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James E Cobb vs Michael Adams
"A new move, and a good one." (game of the day Aug-06-2018)
4NCL (2002), West Bromwich ENG, rd 1, Nov-23
Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  0-1


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Premium Chessgames Member The Week in Chess ( provides some interesting analysis of this game:

<Cobb,J (2318) - Adams,M (2745) [C44]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.0-0 d6 6.c3 dxc3 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Re1!

<A new move and according to Michael Adams a good one. [8.Qxc3 was previously regarded as normal going back to Anderssen,A - Eichborn,L Breslau 1852.]>

8...Na5 9.Qxc3 Nxc4 10.Qxg7 f6 11.Qxh8 Qf7 12.b3 Bg4 13.bxc4 Bxf3 14.Nd2 Bg4 15.Nb3 Bb6 16.Bb2 0-0-0 17.h3 Bd7 18.c5 dxc5 19.e5 c4 20.Nd4 Qg6

<20...Bxh3!? Adams.>


<21.Re3 with the idea of 22.Rg3 was unclear or perhaps better for white.>


<Now Black is in control.>

22.Nf3 Bc6 23.e7 Re8 24.Kh1 Ba5 25.Re3 c3

<26.Ba3 Nxe7 traps the white queen. 0-1>>

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  InspiredByMorphy: Whats the continuation for black after 14.gxf3 ?
Nov-10-04  tayer: <InspiredByMorphy> 14. ... ♗d4
Jan-12-17  Clement Fraud: Is this the definitive way for black to tackle the "Haxo Gambit"?
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  Check It Out: An Adam's GOTD and Adams just wrapped up winning the British Championship today. I take that as a good sign that chessgames is being run behind the scenes.
Aug-06-18  newzild: Interesting enough to be a good selection for Game of the Day.

I like the title too - most of the daily puns are lame, so good to see somebody try something different.

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  Breunor: To answer 14 year old posts, Stockfish does consider 14 gxf3 best.

1) +0.22 (23 ply) 14.gxf3 Bd4 15.Kh1 Bxa1 16.Be3 O-O-O 17.Rg1 Ne7 18.Qg7 Qxg7 19.Rxg7 Nc6 20.Rxh7 Ne5 21.Nd2 Bc3 22.Kg2 Bxd2 23.Bxd2 Rg8+ 24.Kf1 Nxf3 25.Ke2 Nxd2 26.Kxd2 Rg1 27.h4 Ra1 28.h5 Rxa2+ 29.Ke3 Rc2 30.Rf7 Rxc4 31.Rxf6

After the game continuation 14 Nd2, black is up one point:

1) -1.00 (21 ply) 14...O-O-O 15.Nxf3 Ne7 16.Qxd8+ Kxd8 17.Rb1 Kc8 18.Nd2 Ng6 19.Rb3 Ne5 20.a3 Nxc4 21.Nxc4 Qxc4 22.Rf3 Bd4 23.Be3 Be5 24.Bf4 Bxf4 25.Rxf4 Qc3 26.Rf1 Qd4 27.Rh4 c5 28.Rxh7 Qxe4

It appears that (based on computer play) there wre a bunch of inaccuracies, but the losing move appears to be 21 e6, as Adams notes that he is in control after Ba4:

1) -3.10 (23 ply) 21...Ba4 22.Nf3 Bc6 23.e7 Re8 24.Kf1 Qd3+ 25.Kg1 Bxf3 26.Qg7 Bh5 27.Bxf6 Bxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Qf5+ 29.Kg1 Nxf6 30.Rac1 b5 31.g4 Qg6 32.Qxg6 Bxg6 33.a4 Bd3 34.Re6 Ne4 35.axb5 Kd7 36.Rh6 Rxe7 37.Ra6 c3 38.Rxa7 Bxb5

Instead, black stays even with 21 Re3:

1) +0.08 (24 ply) 21.Re3 Nh6 22.Qxf6 Be8 23.Qf4 Bxd4 24.Bxd4 Nf5 25.Bxa7 Nxe3 26.Bxe3 c3 27.Rc1 c2 28.g4 Rd1+ 29.Kh2 Rxc1 30.Bxc1 Bf7 31.a4 Be6 32.Qf3 Bd7 33.Be3 Bc6 34.Qf8+ Kd7 35.Kg3 Bxa4 36.Qf5+ Qxf5 37.gxf5 Bc6 38.Kf4 Ke7

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  Honza Cervenka: <20...Bxh3!? Adams.> Too optimistic. After 21.gxh3 Bxd4 22.Bxd4 Rxd4 23.Rad1 Rxd1 24.Rxd1 fxe5 25.Qxe5 black is fighting for survival. But 20...Bxd4 21.Bxd4 Bc6 22.Rad1 Qg6 looks fine for black.
Aug-07-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 8...c2 9.Na3 Bxa3 10.Qxa3 Nge7 11.Bd2 0-0 12.Rac1 Qg4 13.Bd3 Qh5 14.Bxc2 Bg4 15.Bd1 Ng6 16.Qe3 Rae8 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 Qb5 19.b3 Qb6 20.Qc3 Qb5 21.Qe3 Qb6

2. = (0.00): 8...Kf8 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Rxe3 cxb2 11.Qxb2 Nge7 12.Nc3 Ng6 13.Rd1 Qe7 14.Bb3 h5 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.e5 Ngxe5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Rxe5 dxe5 19.Qa3+ Qd6 20.Nb4 Qf6 21.Nd5+ Qd6 22.Nb4

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