates by placing equal =2nd (alongside seven others) with 8.5/11, a half point behind the winner, Boris Gelfand. Drawn to play Gelfand in the first round of the Candidates Matches, Adams lost by 5-3 (+1 -3 =4) in the best-of-8 match when he conceded the 8th game. Concurrent with these FIDE events, the PCA ran a parallel world championship cycle in which Adams participated. He won the 1993 Groningen PCA Qualifying Tournament to qualify for PCA Candidates matches. There he met and defeated Sergei Tiviakov in a long and gruelling set of classical time control tiebreaker pairs 7.5-6.5, before losing to Viswanathan Anand 1.5-5.5 in the semi final.

In 1997, Adams was seeded directly into the FIDE knock-out tournament to decide who would play the FIDE champion Anatoly Karpov. He won short matches against Giorgi Giorgadze, Tiviakov, Peter Svidler, Loek van Wely and Short before losing in the finals to the blitz play prowess of Anand. This effort qualified him for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) held in Las Vegas, where he defeated Mikhail Kobalia, Zoltan Almasi, Alexey Dreev, and Vladimir Kramnik in the early rounds, but fell to Vladimir Akopian in the semi-final by 2.5-0.5 (-2 =1). His result in the 1999 event again seeded him into the next championship tournament, the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000), where he again made it to the semi-finals after defeating Thien Hai Dao, Alex Yermolinsky, Svidler, and Topalov, before again falling to Anand, this time by 1.5-2.5 (-1 =3). Seeded directly into the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001), Adams this time started in round 1 where he beat Gaetan Sarthou by 2-0. He subsequently defeated Kobalia in round 2, and Vadim Zvjaginsev in round 3, before losing to Svidler in the rapid play tiebreakers of round 4.

In 2004 he made it to the final, this time of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), where he played and eliminated Hussien Asabri, Karen Asrian, Hichem Hamdouchi, Hikaru Nakamura, Akopian, and Teimour Radjabov from the event. In the final, he lost 3½-4½, after the tiebreaks, to Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan. He was then invited to FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), but only placed 7th out of 8, scoring 5.5/14. Nevertheless his participation at San Luis qualified him to play in the 2007 Candidates Tournament that was engineered to unify the world title that had been split since 1993, but he was eliminated in the first round of matches by Alexey Shirov in the rapid play tiebreaker 2.5-0.5 after drawing the best-of-six Candidates Match: Shirov - Adams (2007) 3-3.

This loss prompted Adams to exercise his right to qualify by rating to play in the World Chess Cup (2007), where he played and defeated Igor Zugic, Mikhail Gurevich and Zhou Jianchao in the preliminary rounds before encountering and losing to 17-year old rising star, Magnus Carlsen. Adams withdrew from the 2008-09 Grand Prix cycle* (along with Carlsen and Levon Aronian) and did not compete in the 2009 World Cup, but qualified for the World Cup (2011) via his ratings. He defeated Philippines GM Mark Paragua in the first round but lost the second round rapid game tiebreaker to Danish GM Peter Heine Nielsen. In a one-off appearance in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series at the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), he scored 5/11 (+1 -2 =8) and 55 GP points for placing =7th/8th place. He qualified by rating to compete in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Wan Yunguo in the first round but lost to Ukrainian GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko in the second round rapid game tiebreaker. Adams again qualified by rating to play in the World Cup (2015), where he met and defeated Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk in the first round, thereby advancing to the second round where he defeated Czech GM Viktor Laznicka in a bitterly contested match that finished with a composed Adams easily winning the Armageddon blitz decider. In the third round he defeated Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez Perez in the blitz tiebreakers after draws in the standard match, and in the rapid game tiebreakers. In the Round of Sixteen (round four) he was defeated by Hikaru Nakamura in the standard games match by 0.5-1.5 and was therefore eliminated from the Cup.

Classical Tournaments:

Adams’ first major open tournament victory was the 1988 Commonwealth Chess Championship (known that year as the Lloyds Bank Tournament), where he placed =1st with Gary W Lane who was then a British player, and one of Adams’s early coaches. There followed:

• =1st in the King’s Head All-Play-All in London in September 1988 and at Thessalonika in November 1988;

• 1st at the 1989 Paris Open, the Parkhall All-Play-All in Preston 1989, and the Harringay All-Play-All 1989 in London where he qualified for his GM title;

• =1st at the Lloyds Bank Tournament 1990 and at Groningen 1990;

• =1st first at the Terrassa Tournament 1991 in Spain;

• 1st at the 1992 Tilburg Interpolis Knockout tournament;

• 1st in the Villeneuve Open in France in 1993, and the Burgas Tournament in Bulgaria in 1993;

• =1st at the 1994 Donner Memorial in Amsterdam;

• 1st at the Kilkenny Masters in 1996 and 1997;

• =2nd in 1997 in the Aarhus Tournament in Denmark;

• 1st at the Frankfurt Masters in 2000;

• 1st at the Redbus knockout tournament in 2000 and 2001;

• 2nd at Enghien-les-Bains (2003) in France.

His 2nd place behind Ivan Sokolov at the Howard Staunton Memorial (2006) foreshadowed further success in this event, as he won the Staunton Memorial (2007) and the Howard Staunton Memorial (2008). Other good results include:

• 1st at the Ruy Lopez Chess Festival (2008);

• =3rd at the Canadian Open (2009);

• 2nd at the 2009 Ruy Lopez Memorial;

• =2nd at the 2010 Chicago Open; and

• 1st at the Gibraltar (2010) and the 2011 LA Metropolitan Chess International.

• =1st at the 39th World Open (2011) in Philadelphia, losing the tiebreaker to Gata Kamsky

• =3rd at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012),

• =5th, a half point behind the leaders, at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013);

• =4th at the category 20 Alekhine Memorial (2013);

• 1st at the Bunratty Masters (2012);

• outright 2nd with 9 points (+2 -1 =3 under the "soccer scoring" system) at the Bilbao Masters (2013), a point behind the winner Levon Aronian (+2 =4); and

• =2nd in the Unive Crown Group (2013).

Super tournaments:

Adams was a regular participant at Wijk aan Zee between 1991 and 2009. His first time at Wijk ann Zee was also his first participation in one of the ‘super-tournaments’. In 1991, he was invited to play at the category 14 Hoogovens tournament at Wijk aan Zee. There he performed well to place =2nd alongside Alexander Chernin, half a point behind the winner, John Nunn. Subsequently, his best efforts at Wijk aan Zee include =3rd at Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1998 alongside Shirov and behind Kramnik and Anand, =3rd alongside Alexander Morozevich and behind Evgeny Bareev and Alexander Grischuk at Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Corus 2002, =2nd at Corus (2004) alongside Peter Leko and half a point behind Anand, =4th at Corus (2005), and =3rd at Corus (2006) alongside Vassily Ivanchuk and behind Topalov and Anand.

Adams also participated in Dortmund from time to time between 1992 and 2006. His best results were 1994 (2nd), 1998 (=1st), 1999 (=3rd) and 2006 (=2nd, half point behind Svidler). His best results at Linares were =3rd in 1997 and 2002.

He was =1st at the 1995 Dos Hermanas Tournament alongside Kamsky and Karpov. However, his most notable tournament victory was at the category 19 Dos Hermanas (1999), finishing clearly ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Anand, Svidler, Karpov, Topalov, and Judit Polgar. Another splendid result was his =2nd (also 2nd on tiebreak) behind Kasparov at the category 18 Sarajevo (2000).

His leader board results in super tournaments in recent years were =3rd at the London Chess Classic (2009), =3rd (4th on tiebreak) at the powerful London Chess Classic (2012), =3rd at the category 19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2013), =4th with 4.5/9, a point behind the leaders, in the closely-fought Alekhine Memorial (2013) and =3rd at the category 19 Biel (2015) tournament alongside David Navara and behind Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Radoslaw Wojtaszek respectively.

Adams' best result so far, was his outright win with 7/9 (+5 =4) and a TPR of 2923 at the category 19 Dortmund (2013), half a point clear of 10-time Dortmund winner Kramnik; he and Kramnik dominated this event to the extent that only Arkadij Naiditsch and Peter Leko of the other eight contestants finished with an even result (4.5/9).

Rapid and Blitz tournaments:

Adams was an enthusiastic rapid and blitz player in the 1990s, and was ranked number 1 on FIDE’s Rapid List in January and July 2001. His best results during this time were:

• His England team winning the International Team Quickplay at Cannes in 1992;

• 1st at the Swift Rapid in Brussels 1992;

• 1st at the Quickplay Tournament, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1994;

• 2nd at the 1994 Cap d'Adge Tournament;

• 1st at the Open & Rapid in Ischia in Italy in 1995;

• 1st at the PCA Quickplay in London in 1995;

• 1st at the Leeds Quickplay in 1995 and 1996;

• 1st at the Mind Sports Rapid in London in 1997; and

• 1st at the 2001 Mainz Rapid Open;

• semi-finalist at the Corsica Masters International Rapid (2005);

• semi-finalist in the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013); and

• =1st at the London Chess Classic 2014 Elite Player Blitz


Apart from the mini-matches that characterised each round of the FIDE world championship challenge tournament of 1997, the subsequent world championship knockout tournaments from 1999 until 2004, and the World Cup tournaments from 2005 onwards, Adams played a number of matches during his career, the most famous of which was the Adams - Hydra Match (2005), when he lost five games and drew one in the six-game match. Before then, he’d played a number of matches including:

• 1994: 2-2 draw vs Simen Agdestein in Oslo (1);

• 1997: 4.5-1.5 win against Ivan Morovic-Fernandez in Santiago de Chile (2);

• 1998: London Match vs. Jonathan Rowson which he won by 5-1 (3);

• 1999 match drawn 5-5 vs. Yasser Seirawan, played at Mermaid Beach in Bermuda (4);

• 2000: return match against Seirawan at Hamilton in Bermuda, won 6-3 by Adams; and

• 2005: rapid Leko & Adams (2005) match in Miskolc in Hungary, drawn 4-4.

Apart from his Candidates match against Shirov in 2007, Adams does not seem to have played another match.

National Team Events:

Since he was a teenager, Adams has been one of the stalwarts of the English team at the Olympiads and at the European Team Championship, and to a lesser extent at the World Team Championship.

<Olympiad>: Adams has represented England at every Olympiad since 1990 inclusive, playing board 1 since 1998. He picked up a team bronze in 1990 (although the team came =3rd in 1994 and 1996), an individual bronze for board 1 in 36th Olympiad (2004) and an individual silver for board 1 at the Chess Olympiad (2014).

<World Team Championship>: Adams represented England at the World Teams championship of 1989, and playing as first reserve, won individual bronze and helped his team to a bronze medal. He also won individual bronze playing board two at the only other World Teams Championship in which he participated in 1997, although on this occasion his team came fourth in the event.

<European Team Championship>: He first played in the ETC in 1989, and again in 1992, 1997, 2001, European Team Chess Championships (2007), 17th European Team Championship (2009), European Team Championship (2011), and European Team Championship (2013) winning team bronze in 1993, team bronze in 1997, and two individual golds, an individual silver and 3 individual bronzes over the course of these events, the most recent being individual gold on board 1 in 2011.

Clubs and Leagues:

<European Club Cup>: Adams has been a fixture in the European Club Cup (ECC) since 1993, playing 1993, from 1995-1998, 2000, 2002-2004, 2007-2012, and 2014. During that time he won six team gold medals, one team bronze medal, one individual gold medal and one individual silver medal. His overall game results in the ECC are a total of 86 games at 61.6%, resulting from +31 =44 -11.

He was recruited by the French team, Clichy Échecs 92, to play board 2 in 1993, but his inaugural experience in one of the strongest club competition in the world was inauspicious as he lost the only two games he played. He switched to ŠK Bosna Sarajevo in 1995, the Dutch team Panfox Breda in 1996 and the English Slough Chess Club in 1997 without making much of a mark in those years. However, his return to the Panfox Breda team in 1998 and 2000 saw the team winning gold and bronze respectively. In 2002 he played for ŠK Bosna Sarajevo, winning team gold, and also won team gold when he played for NAO Paris in 2003, 2004 and for the Spanish team CA Linex Magic Mérida (MMER) in 2007. He remained with the Magic in 2008, but then made a permanent move to OSG Baden-Baden in 2009 where he won an individual gold medal in his first year with that team.

<National Leagues/Club Championships>: Adams also played with the Spanish team Magic Mérida in the Spanish League, winning the championship in 2007 and 2009. Since the 1990s, he has also played in the Bundesliga, the French League/Top 16/Top 12, the Icelandic team championships, the Turkish League, the Dutch team championships, and the 4 Nations Chess League. He played top board for the winning team, Baden Baden, in the 2015 Bundesliga.

Rating and ranking:

Adams' highest ever rating was 2761 in September 2013 when he was ranked #12 in the world. His peaking ranking was #4 for the 9 months from 1 October 2000 until 30 June 2001 when his rating ranged between 2746 to 2754.


Adams lives in Taunton, Somerset with his wife, actress Tara MacGowran. He has one sibling, sister Janet, born 1970.

Sources and footnotes:

Adams’ official website:; Development of a Grandmaster by Bill and Michael Adams: [; *; (1) search "adams-agdestein 1994"; (2) search "adams-morovic 1997"; (3) search "adams-rowson 1998"; (4) search "adams-seirawan 1999"

Live ratings:

Wikipedia article: Michael Adams %28chess player%29

Last updated 22 September 2015

 page 1 of 107; games 1-25 of 2,665  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs A Muir 1-032 1984 LondonB56 Sicilian
2. Adams vs D Sedgwick 1-032 1984 London LBC05 French, Tarrasch
3. Adams vs S Mohr 0-137 1984 BerlinC15 French, Winawer
4. Adams vs N Dickenson 1-050 1984 London LBC07 French, Tarrasch
5. Kasparov vs Adams  ½-½20 1984 London/New York simB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
6. Adams vs S Saeed 1-036 1984 LondonB56 Sicilian
7. M Pasman vs Adams 0-142 1984 London LBB10 Caro-Kann
8. Adams vs J Levitt ½-½28 1984 LondonB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
9. Adams vs B Jones  ½-½60 1984 B British Major OpenB07 Pirc
10. Hebden vs Adams 1-036 1984 London LBB10 Caro-Kann
11. R Abayasekera vs Adams  1-070 1985 BCF-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. M J Freeman vs Adams  0-124 1985 West of England Champ.E46 Nimzo-Indian
13. D Barua vs Adams  1-042 1985 BCF-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. A Muir vs Adams  ½-½58 1985 BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
15. Adams vs C McNab  0-167 1985 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
16. K Bowden vs Adams 1-024 1985 Lloyds Bank opB10 Caro-Kann
17. Adams vs D J Mooney  1-034 1985 BCF-chC78 Ruy Lopez
18. T E Wiley vs Adams 0-129 1985 BCF-chA22 English
19. R Buckmire vs Adams  1-033 1986 OakhamA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Adams vs M Hennigan 1-026 1986 OakhamB07 Pirc
21. Adams vs L Schandorff ½-½58 1986 OakhamB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
22. Adams vs Blatny  0-163 1986 OakhamC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Adams vs N Crickmore 1-039 1986 TorbayC05 French, Tarrasch
24. D Macfarlane vs Adams  1-028 1986 OakhamA20 English
25. Anand vs Adams 1-049 1986 OakhamB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
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Nov-25-14  Everett: Thanks Chancho. Seems pretty lean compared to Carlsen's team. It's weird, I remember the kind of help Anand received against Topalov and thought how asymmetrical it was. The balance here strikes me as similar.
Nov-30-14  Everett:

in the above video, Carlsen is asked why he chose Adams as part of his team, and the interviewer puts words in his mouth (he knows Anand, etc.) but it was clear that Carlsen got him on the squad for something different. Before she blew the question completely, Carlsen was able to get out "he thinks differently."

I want to hear more! This is the crux of styles and ways of analyzing positions that I find so fascinating, and the moment is lost. Frustrating.

Nov-30-14  Everett: 10:14 in the video, for those interested.

And she didn't do such a bad job. At first I had thought she cut him off, but that was not the case.

Adams and Carlsen are cut from the same cloth IMO. Not surprised that their work together is fruitful.

Dec-12-14  HeMateMe: The Mick, UK


the Mick, USA:


The Mick, for chessplayers:


cool, this would be a good photo for a poster:


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  MissScarlett: A reveal, at least to me, from <Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasaprov Part III: 1993-2005> is that Mickey Adams was a secret second of Kasparov's before and during his WC match with Kramnik. It's not altogether surprising because Kasparov has always seemed to be on good terms with him (partly, perhaps, because he never perceived him as a title contender).


<On the eve of the match, on learning about the double games at weekends, Adams phoned and warned me: 'Garry, bear it in mind: the one who has the white pieces on the Sunday will find it very difficult!' Indeed, to play with full intensity after tense battles on the Saturday proved impossible, as was confirmed by the fifth, ninth and thirteenth games.>

<But we didn't look at 1...e5 2.Nf3 Nc6: Kramnik hardly ever played this, and I thought that starting from nothing it would be too much trouble to prepare for both the Ruy Lopez and the Scotch Game. It was only at the end of the second session that I said: we ought to look at the Berlin Defence (Kramnik employed it at Wijk aan Zee in 1999 against Topalov and reached an inferior endgame), but, although we had a Spanish expert in Adams, no deep analysis was made.>

<Nevertheless, before the eighth games I was in a good mood. Firstly, Adams and I had finally found the time for a proper analysis of the 'Berlin' and had found a worthy reply to the plan with ...Kd8-c8 (giving hope for the ninth game).>

It wouldn't surprise me if Garry recommended Adams to Carlsen.

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  MissScarlett: <MissScarlett: Mickey's realistic aim for this tournament will be to score 3.5 points, perhaps +1 =5 -3.>

Anand vs Carlsen, 2015

Do I know chess or what?

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  MissScarlett: I was wrong - the partnership has been known about since 2000. <From London to Elista> quotes Kasparov, from a post-match interview with

<Basically we expected almost any variation, except for this Berlin ending. The following note about this endgame is on my schedule of preparations for the match: "save some time for this ending". I planned to play a few games in this position with Michael Adams, but unfortunately there wasn't enough time. I repeat again - this position wasn't a priority in our preparations.>

It would be interesting to get Mickey's account of working with Kasparov, except that Mickey never reveals anything interesting.

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  MarkFinan: < MissScarlett: I was wrong>

I'd get used to that feeling, Scratchett.

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  perfidious: <Mark> It is never far away, hence his constant pose of superiority.
Aug-05-15  Everett: Adams' site seems to have been hacked.

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  Ron: A recent and excellent win by Adams:
Adams vs V Laznicka, 2015
Nov-09-15  zanzibar: Adams site seems to have been restored.

Here's him sharing some fond memories from Biel (1993) in his <Back in Biel> post:

<Biel is certainly a pleasant place to be in the end of July, particularly during a spell of warm weather at the start of the tournament. This was a trip down memory lane for me, I have played in Biel a couple of times before, but in the distant past, I remember my first appearance in 1991 which was a great learning experience, I had a fine time hanging out with Larry Christiansen and Ulf Andersson, although my final score was not very substantial. My most recent visit was also some time ago for the FIDE Interzonal back in 1993, where I even won 5 games in a row, this took place before one of my fellow competitors this time Richard Rapport was born!>

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  offramp: Michael looks like a T-1000.
Nov-10-15  zanzibar: If only he had a badge...

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  MissScarlett: Before becoming a super-GM and movie star, Michael tried his hand at pop music:
Nov-30-15  Hawkman: If Short hadn't played for the WC, whose career would be better, Short or Adams? This isn't relevant to the answer, but just for fun:

Classical games: Michael Adams tied Nigel Short 4 to 4, with 14 draws.

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  MissScarlett: Even with Short's title match, I'm inclined to give an edge to Mickey. He's been an elite player for significantly longer, and twice he came close to winning the FIDE WC prize. Particularly galling was his defeat in the final by Kasimdzhanov in 2004. Chances are this would've earned him a big money match versus Kasparov in London. Damn, that would have been great!
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  MarkFinan: <MissScarlett: Even with Short's title match, I'm inclined to give an edge to Mickey.>

That's because you get all your sporting information from <Harrylime>! Short, in his own words to me, said he was the first non Russian since Fischer to contend for the WCC title. To me that in itself means he deserves to be classed as the best English player. In future just ask me, Scratchers.

Nov-30-15  Hawkman: < Even with Short's title match, I'm inclined to give an edge to Mickey. He's been an elite player for significantly longer, and twice he came close to winning the FIDE WC prize. > Agreed. Short had a high peak that ended in a weak challenge to Kasparov. FINAL SCORE: Kasparov 12½; Short 7½. Adams has been a top 20 player for years, while Short has fallen out of the top 50, goes to tourneys such as the Isle of Man PokerStars Open, and loses to Oliver Barbosa. When was the last time Adams lost a Classical game to a player rated 2501 in Classical?
Dec-01-15  starry2013: Well as Adams has attained a much higher rating I think it's obvious who has been better on that basis.

Short has had plenty of publicity partly because the early 90s was one of the very few times chess has featured in the British media, after that it was forgotten again. Also he is loud and opinionated, whereas Adams is understated and quiet.

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  alfamikewhiskey: Very good result in the 2015 London Chess Classic, being undefeated through nine rounds, albeit unable to produce any wins.

Gained 6,5 rating points, too.

Tata Steel (16-31 January 2016) next for the veteran.

Dec-15-15  MasterCrabDreams: The elite field nowadays can't beat GM Adams when he is playing "in-form", unfortunately he can't beat any of them either.
Jan-02-16  PJs Studio: I'm shocked to see Adams overall scores here on Chessgames. (Shocked I tell you!) he has a 61.4% winning percentage which is excellent considering the level of his competition these past couple decades. Regardless, what shocks me is his draw results: out of 1116 decisive results he only has 83 draws...(!) REALLY?!

+864 -335 =1199 - 1116 (decisive) = 83

Is he considered to be a "burn everything to the ground/win at all costs" GM? Or are my numbers skewed by the possibility that 83 draws are plenty for his tournament schedule and a large number of his 864 wins are against players who couldn't hope to draw him?

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  moronovich: 864 number of wins

335 losses

1116 draws

<PJs Studio> are the numbers.

But from your perspective I would also be shocked.Kasparov used to call him one of the "Linares Guys",or something simular.Which is a high kind of praise from Garrys mouth.----And you dont get to Linares/entering the highest top,without a certain drawpercentage.

Cheers !

Jan-02-16  PJs Studio: So my shock was deserved... If I could only interpret the "overall record" correctly! Do'h!!
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