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Peter Svidler vs Michael Adams
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-05
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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  plang: After 8 h3 (avoiding the Marshall Gambit) 8..d6 transposes to the standard Closed Lopez; 8..Bb7 is an alternative trying to take advantage of White's move order. Adam's 11..exd has not scored very well and has pretty much fallen out of favor; 11..Bf6 is standard today. 20 b3 was new; 20 exd had been played previously (originally in Karpov-Ivkov Bugojno 1980). White had the better placed pieces in the middle game. Svidler agreed with Adam's decision to give up the two bishops with 26..Bxe3!? though Seirawan felt that 26..Bb7 27 Bxb7..Nxb7 28 Nf5..Bf6 was a better defense. After 29..Rc8? (29..Rb8) and 30..Nc4 31 Bc6! the b-pawn (and the game) were lost. Svidler recommended 30..Nb3 31 Bc6..Bc4 32 Bb7..Rb8 33 Rd7 as a better defense though White would have still been clearly better.

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