GM Michael Adams

Full name
Michael Adams
Nov 17, 1971 (age 48)‎
Place of birth
Truro, Cornwall, England, UK



Michael Adams is the premiere chess player in England, being a Grandmaster and holding the number one ranked spot in the country. He is a prodigy who has the distinction of winning four tournaments, in four different sections, at the same time! He is also one of the most tested players in World Championship Candidates tournaments, having played in nine(!) of them. He almost won the World Championship in 2004 when he finished as the runner-up. He is also known for playing against chess computer “Hydra” in a match, only being able to draw one game.

Michael Adams was recognized as a chess talent by the time he was 9 years old. At this time he began to get high-level coaching from two strong chess players in England: Shaun Taulbut and Michael Prettejohn. Within one event in 1981, he won four(!) different age sections. He played in and won the County Under-9, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 Championships and won all four of them. At the age of 15 he became the world’s youngest International Master and became a Grandmaster just two years later. Adams has qualified for a few different Candidates Tournaments which determines a challenger for the World Championship, doing this in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007. He came closest to winning the World Championship when he reached the final match against Rustam Kasimdzhanov in 2004. This match was tied but Kasimdzhanov won the tie-break match in order to take the title. In 2005, Adams played a six-game match against the chess computer “Hydra”. He was only able to get one draw against the computer in the match. Adams continues to be one of the strongest players of our time, consistently holding a rating above 2700 and staying ranked within the top 30 players in the world.

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