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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Michael Adams
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 7, Mar-02
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-06  Kasparov Shadow: Wow, a fantastic game!!
Feb-15-06  feripe: WOW! I love the way this guy play.
Feb-15-06  Jim Bartle: That's a good article at TWIC.
Oct-31-07  acirce: A "brilliant masterpiece" according to Kasparov.
Nov-02-11  indoknight: Chucky best game !!
Nov-02-11  indoknight: there's many fantastic game played in the SuperGM (2001) tournament !!!
Nov-02-11  hedgeh0g: A brilliant game. Some enterprising play by Ivanchuk, which ultimately paid off.
Aug-06-13  EvanTheTerrible: This game is brilliant.
Aug-06-13  micartouse: I love how Ivanchuk always gets these positions with his queen against minor pieces.
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  naresb: M. Adams with Black must have some unmanifested game plan in mind before altering some of the typical Ruy Lopez features:--

1 Black avoided challenging Bb3 with Na5.

2 Black decided to opt for 11… d5 (followed by 12. exd5; Nxd5) and later a foolhardy Knight exploration with 13… Nf4, 14… Nxg2, 15… NxRe1 gaining White’s pawn and a rook against Black’s King side Knight. It invited the King side attack, opening b3-f7 diagonal to light squared White Bishop.

3 It allowed white to play King side open game with 16. Qh5, 17. Bxf7, 21. Bc5. In all White allotted a Queen, a Rook, pair of bishops, a Knight for King side attack.

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  plang: Adams omitted ..d6 in order to play 11..d5 in one move; Ivanchuk, showing his usual great originality played the rare 10 Na3 and the new recapture 11 bxa (11 Rxa3 had been played in one little known 1997 game). The idea behind Ivanchuk's 11th move was 12 Bb2?! but he quickly realized that he had underestimated the strength of Adam's 12..Nf4!. 16..h6 17 Nxf7..Qf6 18 Ng5+ would have been good enough for a draw but Adams was playing for a win. Adams may have overlooked Ivanchuk's 18 Be3! expecting instead 18 Nxh7+..Ke7 19 Bg5+..Kd6 20 Rxe1..Nd4 when Black is close to winning. Adams gave up his queen to blunt White's attack and had sufficient material for it but the disharmony among his pieces made his drawing chances problematic. 27..bxa?! weakened Black's queenside; a stronger defense would have been 27..Bd5 28 Qxh7..Rh8 29 Qg6..h6 30 Qg3..Rh5. 32..Kd7 giving up th h-pawn instead of the c-pawn would have been a better defense but would not likely have changed the final result.

A first rate fighting game - both players deserve credit for aggressiveness as well as originality.

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