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FIDE World Championship 1997

Event report from a British perspective of the 1997 FIDE world championship played at Groningen, Lausanne.

From the original British qualifiers of Peter Wells, Matthew Sadler, Nigel Short, and Michael Adams, the players Adams and Short at the time of writing (22/12/97) still have the opportunity to challenge for the title of 1997 FIDE world champion.

The event is being covered excellently by ChessWeb which can be used to view the games live!

Based on this coverage, the ICC is showing the games. You can enter as a guest, and freely observe games by doing ob <game number> where game number is obtained from fi FIDE

There is also effective coverage at The Week In Chess site for example an introduction to the championships which illustrate the progressively lower time limits, that are applied within a match to decide the outcome. There is also the Groningen site which has excellent coverage.

British players are focused on here, and there is a java browser for effective game viewing and the option of downloading. This is being updated regularly.

Round 7 Adams vs Anand. Adams has been defeated by Anand. Adams put up a very good fight against his higher rated opponent and only lost in the sudden death blitz.
Round 6 The "Battle of the Brits": Nigel Short faces Michael Adams! Adams has defeated Short in the first game. Short has squared the match, by beating Adams in the 2nd game. Adams has won the match on Christmas day after a dramatic sudden death blitz game.
Round 5 In Round 5 Adams has won his match agaist Van Wely 2.5- 1.5 , Short has won his match, by beating Krasenkov 2-0. Both are therefore safely through to Round 6!
Round 4 Adams beat Svidler 4-2 , Short beat Beliavsky 3-1
Round 3 Adams beat Tiviakov 1.5-0.5, Short beat Sokolov  2-0 Sadler lost to Dreev 1.5-0.5
Round 2 Adams beat Giorgadze convincingly 2-0, Short beat Korchnoi 3.5-2.5, Sadler beat Ehlvest 4-2
Round 1 Wells knocked out by Alterman

There is a table showing how the British got through each round, with the climax now of Adams facing Anand. This can be used to navigate the following results.

Round 7

Adams put up a very good fight against Anand, but finally succumbed in the sudden death blitz. Adams has nevertheless done British chess proud for going so far in this tournament!

I hope you have enjoyed this coverage from the British player perspective of the FIDE World Championship
Tryfon Gavriel, Webmaster 30/12/97

Anand vs Adams Game 9
Sudden death blitz game

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.0-0 Nd7 11.Bd3 Qc7 12.Qe2 Re8 13.c4 g6 14.c5 Nf6 15.Ne5 Bd7 16.Bf4 Qc8 17.Rab1 Nd5 18.Bg3 Rf8 19.Rfc1 Bf6 20.Nc4 Bxd4 21.Nd6 Qd8 22.Nxb7 Qf6 23.c6 Bc8 24.Rb3 e5 25.Be4 Be6 26.Rf3 Qg5 27.Qe1 Qe7 28.Qa5 Bb6 29.Qa3 Qxa3 30.Rxa3 f6 31.Nc5 Bxc5 32.Rxc5 Nc7 33.f3 a6 34.h4 Rad8 35.Rc1 Rd2 36.Be1 Rxa2 37.Rxa2 Bxa2 38.Ba5 Rf7 39.Rd1 Nb5 40.Rc1 Nc7 41.Rd1 Nb5 42.Rd8+ Kg7 43.Ra8 Bc4 44.Rb8 f5 45.Bc2 Bd5 46.Rb6 Nd6 47.c7 Nc8 48.Rb8 Rf8 49.Ba4 Be6 50.Bc3 Kf6 51.f4 Kf7 52.Bxe5 Ne7 53.Rd8 Nc8 54.Kf2 Ke7 55.Bc6 a5 56.Bb7 Kf7 57.Bc6 Ke7 58.Bc3 Kf7 59.Bxa5 Rg8 60.Bb4 Na7 61.Ba4 Nc8 62.Bc5 h6 63.Bb5 g5 64.fxg5 hxg5 65.h5 1-0

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Short vs Adams blitz games
(15 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Anand vs Adams Game 8

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e4 Nc6 5.Be2 d5 6.e5 Ne4 7.0-0 Be7 8.Qc2 Ng5 9.Nxg5 Bxg5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bb5 0-0 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.d3 Bf5 14.Qe2 Re8 15.Re1 h6 16.Bxg5 Qxg5 17.Na4 f6 18.Qe3 Qxe3 19.fxe3 Rxe5 20.Nxc5 Rae8 21.Kf2 Bg6 22.d4 Rf5+ 23.Kg1 Rg5 24.Rac1 h5 25.Rc3 h4 26.Re2 Re7 27.Rf2 Rg4 28.Kf1 Kh7 29.Rf4 Rxf4+ 30.exf4 Bh5 31.Rc2 Kg6 32.Kf2 Kf5 33.g3 hxg3+ 34.hxg3 g5 35.fxg5 Kxg5 36.Rd2 Bg4 37.Nd3 Kf5 38.Nb4 Ke4 39.Nxc6 Rh7 40.Kg1 Ke3 41.Rh2 Rc7 42.Rc2 Bd7 43.Rc3+ Kd2 44.Ne7 Rxc3 45.bxc3 Kxc3 46.Nxd5+ Kxd4 47.Nxf6 Be6 48.a3 Kc3 49.Ne4+ Kb2 50.a4 Ka3 51.Kf2 Bh3 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand Game 7

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.e5 Nc6 7.Bb5 Nd7 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.e6 Nf6 10.exf7+ Kxf7 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.Qc4+ Ke8 13.Bd2 Qa6 14.Qd4 Rb8 15.0-0-0 Qb6 16.b3 Qxd4 17.Nxd4 Bd7 18.Rhe1 Kf7 19.Nf3 h6 20.Be3 Rb7 21.Bd4 Bg7 22.Ne4 Nxe4 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Rxe4 Kf7 25.Re3 c5 26.Rde1 Bc6 27.Nh4 Rg8 28.g4 Rc7 29.Kd2 Bb7 30.Rf1 Bc8 31.h3 Ke8 32.f5 gxf5 33.Nxf5 Bxf5 34.Rxf5 Rg6 35.Ref3 Kd7 36.Rf7 Rc8 37.Rh7 Rcg8 38.Rff7 Re6 39.Rf5 a5 40.Rf4 Rg5 41.Rf5 Rxf5 42.gxf5 Rf6 43.Ke3 d5 44.h4 Rxf5 1/2-1/2

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Short vs Adams blitz games
(25 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Adams vs Anand Game 6

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.0-0 a6 7.Bd3 d6 8.Nxd4 cxd4 9.Ne2 Nf6 10.Kh1 Nd7 11.b4 0-0 12.Bb2 Qb6 13.Rb1 Nb8 14.c3 Nc6 15.h3 Be6 16.a4 Rac8 17.Qe1 dxc3 18.Bxc3 Bxc3 19.dxc3 f6 20.a5 Qc7 21.Qg3 Bf7 22.h4 Kh8 23.Qh3 Rcd8 24.c4 b6 25.axb6 Qxb6 26.b5 axb5 27.cxb5 Na5 28.h5 gxh5 29.Ng3 Qe3 30.Rf3 Qc5 31.b6 Nb3 32.e5 dxe5 33.Nxh5 e4 34.Bxe4 Nd2 35.Nxf6 h5 36.Rc3 Qa5 37.Ra3 Qc5 38.Rc3 Qa5 39.Ra3 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand Game 5

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.Bd3 Be7 10.a3 Nf6 11.Be3 0-0 12.0-0-0 Bd7 13.Ng5 h6 14.Nge4 Rc8 15.Kb1 Na5 16.Nc5 b6 17.Nxd7 Qxd7 18.Ba6 Rc7 19.Qd3 Nd5 20.Rc1 Nxc3+ 21.Rxc3 Rxc3 22.Qxc3 Qd5 23.Rc1 Bf6 24.f3 Rd8 25.Rc2 Qb3 26.Qxb3 Nxb3 27.Rc7 Nxd4 28.Rxa7 g5 29.Rb7 Rd6 30.Bc4 Be5 31.h3 Kg7 32.a4 Kf6 33.Bf2 h5 34.h4 Nf5 35.hxg5+ Kxg5 36.Bxb6 Rd2 37.g4 hxg4 38.fxg4 Rxb2+ 39.Kc1 Kxg4 40.a5 Nd6 41.Rc7 Nxc4 42.Rxc4+ Kf5 43.Ra4 Rg2 44.a6 Rg8 45.a7 Ra8 46.Kc2 Bb8 47.axb8Q Rxb8 48.Be3 e5 49.Kd3 Rb3+ 50.Ke2 f6 1/2-1/2

Note: The format changes for this round to a best of 4 normal time limit games instead of 2 normal time limit games. Adams has managed to hold draws against his higher rated opponent in all 4 games.

Anand vs Adams Game 4

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.Re1 Bd6 13.d3 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4 Qf5 16.Nd2 Qg6 17.Re1 Bg4 18.f3 Bh3 19.Ne4 Rae8 20.Re2 h5 21.Bg5 Bc7 22.Qd2 Kh8 23.Rae1 f6 24.Nf2 Rxe2 25.Rxe2 Bf5 26.Bxd5 cxd5 27.Bf4 Bxf4 28.Qxf4 Bxd3 29.Rd2 Bb1 30.Qd6 Re8 31.Qxd5 Kh7 32.Kg2 Re5 33.Qb3 Qe8 34.a3 Bf5 35.Qb4 Bd7 36.Qd4 Bc6 37.Qd3+ Kh6 38.Qd4 Qa8 39.Rd3 Qe8 40.g4 Re2 41.Qf4+ Kh7 42.Qf5+ Qg6 43.Qxh5+ Qxh5 44.gxh5 Rxb2 45.Rd6 Be8 46.Rxa6 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand Game 3

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Bb5 Bg7 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 Bd7 7.a4 Nf6 8.h3 0-0 9.Be3 e5 10.Nd2 Be6 11.Bc4 h6 12.Ne2 b6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.f4 exf4 15.Nxf4 Qe8 16.c3 d5 17.Kh1 g5 18.Ne2 dxe4 19.Nxe4 Nxe4 20.Rxf8+ Bxf8 21.dxe4 Rd8 22.Qc2 Qd7 23.Re1 Ne5 24.Ng3 Qd3 25.Qb3 Nc4 26.Bf2 Bg7 27.Kg1 Be5 28.Nf1 Rf8 29.Ne3 Qd2?

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[29...Bd4! 30.Ng4 Bxf2+ 31.Nxf2 Qg3 32.Qc2 Ne3 with a decisive advantage for black] 30.Nf5 exf5 31.Qxc4+ Kh8 32.exf5 Rxf5 33.Bg3 Qd6 34.Rxe5 Rxe5 35.Bxe5+ 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams Game 2

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 c5 5.cxd5 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nxd5 7.e4 Nxc3 8.Qxc3 Nc6 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.0-0 Qb6 11.a4 Qc5 12.Qd3 Qd6 13.Qe2 Qc7 14.e5 Bc5 15.Rd1 a6 16.Bd3 h6 17.Bf4 Nb4 18.Be4 Bc6 19.Nd2 Rd8 20.Bxc6+ Qxc6 21.Ne4 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Be7 23.Nd6+ Bxd6 24.exd6 Nd5 25.Be5 f6 26.Qh5+ Kf8 27.Bg3 Qe8 28.Qg4 h5 29.Qe4 Qd7 30.h4 Kf7 31.Rc1 g6 32.Qc2 Rd8 33.Qc4 Kg7 34.a5 Kf7 35.b3 Kg7 36.Qd3 Rc8 37.Rc4 Rxc4 38.bxc4 Nb4 39.Qd2 Nc6 40.Bf4 Nb8 41.Be3 Qc6 42.Qb4 Nd7 43.c5 Qd5 44.Qa4 Qc6 45.Qf4 Kg8 46.Qc4 Kf7 47.Qf4 Kg8 48.Qc4 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand Game 1
Commentary by Paul Georghiou, Tryfon Gavriel and Fritz.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+

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Adams prefers to side-step a lot of main-line theory with this move, rather than play the more standard 3. d4.


Batsford chess openings gives the variation 3..Nd7 4.d4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Qe2 Nf6 7.Bg5 cd 8.Bxf6 gf 9.Nxd4 a6 10.Bxd7+ Bxd7 11.Nc3 Qa5 with a slight advantage for white.

4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.d4

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With this move Adams sacrifices a pawn for compensation. 

7...Nxe4 8.d5 Ne5 9.Re1 Nxf3+ 10.Qxf3

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In a sample database of 250,000 games this position has arisen in 13 games. The IM M.Bosboom has punted this line a couple of times, playing the move Na3 in this position.

10...Nf6 11.c4 e5 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Nc3 h6

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In this position there is the interesting possibility of 15 Bxf6, eg the following variations

A) 15 Bxf6 0-0 (delaying the recapture of the bishop), 16.Qg4 Bxf6 17.Qxe6+ Qxe6 18.Rxe6 is about equal
B) 15 Bxf6 gxf6 16.Qh5+ Kf8 17.Rad1 gives white good compensation
C) 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Qh5+ Kd8 17.Rad1 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Kc7 and Fritz seems to think Black is over a pawn up

15.Bh4 0-0 16.Qh3

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h3 is a better square for the queen than e2 due to the pin on the e6 pawn.

16...Kf7 17.f4

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This move prepares a later pawn storm, and prevents black from playing g5.

17...Rad8 18.Rad1 Rg8 19.Qf3 Rge8 20.Rd3 Kf8 21.g4

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Adams launches his attack.

21...Kg8 22.g5

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In this position 22 ...hxg5 opening up the h file would favour white after e.g. 23 fxg5 Nh7 24.Qh5 Nf8 25.Rh3 

22...Nh7 23.Qh5

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In this position 23..Bf8 24.Ne4! would put black under pressure eg 24...Rc8 25 g6! wins. Anand is now forced to return the pawn leading to the following sequence:

23...Rf8 24.gxh6 Rxf4 25.Bxe7 Qxe7 26.Nd5 Qh4 27.Qxh4 Rxh4 28.Rxe6 Rxh6 29.Re7 Rg6+ 30.Rg3 Rxg3+ 31.hxg3

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The position has crystallised. Adams will regain his pawn with the better ending.

31...Rb8 32.Rd7 Nf6

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Anand swaps off the dominant knight. Clearly the best black can hope for now is to hold the ending.

33.Nxf6+ gxf6 34.a4 Rf8 35.Rxb7 Rf7 36.Rb8+ Rf8 37.Rb7 Rf7 38.Rb8+ Rf8

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Many people on the ICC seemed to think that the game would now end in a draw by repetition, but Adams plays for the win.

39.Rb5 Kf7

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If now 40.Rb7+ Ke6 41.Rxa7 Rb8 regains the pawn, and black will shortly win the c pawn as well with a favourable ending.

40.a5 Ke6 41.a6

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This move creates a rook outpost on b7. Anand responds aggressively by marching his king towards white's queenside pawns.

41...Ke5 42.Rb7 Kd4 43.b3 Kc3 44.Kf2 Rh8 45.Ke3 Re8+ 46.Kf4 Re1

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Adams retains his rook on b7 for as long as possible to hold the b and c pawns.

47.Kf5 Ra1 48.Kxf6 Rxa6

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If white plays 49. g4, then black has 49...d5+ 

49.Kf5 Ra1 50.Ke6 a5 51.Kxd6 a4

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This liquidates the pawns to ensure a drawn ending.

52.bxa4 Rxa4 53.Rb5 Rxc4 54.Rxc5 Rxc5 55.Kxc5 Kd3 1/2-1/2

Final Position

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Round 6

Nigel Short faces Michael Adams! The winner of the this match will face the winner of the Gelfand vs Anand.

Author's Introduction to this encounter

I remember Nigel Short having to face Michael Adams in their first serious encounter at the Swansea British championship 1987. Short had been in devasting form that tournament, winning the championship. Short won his game against his younger rival Adams, but it was an exciting game to watch.

Adams, has overtaken Short in terms of raw FIDE rating... however this obviously needs to be put in various contexts. A couple of contexts for example, is that firstly Short has had experience of going all the way to do battle with Garry Kasparov, and so his nerves have been put through their paces to quite high levels before. Adams on the other hand, is a superb blitz player, and if blitz is to be a decider, some might wager on Adams.

Whatever happens, this is certainly going to be an interesting battle to watch !

Sample games of the previous encounters between Adams and Short can be seen in the following java browser.

Adams has defeated Short in their first game:-

Adams vs Short Game 1

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.g3 b5 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d4 Nf6 7.Bg5 cxd4 8.Nxd4 h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Nxc6 dxc6 12.Qe2 e5 13.a4 b4 14.Nb1 a5 15.Qe3 Bd6 16.Nd2 Qe7 17.Nb3 c5 18.Nd2 Ba6 19.Rfd1 c4 20.Bf1 (draw offer) Bc5 21.Qf3 Qe6 22.b3 Bd4 23.Rab1 c3 24.Bxa6 Rxa6 25.Nc4 0-0 26.Ne3 g6 27.Re1 Rc6 28.Rbd1 Rc5 29.Kg2 f5 30.exf5 gxf5 31.Nc4

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Rxc4?! 32.bxc4 Qxc4 33.Qb7 Rf7 34.Qb8+ Kh7 35.f4 Qa2 36.fxe5 Qxc2+ 37.Kh3 f4 38.e6 Qf5+ 39.g4 Qd5 40.Rd3 Rf6 41.Qc7+ 1-0

Final Position

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Short has squared the match by defeating Adams in Game 2:

Short vs Adams, Game 2

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Nd7 10.d4 Nb6 11.a3 Bf6 12.Ba2 Bb7 13.Be3 d5 ?!

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14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Bxe5 16.Bxb6 cxb6 17.Bxd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 Re8 19.a4 b4 20.Ra2 Ra7 21.cxb4 Rae7 22.Kf1 Qd6 23.b3 Qxb4 24.Nd2 g6 25.Re4 Qc5 26.Nf3 Bc3 27.Rxe7 Rxe7 28.Rc2 b5 29.Qd3 b4 30.Rc1 Qd6 31.g3 Kg7 32.Kg2 h6 33.Rd1 Rc7 34.Qe4 Re7 35.Qd3 Rc7 36.Nd2 Bxd2 37.Rxd2 a5 38.Qd4+ Kg8 39.Qf4 Qd7 40.d6 Rc5 41.Qe4 h5 42.Kh2 h4 43.Qe7 hxg3+ 44.fxg3 1-0

Final Position

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Christmas Day Games


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Short vs Adams blitz games
(25 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Short vs Adams

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.a3 Nd7 6.c4 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Nb6 8.Bb3 Ne7 9.0-0 Ned5 10.Re1 Be7 11.Nbd2 0-0 12.Ne4 Nd7 13.h3 Rc8 14.Bd2 Bg6 15.Rc1 Qb6 16.Bg5 Bxg5 17.Nfxg5 h6 18.Nf3 Bh5 19.Nd6 Rcd8 20.g4 Bg6 21.Nh4 Bh7 22.Ng2 f6 23.Nc4 Qc7 24.Qe2 Kh8 25.f4 fxe5 26.fxe5 N7b6 27.Nd6 Nc8 28.Ne4 Nce7 29.Nc5 Qc8 30.Rf1 Ng6 31.Kh2 b6 32.Ne4 Qd7 33.Nd6 Rxf1 34.Rxf1 Rf8 35.Rxf8+ Nxf8 36.Qf3 Kg8 37.Ne3 Bg6 38.Ba4 Qc7 39.h4 Nxe3 40.Qxe3 h5 41.gxh5 Bxh5 42.b4 b5 43.Bb3 a5 44.Qg5 Bf7 45.h5 axb4 46.h6 Bg6 47.Bxe6+ Kh7 48.Bf7 gxh6 49.Qf6 bxa3 50.Bb3 Qg7 51.Qf4 Bb1 52.Qc1 a2 53.Bxa2 Bxa2 54.Qc2+ Qg6 55.Qxa2 Ne6 56.d5 cxd5 57.Qxd5 Qh5+ 58.Kg3 Qg5+ 59.Kf3 Qf4+ 60.Ke2 Qg4+ 61.Kd2 Qd4+ 62.Qxd4 Nxd4 63.Kd3 Nc6 64.e6 Kg6 65.Nxb5 Kf6 66.Nd4 -

Adams vs Short

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Be2 g6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 8. Re1 O-O 9. d4 Na6 10. e5 dxe5 11. dxe5 Qxd1 12. Rxd1 Rad8 13. Re1 Nd5 14. Na3 Nac7 15. Nc4 b6 16. a4 h6 17. h4 Ne6 18. g3 Rd7 19. Kf1 Rb8 20. Ke2 a6 21. Rd1 Kf8 22. Ne3 Rbd8 23. Nxd5 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Rxd5 25. Be3 Rd8 26. c4 Rb8 27. Bd2 Ke8 28. Bc3
{Game drawn by mutual agreement} -

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Adams vs Van Wely blitz games
(15 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Short vs Adams

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.a3 Nd7 6.Nbd2 h6 7.Be2 Ne7 8.Nf1 Bg6 9.c3 c5 10.Ng3 Nc6 11.0-0 Be7 12.Be3 0-0 13.Bd3 cxd4 14.cxd4 Nb6 15.Bxg6 fxg6 16.Nd2 Qe8 17.Qc2 a5 18.Ne2 g5 19.Qd3 a4 20.Rac1 Na5 21.Rc2 Nbc4 22.Nxc4 Nxc4 23.Bd2 b5 24.Nc1 Qf7 25.Na2 g4 26.Bb4 Bxb4 27.Nxb4 Qh5 28.Qg3 Rf7 29.Nd3 Raf8 30.Nc5 Qg6 31.Re2 Rf4 32.Qc3 h5 33.Rd1 h4 34.b3 Rf3 35.Qc2 Qxc2 36.Rxc2 axb3 37.Rxc4 dxc4 38.gxf3 b2 39.Ne4 Rxf3 40.Rb1 c3 41.Nxc3 Rxc3 42.Rxb2 h3 43.f4 gxf3 44.Kf2 Rxa3 45.Rxb5 Rd3 46.Rb6 Kf7 47.Rb7+ Kg6 48.Re7 Kf5 49.Rxg7 Kf4 50.Rf7+ Ke4 51.Kg3 Kxd4 52.Kxh3 Ke3 53.Kg3 Ke2 54.Rf4 Re3 -

Adams vs Short

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qb4 a5 11.Qb3 Rb8 12.a4 Nd7 13.Be3 b6 14.Rfd1 Bb7 15.Bd4 Bxd4 16.Rxd4 Nc5 17.Qa3 Qc7 18.Re1 Bc6 19.Bf1 Rfc8 20.h4 Qb7 21.h5 Rd8 22.Bg2 Kg7 23.b3 f6 24.Qc1 Rbc8 25.Qe3 e6 26.Red1 Qe7 27.Nb5 Bxb5 28.h6+ Kf7 29.axb5 Qc7 30.f4 Ke7 31.Rc4 Qb8 32.Rf1 Rd7 33.f5 Rdc7 34.fxg6 hxg6 35.e5 dxe5 36.Rg4 Rg8 37.Qf2 f5 38.h7 Rg7 39.Rh4 Qh8 40.Qe3 e4 41.Qg5+ Kf7 42.Rh6 Nd7 43.Bxe4 Nf8 44.Qd8 Rd7 45.Qxb6 -

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Short vs Adams
("Sudden death". Time limit: Black 5 minutes, White 4 minutes. 10 second gain per move)

For those of you interested in fascinating chess facts and trivia this is the most expensive blitz game ever played in the history of chess!

Short vs Adams

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.c3 Qc7 8.h3 Bf5 9.Nf3 e6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Re1 h6 12.Qe2 0-0-0 13.a4 g5 14.Ne5 Nd5 15.a5 f6 16.Nd3 h5 17.Bd2 a6 18.Bb3 Kb8 19.c4 Nf4 20.Nxf4 Bxf4 21.Bc3 g4 22.h4 g3 23.f3 Rhe8 24.Bc2 Bxc2 25.Qxc2 f5 26.Rad1 Qe7 27.Bd2 Bxd2 28.Qxd2 Qxh4 29.Qe3 f4 30.Qe5+ Ka8 31.Rd2 Qh2+ 32.Kf1 Qh1+ 33.Ke2 Qxg2+ 34.Kd1 Qxf3+ 35.Kc2 h4 0-1

Round 5

December 20-22 1997

Short vs Krasenkov

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 d5 7.exd6 e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bxd6 10.0-0 Ne7 11.Nc3 Bd7 12.Ng5 h6 13.Nge4 Bc7 14.Qg4 Nf5 15.Rd1 0-0 16.Nc5 Bc8 17.g3 Nd5 18.Nxd5 exd5 19.Qf3 Ne7 20.Bf4 Bxf4 21.Qxf4 b6 22.Na4 Be6 23.Rac1 Rc8 24.Nc3 Qd7 25.f3 Ng6 26.Qd2 Rc7 27.Ba4 Qc8 28.Re1 Rd8 29.Kf2 Ne7 30.Bb3 Qb8 31.Ne2 Rxc1 32.Rxc1 Rc8 33.Re1 Nc6 34.Bc2 Qd6 35.a3 Ne7 36.Bb3 Kf8 37.Nf4 a5 38.h4 Qd7 39.h5 Qb5 40.Bd1 Rc6 41.g4 Qc4 42.Re3 Qc1 43.Qxc1 Rxc1 44.Ba4!

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Bc8 45.Nxd5 1-0

Krasenkov vs Short

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Be7 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qb3 Nbd7 9.Bg5 b6 10.Re1 Bb7 11.Nc3 Ne4 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Nd2 c5 15.e3 f5 16.Qc3 a5 17.Rad1 Rfc8 18.f3 exf3 19.Bxf3 Nf6 20.Bxb7 Qxb7 21.Rf1 b5 22.b3 bxc4 23.bxc4 Qc6 24.d5 Qd6 25.Nf3 exd5 26.cxd5 Ne4 27.Qc4 Rab8 28.Rb1 Nxg3!

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29.Rfc1 Ne4 30.Kh1 Rd8 31.a4 Rxb1 32.Rxb1 g5 33.Rb5 g4 34.Nh4 Qf6 0-1

Adams vs Val Wely

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 g6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 a6 9.Be2 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Be3 Qb6 12.Nc3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Na5 14.Qa4+ Bd7 15.Qa3 Qc7 16.Bg5 Bf8 17.Nd2 h6 18.Bh4 e6 19.Qb2 Bg7 20.Rfc1 0-0 21.c4 Nxc4 22.Bxc4 dxc4 23.Nxc4 Bc6 24.f4 b5 25.Nd6 Qb6 26.Rc5 Bd5 27.Be7 Rfb8 28.Rac1 Bf8 29.Bxf8 Rxf8 30.Qd2 Qd8 31.a3 Rb8 32.Rc7 Qh4 33.R7c3 a5 34.Rh3 Qg4 35.Rg3 Qh5 36.Rh3 Qg4 37.Qf2 b4 38.Rg3 Qh5 39.axb4 axb4 40.Rh3 Qxh3 41.gxh3 b3 42.Rb1 Ra8 43.Qg3 Rfb8 44.Qc3 Ra2 45.Nxf7 Rf8 46.Rxb3 Rxf7 47.Rb8+ Kg7 48.Qc8 Rg2+ 49.Kf1 Rxf4+ 50.Ke1 Re4+ 51.Kf1 Rf4+ 52.Ke1 Re4+ 1/2-1/2

Val Wely vs Adams

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 Bb4 6.Qc2 Bb7 7.Bg2 Be4 8.Qb3 Bxd2+ 9.Bxd2 0-0 10.0-0 d6 11.Rfe1 Nbd7 12.Rad1 a5 13.Bc1 a4 14.Qc3 Qb8 15.Nd2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 c5 17.e4 cxd4 18.Qxd4 e5 19.Qe3 Rc8 20.f3 h6 21.Qe2 Qc7 22.Nb1 Qxc4 23.Qxc4 Rxc4 24.Rxd6 Rac8 25.Rdd1 Nf8 26.Na3 Rb4 27.Re2 Ne6 28.Be3 g5 29.g4 Rc7 30.Rd6 Ne8 31.Rd5 Nf4+ 32.Bxf4 exf4 33.Red2 Ng7 34.Nb5 Rc1 35.Rd8+ Kh7 36.Nd6 Rb1 37.b3 Ne6 38.Rd7 axb3 39.axb3 Rd4 40.Nxf7 Rxd2+ 41.Rxd2 Kg7 42.Nd6 Rxb3 43.Nf5+ Kf6 44.Rd6 Rb2+ 45.Kf1 Kf7 46.Nxh6+ Ke7 47.Nf5+ Kf7 48.e5 b5 49.Nh6+ Ke7 50.Nf5+ Kf7 51.Rd7+ Kf8 52.Rh7 Rb1+ 53.Ke2 Rc1 54.Rh8+ Kf7 55.Rh7+ Kf8 56.Rh6 Rc6 57.Rh8+ Kf7 58.Rb8 Rc5 59.Rxb5 Rxb5 60.Nd6+ Ke7 61.Nxb5 Nc5 62.Nd4 Nd7 63.e6 Ne5 64.Kd2 Kd6 65.Kc3 Ke7 66.Kb4 Kd6 67.e7 Kxe7 68.Kc5 Kf6 69.Kd5 Nd3 70.Nc6 Ne1 71.Ke4 Ng2 72.Nd4 Ne3 73.Nf5 Nc4 74.Kd3 Ne5+ 75.Ke2 Ng6 76.Kf2 Ke5 77.Kg2 Kf6 78.h3 Ne5 79.Nd6 Kg6 80.Ne4 Kh6 81.Kf2 Kg6 82.Ke2 Kh6 83.Nc5 Kg6 84.h4 gxh4 85.Ne6 h3 86.Nxf4+ Kg5 87.Nxh3+ Kh4 88.Nf2 Kg3 89.g5 Nxf3 90.g6 Nd4+ 91.Kd3 Ne6 92.Ke4 1/2-1/2

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Adams vs Van Wely blitz games
(25 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Val Wely vs Adams

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Ne4 10.0-0 Nxc3 11.Nxc3 0-0 12.Rc1 Bf6 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.f4 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Nd7 16.Re1 Rc8 17.e4 Nc5 18.Bf1 Bxf1 19.Kxf1 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rcxd8 21.Rc2 Rc8 22.Nb5 f5 23.exf6 gxf6 24.Nd6 Rcd8 25.Nxe4 Nxe4 26.Rxe4 Rd6 27.Ke2 Rf7 28.Rec4 Rfd7 29.Rc6 Rxc6 30.Rxc6 Kf7 31.g4 Ke7 32.Ke3 Rb7 33.Ke4 Kd7 34.Rc3 Kd6 35.g5 f5+ 36.Kd4 Rd7 37.Rh3 e5+ 38.Ke3 Rc7 39.Rh6+ Kd5 40.h4 Rc3+ 41.Kd2 Rc7 42.Ke3 Rc3+ 43.Kd2 Rc7 44.Rf6 Ke4 45.fxe5 Kxe5 46.Ke3 Rc3+ 47.Kd2 Rc7 48.Ke3 Rc3+ 49.Kd2 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Van Wely

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 f6 3.Bh4 Nc6 4.e3 Nh6 5.Bd3 Nf5 6.Nf3 h5 7.Bg3 Nb4 8.e4 dxe4 9.Bxe4 g5 10.c3 Nd5 11.h3 Nxg3 12.Bg6+ Kd7 13.fxg3 c6 14.c4 Nb6 15.Qe2 Qc7 16.Qf2 Nxc4 17.Nc3 Qb6 18.0-0-0 Kc7 19.Qe2 Nd6 20.Kb1 a5 21.d5 a4 22.dxc6 bxc6 23.Qc2 Qa5 24.Nd4 Bd7 25.Ne4 e5 26.Ne2 Nxe4 27.Bxe4 Qc5 28.Nc3 Be7 29.Rc1 Ra5 30.Rhd1 Rd8 31.Qe2 Be8 32.Rxd8 Kxd8 33.a3 Bd6 34.Qf3 Ke7 35.Qf5 Qc4 36.Nd5+ cxd5 37.Rxc4 dxc4 38.Qh7+ Kd8 39.Qg8 Ke7 40.Qxc4 Rc5 41.Qg8 Bf7 1-0 (time)

Round 4

December 17-19 1997

Beliavsky vs Short

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 5.exf5 Bb4+ 6.Kf1 Nf6 7.Be2 0-0 8.c5 bxc5 9.a3 Ba5 10.dxc5 Nd5 11.Nf3 Rxf5 12.b4 Nxb4 13.axb4 Bxb4 14.Bb2 a5 15.h4 Rd5 16.Qb3 Na6 17.Nc3 Nxc5 18.Qc2 Rf5 19.Rh3 Qe7 20.Kg1 Raf8 21.Rf1 d6 22.Ng5 h6 23.g4 hxg5 24.gxf5 Rxf5 25.Bg4 Rf4 26.f3 gxh4 27.Qh2 Qg5 28.Rxh4 Nd3 29.Rh8+ Kf7 30.Qg3 Qc5+ 31.Kh2 Bxc3 32.Qh4 Bf6 33.Qh7 Qc2+ 34.Kh3 Rxf3+ 35.Bxf3 Nf4+ 36.Kg3 Qxb2 37.Qg8+ Kg6 38.Qh7+ Kf7 39.Qg8+ Kg6 40.Qe8+ Kf5 41.Bxb7 g5 42.Rh6 Qc3+ 43.Bf3 Ne2+ 44.Kg2 Nf4+ 45.Kh1 d5 46.Qf7 1-0

Short vs Beliavsky

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Re8 10.d4 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.d5 Nb8 13.Nf1 Nbd7 14.N3h2 c6 15.dxc6 Bxc6 16.Bg5 Qc7 17.Qf3 Qb7 18.Ng3 d5 19.Ng4 dxe4 20.Qf5 Nd5 21.Nxe4 Re6 22.Rad1 h5 23.Ne3 Nf4 24.Bxf4 Bxe4 25.Rxd7 Bxf5 26.Rxb7 exf4 27.Rxf7

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Short vs Beliavsky Speed games
(25 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Short vs Beliavsky

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 Ng4 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Nf6 8.f4 b6 9.0-0-0 Bb7 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nd5 12.Nf3 0-0 13.Bc4 Qd7 14.Rhe1 e6 15.Ne4 Qc6 16.Bxd5 exd5 17.Nf6+ Kh8

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18.Bg5!! Nd7 19.Nxd7 Qxd7 20.Bxh6 c5 21.Qg5 Qd8 22.Qf4 Kg8 23.h4 Rc8 24.h5 cxd4 25.Rxd4 Rc6 26.Bxg7 Kxg7 27.Rh1 Bc8 28.hxg6 Rxg6 29.Nh4 Rh8 30.Rf1 Rxh4 31.Qxh4 Qxh4 32.Rxh4 Rxg2 33.Rhf4 Be6 34.R4f2 Rg5 35.Re1 Kf8 36.Kd2 Ke7 37.Kc3 Bf5 38.Ref1 Bg6 39.Kd4 Rg4+ 40.Rf4 Rg2 41.R1f2 Rg1 42.Kxd5 1-0

Beliavsky,A (2710) - Short,N (2660) [D37]
FIDE WCh KO Groningen NED (4.3), 19.12.1997

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.b4 Be7 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Bd3 Bf6 13.Rc1 a6 14.0-0 Re8 15.Bb1 g6 16.Ba2 Be6 17.Qd3 d4 18.Bxe6 Rxe6 19.e4 Qe7 20.Nd2 Be5 21.Bg3 Bxg3 22.hxg3 Ne5 23.Qb3 Rd8 24.Rc5 d3 25.Rfc1 Nc6 26.Kf1 Red6 27.Qc3 R6d7 28.Re1 Qe6 29.Qc4 Qxc4 30.Rxc4 Nd4 31.Rb1 h5 32.a4 b5 33.axb5 axb5 34.Rc3 Nc2 35.f3 Rd4 36.Kf2 Ra8 37.Rb2 Ra4 38.Rc5 Ra1 39.Rd5 Rd1 40.Nb1 Rxb4 41.Rxb4 Nxb4 42.Rd8+ Kg7 43.Nc3 Rd2+ 44.Ke3 Rxg2 45.Nxb5 Rxg3 46.Nd6 Nc6 47.Ne8+ Kf8 48.Rc8 Ne5 49.Kf4 d2 50.Rd8 d1Q 51.Rxd1 Rxf3+ 52.Kxe5 Kxe8 53.Ra1 Kf8 0-1

Adams vs Svidler

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd3 g6 7.h3 Bg7 8.Be3 Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Bd7 11.a4 Rc8 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.a5 Nd7 14.Qd2 Nc5 15.Bh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 b5 17.Bf1 Bb7 18.Nd5 e6 19.Nb6 Rc7 20.f3 Qf6 21.c3 Qe5 22.Qe3 Rd8 23.Ra3 d5 24.b4 1/2-1/2

Svidler vs Adams

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.a4 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.c3 Na5 12.Ba2 c5 13.Ng5 Rf8 14.Nf1 c4 15.Ng3 h6 16.Nf3 Re8 17.d4 Bf8 18.d5 1/2-1/2

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Svidler vs Adams Speed games
(25 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Adams vs Svidler

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 c4 7.Bc2 Qc7 8.Qe2 g5 9.e6 dxe6 10.Nxg5 Qe5 11.d4 cxd3 12.Bxd3 Qxe2+ 13.Bxe2 h6 14.Ne4 e5 15.Na3 Bf5 16.Ng3 Bg6 17.Nc4 Nd5 18.0-0 0-0-0 19.Re1 h5 20.h4 e6 21.Bf3 f6 22.a4 Kc7 23.a5 Bd3 24.Ra4 Bc5 25.Be4 Bxe4 26.Nxe4 Be7 27.Bd2 Rhg8 28.b4 a6 29.Rb1 f5 30.Ng5 Bxg5 31.hxg5 f4 32.b5 axb5 33.Rxb5 Rxg5 34.a6 b6 35.Kf1 Rdg8 36.g3 h4 37.a7 Ra8 38.gxf4 Rgg8 39.Nxe5 h3 40.Nf3 Nxa7 41.Rb1 Nc6 42.Rxa8 Rxa8 43.Ng5 Ra2 44.Rd1 Na5 45.Nxh3 Nc4 46.Ke1 Kc6 47.Ng5 Nb2 48.Rb1 Nd3+ 49.Kd1 Nxf2+ 50.Ke1 Nd3+ 51.Kd1 N5xf4 52.Bxf4 Nxf4 53.Rb4 Nd5 54.Rc4+ Kd6 55.Kc1 Re2 56.Ne4+ Ke5 57.Nd2 Kf5 58.Rc8 Kf4 59.Rf8+ Kg4 60.Kc2 e5 61.c4 Nf4 62.Kd1 Rg2 63.Rb8 Nd3 64.Rg8+ Kh3 65.Rh8+ Kg3 66.Rg8+ Kf2 67.Ne4+ Kg1 68.Rb8 Nb2+ 69.Ke1 Nxc4 70.Rc8 b5 71.Rc5 Rg4 72.Nf2 Rg3 73.Nd1 Rb3 74.Ke2 Kg2 75.Rc8 Kg3 76.Rf8 Ra3 77.Nf2 Re3+ 78.Kd1 b4 79.Nh1+ Kg2 80.Nf2 b3 81.Ng4 b2 82.Rb8 Re4 83.Nf6 Rf4 84.Nh5 Rf1+ 85.Ke2 b1Q 86.Rg8+ Kh2 0-1 (A thankyou to John Saunders for dictating the complete game score!)

Adams vs Svidler

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.a4 Nd7 6.Nf3 Ngf6 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 b6 9.h3 Bb7 10.Nd2 e6 11.Re1 Qb8 12.Bf3 Rd8 13.Nc4 c6 14.Qc1 Qc7

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15.Nxd6! Qxd6 16.e5 Qb4 17.exf6 Nxf6 18.a5 b5 19.Ne2 Nd5 20.c3 Qd6 21.Ng3 f5 22.Ne2 Re8 23.Bxd5 Qxd5 24.Nf4 Qc4 25.Qc2 e5 26.b3 Qf7 27.dxe5 c5 28.e6 Qf6 29.Bxc5 Be4 30.Qe2 Qxc3 31.Rac1 Qxb3 32.f3 Bb7 33.e7 Rac8 34.Kh1 Bf6 35.Rb1 Qf7 36.Bb4 Bxe7 37.Bxe7 Rc7 38.Qd2 Rcxe7 39.Rxe7 Qxe7 40.Rc1 Qe5 41.Qa2+ Kg7 42.Nd3 Qd6 43.Qb2+ Kg8 44.Nc5 Ba8 45.Qb3+ Kg7 46.Qc3+ Kh6 47.Nd3 Re3 48.Rd1 f4 49.Qc2 Re7 50.Nf2 Qb4 51.Kh2 Kg7 52.Nd3 Qd4 53.Nf2 Qb4 54.Nd3 Qxa5 55.Qb2+ Kg8 56.Qb3+ Kg7 57.Qb2+ Kf7 58.Ne5+ Kg8 59.Ng4 h5 60.Qf6

Final Position

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Svidler vs Adams Speed games
(15 minutes for all moves with the addition of 10 seconds per move)

Svidler,P (2660) - Adams,M (2680) [C92]
FIDE WCh KO Groningen NED (4.4), 19.12.1997

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nd7 10.d4 Nb6 11.Nbd2 exd4 12.cxd4 Nb4 13.Nf1 c5 14.a3 Nc6 15.Ng3 c4 16.Bc2 d5 17.e5 a5 18.Be3 b4 19.axb4 axb4 20.Rxa8 Nxa8 21.Nh2 b3 22.Bb1 Nc7 23.Qh5 g6 24.Qh6 Re8 25.Ng4 Bxg4 26.hxg4 Bf8 27.Qh3 Ne6 28.Ne2 f6 29.Rd1 fxe5 30.dxe5 Qa5 31.Qf3 Nxe5 32.Qxd5 Qxd5 33.Rxd5 Nxg4 34.Nc3 Bg7 35.Nd1 Ra8 36.Be4 Ra1  0-1

Final Position

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Svidler,P (2660) - Adams,M (2680) [C89]
FIDE WCh KO Groningen NED (4.5), 19.12.1997

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d3 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4 Qf5 16.Nd2 Qg6 17.Re1 Bg4 18.f3 Bh3 19.Ne4 Bc7 20.Be3 Kh8 21.Qd2 h6 22.Kh1 Rfe8 23.Bd4 Kg8 24.a4 Rad8 25.axb5 axb5 26.Nf2 Be6 27.Ne4 Qf5 28.Qf2 Ra8 29.Rxa8 Rxa8 30.Nc5 Re8 31.Nxe6 Rxe6 32.Re4 Qg5 33.Rxe6 fxe6 34.Qe2 Kf7 35.f4 Qf5 36.Bc2 Nf6 37.Bb3 h5 38.Qf3 Nd5 39.Kg2 h4 40.Bd1 g6 41.Qe4 Bd6 42.Bf3 hxg3 43.hxg3 Ke7 44.Bf2 Kd7 45.Qd4 c5 46.Qg7+ Be7 47.Be4 Qg4 48.Qf7 Nf6 49.Bf3 Qf5 50.d4 c4 51.Qg7 Qc2 52.Qh8 Ne4 53.Bxe4 Qxe4+ 54.Kg1 Qb1+ 55.Kg2 Qxb2 56.Qa8 Qb1 57.Qb7+ Ke8 58.Qc6+ Kf7 59.Qb7 b4 60.g4 b3 61.Bh4 Qc2+ 62.Kh3 Qxc3+ 63.Kg2 Qd2+ 64.Kf3 Qd1+ 65.Kf2 Qxd4+ 66.Ke2 Qd3+ 67.Kf2 Qd2+ 68.Kf3 Qb4 69.Qc7 b2 70.Bxe7 Qxe7 71.Qb6 c3 72.Ke3 Qd7 73.f5 gxf5 74.gxf5 exf5 75.Kf4 Qd2+ 76.Ke5 Qe2+ 77.Kxf5 Qd3+ 78.Ke5 b1Q 79.Qe6+ Kg7 80.Qf6+ Kg8 81.Qe6+ Kf8 82.Qf6+ Ke8 0-1

Final Position

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Round 3

December 14-16 1997

Adams beat Tiviakov 1 1/2- 1/2

He wisely avoided Tiviakov's sicillian dragon with the following nice win:-

Adams vs Tiviakov

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d3 g6 9.Nbd2 Bg7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 0-0 12.d4 cxd4 13.cxd4 Rc8 14.Qb3 Rc7 15.Bf4 Nd7 16.Rad1 Qb8 17.h4 e5 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.Be3 Qe8 20.Qa3 Qe7 21.Qxe7 Nxe7 22.g3 h6 23.Rd6 Nc8 24.Rd2 Nf6 25.Rdd1 Nxe4 26.Bxh6 Bxh6 27.Rxe4 f6 28.Rc4 Re7

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29.h5!! gxh5 30.Nh4 Rh7 31.Bh3 Ne7 32.Be6+ Kh8 33.Rc7 f5 34.Rdd7 Bg5 35.Ng6+ 1-0

Tiviakov vs Adams

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 d5 8.d3 0-0 9.Bg5 dxe4 10.dxe4 Nd7 11.Be3 Na5 12.Bc2 Nc4 13.Bc1 Bb7 14.Nbd2 Nxd2 15.Bxd2 c5 16.0-0 Qc7 17.b3 Rfd8 18.a4 Bc6 19.Rfd1 h6 20.Be3 Qb7 21.Nd2 Nf6 22.f3 Rd7 23.c4 bxa4 24.Rdb1 axb3 25.Nxb3 Qc7 26.Nxc5 Rdd8 27.Nxa6 Qc8 28.Bc5 Qxa6 29.Bxe7 Qxa1 30.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 31.Kf2 Rd7 32.Bb4 Ra2 33.Ke3 Rd4 34.Bc5 Ng4+ 35.fxg4 Rxe4+ 36.Bxe4 Rxe2+ 37.Kxe2 Bxe4 38.Kf2 1/2-1/2

Nigel Short beat Andrei Sokolov 2-0 in their encounter:-

Short vs Sokolov

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Be3 Be7 8.0-0 Bd7 9.Nb3 a6 10.f4 b5 11.a3 0-0 12.g4 Bc8 13.Qe1 Bb7 14.Rd1 b4 15.g5 bxc3 16.gxf6 Bxf6 17.e5 Bh4 18.Qxc3 d5 19.Nc5 Qc7 20.f5 d4

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21.Rxd4!! Nxd4 22.Qxd4 Bd5 23.Qxh4 Qxe5 24.Qd4 Qxd4 25.Bxd4 e5 26.Be3 a5 27.Rd1 1-0

Sokolov vs Short

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Bb7 8.d3 0-0 9.Nc3 Na5 10.Nxe5 Nxb3 11.cxb3 d5 12.Bg5 dxe4 13.dxe4 Re8 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Nd7 Qe7 16.Nxc5 Qxc5 17.axb5 axb5 18.Rxa8 Rxa8 19.Re1 h6 20.h3 b4 21.Na4 Qe7 22.Qc1 Ra5 23.f3 Re5 24.Rd1 f5 25.exf5 Rxf5 26.Re1 Qd6 27.Re8+ Kf7 28.Re3 Rd5 29.Qc4 Ba6 30.Qe4 Bb5 31.Re1 Bd7 32.Rc1 Be6 33.Qc2 Kg8 34.Nc5 Rd2 35.Qe4

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Bxh3!! 36.Qe8+ Kh7 37.Qe4+ g6 38.Rc2 Rd1+ 39.Kf2 Bf5 40.Qc4 Bxc2 41.Qf7+ Kh8 42.Ne6 Qd2+ 43.Kg3 Qe1+ 0-1

Sadler unfortunately lost to Dreev...

Dreev vs Sadler

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxc4 Nc6 6.Nc3 Nb6 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.Nf3 e6 9.0-0 1/2-1/2

Sadler vs Dreev

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 a6 10.e4 c5 11.d5 Qc7 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 Bd6 14.Ng5 Nf8 15.f4 0-0-0 16.Qe1 e5 17.a4 b4 18.Ne2 h6 19.fxe5 Bxe5 20.Nf3 Ne6 21.Nxe5 Qxe5 22.Rf5 Qd6 23.Bf4 Nxf4 24.Nxf4 Rhe8 25.Rd1 Rxe4 26.Rxd6 Rxe1+ 27.Kf2 Rxd6 28.Rxc5+ Kd8 29.Kxe1 g5 30.Nd3 b3 31.Ne5 Nd7 32.Nf7+ Ke7 33.Nxd6 Nxc5 34.Nf5+ Kf6 35.Bb1 h5 36.g3 Nxa4 37.Kd2 Bd5 38.Ne3 Be6 39.Bd3 Nxb2 40.Bxa6 Ke5 41.Bb5 Kd4 42.h4 g4 43.Ng2 Nc4+ 44.Bxc4 Bxc4 45.Nf4 Bf7 0-1

Round 2

December 11-13 1997

Adams beat Giogadz convincingly 2-0

Adams vs Giogadz

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 d6 9.c3 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15.a4 c5 16.d5 c4 17.Bg5 h6 18.Be3 Nc5 19.Qd2 h5 20.Bg5 Be7 21.Ra3 Rb8 22.Rea1 h4 23.Bxh4 Nfxe4 24.Nxe4 Nxe4 25.Bxe4 Bxh4 26.axb5 axb5 27.Ra5 Bc8 28.Ra7 Bf6 29.h4 Re7 30.h5 Bf5 31.Qc2 Qc8 32.hxg6 fxg6 33.Nd2 Kf8 34.R7a6 Qd7 35.Nf1 Rf7 36.Ng3 Be7 37.Ra7 Rb7 38.Rxb7 Qxb7 39.Bxf5 gxf5 40.Nxf5 Qxd5

Adams unleashes an amazing move here!...

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41.Qd2!! Qc6 42.Qh6+ Ke8 43.Qe6 1-0

Giogadz vs Adams

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.b4 b6 9.Nf4 c6 10.Bd3 Bd6 11.Nfe2 Re8 12.Ng3 c5 13.Nb5 Bxg3 14.hxg3 a6 15.Bxh7+ Nxh7 16.Qh5 axb5 17.Qxh7+ Kf8 18.Qh8+ Ke7 19.Qxg7 Rg8 20.Qh7 Nd7 21.dxc5 Nf6 22.Qh4 Rg4 23.Qh6 bxc5 24.Bb2 Ra6 25.Rd1 cxb4 26.axb4 Rxb4 27.Bd4

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Rxd4!! 28.exd4 Re6+ 29.Kf1 b4 30.Qd2 Qd6 31.Rh8 Ne4 32.Qe3 Kd7 33.Ra1 Bb7 34.Kg1 Kc7 35.Qd3 Rh6 36.Rxh6 Qxh6 37.Rb1 Qh1+ 38.Kxh1 Nxf2+ 39.Kg1 Nxd3 40.Kf1 Ba6 41.Ke2 b3 42.Kd2 b2 43.Rf1 Ne5 0-1

Short vs Korchnoi Game 1

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Qd2 Bxd4 10.Bxd4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Qb6 12.Qxb6 Nxb6 13.a4 a5 14.Kd2 Bd7 15.b3 Ke7 16.Re1 Rag8 17.h4 h6 18.Bd3 g5 19.hxg5 hxg5 20.g3 Bc6 21.Rxh8 Rxh8 22.Ne2 Nd7 23.Nd4 Rh3 24.Rg1 gxf4 25.gxf4 Rh4 26.Ke3 Rh3+ 27.Kf2 Nc5 28.Rg3 Rxg3 29.Kxg3 Nxd3 30.cxd3 f6 31.Kf3 fxe5 32.fxe5 Bd7 33.Ke3 Kf7 34.Kf4 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs Short Game 2

1.c4 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e5 4.d3 Nc6 5.g3 Bc5 6.Bg2 Nge7 7.Nf3 0-0 8.0-0 a5 9.Be3 d6 10.d4 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Nc6 13.Bxc5 bxc5 14.e5 dxe5 15.Na4 Qd6 16.Qd5 Nd8 17.Qxc5 Bxg2 18.Qxd6 cxd6 19.Kxg2 Ne6 20.Rad1 Nd4 21.b3 f6 22.Rd2 Rab8 23.Nc3 Rfc8 24.h4 h5 25.Rfd1 Rc6 26.Nb5 1/2-1/2

Short vs Korchnoi Game 3

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.Rc1 dxc4 8.e3 c5 9.Bxc4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bd7 11.Bg3 Nc6 12.Ndb5 e5 13.a4 a6 14.Na3 Bxa3 15.bxa3 Qe7 16.Bh4 g5 17.Bg3 Be6 18.Bxe6 Qxe6 19.0-0 Rfd8 20.Qc2 Rac8 21.Qb1 Rd7 22.h4 Kg7 23.Na2 Rdc7 24.Nb4 Ne7 25.Rxc7 Rxc7 26.Qb2 Ng6 27.Nd3 Re7 28.hxg5 hxg5 29.Nc5 Qd5 30.Rc1 Ne4 31.Nxe4 Qxe4 32.Qb4 Qd3 33.Qc3 Qxc3 34.Rxc3 Rd7 35.f3 f6 36.Kf1 Kf7 37.Ke2 Ne7 38.Be1 Nc6 39.Rc1 Ke6 40.Bc3 Rc7 41.Rh1 Ne7 42.Kd3 Nd5 43.Ba5 Rc5 44.Bb4 Rc6 45.Rb1 Rb6 46.a5 Rc6 47.Bd2 Rc7 48.Rh1 Rd7 49.Ke2 Ne7 50.Rh7 Nc6 51.Rxd7 Kxd7 52.Kd3 Nd8 53.Kc4 Kc6 54.Bb4 Nf7 55.Be7 Nd6+ 56.Kd3 Ne8 57.g4 Kd7 58.Bb4 Nc7 59.Kc4 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs Short Game 4

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 c5 3.f4 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qd8 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.g3 Nf6 8.Bg2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.d3 Bd7 11.Ne4 Rc8 12.c3 Nd5 13.Kh1 Qc7 14.Bd2 Rcd8 15.Rae1 Bc8 16.a3 b6 17.b4 Nf6 18.b5 Nxe4 19.dxe4 Na5 20.c4 Nb3 21.Bc3 Nd4 22.Qb2 Bf6 23.e5 Nxf3 24.Bxf3 Be7 25.Rd1 Bb7 26.Qg2 Bxf3 27.Qxf3 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 Rd8 29.Rxd8+ Qxd8 30.Kg2 g6 31.g4 Qd7 32.Kf1 Kf8 33.Ke2 Bd8 34.Qa8 Qc7 35.a4 Kg7 36.Kd3 Qe7 37.h3 Qc7 38.Kc2 Qe7 39.Qf3 Kg8 40.Kb3 Kf8 41.f5 exf5 42.gxf5 gxf5 43.Qxf5 Kg8 44.Qc8 Kf8 45.a5 Ke8 46.Qg4 h6 47.a6 Qd7 48.Qf3 Bg5 49.Kc2 Ke7 50.Kb3 1/2-1/2

Short vs Korchnoi Game 5

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 c5 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.g3 d5 6.e5 Nd7 7.Bg2 Nd4 8.Nxd4 cxd4 9.0-0 Nb8 10.d3 Nc6 11.Nd2 Be7 12.Nf3 Bd7 13.Kh1 Qb6 14.c3 0-0 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.cxd4 Qxd4 17.Be3 Qb4 18.a3 Qb3 19.Rfc1 Rfc8 20.Bd4 Bb5 21.Bf1 b6 22.Qd2 Ba6 23.Kg2 Rab8 24.Kg1 h6 25.Bf2 h5 26.Rc3 Rxc3 27.Qxc3 Qxc3 28.bxc3 Rc8 29.Be1 f6 30.exf6 Bxf6 31.d4 Bxf1 32.Kxf1 Rc4 33.a4 Kf7 34.Ke2 Ke7 35.Bd2 Kd6 36.Kd3 a5 37.h3 Kc6 38.g4 hxg4 39.hxg4 b5 40.g5 Be7 41.Re1 Rxa4 42.f5 b4 43.Rxe6+ Kd7 44.cxb4 axb4 45.Rg6 Ra3+ 46.Kc2 Ra2+ 47.Kd3 Ra3+ 48.Kc2 Bf8 49.f6 gxf6 50.Rxf6 Ra2+ 51.Kd3 Be7 52.Rb6 1/2-1/2

Short managed to clinch the match with the following game...

Korchnoi vs Short Game 6

1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.g3 f5 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0-0 Bb4 7.Qb3 Bxc3 8.Qxc3 0-0 9.b4 a5 10.b5 Qe7 11.a4 d6 12.d4 Nbd7 13.Ba3 Ne4 14.Qc2 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nd4 Qf7 17.Rac1 Rae8 18.e3 Qh5 19.Qd1 Qf7 20.Qc2 Ba8 21.Ne2 Qh5 22.f3

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Ng5! 23.f4 Bxg2 24.fxe5 Bxf1 25.Nf4 Nh3+ 0-1

Sadler beat Ehlvest 4-2 in his 2nd round match

Ehlvest vs Sadler

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 Be6 9.f4 Qc7 10.g4 h6 11.g5 hxg5 12.fxg5 Nh7 13.h4 Nf8 14.Nd5 Qd8 15.Be3 Nbd7 16.Nxe7 Qxe7 17.h5 g6 18.h6 Nh7 19.Qd2 f6 20.Na5 Nxg5 21.Bxg5 fxg5 22.Nxb7 d5 23.Qc3 Rb8 24.Qc7 Qb4 25.Bxa6 Rxh6 26.Bb5 Ke7 27.Bxd7 Rxb7 28.Qxe5 Qxe4 29.Qxe6+ Qxe6 30.Bxe6 Kxe6 31.Rae1+ 1/2-1/2

Sadler vs Ehlvest

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Ne5 Bd6 10.f4 c5 11.Qf3 Nc6 12.Qh3 g6 13.Kh1 Re8 14.Bd2 Bf8 15.Bb5 Qc8 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 17.f5 Bg7 18.Qh4 Rf8 19.Rf3 Bb7 20.Raf1 Qd8 21.Be1 Ba6 22.R1f2 Rc8 1/2-1/2

Ehlvest vs Sadler

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qc7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nh4 Qa5 12.Bb2 Re8 13.Qe1 Bd7 14.f3 Ne7 15.c4 Qxe1 16.Rfxe1 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Ned5 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.e4 Nf4 20.dxc5 Rac8 21.Rad1 Ba4 22.Rd2 Rxc5 23.Bd4 Ra5 24.Rc1 Ne6 25.Nf5 Bc6 26.Bb2 h5 27.Kf2 Ra6 28.Ne3 Rb6 29.Nc4 Ra6 30.Ne5 Ba4 31.Rc4 f6 1/2-1/2

Sadler vs Ehlvest

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qc7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nh4 Qa5 12.Bb2 Re8 13.Qe1 Bd7 14.f3 Ne7 15.c4 Qxe1 16.Rfxe1 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Ned5 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.e4 Nf4 20.dxc5 Rac8 21.Rad1 Ba4 22.Rd2 Rxc5 23.Bd4 Ra5 24.Rc1 Ne6 25.Nf5 Bc6 26.Bb2 h5 27.Kf2 Ra6 28.Ne3 Rb6 29.Nc4 Ra6 30.Ne5 Ba4 31.Rc4 f6 1/2-1/2

Sadler managed to win the match with the following two wins:-

Sadler vs Ehlvest

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 e5 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.f4 Nc6 8.Nf3 Nd4 9.Kf2 exf4 10.Bxf4 Ne6 11.Bg3 Bd7 12.Rd1 Kc8 13.Bd3 Ne7 14.Nd5 Re8 15.e5 Nc5 16.Nf6 Bxf6 17.exf6 Nf5 18.Bf4 Ne4+ 19.Bxe4 Rxe4 20.g3 Bc6 21.Rhe1 Rxc4 22.Ne5 Rc2+ 23.Kg1 b6 24.Rc1 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Bd5

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26.Nxf7! c5 27.Ne5 Kb7 28.Rd1 Nd4 29.Be3 Nf3+ 30.Nxf3 Bxf3 31.Rd7+ Kc6 32.Rxh7 Rf8 33.Bg5 a5 34.Kf2 Bd5 35.a3 Rf7 36.Rh6 Be4 37.Ke3 Bb1 38.Rh8 Rd7 39.Rg8 b5 40.h4 Kd5 41.Rg7 Ke6 42.Rxd7 Kxd7 43.f7 1-0

Ehlvest vs Sadler

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.h3 c5 8.0-0 cxd4 9.exd4 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nc6 11.a3 Bd7 12.d5 Na5 13.Ba2 Ne8 14.Bf4 Nd6 15.Ne5 Rc8 16.Qe2 Re8 17.Rfe1 a6 18.Ne4 Bf5 19.f3 Qb6+ 20.Kh1 Qb5 21.Qf2 Bxe4 22.fxe4 Nac4 23.Nxc4 Nxc4 24.Rad1 Qxb2 25.Re2 Qxa3 26.e5 Qc5 27.Qf3 Rcd8 28.h4 b5 29.h5 e6 30.h6 Rxd5 31.Rxd5 Qxd5 32.hxg7 Qxf3 33.gxf3 Kxg7 34.Kg2 h6 35.Bg3 Rd8 36.f4 Rd3 37.Bh4 Ne3+ 38.Kg1 Ng4 39.Kg2 Ne3+ 40.Kg1 Ng4 41.Re4 Rd1+ 42.Be1 Rd3 43.Bb4 a5 44.Be7 Rd1+ 45.Kg2 Rd2+ 46.Kg3 Nf2 47.Re1 Rxa2 48.Bf6+ Kh7 49.Kf3 g5 50.fxg5 hxg5 51.Rg1 g4+ 52.Ke3 Kg6 53.Bh4 Nh3 0-1

Peter Wells, ENG

Round 1

December 9-10 1997

Unfortunately, Boris Alterman of Israel gave Englishman Peter Wells few opportunities in their match.

Alterman vs Wells, 12/9/97

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nge2 dxc4 7.Bxc4 e5 8.0-0 exd4 9.exd4 Nc6 10.h3 Bf5 11.a3 Bd6 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Be7 14.Re1 Ne4 15.Bxe7 Nxe7 16.Nf4 Nf6 17.Nh5 Nxh5 18.Qxh5 Bg6 19.Qg4 Kh8 20.Rad1 c6 21.h4 Ng8 22.d5 Nf6 23.Qf4 Bh5 24.dxc6 Bxd1 25.cxb7 Rb8 26.Rxd1 Qe7 27.Ba6 Qe6 28.Rd6 Qe1+ 29.Kh2 Qe7 30.Nd5 Nxd5 31.Rxd5 Qe6 32.Rd6 Qe7 33.b4 Kg8 34.Rc6 Rxb7 35.Bxb7 Qxb7 36.Rc5 Rc8 37.Rxc8+ Qxc8 38.a4 Qa6 39.b5 Qb6 40.Qe3 Qc7+ 41.g3 h5 42.Qe8+ Kh7 43.Qe4+ g6 44.Qf4 Qb7 45.a5 Kg8 46.Qb4 1-0

Wells vs Alterman, 12/10/97

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Na6 10.0-0 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Be7 12.Rd1 Nc5 13.Qc4 Bd7 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Nc6 Bxc6 16.Rxd8 Rfxd8 17.Bxc6 Rxc6 18.a4 Rd5 19.Rb1 Nd7 20.Qb3 b6 21.c4 Rdd6 22.Qb5 Rc8 23.a5 Rdc6 24.Qa6 R6c7 25.Rd1 Nc5 26.Qb5 Rc6 27.axb6 axb6 28.Ra1 Bf8 29.Ra7 Ne4 30.Qh5 R6c7 31.Rxc7 Rxc7 32.Qb5 Nd6 33.Qxb6 Rxc4 34.Bf4 Nf5 35.Qd8 Rd4 36.Qa8 Ne7 37.h4 h5 38.Kg2 Ng6 39.Bc1 Rd1 40.Bg5 Rd5 41.e4 Rc5 42.Qe8 Rc4 43.f3 Rc7 44.Qb8 Rc2+ 45.Kf1 f6 46.Qe8 Kh7 47.Be3 Rc3 48.Ke2 Be7 49.g4 Bc5 50.Bd2 Rc2 51.Kd1 Rb2 52.gxh5 Nxh4 53.Qxe6 Rb1+ 54.Kc2 Rg1 55.h6 Rg2 56.Kd3 Rg3 57.hxg7 Kxg7 58.Be1 Rxf3+ 59.Kc4 Bf2 60.Qd7+ Kh8 61.Bc3 Kg8 62.Qe6+ Kg7 63.e5 fxe5 64.Bxe5+ Kf8 65.Bf6 Rf4+ 66.Kb5 Nf5 67.Qc8+ Kf7 68.Be5 Ne7 69.Qc7 Rf5 70.Kc4 Bh4 71.Kd3 Bf6 72.Qc4+ Kg6 73.Bf4 Rd5+ 74.Ke2 Rd4 75.Qc2+ Kf7 76.Kf3 Rd5 77.Qb3 Kg6 78.Kg4 Rd4 79.Qb1+ Kg7 80.Qg1 Ng6 81.Kh5 Rd5+ 82.Kg4 Rd4 1/2-1/2

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