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Michael Adams vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-05  themindset: congrats to pink panther
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: Thanks, I guess :)
Jan-18-05  suenteus po 147: <PinkPanther> You've always stuck by Adams through thick and thin. You said he would beat Topalov in the FIDE WCh, and while that match up didn't occur, you can always look at this as representative of what would have happened. That deserves some congrats to me ;)
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: My loyalty deserves praise?! :D
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: Something just dawned on me which I suppose will be answered on the corus site soon. I wonder if this game got the "best game" prize for today, it certainly should.
Jan-18-05  suenteus po 147: <PinkPanther> Sadly, I think today's best game prize will go instead to Short vs Morozevich, 2005
Jan-18-05  cade: Short or Adams... Either are good enough for me!
Jan-18-05  rclb: This is such a great game! Could a Sicilian person explain what Topalov's mistake in the opening is? He suffers very badly from move 15 onwards it seems to me - but the mistake is somewhere in the Kingside pawn advances perhaps?
Jan-18-05  hintza: <Could a Sicilian person explain what Topalov's mistake in the opening is?> LOL. Perhaps someone who is theoretically well-versed in the Sicilian Defence would be more adequately qualified to explain Topalov's error(s) than somebody who is literally from Sicily. ;)
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  Willem Wallekers: rclb:
For questions like this click option 'games similar to this one' and you will find: Games Like Adams vs Topalov, 2005 So it seems better to play 7 ... Qc7 and 8 ... Nc6
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: I just saw it on the corus site, Adams got the daily prize for this game :)
Jan-18-05  iron maiden: Nice work by Adams. If he can play this well as White in every game, he'll be tough for Leko and Topalov to keep up with.
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: You know, I let my imagination get the best of me earlier today, and calculated what would happen if Adams whitewashed the field with white (went 6-0, which is possible, although unlikely) and drew all his games with black. After this tournament, his rating would be 2767!!!
Jan-19-05  isolatedpawn: <rclb> I play the Sicilian (and almost all its variations) quite regularly, though I am just an intermediate player. However I think from a theoretical point of view, Topalov played quite passively. Generally in Sicilian, Black starts to build up an attack on the Queen Side (race with White. White is pushing on the king-side and Black on the Queen Side)Fischer once said of Sicilian (Quote from "The Sicilian", I forget the name of the author, but he is a British GM) "pry open the h-file, Sac, sac and then Mate!!!", where usually White has castled (0-0-0). You open the c-file, play moves like Rc8 and then push your a and b file pawns. Typical thematic Sicilian moves are ...a6, ...Nc6, ...Qc7, ...Rc8 etc. Moreover Topalov left his King standing in the middle and should have castled earlier. I could think of moves like 7.Be2 Nc6 8.g4 Be7 9.f4 0-0 (or Qc7). Also the f6 Knight has a better place to go on e8 (after the King has castled or to d7, if the Queen Knight is on c6!!). These are typical Sicilian Najdorf moves... Black can sometimes try playing e5 instead of e6 (to stop f4)....And then play moves like b5, Bb7, Rc8, etc. Hope you got it.
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  problemist: Wouldn't 34)..., Qf7 have saved the pawn and maybe also the game?!
Jan-19-05  GBKnight: <problemist> 34..Qf7 certainly looks like a good try. Maybe 35 Qb6 Qe7 36 Ng3 (with the idea of Nf5) d5 (or 36..Bc8 37 Qb8) 37 exd5 Bxd5 38 Nf5 or 38 Qxa6 and white still has a strong attack.
Jan-19-05  AdrianP: <Isolated Pawn> "Pry open the h-file, Sac, sac and then Mate!!!" (Fischer)

This is from On My Sixty Memorable Games - Fischer's comment to Fischer vs Larsen, 1958

It's more a comment specifically on the Sicilian Dragon rather than the Sicilian generally. With a fianchettoed bishop set up - pawns on f7, g6, h7, it is particularly thematic for white to open the h-file by advancing his h-pawn. It's not so easy in e.g. the Najdorf, where Black's kingside pawns do not move unless they have to. White will try and open any of the f- g- and/or h-files as circumstances dicate.

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  patzer2: Fritz 8 indicates the strong defensive move 21...Ng5! enables Black to hold with a slightly better position.
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  patzer2: <problemist> Your 34...Qf7! is indeed Black's best chance to try and save the game, as 34...Ke8 loses quickly after 35. Nf6+! -- winning a pawn with decisive advantage. After 34...Qf7 35. Qb6 Qd7 36. Ng3!, in the line pointed out by <GBKnight>, Black does have a difficult defensive task.

However, after 34...Qf7! 35. Qb6 Qd7 36. Ng3! Ke7! 37. Nf5+ Ke7 38. Nxd6 Qxd6 39. Qxb7 Qd1+ 40. Kb2 Qd5+ 41. Ka2 Qc5!, Black forces the draw.

Jan-19-05  notyetagm: Remember, though, Topalov was in <severe> time trouble, having to play 10 moves in 20 seconds. So it's easy to understand if he missed a difficult forced drawing line. His blunder was getting into such time trouble in the first place.
Jan-19-05  PinkPanther: If he spent so much time earlier in the game (as to only have 20 seconds for 10 moves), he shouldn't have gotten into such a crappy position to start with. Being in severe time trouble isn't a sufficient excuse.
Jan-19-05  isolatedpawn: <AdrianP> Yes Fischer did mention this in his book. I recollected this as soon as I read your Post. Thanks. However this was also mentioned in the book that I have mentioned in my previous Post. I still can't recollect the English GM author's name though, Damn!! But you are right again, it was not just for Sicilian Dragon, but Sicilian Dragon, Yugoslav Attck in particular!!! However this holds true even for other types of Sicilians (well mostly all variations). Thanks.
Jan-15-06  morpstau: the Adams family. How old is he because hes improving and planning on dethroning Topalov!
Jan-16-06  sheaf: Adams has always been a great player its just that he had a terrible last year.
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