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Michael Adams vs Tony Miles
Tilburg (1993), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Nov-17
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-15-06  cavaleiro: <LivBlockade: Not that it matters, but could both players have really overlooked 116. c3+ winning the rook and drawing instantly?>

That's an interesting observation. How could Adams overlook it?

Aug-15-06  RandomVisitor: Rybka scores the game as drawn after 60...Ke8 and thinks that 60...Bg8 is the last attempt to maintain a slight Black advantage.
Aug-15-06  Sami Jr: Question: Is it not possible for Adams to actually win this instead of forcing a draw? If the game was played up to 93 as carried out and then if 93 a7 instead of Nc6, how does black prevent white from promoting the "a" pawn as well? (leading to a win for Adams). Am I missing something here? I would appreciate some input here.
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  Richard Taylor: Fatigue.

The "solution" move was obviously to make knight - an interesting struggle.

Aug-15-06  Sami Jr: Oh, thanks <syracrophy>. I just saw your comment which answers my question. What a tight game. If only Adams had one more move he would have been able to win it!
Aug-15-06  banjo: to sami jr.
93.a7 Rd1 and black can't lose
because of Ra1
Aug-15-06  Sami Jr: How unfortunate. Mr. Miles (who was the firsr British GM) died at the young age of 46 of diabetes.
Aug-15-06  YouRang: Rather easy - White's other plausible move was 90. Ka3, but a moment of analysis shows that this loses quickly.

That leaves a pawn move, and 90. a7 does nothing, so it must be 90. b8, with promotion to knight -- the only hope of staying alive.

Aug-15-06  Castle In The Sky: Got it, I saw the knight as the only way to avoid mate.
Aug-15-06  kevin86: The key was obvious-it was the only move that staved off mate and also the loss of both pawns.
Aug-15-06  YouRang: <khense: I'm sure there are some positions where K & R win against K & N.>

True. If the knight can be sufficiently separated from the support of its king, the K+R can trap it and win it. For example, White can win in the position below (starting with Rd4):

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Aug-15-06  peters4n6: <Sami Jr> Rd1 with mating threat
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  Honza Cervenka: A little bit obvious for puzzle but still pretty.

<Aristarch> After <88...Kc2 89.Ka3 Kc3 90.Ka4 Kc4 91.a6 Rd1 92.Ka5(??)> black has not only draw but even a studylike win:

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<92...Kc5 93.Ka4 Kc6!> (Of course, no fear of any stupid promotion is needed. New Queen or Rook would be annihilated via Ra1+, Rb1+ and Rxb8. Now 94...Kc7 is the threat and so white has no other option than to promote with check... <94.b8=N+>

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And now the best and nicest part of all this fun is coming. It is clear that for win is necessary to destroy new white Knight and a-Pawn at once but how to do it? At first glance 94...Kb6 with intention Rd6 and Ka7 looks fine but after 95.Kb4 Rd6 white has 96.a7! Kxa7 97.Kc5! and the Knight escapes. Also 94...Kc7 doesn't work for 95.a7 Kb7 96.a8=Q+ Kxa8 97.Nc6 or 95...Ra1+ 96.Kb5 Rxa7 97.Na6+. And 94...Kd6 95.a7 Ra1+ (95...Kc7 96.Kb5 etc.) 96.Kb5 Rxa7 97.Na6 saves the Knight as well. But there is a way to win... <94...Kc5!> Nice move forcing white King to shift away further of his forces. Quite evident threat is Ra1+, Rb1+ and Rxb8. White cannot move with the Knight, his King cannot go to a5 for mate nor to b3 for Rb1+xb8 and 95.a7 leads to disaster after 95...Ra1+ 96.Kb3 Rxa7 (the Knight is catched again) 97.Kc3 Kd6 with next Kc7. And so he must go away: <95.Ka3> It prevents the threat mentioned above and leaves black the puzzle how to kill white N&P. 95...Kb6 still leads nowhere, for example 96.Kb4 Rd4+ 97.Kc3 Rd8 98.a7 Kb7 99.Kc4 Rc8+ 100.Kb5 etc. or 97...Rd6 98.Kb4 Ka7 99.Kc5 etc. but now as white King is far away to reach the fifth rank in time to cover c6 or a6 for escape of Knight black has another route for decisive attack: <95...Kd6!> From here the King covers c6 and d7 and both N and P remain paralysed (96.a7 Ra1+ and Rxa7 is clear). So white king is once again pressed to go further.... <96.Kb2> After 96.Ka2 Rd5 it is even easier for black as white King cannot leave a-file and so 97.Ka3 Kc7 98.a7 Ra5+ 99.Kb4 Rxa7 is unavoidable outcome. <96...Rd5> Threatening Rb5+. <97.Kc3> Also 97.a7 Ra5 leaves no room for doubts. <97...Rb5 98.a7 Ra5 99.Kb4 Rxa7 100.Kb5> Else 100...Kc7 <100...Rb7+> Finally double attack with check kills poor Knight and white's hope for survival...:-D

Isn't it lovely?

Aug-15-06  pawn52: Wouldn't 90. Ka3 work just as well? After Rxa7 the King can slip out through b4
Aug-15-06  aragorn69: <Honza> Thx a bunch for showing us this pretty waltz (or is it a two-step dance?) of Black's king and rook : Kc5, Kd6, Rc5, Rb5, Ra5... "Eins-zwei, eins-zwei-drei" like they say in Vienna ;-))
Aug-15-06  zb2cr: <pawn52>,

No, after 90. Ka3, Rxa6+; 91. Kb4, Rb6+ and Black wins the White b-Pawn, leaving a book win with a K+R vs. lone King.

Aug-15-06  pawntificator: These guys really put up a good fight. No easy early draws here.
Aug-15-06  Amulet: At last I solved my first puzzle. I saw all the moves. They are all forced.
Aug-15-06  donRamon72: Maybe I missed something, but why didn´t Adams play 116 Nc3+? He´d take the black rook and draw the game without the need for more moves.
Aug-16-06  kevin86: easy,DON,he missed it!
Aug-27-07  aazqua: 93 a7 then rd1 threatening mate followed by ra1+ r*p is still drawn.
Oct-01-08  apple pi: Good thing Adams had a bailout plan.
Jan-24-09  Extremophile: 61.Rg2!! WOW!
May-28-11  DiscoJew: This appears to be Tony Miles' last Dragon in the database. Great game, too bad Miles missed the interesting study!
Nov-19-12  Cemoblanca: <kevin86: easy,DON,he missed it!>

Noooooo! He hasn't missed that! 'Tricky' just wanted to pass the 120 mark! That's all! :D

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