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Michael Adams vs Mikhail Gurevich
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 4, May-24
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
May-26-06  dehanne: Black's 27.b6?? is just an awful blunder.
May-30-06  notyetagm: Yes, 27 ... b6?? is a terrible blunder because it loses to the old tactical idea of the undefended Black a8-rook being lined up with the Black g8-king through the d5-forking square.

Adams strikes with 28 ♘xd5!, exploiting the fact that <ONE DEFENDER CANNOT KEEP OUT TWO ATTACKERS>, and forces instant resignation.

May-30-06  Hongkonger: Well, 27...b6 is a blunder for a number of reasons. There is also the fact that Black does not have the option of simply not capturing the knight on d5 because of the fork of Q & R, and the fact that 28...Qxe5 doesn't work because white can capture the e7 rook with check.

A really horrible blunder.

May-30-06  notyetagm: <Hongkonger> Agreed. 27 ... b6?? is a really horrible blunder at this level of play, something you would expect a USCF class player to miss.
Jun-27-06  notyetagm: 28 ♘xd5! is an excellent example of the -reloading- tactical idea.

The Black e6-pawn must keep the White e5-queen out of the d5-forking square (else ♕d5+ and ♕x♖a8) so it cannot also keep the White f4-knight out of the d5-square.

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  Richard Taylor: But what White has achieved is the strategical main idea (in the Tarrasch but other lines in the French) - to control e5 and d4 which means Black is quite restricted.

The pawn on b5 also restricts black and also pressure on the a file by the White R.

Black always tries to get the e6 nad d5 pawn mobile but here he has not been able to. Also his N is quite restricted compared to the White knight.

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