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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Michael Adams
Terrassa (1991), Terrassa ESP, rd 6, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  0-1
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Mar-01-04  InspiredByMorphy: The first Marshall attack game I saw. Beautifully played by Adams.
Jun-03-04  Abdooss: Apparently a slip of the hand which confused Chucky and one of the moves which win the game - 17...Qh5!?. Mickey's comment was, " I was trying to play the Spassky system (which would have been achieved by 17...Re6 18. a4 Qh5) but accidentally inverted the order of moves. I only realised this when I made my move because Vasily raised his eyebrows and sunk into thought. Strangely, after I played this move all the lights in the tournament hall went out! They were repaired fifteen minutes later but 'Chukky' continued thinking for about another fifty minutes before playing 18. Nf1. Mickey's comment : 32. h3?! Both players were running a little short of time at this point and in particular the pace of Vasily's moves had increased. 32. Rd1 had to be played. 32...Qg6! the Queen controls the light squares.
35...Kg8! much stronger than 35... Qxa2 36. Bg3

36. b3? this loses by force, but the more solid 36. a3 is well answered by 36... Kh8, and if 37. a4 Kg8 etc.

Oct-09-04  WMD: Back in 1998, Mickey called this his most memorable game. 'Zugzwang occurred on an almost full board.'
Oct-09-04  iron maiden: It's not really zugzwang, just a great bind.
Oct-09-04  WMD: So what do you play after 35...Kg8?
Oct-09-04  iron maiden: <WMD> I meant that though White has no good moves, Black still has active threats. Nonetheless, I do think it warrants a place in my collection.
Oct-09-04  WMD: Understood.
Oct-26-05
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  patzer2: As Iron Maiden notes, Adams's uses the term Zugzwang a bit informally in describing this game. However, the final move 42...Qd1! is an outstanding waiting move, threatening 43...Ng3 regardless of what 43rd move White makes.
Mar-09-11
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  wordfunph: GM Michael Adams was quoted in the book Chess in the Fast Lane, "Like most players I would shy away from naming any one game as my best, but this excellent win with black against a very strong opponent would have a good claim. It was particularly nice to achieve virtual zugzwang with so much material remaining on the board."
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