Currently the F.I.D.E. World Championship is being held in Libya under controversial circumstances that have either prevented the participation of some of the strongest players or have deterred others.

The format is to play mini-matches on a knock-out basis.  Up to now those matches have consisted of just two games.  If there is no result from these games, the match moves onto rapid-play and then blitz until a winner emerges.  To survive, a certain amount of luck as well as good play is required.

Super-Grandmaster Mickey Adams is taking part and is turning in very good games that have taken him to the semi-finals.  His style has been likened to a "Spider" or a "Python" in that he weaves a positional web around his opponent and then squeezes them to death.

That style becomes quite clear in the games he has played to date and that follow.

In the semi-final against Teimour Radjabov, Adams won the first game and drew the remaining three to book his place in the final

All the semi-final games follow with games 1 and 3 analysed by Fritz 8. 


(1) Adams,M (2731) - Asabri,H (2277) [C65]
FIDE WCh KO Tripoli LBA (1.1), 19.06.2004

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.c3 Bd7 6.0-0 g6 7.Re1 Bg7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Nf1 Nh5 10.Bg5 Qe8 11.Ne3 h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 Nxg3 14.hxg3 Ne7 15.Bc4 a5 16.a4 Be6 17.Qb3 Qd7 18.Rad1 Bxc4 19.dxc4 b6 20.g4 Rfe8 21.Nh2 Ng6 22.Nhf1 Nf4 23.Ng3 Kh7 24.f3 Rh8 25.Kf2 Kg6 26.Rh1 Qc6 27.Ngf5 Bf6 28.g3 Qc5 29.Qc2 Ne6 30.Rd5 Qc6 31.Rd2 Rae8 32.Ke1 Nc5 33.Rdh2 h5 34.Rxh5 Rxh5 35.Rxh5 1-0