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Michael Adams vs Anish Giri
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 8, Apr-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1-0



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Apr-25-15  cplyakap: Beautiful game by Adams.
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  Penguincw: The 5th consecutive decisive game between these 2 (including 4 white wins in a row).
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  chancho: The Spider is enjoying a nice Anish slurpee.


Apr-25-15  notyetagm: <chancho: The Spider is enjoying a nice Anish slurpee.>

Adams drinks Giri's milkshake! He drinks it up!

Apr-25-15  luzhin: 14...h6? is not the way to play such positions, as Adams demonstrates. The correct plan is to play 14...Bc8, giving Black's Nf6 the square d7 after White plays 15.g5. This was what Kasparov did in the epic 24th game of his 1985 match against Karpov. That reached an identical position except that White's Queen was on d2 and Black's King's Rook was on e8.
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  boz: Interesting observation Luzhin.
Apr-25-15  ColdSong: One can safely say that Giri definitely did not play the Najdorf Scheveningen like Kasparov here.It's a universe of its own that must be perfectly understood just in order of not being destroyed.
Apr-25-15  Ulhumbrus: After 14 g4 the position brings to mind the game Tolush vs Kotov, 1945 Speaking of that game Fine says it is one of the games which give the impression that the Sicilian has been refuted. Fine says that White's pawns advance like a tank offensive.
Apr-25-15  xanadu: In this variation the f3 square is "available" for White´s Queen and the f-file is not sealed by the white-bishop, as it happens in the more common variation Be2-f4-Bf3 (played so many times by Adams).
Apr-25-15  morfishine: Great game by Adams! Seems like I'm always pulling for him. Black has too many pieces en prise after the simple 33. Rxh7 Kxh7 34.Ng5+ Kg7 35.Rf4


Apr-25-15  RookFile: Excellent play by Adams.
Apr-25-15  MagnusVerMagnus: So and Adams are friends of MC, that is a good thing it seems.
Apr-26-15  Nova: <morfishine> the double check 35. Ne6 ++ looks more appealing at the end of that line, followed by mate. But I do concur with what you and others have said: this attack by Adams looks so clean and seemingly easy! I love the black side of this line myself, but after this game I am a bit fearful!

I once had the pleasure of playing against "the spider" in a simul, with myself having the black side of a Fischer-Sozin Sicilian … needless to say his attack, particularly involving his Queen, proved too much for me to handle. But it was fun!

Apr-26-15  morfishine: <Nova> Yes, of course. I spent quite awhile trying to find the forcing finish. Finally, I realized if Black plays 34...Kh6, then White finishes 35.Rf6+ and Black can't play 35...Rxf6 due to 36.Qxc4; So, on 34...Kg8 35.Rf4 wins on the spot; while 34...Kg7 allows the double-check as you noted: 35.Ne6++

(34...Kg6 is met by 35.h5+)

Thanks for pointing this out!


Apr-26-15  Fiona Macleod: It's 34.Nf6+ not 34.Ng5+.
Apr-26-15  abadravi: 28....Be5 is better for black. White punished him by.29Rd6.good move Adams...
May-12-15  fisayo123: Bravo! +1 for the Zagreb variation.
Feb-20-22  Sally Simpson: <ColdSong: One can safely say that Giri definitely did not play the Najdorf Scheveningen like Kasparov here>

Danny King noting up this game in CHESS June 2015 says after 6...e6 'If Giri had been a Real Man he would have played the principled Najdorf move 6...e5'

Then cited and the game up to move 12 Short vs Kasparov, 2015 Danny then added:

Danny spots Giri's critical mistake here;

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as 22...Nxc2 saying 22...Qc5 held better hanging on chances. 22...Qc5 23.Rd2 d5! Danny has the times and Giri took the c2 pawn after 19 seconds.

I would have played 22...Nxc2 after 9 seconds. It is being attacked and as I'm probably going to have a sac piece for a pawn or two to quell that attack (if I get a chance) so another pawn in the bank won't do any harm.

Now looking at it. 22...Qc5 unpinning the d-pawn and getting things going in the centre is better. Giri (and me) forgot the rule of thumb about meeting a flank attack with central play.

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