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Friso Nijboer vs Michael Adams
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1


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Aug-19-06  notyetagm: With 37 ... ♕d8!?, Black retreats his queen from the White rook and sets a nasty trap.

White plays 38 ♕c1??, totally missing the hidden tactical point of Black's last move.

Now Black springs his trap and plays the <Taimanov knight check> 38 ... ♘g3+!, forcing open the h-file after the forced reply 39 hxg3. The White h1-king is now trapped on the open h-file. Black needs to place only a -single- heavy piece on the h-file to give mate.

Now the point of 37 ... ♕d8!? can be seen. Since the Black queen is on d8, both she and the Black f4-rook can give mating checks on h4. Only the White g3-pawn prevents both of these checks but one defender cannot keep out two attackers (<RELOAD>). Black forces mate with 39 ... ♕h4+! 40 gxh4 ♖xh4#.

37 ... ♕d8!? 38 ♕c1?? ♘g3+! 39 hxg3 ♕h4+! 40 gxh4 ♖xh4#

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  plang: 11..Qd7 was new. 13 c4!? was an unusual idea as opposed to the more standard Bc2 & d4. Adams recommended 16 Bxe6..fxe 17 Rc1..c5 18 b4 with an unclear position. Adams felt that after 27 Qe2 black's advantage would have been relatively small. The exchange sacrifice, 30..Nf6!, led to a fearsome attack for Adams. Adams would have answered 38 g3 with 38..Qa8.
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  naresb: <notyetagm> After 38... Nf6, White was clearly ahead in manoeuvring his pieces :--

Black's Rook and Queen along 'b' file for Queen side attack, a Rook along 'f' file, a Knight and a Bishop for King side attack, leading pawns along with combination of either side pieces for Central attack, with open game, possibility of Queen to join King side attack in just two moves.

Black was clearly behind manoeuvring of pieces. Had he tried holding back his Bishop and Knight for defense rather than attack, chances for a respectable fight would have emerged I suppose.

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  naresb: I didn't understood 16. Bc4 and 17. Nb3, not in line with either strategy or tactics.
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