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Michael Adams vs D Brett Lund
Preston (1989), Preston ENG, Jun-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Modern System (C03)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: Was this really almost 23 years ago? Mickey Adams was a <Young Adam> when it came to the gentle art of French-crushing, or refuting one's opponent's optimistic Exchange sac.

This particular Tarrasch line turned up again recently in a 2009 game between Gashimov and Ponomariov, won by Black.

The position after 9 moves can also be reached via the Colle System, with both sides taking an extra tempo, eg: 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nbd2 d5 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.e4 Qc7 10.Qe2 Bd7 ... and there we are.

In one game that took this scenic route, I rejected the ...Ne5 idea as too artificial, and met 11.h3 with the more dubious 11...0-0-0. Then 12.e5 Nh5 13.Nb3 Ng3 14.Qd1 Ba7 15.Re1 is a bit better for White.

After 9.Qe2 (French) or 10.Qe2 (Colle) it seems that Black can get away with 9/10...0-0. White can play the Bxh7+ sac (after e5 to dislodge the knight), but it works out as roughly equal.

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