Magazine article The Spectator

Linares

Magazine article The Spectator

Linares

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The line-up for this year's elite competition at Linares in Spain includes Kasparov, Anand, Topalov, Leko and Britain's Michael Adams. Here is one of the best games of the first half.

Kasparov-Adams: Linares 2005

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Na Bb4 4 Qc2 This is looking increasingly like the modern main line against the Nimzo-Indian. Although White may lose some time with his queen, as a result of persecution by the black knights, he avoids doubled c-pawns and tends to retain the advantage of the bishop pair. Unusually for the Nimzo-Indian, both sides may well castle qucenside. Such unbalanced situations are meat and drink to the aggressive Kasparov. 4 . . . d 5 5 a3 Bxc3+ 6 Qxc3 Ne4 7 Qc2 e5 Adams's speciality prepared specifically for this tournament. The point is to rush Black's queen's bishop into play even at the cost of material. In an earlier game between Kasparov and Adams from the 2004 Club Championship in Turkey, Black drew after huge complications with 7 . . . Nc6 8 e3 e5 9 cxd5 Qxd5 10 Bc4 Qa5+ 11 b4 Nxb4 12 Qxe4 Nc2+ 13 Ke2 Qe1+ 14 Kf3 Nxa1. 8 cxd5 In the first round at Linares, Topalov chose 8 e3 against Adams and won a complex game. 8 . . . Qxd5 9 f3 Central expansion based on this move in the 4 Qc2 variation was also a favourite of Kasparov's hero Alexander Alekhine. 9 . . . Nd6 10 dxe5 Qxe5 11 e4 Nc6 Black's development looks impressive but now Kasparov begins to untangle his pieces. 12 Nc2 Be6 13 Bf4 Qa5+ 14 Nc3 0-0-0 15 0-0-0 (see diagram) 15 . . . f5 This violent thrust does more to weaken Black's position than White's. Perhaps 15 . . . Kb8 is to be preferred. 16 Bxd6 One of the advantages of having the bishop pair is the ability to trade them off at the right moment. This exchange leaves Black with permanently exposed pawns. 16 . . . Rxd6 17 Rxd6 cxd6 18 BbS Nd4 19 Qd3 Nxb5 20 Nxb5 fxe4 21 Qxd6 An alternative is 21 Nxd6+ but the text seems clearer. …

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