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Michael Adams vs Hichem Hamdouchi
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LIB, rd 3, Jun-23
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0



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  Hanada: Man, I'm becoming a real Mickey Adams fan. He has such a logical, crystal clear style of play. I don't want to go out on too far of a limb, but when I look over his games it reminds me of another player....Capablanca. Now, before I get trounced, I am not saying that he is as good as Capa, only that his style reminds me of him in his logic and clarity of play. I think Adams may truly be one of the more gifted players in the world. What really impresses me is the force of attack that he seems to conjure out of nowhere. I would like to see more out of this player in the future and I hope he reaches his full potential one day soon.

BTW, I am serioulsy disappointed that Morozevich is not in Libya. I think he is another young player with boundless talent. I would love to see a match between Adams and Morozevich. I think the contrasting style would make for an interesting competition.

Jun-25-04  Lawrence: White already had an advantage of over a pawn but 32...e5 handed Adams the game on a platter. eval +4.23 (Junior 8)
Jun-25-04  WMD: <Now, before I get trounced, I am not saying that he is as good as Capa, only that his style reminds me of him in his logic and clarity of play.>

He's clearly far superior to Capablanca.

Jun-25-04  dragon40: <WMD> Umm, how do you reason that? Two totally different generations, opponents, opening therories..I definitely agree Adams is a super GM ans he is a very truly gifted player, but as has been brought up before, to compare past masters with present day masters is neither fair, easy or hardly possible! I have always like Mikey Adams, he is clear and a very very dangerous player with the White pieces...he excels in many aspects of the game and is a pretty nice guy from what I have read. Capa was a different era, also clear play and really dangerous with the White pieces...we can say that they were both top notch in their day and time :)
Jun-25-04  acirce: It's extremely simple. Absolute strength? Adams. Relative (to their contemporaries) strength? Capablanca. It is all a matter of definition.
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  Hanada: <To all> My observations are entirely of a stylistic nature which is why I included my little disclaimer

<Now, before I get trounced, I am not saying that he is as good as Capa, only that his style reminds me of him in his logic and clarity of play>.

I agree with acirce's comment that it is a relative type of comparison. All scientists stand on the shoulder's of giants, as do chess players, thus Adams is defintely gonna have the edge as far as theory and book knowledge is concerned.

However, if it were possible to have cryogenically frozen Capa in his prime and release him on the modern world, I have no doubt in my mind that he would once again regain the world championship. And I think he is one of the few players with genius enought to accomplish this. It all comes down to logic, analytical ability, and positional understanding. Capa was also renowned for his ability to learn through experiences......sure, he would get his !#$@#! handed to him for a while but I think he would evolve quit quickly and be on top in no time. Other players that may be able to accomplish this in my opinion...Morphy (tactical genius and master of the open game), Lasker (a genius in understanding piece value in relation to the position, the game of chess as a struggle, and the subtle psychological factors that are present).


Jun-29-04  akiba82: Good for you Hanada, I agree! I keep hearing statements to the effect that this or that great player from the past is only of IM strength! This doesn't take into account the tremendous amount of material today's players get to study. Not to mention computer analysis on top of everything else. The nineteenth century players, by comparison, had almost nothing to work with.
Jun-29-04  acirce: <This doesn't take into account the tremendous amount of material today's players get to study.> Yes, it does; the lucky position standing on the shoulders of yesterday's giants IS THE VERY REASON that players are so much better today.
Jun-29-04  square dance: the players today arent more talented they just know better theory. they are stronger because of the information that is available to them.
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  Hanada: <Square Dance> <akiba82> Your eloquent and effencient synopsis of what I am trying to convey, puts me to shame. If only, I had effeciency in language such as you, my life would be so much easier.
Jul-05-04  square dance: <hanada> um did you forget the < ;-) > or < :-p >?

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