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Judit Polgar vs Michael Adams
"Along Came a Spider" (game of the day May-05-2005)
Dos Hermanas (1999), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 6, Apr-13
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: In this game judit goes into the Marshall against Michael Adams, the most active GM proponent of the Marshall Attack in the world, but comes up a bit short in matching theoretical knowledge and home prepration with him.

With 12. d3, Judit enters a variation first analyzed by Smyslov, and worthy of respect for that reason alone. However, 12. d3 is a rare try that Adams was prepared to meet with the best theoretical line for black. Then after Adams 15...Qf5, Judit is the first to get out of the book with the novel 16. Nd2!?, instead of the recommended 16. Rh4. But it is Adams who punishes the novelty 16. Nd2!? with his deep knowledge of the Marshall, so that by his move 19...f4!, Judit finds herself trying to fend off an unstoppable king side attack. Notice how long the initiative lasts and how Adams does not hesitate to throw all of the pawns in front of his king into the fray (30...g5! clearly announces his intention, if it was not clear before -- an all out kingside attack!).

You may have to crank up Fritz or your favorite computer to understand all of the tactics in this game, but it is a game well worth studying from a theoretical, tactical and strategic perspective. If you plan to trot out the Marshall attack against the Ruy Lopez, study of this exciting game is a must!

I really appreciate GMs like Judit Polgar and Michael Adams, not only for their outstanding tactical abilities, but also because of their willingness to test and play exciting attacking games like this -- with no holds barred. Bravo Judit and Michael!!

Jan-24-04  PinkPanther: This game is brilliant....I'm not saying anything else...simply watch Adams attack the kingside and the moves will speak for themselves.
May-09-04  Toobs: I have to agree w/ PINK, this game makes you want to play the Marshall.
May-09-04  poktirity: Well I am no expert but it seems to me that white's king gets inte trouble quite early.
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  paulalbert: This game is extensively analyzed by Igor Stohl in his excellent book published by Gambit "Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces". Stohl thinks Judit would have been OK with 26 Qh1 and would have better chance to survive with 36 Kg1 rather than 36 Qd1 although his analysis shows 36...Qg4 still winning for black. Judit's 18 Qf3 was a novelty, but Stohl's analysis shows it to be as he says "harmless". Just going through Stohl's notes on this game is a lesson on Marshall theory, at least in 2001 when the book was published. Paul Albert
May-05-05  cade: Fantastic deep combinations from Adams. His pieces always seem to be in the perfect spot.
May-05-05  backyard pawn: I love the position after 24. Re6.
May-05-05  jahhaj: Who gave Adams his 'spider' nickname? What does he think of it? Answers please!
May-05-05  the quiet man: <Who gave Adams his 'spider' nickname?> Not sure anyone has done ... It's just a reference to the creepy, crawly thing that "sat down beside her" and freightened poor Judit away. Just like Mickey's attack.
May-05-05  Saph: <patzer2> Thank you so much! I find reading long comments so boring, but your commentary has just made me more excited about the game. What else have you contributed in the way of writing to the chess world?
May-05-05  jahhaj: <the quiet man> Adams is known as 'the spider' by his fellow chess professionals. I remember Kasparov refering to him like that during the last FIDE world chess championship.

It's a reference to the way he entraps his victims with his positional play.

May-05-05  samikd: Michael Adams is probably the most avid practioner of the Marshall attack at the top level. Nobody else played nearly as many Marshall games as the 'spider' did. I am aso curious to know what he thinks of his nickname
May-05-05  Wade Keller: Any obvious reason that I'm missing that Judit did not play 19.Bxd5
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  kevin86: Would you believe that there was a basketball player named Jim Springer-now Springer was a high jump champ in high school and also was a basketball star.Now in chess,the Springer is German for knight,because it can jump over other pieces.Now look at the knight's full move-doesn't it look like spider legs? To add to this:the above mentioned,Jim Springer played basketball at the University of Richmond-nicknamed the SPIDERS!

Alas,Springer wasn't good enough for the pros,so he never become a Cavalier---another name for knight!!!

The above story is 100% true!

May-05-05  halcyonteam: Threatens Qe1++

Now thats a killer move!

May-05-05  crafty: 19. ♗xd5 cxd5 20. ♕xd5 ♖b8 21. ♕b3 f4 22. ♘e4 fxg3   (eval 1.06; depth 15 ply; 1000M nodes)
May-05-05  woodenbishop: Classic Adams! You gotta love this man's end game.
May-05-05  allanon880: Nice Game. It is Classic Adams.
May-05-05  ChessChimp: (16. Nd2) (PONY) (FRESH) (19...f4) (SPIDER) (FUN) (18. Qf3) (LADY) (SLEEP) (30...g5) (SPIDER) (HURT) (LITTLE) (MAN) (TRY) (45...f2) (SPIDER) (LADY) (NEW) (FOOD?)
May-05-05  schnarre: Very nice play by Black!
May-05-05  Shams: crafty, please try 20...bd7 instead of 20...Rb8 in that line where black takes on d5. I think 21.N moves would follow. I have to believe the unopposed light-squared bishop will give black some tricks.
May-06-05  ChessChimp: <Shams> (20. Bd7) (TRY) (NICE) (20...Nf3) (TOMORROW) (LADY) (EAT) (BLACK) (BANANA) (D7) (FOOD?)
May-06-05  jahhaj: <Shams, crafty> Or even 20... f4, can white afford to take the rook?
Sep-04-05  ChessMan94: Why did Polgar keep playing after 37 ...Qg4+? The king hunt that followed was a clear indication that the she was lost. If that's not enough, she keeps playing even after 43 ...Qxa1 when there is a huge material loss. She follows with 44 Rg6+ which seems like a spite check.
Sep-04-05  RSD770:
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