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Michael Adams vs Sergey Karjakin
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-17-06  GlennOliver: A uncharacteristicly passive game from Mickey.

Until 19. b4, he held a small but significant advantage.

The simpler 19. c3 or 19. c4 both seem preferable, allowing slow development of the advantage.

Maybe 1 point for a draw, 3 for a win is the way to go for major tournaments.

Jan-17-06  thewolf: Funnily enough i have been thinking the same but perhaps 2 points for a win instead of 3 points and keep the half point for the draw.

Perhaps the Topalov game took alot out of him and wanted to go to Rest day without too much effort.

Jan-17-06  PinkPanther: This game was just weak. I don't expect Adams to win this tournament, I just want him to do well and increase his rating (and in so doing his confidence) but you can't just passively allow chances like this to pass. He should have beaten Karjakin. I mean hell...if nothing else just make the kid work in an endgame, since it's a well known fact that their endgame skills (younger players) are typicall shaky. It makes no sense...he can destroy Topalov, but then when he plays Karjakin (or even Gelfand for that matter) he plays like garbage.
Jan-17-06  LluviaSean: i dont like this...why dont you just keep playing to see if it is an absolute draw??? if they had any guts, they would keep playing until there were just the two kings on the board before they called it quits. anything can happen. it was only the 25th move...
Jan-17-06  Synergy: The whole game was played at a (relatively) slow pace, but the final position is easily a simple draw.

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