GM Michael Adams

Full name
Michael Adams
Born
Nov 17, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth
Truro, Cornwall, England, UK
Federation
England
Profiles

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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White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (53) : C43 C42
Pirc Defense (29) : B07 B08
Giuoco Piano Game (21) : C50 C53
Trompowsky Attack (47) : A45
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Scandinavian Defense (9) : B01
Indian Game (3) : E10
Slav Defense (5) : D10 D11 D12
Four Knights Game (16) : C47 C49 C48 C46
Modern Defense (35) : B06
Queen's Gambit Declined (5) : D30 D41 D35
Nimzo-Indian Defense (17) : E54
Catalan Opening (1) : E01
King's Indian Defense (1) : E60
Philidor Defense (7) : C41
Alekhine Defense (22) : B04 B05 B03 B02
Italian Game (3) : C55
Queen's Pawn Opening (19) : D00
Bishop's Opening (9) : C24 C26 C28
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
Dutch Defense (3) : A80
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C33
Vienna Game (3) : C29
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Queen's Indian Defense (2) : E18 E15
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D20 D27
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Semi-Slav Defense (2) : D45
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
King's Indian Attack (1) : A07
Black Pieces
Hungarian Opening (11) : A00
Indian Game (44) : E10 A45 A46 A49
Giuoco Piano Game (57) : C50 C53 C51 C55 C52
Scotch Game (26) : C45 C44
King's Indian Attack (28) : A07
Four Knights Game (30) : C48 C49 C46 C47
Catalan Opening (70) : E00 E05 E01 E04 E02
Queen's Pawn Opening (51) : D02 D00 A41 A40 E00 D03
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
Queen's Indian Defense (127) : E15 E14 E17 E16 E12 E19 E18
Torre Attack (14) : A46 A48
Colle System (2) : D04 D05
Slav Defense (5) : D11 D16
King's Gambit Accepted (9) : C36 C33 C34 C37
Bishop's Opening (4) : C28 C24
Reti Opening (6) : A05 A09
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
Bogo-Indian Defense (39) : E11
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Vienna Game (4) : C26 C25 C28
Trompowsky Attack (11) : A45
Italian Game (7) : C55 C56
Undefined (1) : A00
Petrov's Defense (32) : C42 C43
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
Pirc Defense (25) : B07 B08 B09
Caro-Kann Defense (78) : B17 B13 B12 B10 B19 B11
Alekhine Defense (5) : B02 B04 B03
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (18) : A57
King's Indian Defense (8) : E61 E62 E64 E60 E92
Old Indian Defense (4) : A54
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Benko Gambit Declined (6) : A57
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D22 D27 D20
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (6) : A58
Philidor Defense (5) : C41

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