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Michael Adams vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-06  positionalgenius: 30...Bxh5?? horrific blunder thats not GM quality.Adams plays this game pretty aggressive,which is unusual for him.
Sep-27-06  aw1988: How is it unusual? Adams is one of the more aggressive players of today I know of.
Sep-27-06  positionalgenius: <aw1988>Adams is a positional,consevative player.Look at dortmund
Sep-27-06  jamesmaskell: Adams is a very British player. Solid, positional, no fireworks. One of the things Ive noticed is that British players tend not to be flamboyant. On Adams's page there are a few of his online blitz games from playchess, on which he appears from time to time.
Sep-27-06  aw1988: His play isn't Shirovesque at all, not that kind of aggressive. But he does seem to me to be anything but peaceful. Perhaps I'm nitpicking.
Sep-28-06  positionalgenius: <aw1988>then look at his games! He has very few aggressive games.he can when need be but he typically doesn't get tactcal.Actually I model my play after Adams.
May-13-07  ARubinstein: <positionalgenius> This game is not atypical for Adams. He has plenty of aggressive games. I agree with <aw1988> that it's just that his brand of "aggressive" is very different from Shirov's.

This game is a perfect example of his aggressive positional style. There's nothing wildly tactical about it. Step by step he methodically builds up his position until Black's position cracks. It is a trademark positional crush in one of his pet lines, and the final attack is just the culmination of his strategic dominance early on.

Jun-28-08  Gouki: whats the winning line?
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  tpstar: 31 ... Bg6 (31 ... g6? 32. Qxh6#) 32. Rxh6+! is decisive:

1) 32 ... Bh7 33. Rxh7+! Kxh7 34. Qh4+ Kg6 35. Rd3 and Black's King is dead:

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2) 32 ... gxh6 33. Qxh6+ Bh7 34. Qf6+ Rg7 35. Bxf8:

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The only defense to mate is 35 ... Qxe5, then 36. Bxg7+ Kg8 37. Qxe5 wins.

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  plang: 12 d5 had been played by Degraeve in two 2001 games played in France; 12 Bb1 was new. 14..0-0 15 e5..Be7 16 Nxh4..Bxh4 17 d5 would have cost Black a piece. Adams was critical of 19..Bf4? recommending instead 19..Bc7 with the idea of 20 Ne5..f6 21 Nxd7?..Qd6. 21..Bxh2+ 22 Kxh2..f6 23 d5..fxe 24 dxe..d6 25 Bxe5 would have been winning for White. After 22 dxe the Black king was undefended and the pawns on a5 and d7 were weak. 29..Be2? lost quickly; a tougher defense would have been 29..Rc9 30 Bd6..Qb7 31 Qxf7..Be2 32 Rde1 though White would have been a solid pawn up.

A powerful game by Adams playing on both sides of the board.

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