Tuesday 30 September 1997
After two rounds, Kasparov and Kramnik led with 2 points, followed by Adams and Svidler 11/2; Onischuk, van Wely and Leko 1; Polgar, Lautier, Piket and Shirov 1/2; Shaked 0.
Adams's first-round win against the Ukrainian grandmaster Alex Onischuk was a typical display of controlled aggression with the white pieces. His 9.dxc4! (instead of the more obvious recapture with the knight) was part of a plan of white-square domination which eventually left Black with a miserable bishop against a rampaging knight. White's energetic advances of his a- and h-pawns were all part of this strategy, and his development of the rook to a3 was simply the quickest way to bring it into the attack.
Black's 26...d5 was intended to free his game, but instead resulted in its immediate collapse thanks to a series of tactics based mainly on knight forks. At the end, Black was a pawn behind and about to lose another one.
White: Adams - Black: Onischuk
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d3 Be7 5 0-0 0-0 6 a4 d6 7 Nbd2 Be6 8 Re1 Bxc4 9 dxc4 Re8 10 Nf1 Bf8 11 Bg5 h6 12 Bxf6 Qxf6 13 Ne3 Qe6 14 a5 Ne7 15 Ra3 g6 16 h4 Bg7 17 h5 Rad8 18 a6 b6 19 Nd5 Rd7 20 hxg6 fxg6 21 Nh4 c6 22 Nxe7+ Rexe7 23 Rg3 g5 24 Nf5 Rf7 25 Rd3 Bf8 26 b3 d5 27 Qg4 Kh7 28 cxd5 cxd5 29 Nxh6 Qxg4 30 Nxg4 Bc5 31 Re2 resigns
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