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Michael Adams vs Veselin Topalov
"Adam's Grapple" (game of the day Jul-29-2010)
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0

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Jan-18-06
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  patzer2: According to the game analysis at http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail..., Adams' 29. Rxf7! was set up by 22. f5!, 23. Nxd5! and the positional sacrifice 25. h3!
Jan-20-06
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  patzer2: Here's an analysis with Fritz 8 and ChessGames.com Opening Explorer:

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. a4> A playable alternative is 8. f4 as in A Volokitin vs Vescovi, 2005. <8...Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. f4 Qc7> Perhaps 10...e5 is worth considering, despite it's infrequent use at Master-level. Fritz 8 rates it playable and Black won with it in Velimirovic vs G Cabrilo, 1996. <11. Kh1 Re8 12. Bf3 Bf8> Previously popular was 12...Rb8, but Adams'win in Adams vs Kramnik, 2004 may have discouraged Topalov from playing it. <13. Qd2 Na5> A rare alternative is 13...Bd7, which won for Black in Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2000. <14. b3> Worth consideration is 14. Qf2 as in Delchev vs R Mogranzini, 2005. However, the super GMs may now be avoiding it as a result of black's win in Anand vs Kasparov, 1997. <14...Rb8> Black may be able to hold with 14... Rd8 15. Ncb5 axb5 16. Nxb5 Qc6 . <15. Rad1 Nc6> Black seems OK after Fritz 8's suggestion 15... b6 16. f5 Bb7 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. Qe1 d5 19. exd5 exd5 20. Rd3 Bd6 21. Nde2 Rbc8 22. Qh4 Be5 23. Bg5 Rcd8 24. Nd4 h6 25. Be3 Nc6 =. <16. Bf2 Nd7> Good for Black per Fritz 8 is 16... e5 17. Nde2 Nb4 (17... b5 18. axb5 axb5 19. fxe5 Nxe5 20. Nf4 Be6 21. Bd4 Rec8 =) 18. Bh4 Be7 19. a5 exf4 20. Nxf4 Qxa5 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Ncd5 Be5 23. Nxb4 Bxf4 24. Qxf4 Qxb4 25. Bh5 Be6 26. Bxf7+ Bxf7 27. Qxf7+ Kh8 28. Rf4 Qc5 29. Rd2 b5 30. Rdf2 h6 31. h3 Rf8 32. Qxf8+ Rxf8 33. Rxf8+ Kh7 . <17. Bg3 Nxd4 18. Qxd4 b5 19. axb5 axb5 20. b4 g6> Perhaps Black should consider 20... Qc4 21. Be2 Qxd4 22. Rxd4 Ba6 23. Ra1 . <21. e5 d5> Black is lost after 21... dxe5 22. fxe5 Qc4 23. Qxc4 bxc4 24. Bc6 Rd8 25. b5 Be7 26. Ne4 Nb6 27. Bf2 Nd5 28. Ba7 . <22. f5! gxf5 23. Nxd5!> Snatching the piece loses after 23...exd5? 24.e6! . <23...Qc4 24. Qd2 h6 25. h3!> This positional sacrifice prepares the destruction of Black's position.

Jan-20-06
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  patzer2: <25...exd5 26. Bxd5 Qxb4 27. c3 Qc5> Black puts up more resistance but appears to lose after 27... Qe7 28. Rxf5 Nb6 29. Bxf7+ Kh7 30. Rf6 Nc4 31. Qd3+ Kh8 32. Qg6 Bg7 33. Qh5 Bf5 34. Rxf5 . <28. Rxf5 Re6 29. Rxf7!> This demolition of pawn structure combination is decisive, and the rest is a matter of technique. < 29...Nb6> If 29... Kxf7, White wins following 30. Qf4+ Ke7 31. Bh4+ Rf6 32. exf6+ Nxf6 (32... Kd8 33. f7+ Be7 34. Bc6 Bxh4 35. Bxd7 Bxd7 36. Qxb8+ Ke7 37. f8=Q+ Ke6 38. Rd6+ Ke5 39. Rxd7+ Ke4 40. Qbf4#) 33. Qxf6+ Kd7 (33... Ke8 34. Qf7#) 34. Qd8#. <30. Rdf1> This wins, but stronger and faster for White is 30. Qf4! Nxd5 (30... Qxd5 31. Rxf8+ Kh7 32. Qf7#) 31. Rxd5 Qa3 32. Qf5 Qc1+ 33. Kh2 . <30... Nxd5 31. Rxf8+ Qxf8 32. Rxf8+ Kxf8 33. Qxd5 Ke8 34. Bh4 Bd7 35. Bf6 b4 36. Qe4 Bc8 37. cxb4 Rb7 38. Qg6+ Kd7 39. Qxh6 Kc7 40. Qf4 Kb8 41. h4 Rc7 42. h5 1-0>

Jan-31-06  Fezzik: ChessBase.com has described Michael Adams' performance as "solid". If this game is merely solid, I wonder what would impress the venerable writers over there.

From move 22 on, Adams plays like an attacking genius. Oh yeah, he *is* an attacking genius!

Mar-20-06  olydream3: this is definately a crushing game by michael, he used a good combination and defeated Topalov
Oct-05-06  positionalgenius: An excellent game from Adams inflicting Topalov's only loss at corus 2006.
Dec-25-06  notyetagm: This stupendous victory by Michael Adams finished 4th in the Best Game Prize voting for Chess Informant 96. It gathered a very respectable 43 points.

The jurors GMs Speelman and Xie Jun voted it -the- best game of the 30 games submitted to the GM jury for the Best Game Prize award.

Dec-28-06  notyetagm: I am glad that Topalov won the Chess Informant Best Game Prize for his win over Aronian but I would have voted for this game as the best of Informator 96, like jurors Speelman and Xie Jun did.

This is simply a -stupendous- game by Adams.

Dec-28-06  notyetagm: From "Starting Out: 1 e4!" by GM Neil McDonald, page 74:

<25 h3!!

Garry Kasparov, one of the spectators at Wijk aan Zee, was very impressed by this simple move which rules out any defense based on ... Qg4. It is all too easy to get overexcited during an attack and spend all your time looking at 'explosive' ways to finish the game, but sometimes it is a quiet, preventative move that proves to be a killer.>

Dec-28-06  Lt. Col. Majid: Adams has always owned Topalov. Will 2007 be different? We shall see.
Dec-29-06  notyetagm: <Lt. Col. Majid: Adams has always owned Topalov. Will 2007 be different? We shall see.>

Adams owns Topalov. Kramnik own Topalov. Strange how they all own Topalov but Topalov is the highest rated player in the world.

Dec-29-06  positionalbrilliancy: <notyetagm>Does Chess Informant have a website that lists the best games of the year? I can't seem to find it.
Dec-29-06  notyetagm: <positionalbrilliancy: <notyetagm>Does Chess Informant have a website that lists the best games of the year? I can't seem to find it.>

Best Games and Best Novelties of Chess Informant 96 can be found at http://www.chesscafe.com/informant/... but this link will expire in about a month.

Dec-29-06  Lt. Col. Majid: <Adams owns Topalov. Kramnik own Topalov. Strange how they all own Topalov but Topalov is the highest rated player in the world.>

I agree. Puts into perspective the real value of being number one in the ratings list.

Dec-29-06  notyetagm: <Lt. Col. Majid: ... I agree. Puts into perspective the real value of being number one in the ratings list.>

Yes, being the highest rated player in the world means absolutely nothing. It's all just luck, smoke, and mirrors that made Topalov the World #1 for over a year now.

Jan-04-07  Lt. Col. Majid: <Yes, being the highest rated player in the world means absolutely nothing.>

I agree.

Jan-04-07  alicefujimori: Being highest rated player obviously means something. It basically means that a person had outperformed, on average, relative to his/her colleagues over a epriod of time.
Jan-05-07  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: Being highest rated player obviously means something. It basically means that a person had outperformed, on average, relative to his/her colleagues over a epriod of time.>

Yes, I was just imitating you-know-who's ridiculous statements on the subject.

Jan-05-07  Lt. Col. Majid: Notyet..

Happy New Year!

What a difference a mere 12 months makes hey:)

Look at ya posts 12 months ago … laden with Kramnik abuse, corky Topalov boasts – Topalov this, Topalov that, mere writing about Topalov got u “phallusly” excited, I can only guess with a huge one lmaoooo. U were on top of da world … gallivanting from forum to forum espousing the greatness of Topalov as the 2nd coming of Mr. Jesus H Christ.

Now you’re subdued, reduced to cynicism and 2-dollar sarcasm with no sting, no bite and no punch. Looks like chess events with regards to a certain Tuapse born GM over the last 6 months have knocked the wind out-of-ya hehe.

Jan-07-07  notyetagm: We'll see what happens at Corus.
Apr-12-07  MorganV2851: after losing such a promising (looking) position against kasparov in 2005:

Adams vs Kasparov, 2005

...im sure mickey made it a point to get his najdorf in order. his patient yet ambitious play in this game is phenominal, especially since its topalov who is an expert on najdorf lines and one bad experiment can lead to a game full of problems for white.

Mar-15-08  Alex Patkowski: Adams is an amazing attacker.
Mar-16-08  positionalgenius: A very special game. Adams demonstrates some very powerful chess here.
Apr-26-08  TheDude: Now I have understand why people call him "Tricky Mickey". ;-)

Great Game!!

Nov-22-08  notyetagm: <notyetagm: This stupendous victory by Michael Adams finished 4th in the Best Game Prize voting for Chess Informant 96. It gathered a very respectable 43 points.

The jurors GMs Speelman and Xie Jun voted it -the- best game of the 30 games submitted to the GM jury for the Best Game Prize award.>

I was just about to post this information but I see that I beat myself to it. :-)

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/infor...

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