Adams. World Cup Favourite.
Aug 10, 2013, 2:45 PM
Michael Adams's impressive victory at Dortmund with an unbeaten 7/9 ranks among the finest tournament performances by an English chess player. The 41-year old Englishman, described it as the greatest success of his career.
He finished half a point ahead of former world champion and current No3, Vlad Kramnik, who made Germany's premier chess event his annual hunting ground. "I did not expect such a result," said Adams. "I prepared carefully for every game and tried my best. That everything went so well makes me very happy."
The English Number One dominated in his wins and he only once had an inferior position, while under pressure from Wang Hao before China's top player blundered to defeat.
In the final round Kramnik had to win, but Adams steered the game into an intelligent position where the Russian had to repeat moves.
Adams's performance in Dortmund was incredible. His tournament rating was 2923, world champion level, while he jumped to Number 12 in the world.
The question now is whether Adams can carry his brilliant streak to the 128-player World Cup knock-out which starts on Sunday in Tromso, Norway. He has a fine record in such events and he is undeniably a hot favourite to lift the trophy on September 3rd.