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Garry Kasparov vs Michael Adams
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 9, May-26
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Sep-28-04  notyetagm: Kasparov is <so good at tactics> it's scary. The last several moves of this game appear in several tactics training books.
Sep-28-04  notyetagm: Not often you seen Adams resign in 31 moves.
Dec-20-04  ArturoRivera: why adamas resigned?, cant see, whats wrong with Qe2?
Dec-20-04  percyblakeney: Qe2 would be followed by Re1.
Dec-21-04  ArturoRivera: black can get a rook and a bishop for his queen, however you are right, due the poisition and white's pawns on the queenside that wouldnt be enough compensation
Apr-05-05  mynameisrandy: Nope, he only gets a rook for that queen. 31...Qe2 32.Re1 Qxe1 33.Bxe1 Rxe1 34.Kf1

Now if 34...Rb1 then 35. Qe4 loses the rook because a move is needed to avoid mate.

Better is 34...Nc3 where the knight, rather than the rook is lost after 34.Qb3.

Apr-05-05  Shams: 34.Kf2 you mean. nice lines, randy
Apr-05-05  mynameisrandy: Right you are. Thanks for clearing that up and thanks for the appraisal.
Nov-01-06  aazqua: Karsparov really is pretty good. This game looked dead draw at move 21 and yet 10 moves later it's over. Qd3 certainly looks a little sktchy. Maybe Adams is just a nob heere.
Nov-02-06  Calli: Better is 29...Nc3 although 30.Qc6 (30.Qb3 Qd2=) 30...Qb5 31.Qxc7 should still win.

Nov-02-06  TrueFiendish: to take it a little further, 31...Qe2 32.Re1 Qxe1 33.Bxe1 Rxe1 34.Kf1 Re2+!? 35.Kg3
Nov-02-06  Deceptor: <TrueFiendish> What are you talking about? He can't play 31... Qe2 32. Re1 Qxe1+ 33. Bxe1 Rxe1+ 34. Kf2 is forced and hopeless for Black.
Nov-02-06  TrueFiendish: What are you talking about? I'm not saying it's anything but hopeless for black, just that 34...Re2+ is a last try as 35.Kxe2 would lose to ...Nc3+. What did you think I meant?
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  ToTheDeath: Incredibly strong play. Kasparov finds a forced win in a seemingly innocent position after 24....Qf5? (24...Qb2 is best) Black's knight is simply out on a limb.
Apr-06-11  Damianx: not knocking GK but 26 must be a blunder by Adams whats wrong with the simple Pc6
Jul-18-11  YoGoSuN: Why wasn't 24. Bxa7 played instead of Bf2? Isn't it a better move?
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  chrisfalter: This game was analyzed in "How to Play Dynamic Chess," an excellent book by GM Valeri Beim.

@YoGoSuN - According to Beim, 24. Bxa7 Qc3 and "white has nothing," presumably due to the weakness of white's c pawn.

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  plang: Played in the last (9th) round; in round 6 Timman played 9 Nd2 against Adams and lost after blundering a pawn. Through 13..d5 the game followed Ljubojevic-Spassky Montreal 1979 where 14 Qf3 was played (game ended in a draw); Kasparov improved with 14 Qh4 where the queen was more active and the f-pawn was left unblocked. Kasparov's 16 Bd4 has not been repeated but seems as reasonable as 16 Bxc4 which is now the main line. Kasparov recommended 16..Ne7 as an improvement over Adams 16..c5 ?!.

Dokhoian after 22 Rfe1: "Despite all Black's efforts, White's position is clearly preferable. Black's main problem now is his centralised knight, which begins to come under attack by the white pieces."

24 Bxa7..Qc3 25 Rec1..Qd2 26 Qd4..Re2 would not have helped White. 24..Qf5? occupied the knights best square. After Kasparov's 26 Qb4 the response 26..c6 would have lost material after 27 a4..Nc7 28 Qb7. A better defense would have been 29..Nc3 30 Qc6..Qb5 31 Qxc7 though the passed c-pawn should be sufficient to win; instead after 29..Qd3? the game ended quickly as Black has to give up his queen to avoid mate.

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