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Michael Adams vs Alexander Grischuk
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Oct-03-06  positionalgenius: An excellent game by Adams,holding off Grischuk's fierce-looking attack.
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  plang: 12 a3 avoids the highly theoretical lines with 12 a4 popularized during the Kasparov-Karpov matches while fitting Adam's patient, maneuvering style. 18 cxb had been played in Kuporosov-Ibragimov Gorky 1989 (not included in this database); 18 axb was new though later when Adams realized how dangerous the counterplay got after 20..g5!? he felt that 18 cxb might have been better. Playing 21 cxb and 22 Nh2! was a practical decision bypassing the difficult defense would have ensued after ie.: 21 Nxg5..Neg6 22 Nf3..Qd7 23 Re3..Nxg2 24 Kxg2..Qxh3+ 25 Kg1..Bh6 26 Rc3..Qg4+ 27 Kh1..Qxe4 with compensation for the piece. Adams called 25..Bd7? the losing move allowing White to win the knight without consequences; he recommended 25..Ne7 clearing room for the queen to go to g6 breaking the pin as a better choice.

A really tough fighting game with an excellent defense by Adams.

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