Michael Adams (chess player)

Michael Adams ( born November 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall ) is an English chess grandmaster.


At the age of 17 he won in 1989 ( the year in which he was awarded the grandmaster title ) the British Championship. He could this success in 1997, repeat points with Matthew Sadler, 2010 and 2011. In 1993 he succeeded Interzonal in Biel to qualify for the Candidates Tournament of the World Chess Federation FIDE in 1994 he lost in the second round in Wijk aan Zee against Boris Gelfand with 3:5. In 1993, he also qualified in the qualifying tournament of PCA in Groningen for their candidates fighting. He defeated in the quarterfinals of the Russians Sergey Tiviakov in New York City in 1994 7,5:6,5 (after rapid chess stinging, 4:4 according to tournament games ) and was defeated in the semifinals of the Indian Viswanathan Anand in Linares in 1994 with 1,5:5, 5

In 1995 he finished third in strong field tournament of Dos Hermanas with Gata Kamsky and Anatoly Karpov the first place. In 1997 he took part in the FIDE Knockout World Championship in Groningen. Only in the semi-finals he lost to Anand in a "sudden - death" blitz game. Anand then entered against Karpov, the reigning FIDE World Champion, at.

In Dortmund 1998 Adams was second, level on points with the winner Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler. In 1999 he was the sole winner in Dos Hermanas before Kramnik, Anand, Karpov, Svidler, Topalov and Judit Polgar. In 2004, he arrived at the FIDE knockout world championship in Tripoli to the finals, but lost the Uzbek Rustam Kasimjanov.

In June 2005, he lost a match against the computer program Hydra significantly with 0,5:5,5. In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 in San Luis, he finished with eight delegates 7 In April 2008, he won the Ruy Lopez Masters in Mérida with 5.5 points from 7 games.

His tournament victory at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund in August 2013 - with a score of 7 out of 9 points and a rating performance of 2923 Elo ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko and Arkady Naiditsch - is considered the biggest success of his career up to that point.

Adams was a player of the year, the British Chess Federation in 1990, 1993-1996 and 1998 to 2002.

He is currently the best English chess player. Its highest ranking in the world ranking reached Adams several times with fourth place in the years 2000 to 2002.

Adams is married to actress Tara MacGowran.

Chess team


Adams has participated since 1990 with the England team at all Chess Olympiads, but he played continuously since 1998 on top board. His best result was a third place in 1990 in Novi Sad, in the individual competition he reached in 2004 in Calvià on top board in third place. Michael Adams took part in eight European Team Championships and won the competition in 1997 in Pula with the English team. 2001 León and 2011 in Porto Carras, he reached in each case the highest individual score on top board. Adams was at the World Team Championships in 1993 and 1997 on the English selection.

Chess club

In the British Four Nations Chess League ( 4NCL ) Adams played from 1995 to 1998 in Slough, 2000-2002 at The ADs from 2002 to 2006, Wood Green, from 2008 to 2011 with Pride and Prejudice and plays since 2011 in Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher. He won the 4NCL 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012. In the German Chess Bundesliga Michael Adams from 1994 to 2000 for the SG 1868 Alekhine Solingen from 2000 to 2003 for the Lübeck chess club from 1873 ( in which he was also reported for the 2003/ 04 season, but the Lübeck SV pulled his team before the season starts back ), in the season 2004/ 05 for the SG Porz ( where he was reported in the 2005/06 season, but no game played ), and since 2008 he plays in the OSG Baden -Baden. Adams was 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 German team champion. The Dutch Hoofdklasse or Meesterklasse Michael won in 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2006 with De Variant Breda. In the highest French league (until 2003 National I, then by 2010 Top 16 since Top 12 ) played Adam until 2002 Cannes Echecs, 2002-2006 at Paris NAO, with whom he was in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 French Team Champion, in the 2006/07 season the Club de Chess 15 and in the 2010/11 season at Evry Grand Roque.