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Michael Adams vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LBA, rd 7, Jul-06
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-06-04  ruylopez900: Well I guess that's that then. Maybe someone will find something interesting in the post-mortem. Fo r those trying. Good Luck,.
Jul-06-04
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  ray keene: just for consideration instead of cxd5 by adams how about

exd5 nd4

bxe5 nxb3

bc3 nxa1

qg3 f6

rxa1 followed by bg4 and be6+

this is the sort of thing i had been thinking about and is why i wanted a black r on e8 before initiating exchanges in the centre.

Jul-06-04  acirce: <instead of cxd5 by adams how about exd5 nd4
bxe5 nxb3>
I think ..dxe5 is forced in that line because of ..Nxb3 Bxg7. Or why not even Bf6 gxf6 Qg3+ Kh8 Qxb3 with decisive advantage too due to the opposite-colored bishop situation.
Jul-06-04
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  ray keene: <cyphelium> i am sure its julius not augustus-congrats on winning your town championship-didnt tal play a brilliant game in a kings indian in uppsla in 1956 or something like that- i feel robbed-i was just getting excited about this game and they stopped!!!
Jul-06-04  kubis2: Ray Keene> I think Bf6 might be better for white in your line than Bc3.
Jul-06-04  noone2: Hi Ray
I would have thought 10 ... e5 and 11 f4 are weak.

Would 11 Bg5 with the idea of Qd2, Rd1 etc. make more sense?

Jul-06-04
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  vonKrolock: excesivelly comfortable draw for Black... the uzbek starts whith slight plus
Jul-06-04  Franz the Stampede: a draw?

Where have you gone bobby fischer?
A nation turns its lonley eyes to you, yououououou!

Jul-06-04
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  Gypsy: The continuation is the game seems pretty forcing for a bit: 18...Nd4 19.Nxd4 Bxd4 20.Qd2 Bc5 (maybe) 21.Bxe5 dxe6 and if 22.Bb5 b6, thing do start looking quite drawish.
Jul-06-04
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  ray keene: thanks for some interesting and highly valid suggestions/ improvements-i was just trying to get the ball rolling with some tactical ideas and they chickened out. this game is best forgotten-i think by the way that f4 was a terrible move strategically speaking.
Jul-06-04  acirce: <Franz> Absolutely, Fischer never played early draws, eh? Sure he would easily have accepted a draw in a drawish position like this.
Jul-06-04
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  ray keene: hi <cyphelium> i found it-everyone shd go enjoy szukszta janus v tal mikhail uppsala 1956 on our database you will luv it!!
Jul-06-04  noone2: <ray keene>

Nice to see you chatting live. I remember reading your books on Pirc and Modern Defence...And of course BCO!

Jul-06-04
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  chessgames.com: Ray is right, this one's a doosey:
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956
Jul-06-04  Franz the Stampede: <Absolutely, Fischer never played early draws, eh? Sure he would easily have accepted a draw in a drawish position like this.> well, sure it happened but still a lot less than other players... the database has 49 early draws for fischer (less than 25 moves) whislt it has 238 for kramnik, 258 for anand, almost 300 for kasparov...
Jul-06-04
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  Gypsy: <i think by the way that f4 was a terrible move strategically speaking> Thanks! I did not like it, but I do not know these waters.
Jul-06-04  Larsker: <My chess accomplishments are limited to being the champion of my home town (Uppsala) a couple of times> My sister, who worked as a doctor in Sweden for some years, tells me it's pronounced Upp'sala - and not 'Uppsala. She's wrong, isn't she?
Jul-06-04  ruylopez900: <ray> Yes, even though I supported f4 during the game, in hindsight I think mobilizing pieces and centralizing a rook, doubling on the d-file and reintroducing the b3 Knight are all things that should have happened first. or at least attempted first.
Jul-06-04  uponthehill: What for to loose time on such game? Agree to draw before it begins and go for beer.
Jul-06-04  acirce: Well, a common false assumption about draws under 20 moves is that they are "non-games" and the players just didn't feel like playing or whatever. But they aren't, surely here White did fight for an advantage, but he didn't succeed very well and they agreed to draw in a position clearly very drawish, it had made little sense playing on just for the sake of it really.
Jul-06-04  PinkPanther: I am profusely @#$%* off at Adams. This can't even be chalked up as strategy, it's just a combination of "mutual fear" and laziness. He can't afford to give up one of his white games so easily.
Jul-06-04  uponthehill: How can position be drawish if all figures are on board? Many things could happen yet.
Jul-06-04  acirce: <uponthehill> Play it out, look at Gypsy's line for example, leads to a position with very few chances to break through for either side.
Jul-06-04  AdrianP: I'd imagine Adams spent all Sunday night and morning prepping something special for Vaseline - went to the local pub on Monday afternoon feeling pretty pleased with himself and woke up late this morning hungover horrified to find that he's playing Rustam rather than Vaseline.
Jul-06-04  Dionyseus: Hehe Adrian.

Something I just noticed is that Adams hasn't played a tiebreaker in this tournament yet. I wonder if Rustam's strategy is to force Adams into the tiebreakers.

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