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Nigel Short vs Michael Adams
London rapid (1988), London ENG
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-17-05  patzer2: <cheetahpop> <What's wrong with 33. Qxg6+...?> I think 33...Kxg6 makes this move bad for White.
Dec-17-05  erimiro1: <cheetahpop>White also loses his bishop (and the game).
Dec-17-05  Tariqov: <EmperorAtahualpa> after 33.Qf8??Rxe1+ 34.Kf2Qg3mate
Dec-17-05  mqhelisi: brilliant!!! but i only saw 33.Re2 and thought 34.Qf8 would lead to Rxg2 35.Kxg2 Qg4 etc failing to see 36.Rxg2
Dec-17-05  arifattar: 33. Rf1 Nc4 34. h5.......?
Dec-17-05  ahmadov: I could not find any solution because I was looking for an immediate mate. Actually, I do not like this kinds of puzzles and do not include them in my "'s most interesting puzzles" game collection.
Dec-17-05  Xeeniner: how does Be5 work?
Dec-17-05  erimiro1: Looks like Short came angry (or hungry...) to this game. This is one of the chess games that remind me a boxing ring, with all one's passion to knock his opponent out. One of the best examples why chess, after all, is not for computers.
Dec-17-05  patzer2: Need to make a correction. After 34...Rgg7!? (see diagram in my post aboveA), the correct continuation for White is 35. Rxe7 Qxe7 36. Bxg7 Qxg7 37. Qb4 =.

However, after 37...Nd3!? the Knight is no longer trapped and White must find a tricky draw by perpetual check.

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[Position after 34...Rgg7!? 35. Rxe7! Qxe7 36. Bxg7 Qxg7 37. Qb4 Nd3. White to move and draw (38. ?). Find White's drawing line.]

The answer to this puzzle is to find a draw by perpetual check. One possible solution is 38. Qe4+ Qg6 39. Qxb7+ Kg8 40. Qd5+ Kg7 41. Qd4+ Kh7 42. Qd7+ Kh8 43. Qd4+ Kh7 44. Qd7+ Kg8 45. Qd5+ Kf8 46. Qd8+ Kf7 47. Qd7+ Kf6 48. Qd6+ Kf7 49. Qd7+ Kf8 50. Qd8+ Kf7 51. Qd7+ = with a draw by threefold repetition of moves.

Dec-17-05  Petrocephalon: Thanks for your answers, patzer2. I thought 27..Qe4 might have had the idea of preparing an exchange sac on d4.

It would be interesting to know at what point, if any, the players came under time pressure. Imagine the drama of playing this game!

Dec-17-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <after 33.Qf8??Rxe1+ 34.Kf2Qg3mate>

<Tariqov> Yes, I realized my blunder suggestion as soon as I shut down the computer. :)

But hey, this way I am doing my avatar justice, right?

<WannaBe> I hope you saw my blunder suggestion 33.Qf8 and hope you believe now that I'm a serious contender for your title of biggest patzer on this website. :)

Dec-17-05  hidude: the tactic leads to a $%&# draw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<!>
Dec-17-05  LIFE Master AJ: I didn't even come close.
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  Richard Taylor: I foudn 33. Re2 but I thought I was looking for a win and I thought that it actually won.

33. Re2 and of course Rx2 and 34. Qf7! wins

But I saw the move as played. 33. Re2 Qd7 (if Qc7 then 34. h5 wins) 35. Qf8 Rg7 but -here - I was looking for a win - I had:

36. Bxg7 and if Qxg7 37. Re7 but I missed 36. ... Rxg7

I did think that White was ok if he picked up the knight however so I was on the right track just that I might have got to move 27. and then gone "ooops!... will have to adopt plan b..."

I have played this general plan in the French - Adams did well to survive Short's attack.

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  Richard Taylor: Someone said "no intuiton etc -precise calculation only" but the thing is that most of us here - I mean what GM would be here? - there may be one or 2 but I doubt it - most of us are not capable of calculating as well and as accurately or as quickly as players of this level -now we can howeverr learn evaluation skills and attack methods -as well as practice calculation.
Dec-17-05  kevin86: My try was 33 ♗e5,but it probably has holes in it. Too complicated for me-when even a good combination leads to a draw.
Dec-17-05  snowie1: I would like to see how 39.Qf7+ works.
if Qxf7 40.Rxf7+..Rg7 41.Rxg7+..Kh8 42.Re7 disc + and takes Black's R...know what I mean? Huh? If 39...Rg7 40.Bxg7 and pretty much the same result.
Dec-17-05  patzer2: <Kevin86> If 33. Be5, then 33...Qd2! threatening mate on g2 and protecting the stray Knight wins easy for Black.

<snowie1> Your 39. Qf7+ idea may well be as good as the move played. However, on general principals I would avoid trading off the Queens while the exchange down. Fritz 8 slightly prefers this approach, recommending 39. Re2 here.

Dec-18-05  sucaba: <patzer2>, I was content with your first conclusion 34. _ ♖gg7 35. ♖xe7 ♕xe7 36. ♗xg7 ♕xg7 37. ♕b4<=, trapping the Black Knight to restore equality.>

To be exact: White can even keep the ♘ and run out of the (immediate) perpetual check with 38. ♕e4+ ♕g6 39. ♕xb7+ ♔h8 40. ♕b8+ ♕g8.
However, after 41. ♕xa7 or 41. ♕d6 ♕c4 42. ♕xh6+ White has collected sufficient many ♙s.

Dec-18-05  patzer2: <sucaba> Good comment! I agree White can snatch extra pawns in lieu of the perpetual and still hold the draw here.
Dec-18-05  sucaba: Correction of my previous post: It is Black who keeps the ♘ and avoids the immediate perpetual in that line.
Dec-20-05  LIFE Master AJ: Part of my problem was that I assumed that it was "White to move and win," ... ... ...
Dec-20-05  hayton3: Fortunately for yourself and unfortunately for your environment, awareness of any part of 'your problem' blissfully eludes you.
Jan-19-07  positionalgenius: Really nice game by a future super-GM and a current one,at the time.
May-22-13  Anglospirit: Great game by players I enjoy watching, specially Adams, whose style is puzzling to my perception of chess.
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