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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Michael Adams
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LBA, rd 7, Jul-07
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0

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Jul-07-04  acirce: I don't know what I hope, you always love an underdog, but I'm afraid that when he gets to meet Kasparov he will be in much worse shape and be smashed to pieces.
Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: This was horribly played by Adams and it started with his opening choice. Now he's going to have to try to press for the win in his two remaining games with white, and I don't think we'll be seeing the Petrov Defense from him again.
Jul-07-04  ughaibu: PinkPanther: What appeals to you about Adams' play? The play in his games in this tournament seems thoroughly cliched to me.
Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: I like his positional style, and the fact that many times his opponents wind up in busted positions but don't really know how they got there since they didn't make any glaring mistakes or miscalculations. Also, I think it's about time Adams won a tournament or title of this magnitude, not to mention he stands a hell of a lot better chance against Kasparov than Kasimdzhanov does.
Jul-07-04  notyetagm: Yeah, Kasim will be smashed by Kasparov just like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, and Topalov smashed him. :-)

You will become a TRUE BELIVEVER after he beats Adams in this match.

Jul-07-04  acirce: I said I'm afraid he'll be in much worse shape, obviously he's been diving from above 2700 down to 2640 so he is demonstrably unstable, if he plays like in Libya it would be an interesting match also against Kasparov.
Jul-07-04  ughaibu: Notyetagm: why are you so scared of the under-dog? Look at your own username.
Jul-07-04  ughaibu: Notyetagm: My apologies, I've now opened my eyes.
Jul-07-04  Sylvester: How many games is this mini-match?
Jul-07-04  iron maiden: <Sylvester> Six games; this is the second.
Jul-07-04  ughaibu: Great game, I'd like to see Adams' comments, this Kasimdzhanov has a good attitude.
Jul-07-04  alayo: "pawn52: <cu8sfan> Same here. See you all tommorrow. Oh and two more questions. What variation caused Black to resign and what was the turning point of the game?"

alayo: Black drops the rook on the b file after 56....Ke7;57 Rf7+. I think Black's 54.....Ke8 was an outright blunder, although his position was already hopeless after 54.Rf1+ It's hard to tell which moment the game turned around. It went back and forth for a while. Could be the time control that caused black not to find the correct defences.

Jul-07-04  acirce: Totally lost after 47.Rxc5, meaningless to talk about "blunders" after that. White was better pretty much the whole game so it's hard to say where the most important mistakes came, although the blunders by both players in move 40 are glaring of course.
Jul-07-04  themindset: why not 40...Nxb5

this is the kind of move kasparov wouldn't miss.

Jul-07-04  acirce: Are you kidding, he has blundered a lot lately, even when not in time trouble.
Jul-07-04  holierthanthou: I'd like to re-issue my question, now that there's no traffic: could white have won a pawn at move 24 with Bxf5, since ..Bxd5 could be met with 25.Qh3 ? Was Kasim afraid of giving Adams a semiopen f-line, or is there a simple trick i'm missing?
Jul-07-04  mack: Damn and blast and damn.
Jul-07-04  Dimitar Panayotov: <holierthanthou> after Qh3 black plays Bg8
Jul-07-04  Hidden Skillz: kasim has about the same chance vs kasparov as adams does..just cos hes a lil unknown to the ppl doesnt mean he ia worse..i mean look at his record against the top ppl in the world he either tied or won most of the games..
Jul-07-04  pawn52: <mack> Try to keep the profanity to a minimum. After all, this is a family site.
Jul-07-04  acirce: <Hidden Skillz> Where do you get those records from? I don't think he has either "tied or won" most of his games against Anand, Leko, Kramnik and Kasparov for example, in fact I'm very sure he hasn't.
Jul-07-04  ConLaMismaMano: Kasimdzhanov has plus scores against Judit Polgar,Topalov and thanks to this championship he has also a plus score against Grischuk and for the moment against Adams too. Negative scores against Svidler, Leko, Anand and Kasparov (here at chessgames).
Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: <Hidden Skillz>
You might have also noted that he has played very vew games against the world's best. At Wijk aan Zee a couple years ago, he only scored like 4/13, so what does that tell you?
Jul-07-04  Dionyseus: "At Wijk aan Zee a couple years ago, he only scored like 4/13, so what does that tell you?"

It tells me that a lot of things can change in two years.

Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: NO. That was when he was at his rating peak. So if anything, we should expect less from him now. I'm sorry if I don't believe beating GM's in rapid games proves much, but to me, it doesn't. Sure he beat Adams today, but it was a horribly played game by both sides, neither player truly deserved to win, Kashimzdhanov only did because Adams played even worse than him.
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