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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Akopian
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 6, Aug-15
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1

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Jun-28-04  Keshishian: I hope we see fireworks like this in tomorrow's game. I thought Adams had it with the initial sac, but Akopian's defense proved to be strong.
Mar-04-14
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  plang: Game 1 of the semi-finals of the World Championship tournament. Akopian also won game 3 with Black to clinch the match 2.5-0.5 before being eliminated by Khalifman in the finals. 7..Nb6 is less popular than 7..Ngf6,7..Qc7,7..Bd7 and 7..a6 having the disadvantage of making the logical ..c5 break more difficult while, at the same time, making it easier for White to achieve e5.

Seirawan on 9 e5!:
"In my view,this very strong move utterly refutes Black's setup. White plays through the center, while Black's queenside demonstration appears to be irrelevant."

9..d5 did not work out well, 9..Be6 was an alternative. Adam's piece sacrifice 14 Nxg6!? led to a promising initiative for White but Kasparov thought that White's advantage was large enough that quieter play would have been sufficient to win easily; he recommended 14 Ne2..Nf5 15 Bg5..Qc7 16 Qf4 with the idea of g4. Perhaps 17 Bxh5 would have been better than Adam's 17 Bf6?! which allowed Akopian to free his game a bit. It turned out that Adam's 30 Bxe6?! was premature; 30 Rad1 was suggested as an improvement. The point was that if 33 Be6..Qg6 and the bishop would have had no squares. 35 cxb! would have posed tougher problems for Black - ie. 35..Kb6 36 Rad1..Kxb5 37 Rd6..Qe8 38 e7..Ka5 39 Ree6. Instead, after the Adams 35 e7?! Akopian was able to effortlessly cover e8 with 35..Bc6. 70..Qc6 was decisive as 71 Kd4..Qd6+ 72 Kc3..Qxa3+ would have cost White the important a3 pawn.

Mar-04-14  JimNorCal: Props to Adams for his imaginative play. Sure, this particular combo fizzled but a chessplayer needs to be true to his convictions and intuition.

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