Michael Adams v V Laznicka

FIDE World Cup 2015, Rd.2

Played in the knock-out tournament which is part of the qualifying cycle to decide the challenger for Magnus Carlsen in the next World Championship match.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6

Makes a change from 2..d6.

3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0-0 Nf6

Interesting tension - black wants white to take on d5 and white would be delighted if black took on e4 !


Direct chess. More popular 9.Re1 Be7 10.e5 Nd7 11.Qg4 g6 and black leaves the king in the centre behind a strong pawn formation

9...Be7 10.Qg3 0-0 11.Bh6 Ne8 12.Bf4 Bh4 13.Qf3 Be7 14.Na4!?

New as far as I know - assume part of the idea is to distract black from the kingside

14...Nf6 15.b3 Qa5 16.e5 Nd7 17.Qg3 Re8 18.h4 c5 19.c4!

Giving black a tricky choice - play d4 in the game and have many of his pieces slightly cut off on the queenside or allow white to take on d5 - possibly white could then switch to attacking the queenside weaknesses

19...d4 20.h5 Qc7 21.Rae1 Bf8 22.Bg5

Black has kept his kingside pawns straight as long as possible


This seems wrong letting white open the h-file. 22...Bb7 connects the rooks 23.f4 white's still dangerous but black has better chances than the game. (23.h6 g6 ; 23.Be4 ) 23...Bc6

23.f4 Bg7 24.Qh4 Bb7 25.Kf2 Rf8

Final mistake(?) blocking black's escape route.

26.Rh1 f5 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Qh7+ Kf7 29.Rh6

Great recovery to level the match and take it to the speed playoff


Jeremy Menadue