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Ilan Manor vs Michael Adams
"Manor Down" (game of the day Dec-14-2009)
Wch U20 (1988), Adelaide AUS, rd 13, Oct-??
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: An interesting game with some amusing tactical touches. It was especially ironic how Black sacrificed a piece to activate his knights, but it was the White stallions who ended up dominating the action and laughing in the face of death. (29.Nb5! 34.Nxf7! 36.Nxh7!).

However, the pun puzzles me. I don't know the meaning of "Manor Down", but that's probably just my own ignorance. However, it seems inappropriate since Manor won the game, and surely wasn't feeling down afterward.

Dec-14-09  Tifeon: Uh... most often I don't get grandmaster's play because they have so deep and brilliant ideas... But here, it looks like I don't get it simply because Adams did it wrong. Seriously, sacrificing a piece on move 16, in equal position and doing it just to take two meaningless pawns. Was it too much imagination or too few respect for the opponent?
Dec-14-09  Abdooss: <Phony Benoni> From Wikipedia - "Manor Downs is a horse racetrack located in Manor, Texas, USA... Live racing in the Spring features both quarter horse and thoroughbred racing.."

CG must be referring to the <White Stallions> owned by Manor which won the game for him! :-)

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  Domdaniel: How many (attempted) Knight sacs are there, by both players on various squares? I lost count.

If this is horseracing, it's the kind with jumps.

Dec-14-09  lekoo: Adams played like a very bad child!!
Dec-14-09  nd792001: Ok, so I'm not seeing the threat if white's knight offer on move 29 is accepted. Can anyone here enlighten me on this point? Thanks.
Dec-14-09  lzromeu: Adams seems to be winner until the move 29 - 4 pawns for a bishop, and a promissing position.

Then White use his force to destroy the pawn structure.

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  Phony Benoni:

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After 29...cxb5 30.Qxe5, White regains the piece (30...dxe5?? 31.Rxd8#) with various threats and shatters Black's queenside pawn structure.

Dec-14-09  Samagonka: White won this game with pins and skews!
Dec-14-09  Ratul: Really awful play by Adams.
Dec-14-09  JohnBoy: I strongly disagree with the assessment of <Ratul>. The young Adams sacs a piece to generate play against the white pawns. Happens all the time. Check out G Meier vs M Vachier Lagrave, 2009 for a good example. Black's reach exceeded his grasp there as well, but white was not up to the task.

Here Manor handles himself well and MA is not able to create enough chaos. Each of the three moves <Phony Benoni> points out (29, 34 & 36) served as one more nail in black's coffin.

I thought the pun was based on "Man down" - a military term for a wounded colleague - and was expecting to see black win.

Nice attempt to create imbalance, and a nice illustration of how not to over-react in the face of such. A solid GotD.

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  fm avari viraf: This is a complex game where gallants Knights hop skip & jump over the battle field but nonetheless very entertaining. My pun would be "Adams last supper at Manor Lodge"
Dec-14-09  nd792001: Thanks <Phony Benoni> -- you are right, that continuation is a disaster for Black.
Dec-14-09  WhiteRook48: rook is totally discombobulated
Dec-14-09  Sparta1: I am so confused by this game, and not in a good way.
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  kevin86: Baby,the rook must fall!
Jun-30-15  erimiro1: Knightmare
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