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Michael Adams vs Mikhail Kobalia
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 2, Aug-04
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Game 2 of their two game second round match in the Las Vegas World Championship tournament; Adams won the match 2-0. He went on to defeat Almasi, Dreev and Kramnik before losing to Akopian in the semi-finals. 13..Bxc3!? was a new idea; Adams thought perhaps 12 Rac1 should have been played to avoid it. Black had to be careful; ie. 24..Nxe4 25 Nxe4..Qxe4 26 Bf3..Qc2 27 Rxd6 opens the position favorably for White. 41..Nxc5 would have been a tougher defense; instead after 41..Rxc5 42 Ra4! Black was lost as 42..Qxb6 would have lost to 43 Rb4..Qa6 44 Rxb7. 46..Kxh7 would have lost to 47 Qh4+..Kg7 48 Qh8+..Kf7 49 Rf8+..Ke6 50 Qxf6+.

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