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Michael Adams vs Zhong Zhang
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-04  PinkPanther: I just wanted to be the first to kibitz on this game. Excellently played by Mickey, basically just overrunning and overloading the black kingside before mopping up the Zhong's pawns. Keep up the good work my English friend.
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  tamar: Fantastic game. Duelling Alekhine Guns. First it looked like Adams was aiming for Alekhine's gun with Rh4-h2 and Qh1, but as black was preparing to defend that he switched to the queenside with Qa5. 30 Nf6+ brought in a new attacker, the f pawn. Black was forced to move the e7 rook into his own Alekhine gun with 31...Rec7 (Rc4-c7- Qc8) Zhong defended as best he could, but Qe1 and Qe6+ kept him on his heels.
Jan-15-04  AdrianP: 17. Qc1N! is a fantastic Adams novelty... impossible to spot, especially for a computer, but once you've seen it, it makes perfect sense. The Q dropping back kills off most of B's chances of counterplay but is ready to be re-deployed without much difficulty along the c1-h6 diagonal or along the 1st rank. But those are just incidental bonuses - the main point is clear when you look at the juicy N outposts on e4 and f6... to clear the d2 square for the b3 N (also slowing down B's potential counter-attack with the advance of the a-pawn).

Beautiful move! It is very fitting that Adams converts his advantage in such a precise manner.

Jan-15-04  Bastrikov: Please
Jan-15-04  PinkPanther: <Please>
Sep-25-05  sharkbenjamin: This is a
great game.
Sep-28-06  positionalgenius: This is a great positional game.Adams plays a great game.
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: 17. Qc1?! seems odd

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