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Nigel Short vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-24
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Marshall Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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Mar-18-05  Runemaster: Quiet Man Adams plays some lovely tactics in the middle game - 28...Qg3/31...Rxd5.

I'm not sure at a quick look why Short exchanged Queens on move 59 - as he soon had to admit, the bishop ending is lost.

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  plang: 7 c4 is a rarely played alternative to the standard 7 0-0. 11 Bf4 was played in Tarrasch-Marshall St Petersburg 1914; 11 Be3 was new. Adams thought 16..Ng3 would have been an improvement with an unclear position after 17 fxg..Rxe3 18 g4..Bg6 19 Qd2..Re4; instead after 16..h6?! 17 Qb3 White's pressure eventually led to the win of a pawn. Stronger for White would have been 23 Rec1..Ng5 24 Bxg5..Qxe2 25 Bf4 with a solid edge; after Short's 23 Rcc1 Black had significant counterplay. White could have kept the advantage with either 28 f4..Qd6 29 f5..Bf7 30 Bf2..Nxf2 31 Rxe8+..Rxe8 32 Kxf2 or 28 Rd4 followed by Qd1; instead after 28 f3?..Qg3! Black started to take over the initiative. After a second error 29 Qb4? White was lost; better was 29 fxe..Bxe4 30 Re2..Bxg2 31 Rxg2..Qxe3+ 32 Qxe3..Rxe3 33 d6..Rd7 with a likely draw. Even stronger was 33..Nxh3+ 34 Kh1..Nf4 35 Qd4..Re2 36 Rf2..Re1+ 37 Rf1..Nxg2 winning for Black. With 45 Kh2 White may have been able to hold on for awhile; after 45 b4? his position was hopeless.

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