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Michael Adams vs Thomas Luther
Oakham (1990)
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense Modern Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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Jan-06-08  MichAdams: Adams' 18.Re2! was an improvement on the game with the same opponent: Adams vs T Luther, 1990
Mar-31-08  hedgeh0g: Why 18. Re2?
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After 18. Re2 White threatens to win the exchange by Rxf8. If Black parries the threat with 18... Re8, then 19 Bd6 attacks the Queen whilst discovering an attack on the Rook on e8. With the Rook on e1, Black could play Rxe1+ and win. On e2 there is no check. If 19... Qd7, White simply takes the Rook on e8, then the Knight on c5, or the Bishop on h2, depending on his inclination. Game over.

After 18 ... Nxb3 (to avoid leaving the Knight hanging to Bxc5 in the sequence above) then 19. (any)xb3 Re8 20. Bd6 attacks the Queen and discovers an attack on the Re8 in much the same way, only this time White has only the Bishop on h2 to capture.

18 Re3 would have allowed 18 ... Bf4, so in fact only 18. Re2 wins, as far as I can tell.

May-18-14  1d410: Classic overworked queen.

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