Michael Adams victorious in Dortmund
Malcolm Pein hails a brilliant tournament win for England’s number one
By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent
4:45PM BST 05 Aug 2013
The England number one, Michael Adams, neatly channelled his last-round game against Vladimir Kramnik to a draw and secured the half point he needed to win the Dortmund Sparkassen tournament with an unbeaten 7/9. This was one of Adams’s finest career moments and the most outstanding tournament performance by an English player in recent memory.
Adams ended half a point ahead of Kramnik, for whom Dortmund is almost a second home. The 14th world champion has won the event no less than 10 times, but he was denied by Adams, who pulled out a string of victories over elite players.
M. Adams – V. Kramnik
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Bg7 7.Qb3 Nb6 8.a4! d6 (8…a5 9.d5 threatening Be3) 9.a5 Be6 (9…N6d7 10.Ng5 e6 11.a6! with all kinds of nasty tricks: 11…bxa6 12.Qf3; 11…Nxa6 12.Bxa6 bxa6 13.Qf3; 11…Qb6 12.Qxb6 axb6 13.Na3 bxa6 14.Nb5) 10.Qb5+ Bd7 11.Qb3 Be6 12.Qb5+ Bd7 13.Qb3 (White has some initiative after 13.Qd3 Nd5 14.Qb3 Bc6 15.Bc4 e6 16.0–0 0–0 17.Bg5 but a draw secured first prize) 13…Be6 14.Qb5+ Bd7 draw
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