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Michael Adams vs Alexander Morozevich
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 11, May-29
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-05  azaris: Worst. Bishops. Ever.
Jan-04-15  Conrad93: The French Bishop is actually really powerful. Without it, black's entire position would collapse.
Jan-04-15  N0B0DY: <azaris> You. Don't. Say.
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  plang: Played in the last (11th) round, Adams entered the round tied with Shirov a half a point behind Kasparov. All three won their games maintaining their positions. Earlier in the year at Wijk aan Zee Adams had played 10 a4 against Morozovich which led to obscure complications and a draw; here he varied with 10 Bg5. 11..h6 was an improvement over 11..dxe which led to a White win in Almasi-Timman Pamplona 1999 (not included in this database). Adams avoided 13 exd..Bxb2 14 Rb1..a3 15 d6 as he thought the complications were unclear.

Adams after 14 Rc1:
"We've reached a critical position. Black has given up a pawn, but he has two bishops and the White pawn on c5 is quite vulnerable. Yet it is not so clear what should happen. If Black could effect an exchange of the b7 pawn for the c5 pawn he would have very good compensation. He might even be a bit better. But it is difficult to achieve this. If he plays 14..b6 I play 15 c6."

14..Ra5?! worked out poorly for Black and has not been repeated; 14..Qa5 has been played on several occasions since with good results.hite postponed playing d4 as long as possible in order not to weaken the light squares and to leave the d4 q=square vacant for the knight.Adams was critical of 19..Qa7?; recommending 19..Ra6 with the idea of ..Rac6 and ..b6. With the Black forces stuck on the queenside it was easy for White to create a decisive attack against the king. Had Black tried 29..g6 then 30 Ne4 would have been winning. 30..Bxg5 31 Qxg5..Kf8 32 Qd8 would not have helped Black.

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  tpstar: 5. dxc5 = Opening Explorer

I like how Adams held off on d3-d4 as long as possible before 20. d4 with an extra Pawn and a bind. White's c Pawn really tied up Black forces all game, then the active White Knights are in stark contrast to the passive Black Bishops.

<plang> Great comments.

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