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Michael Adams vs Zoltan Almasi
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 3, Aug-07
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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  plang: After drawing the first game Adams win in this game clinched the third round match in the World Championship tournament; he went on to defeat Dreev and Kramnik before being eliminated by Akopian in the semi-finals. In the previous round in one of the quick play playoff games Peng Xiaomin had played 13 c4 against Almasi and Black had gone on to win; 13 a4 was new. Perhaps 13..a5 would have been an improvement preventing White from playing 14 a5 gaining space on the queenside. Almasi recommended 17..f6 18 h5..Kf8 19 dxe7+..Nxe7 20 Bf4..Rd8 as a better defense with just a small White edge. 20..Nd4 21 c3..Nd3 22 Rf4! would not have been an improvement for Black. 21..Rhc8 with the idea of hiding the king on the kingside looks better than Almasis 21..Rac8. 24..Rhd8 25 Nd3..Rd5 26 Nxc5..Rcxc5 27 c4 would have been a quick win for White. With 27..Rhe8 Almasi allowed a liquidation into a losing minor piece ending but 27..Rc7 28 Bb2 followed by Rf6+ would also have very bad for Black.

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