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Michael Adams vs Heikki Westerinen
NatWest Young Masters (1988), Bayswater, London ENG, rd 6, Sep-05
Spanish Game: Closed. Borisenko Variation (C96)  ·  1-0



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  senojes: The position after 29...Qc7 was a problem in yesterday's newspaper's (23 August 2013) chess column. I try to calculate in my head the solution to such problems to improve my tactics. I saw in my head the solution up to where Black resigned after 32.d7 Qxd7, but could not see (after a few minutes to simulate what time I would have in a game) what White's reply would be.

According to the chess column's solution (confirmed by Houdini), the reason Black resigned was that if 32...Qxd7 33.Qf5! breaks the pin on White's c4 pawn and threatens both 34.Qxd7 and 34.cxb5. Then if 33...Qxf5 34. Re8#; or 33...Rb7 34.Qxd7 Rxd7 35.Re8#; or 33...Qd8 34.cxb5, leaving White a N and 2 pawns up, because if 34... Rxb5 regaining one of the pawns, 35. Ng5 and Houdini gives mate in 2 against any defence.

I agree with the chess columnist's comment, "Not a bad combination from a 16 year old!"

Sep-21-18  tigreton: It's also worth noting how Adams breaks Black's structure on the queenside (weakened after ... a5), with moves such as Qe2-d1, a4, Ba4-b5. Both c4 and a5 pawns would eventually fall. After 32. ... Qxd7, 33. Qc7 would also work.

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