Michael Adams (born November 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England, UK) is a British Grandmaster of chess. His highest ranking (in terms of rating) is world number 4, achieved several times from October 2000 to October 2002. On the October 2008 FIDE rating list he is number 24 in the world and the number one British chess player with an Elo rating of 2712.
Notable have been his results in World Chess Championship tournaments. Several times a Candidate, he reached the semi-finals 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.
Adams won the British Championship in 1989 at the age of seventeen. He won it again in 1997, jointly with Matthew Sadler and has not taken part in the Championship since. Adams also won the British Rapidplay Championship in 1995, 1996 and 1999.