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Peter Svidler vs Michael Adams
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 8, Oct-05
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: It is hard to get excited about this variation from whites perspective. In this game the king pawn is shown to be too big a weakness. Adams was a clear pawn up and headed for victory until 37..Bg5? which allowed 38 Qb3 forcing the exchange into an opposite colored bishops position which could not be won. This save was an important one for Svidler who finished in a 3 way tie for first with Kasparov and Kramnik.
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  wordfunph: "How is it possible? What a dope, this Adams. He was completely winning."

- Garry Kasparov

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  tpstar: "37 ... Bg5?

An unfortunate slip which costs Black his carefully built-up advantage. White's reply achieves opposite-coloured bishops, which here is enough to secure the draw. The bishop on f3 cannot move because 39. f4 would win a piece."

Peter Wells, "The Scotch Game." Batsford Chess, London, 1998.

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