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Miguel Illescas Cordoba vs Michael Adams
Chalkidiki (1992), Chalkidiki GRE, rd 3, Sep-??
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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  johnlspouge: < <JG27Pyth> wrote: This kind of amateurish lose-the-exchange in the opening two-mover is so known to me as to constitute a core part of my repertoire >

LOL. Nice to see you back, <Pyth>.

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  Eggman: Today's puzzle reminds me of Fiedler-Brice, 1995 Canadian Open: 1.♘f3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.♗g2 dxc4 5.♘a3 ♘f6 6.♘xc4 b5? 7.♘ce5 ♗b7??

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White to play and win

8.♘xf7! ♔xf7 9.♘e5+ ♔g8 10.♗xb7 ♘bd7 11.♘xd7 ♘xd7 12.♕b3! c4 13.♕xb5 ♖b8 14.♕xc4 ♔f7 15.♗g2

Three pawns up, the rest is routine:

15...♗b4 16.O-O ♕a5 17.d4 ♖hc8 18.♕d3 ♗d6 19.e4 h6 20.e5 ♗e7 21.♕f3+ ♔g6 22.♕g4+ ♔f7 23.d5 ♕a6 24.♕xe6+ ♕xe6 25.dxe6+ ♔xe6 26.♗h3+ 1-0

An amusing Master vs Expert drubbing.

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  offramp: 12.Qh7+!! Kxh7 13.Ng5+! picks up the bishop on b7. Easy one.
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  Eggman: <<12.Qh7+!! Kxh7 13.Ng5+! picks up the bishop on b7. Easy one.>>

You can't get full points here, <<offramp>>, because you forgot to mention that it also wins the exchange!

Sep-22-09  dumbgai: Surprising to see someone of Adams' level overlook this simple tactic.
Sep-22-09  TheaN: Tuesday 22 September 2009


Target: 1:25;000
Taken: 0:26;703

Material: Black is better, ♗ / ♘

Candidates: <[Ng5]>

Quite easy puzzle, with only one clear move and a well known pattern. White wins material after:

<12.Ng5!> as Black has to cope with the mate threat. After:

<12....Bxg5 13.Bxb7 > the exchange can no longer be saved. 12....Be4 13.Bxe4 leads to the same. Time to check.

Sep-22-09  paladin at large: A very close relative of the Monticelli Trap, first played in 1926 by Mario Monticelli.
Sep-22-09  fyad reject: another tuesday, another failure. took me like 10 mins to even see the bishop threat and hunted around for another 10 mins for a good move for the knight, examined and discarded the correct move because i didnt see qh7#, im the worst player on this site
Sep-22-09  RonB52734: <fyad reject> tied for worst. My experience was identical to yours. Well, it's a lesson, anyway. I knew that knight had to go someplace useful. I just need to look at its usefulness in conjunction with other pieces (like, you know, the big one).
Sep-22-09  MaczynskiPratten: Amazing Adams played on so long - either he was shellshocked or trying to pretend he'd intended an exchange sac :-)
Sep-22-09  Patriot: <fyad reject> Did you notice the b7-bishop is unprotected (LPDO - "loose pieces drop off")? That's a good indicator there might be a combination involving that piece.

Keep practicing tactics and you will improve.

Sep-22-09  cracknik: I did this to someone yesterday on yahoo blitz.
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  fm avari viraf: For all their vaunted powers of ratiocination, Grand Masters of Chess tend to be a skittery lot. In this game, Adams corroborates & loses the exchange in the opening itself after 12.Ng5 hxg5 13.Bxb7 Nd7 14.Bxa8 Qxa8 After losing the exchange it's difficult to survive unless your opponent falters but I'm sure Cordoba must have cashed in the vital point with great delight!
Sep-22-09  njchess: Got this after a couple of minutes. It took me a while to take in the position.

Adams gets caught flat footed and castles right into it. Ouch! Still, he puts up a good fight though White never gives him an opportunity to equalize.

Sep-22-09  Artar1: I don't know why it took me so long to see this one. I saw Black's weakened kingside and the undefended bishop on the queenside immediately, but it took me too long, a couple of minutes, to put the right sequence into motion.
Sep-22-09  antharis: Easy one. I saw the long diagonal g2-b7 and the fact that the Bb7 is unprotected. So after 12. Ng5 hxg5 is forced due to the mate via 13. Qh7#. White wins the exchange rook vs. minor piece with this combination. <<Patriot> wrote: Is there anything wrong with 11...Nc6? >> No. I actually think that this would be one really good move for black beside a few others for example 11...Na6, Bxc3 or Qd7.
Sep-22-09  soprano: 9.Ng5 of course
Sep-22-09  wals: 11...0.0 instead of Bxc3 put the worm in Adam's apple.
Sep-22-09  Utopian2020: offramp:<<12.Qh7+!! Kxh7 13.Ng5+! picks up the bishop on b7. Easy one.>> Eggman: <<You can't get full points here, <<offramp>>, because you forgot to mention that it also wins the exchange!>>

Eggman, I think you fell for offramps' little prank.

Sep-22-09  WhiteRook48: 12 Ng5 of course
Sep-22-09  CHESSTTCAMPS: <amadeus: Got it, but I've played 15.Qxd6 - nothing wrong with it, I hope.>

Probably nothing serious, but the game continuation represents better technique. Black's Q+N could possibly cause trouble on the weakened light squares of the long diagonal, so white forces an exchange of knights leaving black with no chance of counterplay.

I found the combination quickly because I've been on the wrong side of similar combinations in a few blitz games.

I'm still curious about that game Adams played in 1964, 7 years before he was born.

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  Eggman: <<Eggman, I think you fell for offramps' little prank.>>

Or did you fall for mine? I was kidding.

Sep-23-09  SimonWebbsTiger: I guess a reason Adams lost this one is that it isn't a Queen's Indian position. There, it is drummed into your head by the books on that opening: "Look out for discovered attacks along the long diagonal". And of course, castling is the most natural move in the world...unless you castle "into it"!
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  kevin86: Ng5-desparato! white threatens mate and thus wins the bishop and rook for the sacrificial horse.
Oct-05-09  YetAnotherAmateur: <fyad reject>, <RonB52734> No need to get discouraged. I'm not particularly good myself, but I got somewhat better by studying not only these problems but the solutions and variations posted by the many more knowledgeable folks on here.
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