Born in 17 November 1971, FIDE rating 2761 (April 2017)
Several times a World Championship Candidate, he reached the semifinals in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
At the 2004 FIDE Championship, he reached the final, narrowly losing out to Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the tie-break games.
At the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting in July–August 2013 Adams scored possibly the best result of his career, with a rating performance of 2925. He won the tournament with 5 wins and 4 draws.