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Michael Adams vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 5, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Michael Adams vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2005)
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-03-05  thomaspaine: Fritz 8 gives the following line at 24:

(0.69): 24.Rad1 f5 25.exf5 gxf5 26.Qh5 Be8 27.Qh3 e4 28.Rg3 f4 29.Rg4 Bg6

Adams played 24. Nb6?, and Fritz immediately gives the above-played text for a draw.

Adams had a nice grip on the position, too bad for him. When they were repeating the last moves, Adams spent quite some time thinking for other lines before agreeing for a draw.

Oct-04-05  Uranium: This its a discusting draw, booh Adams and Kasimdzhanov, this shows why you have been the worsest players of San Luis.
Oct-04-05  martinshortsays: <Uranium> You make a fine argument for the segregation of the mentally challenged from the kibitzing forum.
Oct-04-05  csmath: This draw was forced by Kasim. Adams had nothing better, he played active game but did not play particularly good here and Kasim gained serious chances to play for a win.

For some inexplicable reason Kasim decided to force the draw.

So I don't think Adams is to blame for a draw here.

Possible continuation instead of 28. Bf4 :

28. ... Rf6!
29. Bxe6 ... Rxe6

and black has initiative hard to overlook. This is definitely a serious advantage that must be played out on a tournament like this.

Perhaps Kasim did not see it or he is just happy participating. After all, you don't get to beat Anand every day. I guess he is still enjoying it.

Oct-04-05  Caissanist: I think Kasimdzhanov took the draw because he wants to be able to get some rest before tomorrow's game with black against Topalov. If I had that to look forward to then I'd want a rest too.
Oct-04-05  aw1988: Perhaps, but what is better for Black? Scarcely anything from my patzer eyes...
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