Adams vs Saunders – Simul

Aron writes a nice report sharing his game against England No.1 Mickey Adams.  Great stuff.  Over to you Aron :


In March, I played in the U18s rated section of a tournament at King Edward’s School in Witley, which was run by GM Nick Pert. As I placed top 5, I qualified for a simul against Michael Adams, who currently has the 3rd highest ECF rating and the 9th highest FIDE blitz rating in the world.

As the simul was on a Thursday, I took the day off school and my parents drove me to the school. As Michael Adams was arriving by train, he needed a lift from the station which we were happy to provide.

As I walked into the playing hall, the boards were already laid out and I sat down at a board of my choosing. As I had forgotten to bring a scorebook, I quickly made a notation sheet from a spare piece of paper.

GM Nick Pert, who was hosting the simul, stood up and introduced GM Michael Adams as one of the best chess players in the world who has beaten many of the top GMs multiple times. After that, Michael Adams showed me and the other 20-odd people who had been invited one of his previous games, which was very attacking and would have had a good chance of winning the Downend and Fishponds Mike Wood trophy.

Nick Pert explained the rules of the simul, and that he would be coming round to all the boards with advice for the players. Michael Adams then shook everyone’s hands and played his first move:

1.Nf3 I haven’t played against this opening much, so I wasn’t sure what to do. Nf6  2. d4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. c4 c6 6. b3 O-O 7. O-O Bf5 8. Bb2 Nbd7 9. Nc3 Nb6 10. cxd5 Nbxd5 11. e3 Rc8 12. Qe2 Nick Pert advised to trade knights and put the bishop on e4. Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Be4 14. Rfd1 Re8 15. Rac1 Qd5 16. Bb2 Nd7 17. Ne1 Bxg2 18. Nxg2 Nf6 19. Nf4 Qd7 20. e4 e6 21. Nd3 Rcd8 22. Ne5 Qc7 23. Qf3 Nh5 24. b4 Bxe5 25. dxe5 Ng7 Here I should have played 25… Rxd1 to prevent Rd6. 26. Rd6 Re7 27. b5 Red7 28. bxc6 Rxd6 29. exd6 Qxd6 30. Qf6 e5 31. Qxd6 Rxd6 32. c7 1-0

I am happy with my result, as I played the opening well and stayed even for about 20 moves.

The school tweeted the event here:

You can see Aron’s game in our Games section.

  • Report by Aron Saunders

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  1. Michael Adams will have to join D & F before he gets a chance to win the D & F Best Game Prize! Enjoyed reading Aron`s report.

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