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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Grizzly Adams" (game of the day Jun-18-2006)
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jun-18-06  cyruslaihy: i don't really understand whats going on in the midgame can any body help me out?
Jun-18-06  whatthefat: <cyruslaihy>
I think the answer is: a whole lot of tactics!
Jun-18-06  jajaja: is 41.Bc4 necessary?
Jun-18-06  dakgootje: very nice game indeed, which put me to a lot of thinking and thinking. Especcially liked 29. Ba7
Jun-18-06  harcee sarmiento: 15...Be6?! is a serious blunder.
Jun-18-06  EmperorAtahualpa: It's great to watch how Adams is always a step ahead of Kramnik in tactics. Awesome game!

This pun is after a fictitious character Grizzly Adams from some TV series I've never watched....

Jun-18-06  Confuse: adams is quite the grizzly here... the midgame is nuts. its too bad a grizzly cant beat a hydra though : (
Jun-18-06  spirit: <jajaja> 5 kibitzes ahead of me i wanted to say that...what do u think anyway?
Jun-18-06  CapablancaFan: This game was a pure tactical slugfest throughout. But in the end Kramnik simply had no way of saving his knight to prevent going down a piece. If 43...Nd7?? or Nc6?? 44.Rxh5+!...Kg8 45.Qe6+ and mate next move.
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  kevin86: A good game;black is beaten by space, not material.
Jun-18-06  blingice: <harcee sarmiento: 15...Be6?! is a serious blunder.>

What are you talking about? Chessmaster's evaluation drops .2. That isn't even a blunder. Furthermore, if it WAS a "blunder", the game wouldn't have lasted in equilibrium for 32 more moves.

Jun-21-06  harcee sarmiento: <blinqice> poor chessmaster. considering that move. dont depend on machine little boy.
Jun-21-06  harcee sarmiento: 15...b5 giving an MA and the another cope for the queen's bishop. ask your mother about it.
Jul-03-06  spirit: please nobody should belittle me CM
Feb-02-07  positionalgenius: One of Kramnik's many disasters as he tried the Najdorf in 2004.
Feb-02-07  dehanne: So that is how one beats Kramnik.
Feb-02-07  outplayer: One should say kramnik to not play the Najdorf.
Aug-08-07  anandrulez: Nice game from Adams . I think he is the only player to have such a phenomenal record against Kramnik in last 10 years or so . he is +3 sine 2000 against Kramnik which is more than impressive.
Mar-18-08  Alex Patkowski: great game!
Nov-19-12  Cemoblanca: After the final move (43.Rd5!) I'll call this 1: The 'Siamese quads' of Wijk an Zee! :D
Mar-09-15  Peachcroft: Is 33. Nf6 sound? If nothing else, it appears to split Black's pawns (34. PxN, RxN; 35. RxR, QxR)
Mar-09-15  Nerwal: <Is 33. Nf6 sound?>

Yes, but Adams' move is much stronger. The main advantage for White in the position is the poor coordination of the black pieces (♗h6 and ♖a8 are doing nothing, ♘d3 is pinned), he should not trade them.

Mar-10-15  Peachcroft: Agree. I believe someone once said, when you spot a good move, look for a better one.
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  plang: The game quickly transposed to the main line of the Scheveningen which was very popular in the 80s and 90s. Dolmatov had played 16 Be2 in his win over Ftacnik at the 1990 Manila Interzonal; 16 Bh5 was new though after the game Adams admitted that 16 Nxe6 or 16 Qg3 w would have been stronger. 19 Nfd5 threatening to trap the queen would have been more active.

Adams after 24..Bg5?!:
"The critical moment of the game. Kramnik could play simply with 24..Bxc3 25 Rxc3..Nc6 26 Qf4..f6 (Adams also thought that Black could defend with 26,,Qd7 27 Bd6..Rbd8 28 exd..Qxd6 because after 29 Qxf7+..Kh8 30 dxc Black has 30..Rf8. However, later he discovered that this line turns out well for White after 31 c7!) 27 Bd6..d4! when most likely the game would end in another boring draw. What he played was incredibly risky and I think he missed my 29th move."

25,,Bxc1 26 Bxb4,,Bg5 27 Qxf7+..Kh8 28 Nxd5 would have been powerful for White (Adams:"It makes no sense to take the exchange in a position like this"). 29..Re7?, leaving the back rank vulnerable, was an error, 29..Rf8 would have been a tougher defense.

Apr-09-22  Clement Fraud: <plang>

Many thanks for your analysis, and for bringing this excellent game to my attention. I had long wondered why Kramnik hasn't played a Sicilian Defense - in a classical tournament encounter - since 2005 (with the sole exception of game 11 versus Anand in 2008) 🤔 ; perhaps this game could provide an answer!

Here it seems Black struck out in the center too soon (13... e5): if e7-e5 isn't played at the first opportunity, then Black has to operate passively behind his hedgehog pawn formation... and try to coerce White into an overreaching attack.

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