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Michael Adams vs Peter Svidler
Dos Hermanas (1999), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Apr-11-04  babakova: 11.Ne2! is an important novelty by Adams who shuns the standard Nd5 which is less complicated
Aug-19-06  Elroch: 33. ...Qf7 34. Qxg6+ Qxg6+ 35. Rxg6+
Presumably Adams must have seen this on move 28, as he spurned the win of an exchange with:

28. Qxf7+ Rxf7 29. Bxf7 Kxf7 30. Rxd6

leading to a clearly won endgame.

Mar-14-10  alexrawlings: 28 f4! is a nice move, preventing the black queen from reaching e5 and forcing a queen swap.

Could make a nice GOTD.

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  plang: Played in the first round; Adams went on to win the tournament with an undefeated 6-3 a half point ahead of Kramnik. A couple of months earlier Svidler had played against Adams at Linares and drawn. A few months before that game at Tilburg 1998 Svidler had played 10..Nh5 and Adams had gone on to win; Adams innovation 11 Ne2 (11 Nd5 and 11 exf had been played previously) is now the most popular move here. Adams thought that 17..Kf8 might have been a preferable way to guard his kingside. 19..Rxh4? led to a probably lost position for Black; Adams mentioned 19..gxh, 19..g4 or 19..Ne5 as alternatives. An illustration of the precariousness of Black's position is 22..a5 23 Qh6!..Nxd5 24 Bb5+ and wins. After Adams powerful 25 e5! the response 25..dxe? 26 Qxe5+..Qe7 27 Qb8+ would have lost on the spot. After 28 f4! Adams was prepared to answer 28..Kg7 with 29 Qd3 with the idea of Rg1.

<Presumably Adams must have seen this on move 28, as he spurned the win of an exchange with: 28. Qxf7+ Rxf7 29. Bxf7 Kxf7 30. Rxd6
leading to a clearly won endgame.>

That endgame would have required considerable technique. Adams, a strong attacking player, surely wouldn't want to exchange his powerful bishop for a measly rook if he could avoid it.

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