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Michael Adams

Michael Adams was born in Truro on 17th November 1971, and by 1980 the British Chess Federation recognised his chess talent he received high-level coaching from former European Junior Champion Shaun Taulbut along with coaching from local chess champion Michael Prettejohn.

In 1981 at the age of nine, Michael entered the Cornwall Under 9 Chess Championships and won at that age group. However at the same event he also entered the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 Championships and won all of those as well. But he did not have it easy as the Under 15 and Under 18 Championships clashed and he had to play them simultaneously, and had to travel between rooms some 30m apart.


A little further in his career he took the silver medal at the World Under-16 Championship, which was held in held in Innsbruck in 1987, and also took the best junior prize. He was runner-up to Hannes Stefansson. But later that year, at the age of fifteen, he became the world's youngest International Master. He proceeded to win the full Championship title in 1989. In the same year he became a English chess Grandmaster, and between October 2000 and October 2002 his world ranking peeked at No. 4


He has also achieved good results in World Chess Championship tournaments since then. He reached the semi-finals in 1997, 1999 and 2000. In 2004 at the FIDE Championship, he reached the final, narrowly losing out to Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the tie-break games. After a lengthy break, he claimed further titles in 2010, at Canterbury and in 2011 at Sheffield.


Michael Adams also won the British Rapid-play Championship in 1995, 1996 and 1999.





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