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Tryfon C Gavriel vs Michael Adams
17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993), London ENG, rd 4, Aug-24
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Pawn Return Variation (A57)  ·  0-1



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  kingscrusher: Okay this is one of my games against GM Adams at the Lloyds bank masters. I wish this tournament was re-instated as it gave players great opportunities to play against FIDE IM's and GM's from all around the world. I particularly liked the Demo boards, and the flags on the tables. I remember Shirov having a devastating victory in this tournament once, and also Morozevich in another year who played like a real caveman - his games are well worth kibitzing on!

Anyway, back to this game against my strongest opponent ever ... GM Adams said to me after the game that he thought Qf2 was a good move.

The system I played here with b6 is what I call an anti-gambit, and I wrote about it on the following URL:-

I thought Adams plan of Ne8-c7-b5-d4 was sheer poetry of the highest order. Once on d4, my position was dislocated after capturing his knight, with a weak d5 pawn. I loved the way he doubled his rooks later, and mashed my king to pieces. It was like playing against a great chess "composer" of plans where the chess board is used as his orchestra. Looking at the game again, it is a beautiful series of plan after plan after plan. For example, the idea of f5, Re4, Re8. Just simply building up pressure, and positionally crushing me before the tactics game in. Bh6 was the final back breaker- forcing a weakness on the 2nd rank, and decisive attack.

Marvellous play from GM Adams, and no wonder he is arguably the strongest player in the UK. He knows how to positionally crush people. I think he has greater positional understanding than some of the seven players ranked above him on the current FIDE list.

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  Honza Cervenka: Maybe 25.Nf2 was too cautious. 25.f5 doesn't look bad.
Dec-10-05  StraightLarsen: unfortunately for poor old kingy
(kingscrusher on
his king was crushed.... He had no hope I am sorry to say.... gg by him to play so tenaciously with such a strong player and good game by adams for winning easily. I think this game should be called: "The King is Crushed" or something.
Mar-20-06  Zoat: <kingscrusher> This was your game??? You should seriously consider giving up chess. You SUCK...
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  keypusher: <kingscrusher> I assume Zoat is trying to be funny. If not, what a poltroon he is. Thanks for posting this game.
Mar-20-06  Jim Bartle: Yeah, we should all be able to last a lot longer against a guy rated only 2700.

BTW two possibilities for the Shirov win mentioned in the first post are against Ernst and Speelman, both from 1991.

Mar-20-06  aazqua: White looks like a little bit of a duffer here. Of course, there aren't many that would beat Adams.
Mar-21-06  Zoat: keypusher> Actually I was trying to be funny. But <aazqua> your right, Kingscrusher does look a bit like a duffer here :)Anyway, what was Adams's rating 13 years ago?
Nov-13-06  fporretto: What would Black have done after 22 Nxb5? 22...axb5 looks bad because of 23 a3, and 22...Rxb5 seems to have the same problems. If 22...Qxb5, 23 b3 would White have succeeded in neutralizing the pressure against his Queenside dark squares sufficiently to give him equality?
Nov-14-06  Cyphelium: <fporretto> Why do you think 22. ♘xb5 axb5 23. a3 ♕a4 would be bad for black? And what is the problem with 22. ♘xb5 ♖xb5 23. a3 ♕b3?
Nov-11-10  Brandon plays: I thought you put up a rather tenacious fight, but you still got utterly destroyed. I wonder where you went wrong?
Nov-12-10  pulsar: <kingscrusher> You must have analyzed this to bits and know quite a handful of improvements in White's play. Looking at it, I thought maybe 16.e5 was premature and created weaknesses in your camp. What do you think of 16.Rb1? The plan is to play b3 and eventually contest the a1-h8 diagonal.

From experience, I know it feels great to play against someone up <there>. Keep it up! :)

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  kingscrusher: Back in 1991, it didn't go so well for Adams in the Benko gambit in this game:

Zilberman vs Adams, 1991

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  kingscrusher: <pulsar> Yes, but I also think the key thing is having a connection to a super GM - and it is fascinating for me now to analyse all of Adams games in whatever tournament he plays in. Somehow relatability to a Super-GM helps study their games :) Has anyone else noticed that?
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  kingscrusher: Adams beat GM Sadler in a later round with the Benko gambit:

Sadler vs Adams, 1993

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  perfidious: <aazqua: White looks like a little bit of a duffer here. Of course, there aren't many that would beat Adams.>

Far easier to criticise than to sit across the board from a GM, as I also did during my playing days.

One of the things about facing very strong players is that they can make even someone quite competent (as <kingscrusher> is) look bad, a lesson I recall only too well.

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