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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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Mar-02-06  patzer2: According to, Kramnik might have been able to hold the draw with 29...Rf8!? This is also Fritz 8's recommendation for equality.

After Kramnik missed this chance, Adams soon had the win well under control. Adams could have won with flash using the strong pin 34. Rf3!, which enables a decisive Kingside attack after 34. Rf3! Ne5 (34... Nf2+ 35. Nxf2 Rxd1+ 36. Nxd1 ) 35. Rxd7 Nxd7 36. Nd6 Qg6 37. Qd5+ Kh8 38. Nf7+ Kg8 39. Nxh6+ Kh8 40. Nf7+ Kg8 41. Ne5+ . However, his method was sufficient.

Mar-02-06  patzer2: Adams' 42. Qe4! is an interesting tactic, beginning an overloading of pieces on the Knight in the center of the board to put Black in a hopeless bind.

In the final position, play might continue 43...Qc7 44. Bd4 Nf7 45. Nxf7 Qxf7 46. Rxh5+ Kg8 47. Qxa8+ .

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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