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Michael Adams vs Peter Svidler
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 5, Oct-28
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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  plang: At Dortmund earlier in the year Adams had played 7 Nf3 against Svidler in an uneventful draw. After 11..Nb6?! 12 Nd5 Adams developed a queenside initiative; he recommended 11..Be7. Perhaps Svidler could have tried 17..f5!? 18 exf..Rxf6 19 cxb..axb 20 Nc6..Rxc6 21 dxc..Bxc6 22 Be2 though White still has the advantage here. Adams could have won a pawn with 22 Nxe7+..Rxe7 23 Qxf4 but after 23..Qe3+ 24 Qxe3..Rxe3 Black would have had good counterplay. Instead, after Adam's 22 Qxf4 material was even but thw White bishop was clearly superior to the Black counterpart. Adams would have been close to winning with 32 Qb4..Rb8 33 Qb3. Instead, after 32 f5? he lost most of his advantage due to Svidler's clever 34.Qe7!. Adams felt that the draw could have been achieved with 43..b4 44 axb (44 Qxg4?..Rxf5)..d4 45 b5..d4 46 Rd1..Qf4 but after the blunder 43..Rh8? White's rook was freed for attack after 44 Bc2. Svidler resigned with Adams giving the following lines:

1) 44..Rh6 45 Qd7+..Qe7 46 Qxb5 winning a pawn while maintaining the attack.

2) 44..Qe7 45 Rg1 with, I assume, the follow-up 45..Kh6 46 Qh3+..Kg7 (46..Bh4 46 Rxh4+ mates) 47 Qf5.

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