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Jan Smeets vs Michael Adams
Howard Staunton Memorial (2008), rd 1, Aug-07
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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  messachess: this was not a very good try by Jan. He was quite simply determined to mix it up, and make a wild game of it without much expectation of having any real chance, (but determined to have fun!)
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  luzhin: Perhaps Smeets had missed Adams' 19..Nxe5, with the point that after 20.Kxe5 comes Be7! and Bf6. However, it still might have been best to play 20.Kxe5 Be7 21. Nc3 Bf6+ 22.Kf4 Bxc3 23.Rb1: Black's extra pawn on the Q-side is not especially useful. Adams perhaps had an even stronger move with 19...Bb7, with very nasty intentions on the a8-h1 diagonal-- which only goes to show how over-optimistic 19.Ke4 was.
Aug-10-08  notyetagm: White has just played 19 ♔d3-e4?

Black to play: 19 ... ?

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<19...Nxe5! Another hammer-blow, the main point being that 20.Kxe5 Be7! regains the material.>

Position after 19 ... ♘f3xe5!

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(VAR) Position after 20 ♔e4x♘e5 ♗b4-e7! Δ 21 ... ♗e7-f6 <skewer>

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And in this variations Black regains his piece with 21 ... ♗e7-f6 whether or not the White king is on e5 because the threat to the <UNDEFENDED> White a1-rook in the corner costs White a piece.

Aug-10-08  notyetagm: White has just played 16 h4-h5

Black to play: 16 ... ?

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Adams (Black) played 16 ... ♕g6-c2+!

Position after 16 ... ♕g6-c2+!

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<16...Qc2+! Another neat tactical resource.>

Adams' tactical point is that he regains his queen with a <KNIGHT FORK> after 17 ♔d1x♕c2 ♘e6-d4+.

Position after 17 ♔d1x♕c2 ♘e6-d4+ <knight fork>

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  mynameisrandy: What a neat tactical game. Adams looks like he always had control of it, though.
Aug-15-08  noviant: I think White's bad moves are began with e5, c4 and then Qf3 make Smeets underpressure from Adam's smart tactical moves. After that White's King likes to Travel so much.
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  hedgeh0g: Crazy stuff! Smeets certainly made Adams work hard for this win. There were so many unconventional tactics needed by Black in order to maintain a good position that the balance between winning and losing was on a knife edge for most of the game! GM Joel Benjamin did a great Game of the Week commentary for this game where he showed all the various lines and even some improvements over Adams' superb tactics, such as 19...Bb7! Worth checking out the video on ICC if you have the time!
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