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Michael Adams vs Judit Polgar
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 2, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Michael Adams vs Judit Polgar (2005)
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Sep-29-05  underrated: second
Sep-29-05  underrated: and third
Sep-29-05  underrated: i like polgar's play here, no castle and nicely connected king side pawns. it looks like she wanted an end game early on. too bad she could make anything of it though, never was there any inballance
Sep-29-05  ovcharka: fourth
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  offramp: <ovcharka> You are third. I am 4th.
Sep-29-05  cade: In light of 48...Rxc5 49.Rdxd7 why did Adams offer a draw here?
Sep-29-05  supertimchan: Too scared.
Sep-29-05  hayton3: <BreakOnThru> Hey that's really mature - thanks for providing evidence of your humour too - even though my question was on the Goldsby page
Sep-29-05  hayton3: <cade> The resultant exchanges make it a drawn endgame - rook versus rook with equal pawns on one side.
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  offramp: First! This is the first time I have seen pictures on a game page. Well done <>!
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  offramp: Whenever I see a profile photo of Adams I think of the words of a French music promoter when he first met Led Zeppelin: "They all looked so English with their pointy noses..."
Sep-30-05  ChessKata: Was there something particualrly wrong with 20.Qxg4?
Sep-30-05  Flight Arrival UK: <Whenever I see a profile photo of Adams I think of the words of a French music promoter when he first met Led Zeppelin: "They all looked so English with their pointy noses...">

Don't know what that says about Judit then.

And all Frenchman wear berets and onions around their necks ;-)

Sep-30-05  acirce: Like <cade> I'm not sure why Adams didn't play on here - 48..Rxc5 49.Rdxd7 Rxd7 50.Rxd7+ Kg8 51.Re7 Rxe5 52.f3 and it doesn't look all that simple for Black. I suppose it's a draw but certainly only White can win.
Sep-30-05  csmath: 10. ... f5?! was overly optimistic. I understand her intention, she does not want to give diagonal targets to white, she never wants to defend herself without a countergame. Brave lady.

However, this is the second game already with her not being able to get anything but trouble out of the opening, I am begining to wonder about her preparations. Though she defended herself very well with an active defence.

I don't think white would have won this but it is hard to see why Adams didn't even try.

This guy gives draws too easy and resigns too easy as well. He lacks more determination.

Sep-30-05  csmath: Rooks ending with a pawn up are unappealing but I think this is just a laziness not to try.
Sep-30-05  tud: Those guys are not into endgames anymore. It's more of a hit and run. Look at Topalov-Anand.
Sep-30-05  underrated: havent they learned by hydra and other computer analysis that there are wins still there in end games like these? props to the first player at this tournment to play thease out...i wonder if its just out of respect of the other play that they take the draw...
Oct-01-05  SEMENELIN: This is my analysis on this game.adams had a lot of missed oppurtunities in this game at move 11. Be2 Bb7 I think it would be better if 11. exf5 .. Judit probably should do this 11. exf5 Nxf6. Adams has an advantage or a good threat on a4. If Adams moves 12. a4 Judit should probably move 12. a4 BxNc3.
Oct-01-10  nvrennvren: do men have pressure playing with women?
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