FIDE WCC R7-3: Adams strikes back to equalise

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7/8/2004 – The FIDE world championship final is wide open again after Britain's top seed Michael Adams fired back with a white win today against Uzbekistan's Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who had scored an upset victory yesterday. We bring you an illustrated report including some interesting pictures from the historical past of Libya.

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Results of Semifinals

FIDE World Championship finals
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2652
Adams, Michael ENG 2731


6 July Tuesday Final Match Game 1 14.30
7 July Wednesday Final Match Game 2 14.30
8 July Thursday Final Match Game 3 14.30
9 July Friday Rest Day
10 July Saturday Final Match Game 4 14.30
11 July Sunday Final Match Game 5 14.30
12 July Monday Final Match Game 6 14.30
13 July Tuesday Final Match Tie-breaks 12.30
13 July Tuesday Closing Ceremony 18.00

Note that local time in Tripoli is the same as in Central Europe. The start of the games is generally at 14:30h, which is GMT + 2 and translates to 13:30 London, 8:30 a.m. New York, 16:30 Moscow, 18:00 New Delhi, 20:30 Hong Kong, 21:30 Tokyo, 22:30 Melbourne, and 03:00 a.m. (on the next day) in the French Polynesia-Marquesas Islands of Taiohae.

Finals – Game three report

The start of game with the obligatory handshake

A brief moment of reflection before the game starts

And then it's back to work, under the watchful eyes of the officials

Pictures by courtesy of FIDE (©

Adams,M (2731) - Kasimdzhanov,R (2652) [B43]
FIDE WCh KO Tripoli LBA (7.3), 08.07.2004

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bd3 Qb6 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.0-0 Bb7 9.Re1 Bc5 10.Qd2N [ Adams had played 10.e5 against Topalov six years ago and won in 61 moves after 10...f5 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.Ne4 Bxe4 13.Bxe4 Nc6 14.Bxc6 Qxc6 15.Ne5 Qc7 16.Bf4 0-0 17.Bg3 Qb7 18.Qe2 1-0 Adams,M-Topalov,V/Tilburg 1998 (61)] 10...Be7 11.b3 Nf6 12.Bb2 d6 13.a4 b4 14.Na2 Nc6 15.Nd4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 a5 17.Rac1 0-0 18.c3 bxc3 19.Nxc3 Qd8 20.Nb5 e5 21.Rc7 exd4 22.Rxb7 d5 23.Qf4 Bb4 24.Rd1 dxe4 25.Bxe4 Nxe4 26.Qxe4 Qf6.

Kasimdzhanov's last move allows Adams to pick up the d-pawn: 27.Nc7 Rad8 28.Nd5 Qd6 29.Qxd4 Qe6 30.g3 Rd6.

The Uzbekistani GM was low on time and had played a very incautious move (Rd6). After checking the lines for a few minutes Adams struck out: 31.Rxb4! axb4 32.Ne7+ Qxe7 33.Qxd6. Now instead of defending the b-pawn (with 33...Qxd6 34.Rxd6 Rb8 or even 33...Qe4) Kasimdzhanov went for 22...Qe2 after which Adams could pick up the second pawn with 34.Rd4 h5 35.Qxb4. Everyone expected Black to resign, but Kasimdzhanov fought on desperately until the time control and a few moves after that. 35...Qf3 36.h4 Rc8 37.Qd2 Rc3 38.Rf4 Qc6 39.Kh2 Rxb3 40.Qd8+ Kh7 41.Qd1 Rb7 42.Qxh5+ Kg8 43.Rd4 Qf6 44.Rd2 Ra7 45.a5 g6 46.Qb5 Kh7 47.Qb6 1-0.

A trip to Leptis

Leptis Magna was an important city of the republic of Carthage, and later, of the Roman Empire. Its ruins are located 62 miles southeast of Carthage, near Tripoli in the modern country of Libya.

Leptis achieved its greatest prominence from 193 AD, when a native son, Lucius Septimius Severus, became emperor. He favored his hometown above all other provincial cities, and the buildings and wealth he lavished on it made Leptis Magna the third most-important city in Africa, rivaling Carthage and Alexandria.

An outing for participants and guests to the ancient city of Leptis

In 439, Leptis Magna and the rest of the cities of Tripolitania fell under the control of the Vandals when their king, Gaiseric, captured Carthage from the Romans and made it his capital. Unfortunately for the future of Leptis Magna, Gaiseric ordered the city's walls demolished so as to dissuade its people from rebelling against Vandal rule.

But the people of Leptis and the Vandals both paid a heavy price for this in 523, when a group of Berber raiders sacked the city.

Today, the site of Leptis Magna is the site of some of the most impressive ruins of the Roman period.

Trying out the local water pipes

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