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Michael Adams vs Nigel Short
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 1, May-17
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1-0



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Aug-25-05  Brown: 29.Rxd5 is a nice shot
Dec-08-05  notyetagm: Yes, 29 ♖xd5! is a wicked tactical shot based on two themes:

1) <One defender cannot keep out two attackers.> The Black e6-pawn, defending the d5-square, cannot keep out both the White d3-rook and f6-knight. The Black e6-pawn defends the square one time so it can keep only one of these two White pieces out. Adams sacrifices the rook on d5 (29 ♖xd5!) so that he can occupy the square next move with his knight (29 ... exd5 30 ♘xd5+) and create a triple fork.

2) <A lateral discovered pin: use the masking piece to take what the newly pinned piece no longer defends>. Here the standard alignment for a discovered pin is to be found along the sixth rank, with the White f6-knight as the masking piece and the Black e6-pawn the pinned piece. Adams uses the masking piece (f6-knight) to take what the newly pinned piece (e6-pawn) no longer defends (d5-square/pawn).

Dec-09-05  notyetagm: Just love this <discovered pin> tactic. If Short had played 28 ... ♔c8 or 28 ... ♔c6, Adams would have played the discovered pin 29 ♘xd5!. With 28 ... ♔c8, 29 ♘xd5! is a discovered pin against the undefended Black b6-bishop. With 28 ... ♔c6, 29 ♘xd5! is an absolute discovered pin against the Black monarch.
Dec-09-05  notyetagm: Adams' brilliant 29 ♖xd5!, threating the knight fork 29 ... exd5 30 ♘xd5+, is very similar to the 32nd move played by Sutovsky in Sutovsky vs Sakaev, 2001:

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White To Play And Win: 32 ?

Solution: 32 ♖xe5! fxe5 33 ♘xe5+ ♔e6 34 ♘xd7 ♔xd7 35 ♖xd5+ and White has won a pawn and duly won the resulting rook and pawn endgame.

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  plang: 4 e5 is not the most popular line against 3..Be7 (4 Ngf3 and 4 Bd3 are played the most) but it is logical and used by Adams on several occasions. 5..g6!? was a new move; 5..Kf8 seems more solid. 6..f5?! looks anti-positional; Adams recommended 6..Nc6 or 6..Qc7. 27..Kc8 would have avoided Adams combination though White would have maintained his positional advantage.

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