MICHAEL ADAMS AT MERIDA

 

Michael Adams comfortably secured the winning position in the Merida tournament by safely drawing his last round game.

As can be seen from the following table, he increased his FIDE rating to 2824 and this should bring him back into the top ten world players.

 

Final positions

1 Adams,Mi 2726 +96
&;
1 1 1 1 5
2 Zhang Pengxiang 2640 +128
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0 1 1 1 1 5
3 Sargissian,G 2676 +30 1
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1 4
4 Koneru,H 2612 +103 0
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1 1 1 4
5 Caruana,F 2598 -84 0 0 0 0
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1 1 2
6 Granda Zuniga,J 2588 -130 0 0
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0 2
7 Hou Yifan 2527 -60 0 0 0 1
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0 2
8 Perez Candelario,Man 2537 -72 0 0 0 0 1
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2

All games played in the tournament can be downloaded HERE in PGN format

 

(1) Adams,Mi (2726) - Granda Zuniga,J (2588) [C42]
II Ruy Lopez Masters Merida ESP (1), 05.04.2008
[Bill Frost]



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7
[6...Nc6 At this point of the Petroff there are three main variations - the text move and ; 6...Bd6 The text has the advantage that as opposed to 6. ....Bd6, the queen pawn still has the protection of the queen. Now should White continue 7.c4 Black will not have to protect the d-pawn with ...c6, instead of which he can look for a more active continuation. ]

7.0-0 0-0
[A rather conservative continuation. 7...Nc6 is more active and is more commonly played, with the following possibility. 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Be6 11.Be3 Bf5 with an equal position.]

8.c4 Nf6 9.Nc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nbd7 11.Re1 Nb6 12.Bb3 c6
[RR 12...Bg4 13.h3 Bh5 14.g4 Bg6 15.Ne5 Nfd7 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.Qf3 c6 18.Qe4 Bf6 19.Bf4 Bg5 20.Bd6 Nf6 21.Qe5 Nfd7 22.Qa5 Bd2 23.Re2 Bxc3 24.Qxc3 Re8 25.Rxe8+ Qxe8 26.Re1 Qd8 27.Re7 Fernandez Garcia,J (2400)-Jones,I (2245)/Luzern 1982/EXT 97-B/1/2-1/2 (42)]

13.Qe2 Bb4 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bh4 Bxc3
A rather strange decision that voluntarily gives up the bishop for a knight.

16.bxc3 Nbd5 17.Qd2
The queen moves from the dangerous e-file and prepares to play c4 without allowing the knight to b4.

17...Qa5 18.Rac1 Nh5 19.h3 Be6 20.Re5 Nhf4 21.Bg3 Ng6 22.Ree1 Rfe8 23.h4 Bg4 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.Bxe5 Bf5 26.Qb2 b5 27.f3 Re6 28.Bg3 Rae8 29.Rxe6 Rxe6
Black has now brought the game to equality and this is maintained until a draw is agreed.

30.c4 bxc4 31.Bxc4 h5 32.Kh2 Re8 33.Qf2 Kh7 34.Re1 Rxe1 35.Qxe1 Qxe1 36.Bxe1 Kg6 37.Kg1 Nf4 38.Bd2 Bd3 39.Bxf7+ Kxf7 40.Bxf4 Ke6 41.Kf2 g6 42.Ke3 Bf1 43.g4 a5 44.a3 1/2-1/2