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Matthew Sadler vs Michael Adams
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 4, Oct-26
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0



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Oct-11-05  BabyJ: "I like to say that the bishops are
like money in the bank." -Nigel
May-16-09  WhiteRook48: That is true
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  plang: This was Sadler's first shot at a Super tournament having entered the top 20 during the last half of 1998. His +1 (undefeated) in the tournament was good for atie for third with Kramnik and Zviagincev a point behind Anand and a half point behind Leko. Adams 7..Bxc3 and 8..c5 are rarely played but Sadler's 9 a4!? could not have been expected by Adams. 10 Ba3 was new; 10 Nd2 had been played in Gligoric-Romanishin Erevan 1989. Sadler thought that 15..Na5 was a better defense as after 16 e5..dxe 17 dxc..Nb3! 18 Rb1..e4! Black is doing well (if 19 Be2 then 19..Nd2).

Rogers after 17 Ne3:

" is extraordinary that this position should even be slightly better for White ,but it seems that , thanks to the knight on e3 which is ready to jump into f5, Black is in severe difficulties. Over the next few moves Adams put his pieces on credible squares ,Sadler wastes two clear tempi, and yet Black never has the slightest chance to break free."

22..Kh8 was an alternative so as to answer 23 Nf5 with 23..Nxe4!. Anand suggested 27..h6 with the idea of 28 h4..h5!. 32..a6?! playing for queenside counterplay just created an additional weakness which led to a quick demise for Black.

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  tpstar: After 10 ... Ne4:

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"Only two pieces had been taken while both players fought for control of the center while simultaneously developing their pieces onto active squares creating fighting opportunities for their game. At this stage the position is judged as being equal for both players. The game was eventually won by Matthew Sadler on the fortieth move when Michael Adams resigned as his queen was about to be taken."

Gareth Williams, "Chess" - Paragon Publishing, Bath, 2002.

Can anyone translate the last sentence? =)

Feb-24-18  Muttley101: <tpstar: Can anyone translate the last sentence? =)>

I suspect the writer just gave the final position a casual glance and thought "Bg5 wins the queen". These horsey things are hard to master. Presumably Adams resigned because he ends up a piece down.

Feb-24-18  morfishine: Fascinating game and final position. I had to run through the moves on my PGN viewer a couple of times to finally figure out what was going on
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  tpstar: <Muttley101> Thank you for the response.

I was wondering if Adams touched his Knight planning to recapture 41 ... Nxf8 before seeing 42. Bg5 trapping the Black Queen. Even so, 42. gxf5 wins a clear piece which should be more than enough at this level.

I encourage juniors and students to find errors and typos in chess books, instead of just blindly trusting the content.

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