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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Akopian
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LIB, rd 5, Jun-28
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jun-28-04  AdrianP: <Killaa> Kg8 Rxf2 Rxf2 a6! and Black's out for the count.
Jun-28-04  PinkPanther: <karnak84>
That's the spider for you.
Jun-28-04  azaris: 54...♔g8 55. ♖xf2 ♖xf2 56. a6 ♖f1 57. a7 ♖xd1+ 58. ♔c2 ♖a1 59. a8=♕ ♖xa8 60. ♖xa8
Jun-28-04  WMD: I don't think Kasparov would relish a match with Adams in this kind of form. He'd probably prefer Topalov.
Jun-28-04  AdrianP: Great game by Adams, in his own style - increasing the pressure incrementally without any inaccuracies. If there were no queens in a chess set I think Adams would be world champion...!
Jun-28-04  Chesswinna: Pinkpanther - I believe the only rook that was protecting the bishop was the c file rook. When the rook goes to c1, it stops protecting the bishop. Maybe you meant Rd1?
Jun-28-04  PinkPanther: Wait, yes you're right. I can't halfway think straight only getting 2 hours of sleep last night. I meant the rook on the d file (which also seemed to be a fairly viable move).
Jun-28-04  killaa: That's no explanation <WMD> ok so he goes to a6 then what? 56..Rf7 57 Ra8 Rd7 58. Be2 Kf7 59. a7 bc5 60. Rf8+ bxf8 61. a8=Q ...winning
Jun-28-04  uglybird: Instead of 45...dxe5 Black might have tried ...d5 46.Rf4 Bc5 with the threat of ...Be3.
Jun-28-04  WMD: <killaa> There are many winning lines for White. For instance, after your 56...Rf7, 57.Be2 is a killer. According to my comp, it's mate in 9.
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  Bobsterman3000: What an attractive finish. Adams was just biding his time, waiting for Akopian to double on his second rank knowing that he had any number of strong responses...
Jun-28-04  ketchuplover: Where are the moves??????
Premium Chessgames Member ketchuplover, you don't see the moves? What viewer are you using, the default "MyChess" viewer?
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  jaime gallegos: great end for M.Adams! next WCC?
Jun-28-04  ketchuplover: Yes I am using the default viewer.
Jun-29-04  florin: what did I tell you?
Jun-29-04  ruylopez900: hmm, seems more like a scheveningen type pawn structure, but who am I to argue w/ ECO? :P
Jun-29-04  tanginamo: fgh is correct on his definition of zugzwang. but let me give you a much clearer example of zugzwang. zugzwang is like a horrible diarrhea. you would prefer not to make any movement when you have a horrible diarrhea because one movement is going to trigger the runny diarrhea to come out. you make one move & you're going to make your situation worse. exactly like zugzwang
Jun-29-04  Lawrence: Thanks, <tanginamo>, now I understand what zugzwang is all about. Welcome to chessgames.
Jun-29-04  tanginamo: thank you very much, sir Lawrence. i've got the highest respect for teachers. i consider you now as a dear friend :)
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  Gypsy: Waw, <tanginamo>, you have a way with imagery... LOL!!
Jun-29-04  tanginamo: thank you Gypsy for the kind words. you're now a dear friend to me too :)
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  Gypsy: < you're now a dear friend to me too :) > Take this post as my virtual handshake. :-)
Jun-30-04  tanginamo: thanks again Gypsy...heehee :)
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  plang: Game 1 of their quarterfinal match in the World Championship tournament in Tripoli; Adams drew game 2 to clinch the match and then went on to defeat Radjabov in the semis before being defeated by Kasimdzhanov in the finals. A few weeks earlier in the Armenia versus the Rest of the World match Akopian had played the Burn French unsuccessfully against Adams; here he varied with the Scheveningen Sicilian. 14..Rb8 had been played in Nunn-Ribli 1985 World Team Championship in Lucerne where White went on to win; 14..Bd7 was new. 20..Rab8?! looks a bit odd; wouldn't 20..Nc6 21 g5..a5 22 h5..a4 been more thematic? 29..d5 was suggested as an improvement as after Akopian's 29..g6?! Black's king was vulnerable on the back rank throughout the rest of the game. 36 a3! would have been very strong. Perhaps 39..e5!? was necessary (39..Reb8 40 Rxc5..dxc 41 Bxe6+ wins). 45..d5 may have been better though after 46 Rf4..Bc5 47 Rc2..Rc3 48 Kb2..d4 White would still have had very good winning chances. Taking the rook after the back rank with 51..Rf1+? lost quickly but Adams was confident that he would have won after 51..Rg1+ 52 Bd1..Rxg5 53 Rd7..Bf6 54 Rf4..Kg8 55 Bg4..Re5 56 a6..Re1+ 57 Kc2..Rc8+ 58 Kd3.

A good example of Adam's subtle positional play; his ability to play on both sides of the board in this game was impressive.

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