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Michael Adams vs Yasser Seirawan
Bermuda (2000)
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1-0



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  plang: These two had drawn a ten game match in 1999; they agreed to an eight game rematch in 2000. This was game 1; Adams went on to also win game 3 while drawing the rest. Adams decision to exchange bishop for knight with 17 Bxd5! was far from obvious; he felt that he could take advantage of Black's dark square weaknesses on the kingside. 18..f6!? pushed the knight back but weakened the king pawn; perhaps 18..Qb7 19 f3 was worth considering. Adams recommended 22..Bc6 as an improvement. 25..Kxh6 would have been answered by 26 Rh3+..Kg7 27 Ne5..fxe 28 Rxh7+..Kf8 29 Rxf7+..Kxf7 30 Qh7+..Kf8 31 Rxe5..Qe7 32 Qh8+..Kf7 33 Qh5+..Kf8 34 Rxg5..Qf6 35 Qh4 and White wins. Adams missed 33 Qd1! when after 33..Rfe7 (33..cxb 34 Qd6+) 34 Qd6..Kf7 35 bxc he would have been close to winning; instead after 33 b5? most of his advantage was gone. With 37 Qb2 Adams invited Seirawan to play 37..Qxc4 when White would likely take the draw with 38 Qh8+. Byrne suggested 41..Rd8 but after 42 Qc2..Rd4 43 c5 White is clearly better. Seirawan blundered with 44..e3? but he had no great choices as both 44..h6 and 44..Qf6 would be answered by 45 Rxh6 and 44..Qe5 45 Qxe5..Rxe5 46 Rh6! is very strong for White. Perhaps the passive 44..Rg7 was best though White would be clearly better here. Seirawan resigned due to 49..Ke7 50 Rxh7+..Kd6 51 Qd4#.

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