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Alexander Morozevich vs Michael Adams
"Spidey Sense" (game of the day Oct-23-2009)
Corus (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Mieses Defense (C52)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: I know Adams is strong enough to make anybody look bad, but it still looks like Morozevich never got the feel of this game. There seems to be no life in his play, Evans Gambit notwithstanding.
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  keypusher: Lovely game. 8. cxd4 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 and either Qb3 or Ba3 is the main line, but that is not so appetizing. Very creative, aggressive play by Adams. I love how his knights dance around.
Oct-23-09  yasemin: Hi,

I have a few questions about the opening of the game and would appreciate your advice.

1) What's the idea behind white's 4th move (b4)? It looks like a defenseless pawn sacrificed for no reason to me. 2) Why does white castle on move 7 instead of capturing the pawn? It's already a pawn down so doesn't the black pawn pose a threat? 3) As a mirror question, after white's castling, why doens't black capture the c3 white pawn? Isn't it a good opportunity to get even further ahead in terms of pawn attack?


Oct-23-09  wetpaste: i was thinking about nh4 on move 21, then 22.f4 bg4 23. bd1, i'm not really sure where this line goes and I'm sure I'm missing somthing obvious.
Oct-23-09  benjaminpugh: Yasemin,

Your first question is simply pointing out the Evans Gambit. Morphy used it a lot. It supposedly opens up white's game but modern play doesn't really use it anymore.

The answer to your second question about white's move 7 is easy. The pawn on c3 is pinned to the king because of the bishop on a5.

As for why black doesn't ever take the pawn on c3, that's beyond my level to explain. I probably would have taken it at some point.

Oct-23-09  WhiteRook48: ...Nh4!!
Oct-23-09  RandomVisitor: After 9...Ne5

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<[-0.22] d=23 10.Qxd4> f6 11.Re1 Bb6 12.Qh4 Nxc4 13.Qxc4 fxg5 14.d6 Qxd6 15.Bxg5 Be6 16.Qxe6

Oct-23-09  yasemin: Thank you very much, Benjamin!
Oct-23-09  SirChrislov: Nice game but I don't get the pun. why spidey sence? who's spiderman here?
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  Thrajin: <SirChrislov>, Michael Adams is known in chess circles as "The Spider" because of his precise and constricting play.
Oct-23-09  ComboKal: I did not like 11.cxd4. It doubles up the pawns and allows for ...Ng4 and eventually ...Nf6, with a triple attack on d5. I would have played the more aggressive 11.Qxd4, but as usual, I'm probably overlooking something!
Oct-23-09  ComboKal: I think the game was lost after 18.Na3 Bd6. Yet another white piece ends up way over on the queen-side. Was white trying to bait an exchange, overlooking the attack on the queen with ...Bd6? The queen is forced to retreat, opening the door for the king-side attack.
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  kevin86: White can stop the attack by taking the knight,but his queen is the price.
Jul-11-10  thickhead: < wetpaste: i was thinking about nh4 on move 21, then 22.f4 bg4 23. bd1, i'm not really sure where this line goes and I'm sure I'm missing somthing obvious. > Obviously 23....Re2 cuts off all defenses. No better would be 23.R(a1)e1 Bb4 and hellbreaks loose! Even 23.Rf2 does not help 23... Nf3+ 24.Rxf3 Bxf3 and how can you prevent 25... Re2? e.g. 25.Re1 RxR+ 26.QxR Qg2 # else 25 Bd1 Re2
Jul-11-10  thickhead: after analysing 21... Nh4 as above I feel white should have exchanged Evan's bishop by 22.Nxd6 and activate bishops by opening up the position prudently.Otherwise knight may play havoc.
Sep-30-11  xapablanca: Why isn't the Evan Gambit used in Modern chess?
Dec-04-11  sevenseaman: Tactically delayed arrival of the N on h4 is now devastating.
Nov-19-12  Cemoblanca: 17...Bb4!, 18...Bd6! & 19...Qh4! Simply delicious! :)
Apr-20-13  Conrad93: Props to Morozevich for choosing such a bold opening system.
Apr-20-13  Conrad93: The d4-d5 double pawn formation lead to white's demise in this game.
Aug-18-13  Prosperus: Couldn't Black play Nh4 already in the 21st move?

21. ... Nh4!? (treath 22. Qg2#)

22. gxh4 Qxh2#
22. Ne3 Nf3+ 23. Kh1 Qxh2#
22. f4 (it seems the only defence) Nf3+ forking the queen

Jan-28-14  moodini: <Prosperus: Couldn't Black play Nh4 already in the 21st move?>

You mentioned 22. f4 Nf3+ forking K and Q however white can take the knight with the rook.

Jan-28-14  anandrulez: Looks like a pre computer era game . No one plays this wild these days except in Rapids and Blitz - where its unlikley folks will find these ideas .
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  keypusher: <xapablanca: Why isn't the Evan Gambit used in Modern chess?>

Because it loses a pawn.

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  plang: <yasemin: ......

2) Why does white castle on move 7 instead of capturing the pawn? It's already a pawn down so doesn't the black pawn pose a threat? 3) As a mirror question, after white's castling, why doens't black capture the c3 white pawn? Isn't it a good opportunity to get even further ahead in terms of pawn attack?>

2} 7 Nxd4 is not consistent with White's strategy in this line - quick development and control of the center.

3) 7..dxc is one of the theoretical lines but 7..Nge7 is a bit more solid and less risky (and less greedy)

Through the first 9 moves Morozovich had used an hour despite the fact that they were following Short-Adams Sarajevo 2000 which ended in a draw. Morozovich may have been considering 9 Nxf7..Kxf7 10 exd..Ne5 11 Bb3..Nf5 12 cxd..Ng6 13 d6+..Kf8 when White does not appear to have enough compensation for the piece. Short had played 11 Nxh7; Morozovich varied with 11 cxd. 12 Qf3? had been played previously by Bronstein in 1994 in a short draw; the stronger 12 Ba3 had been played in Anderssen-Mieses Breslau 1867 won by Wgite. 21..Nh4 22 f4..Bg4 23 Ne5..Bxe5 24 dxe..Nf3+ 25 Rxf3..Bxf3 26 Rf1 would have won the exchange but White would have had excellent compensation. Black won quickly after 23 Rae1?; a stronger defense was 23 Nc6 though Black would still have had the advantage.

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