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Aleksey Dreev vs Michael Adams
London PCA-Intel GP (1995) (rapid), London ENG, rd 4, Sep-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Farago Defense (E12)  ·  0-1



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May-05-15  stst: Who is Alexey Dreev? A Londoner?
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  al wazir: Why didn't black play 55...Qxc3 ? If 56. Qf5+, then 56...Kg8, and now if 57. Rxa4, then 57...Qe1+ 58. Kh2 Qg3+ 59. Kg1/Kh1 Qxg2#.
May-05-15  newzild: 55...Qxc3 wins too, but Black is already three points up and therefore his goal is to exchange pieces to an easy pawn endgame. Adams prefered to follow this path rather than surrender the light squares, even though - objectively - there was no perpetual for White.
May-05-15  greed and death: 64... Rxc4+
65. Rxc4 d5+
66. Kd3 dxc4+
67. Kxc4 and one of Black's pawns will promote easily.
May-05-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: I love Tuesdays.

... Rxc4+ forces a rook exchange, after which Black's advantage is overwhelming.

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  agb2002: Black has two extra pawns.

Black can simplify to a clearly won pawn ending with 64... Rxc4+ 65.Rxc4 d5+ 66.Kd3 dxc4+ 67.Kxc4 Kf5, etc.

May-05-15  Caissas Clown: Very easy. But of more interest , what were their respective tournament standings on game day?I ask,because it seems Adams was,in effect,offering a draw when he played 20...Bd4.
May-05-15  Caissas Clown: OK,I see now - Dreev had to play for a win.
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  Once: Very simple, but also very instructive.

Black is two pawns up, and ought to win if he can queen one of those pawns. White is trying his level best to stop those Black pawns from advancing.

In the opening position, it looks as if White has nailed down all the Black pawns. He is blockading each and every Black pawn.

Black does have one pawn lever move that he would love to be able to play. All will be well if he can safely get in d5.

But White seems to have d5 under lock and key. He is controlling that square with both king and pawn, and Black can't easily attack it again.

Hence 64...Rxd4+. Black removes one of the defenders of d5 and forces White to replace it with a piece that can't move diagonally and so can't add extra protection to d5.

Fritzie finds an intriguing alternative win. 64...b5 also wins (although not as clearly). The variations are fun:

64...b5 65. cxb5 Rc3!

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The threat of d5# compels White to throw his rook with 66. Rd4

64...b5 65. Rxb5 Rxc4+ 66. Kf3 Rh4

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Black has an easy win pushing his connected passed pawns.

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  whiteshark: White missed excellend resigning chances.
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  morfishine: 64...Rxc4+ 65.Rxc4 d5+


May-05-15  Herma48852: Just my level: 64...Rxc4+ 65.Rxc4 d5+ 66. Ke3/f3
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  patzer2: Today's Tuesday puzzle is a good reminder that tactical shots, like the double attack (pawn fork) and passed pawn combination solution 64. Rxc4+! 65. Rxc4 d5+ 66. Kd3 dxc4+ 67. Kxc4 Kf5 , are an integral part of the endgame.

As far as finding improvements for White goes, there were several missed chances.

For example, instead of <22. Be2?>, White missed an opportunity to take command of the game with 22. Nd5! to (diagram below).

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Here, with 22. Nd5! (instead of <22. Be2?>, Fritz indicates White has a strong advantage and is on the verge of winning after 22...Bxd5 23. exd5 Qd8 (not 23...gxf3? 24. Rxd4 ) 24. Bh4! Kg7 (not 24...gxf3? 25. Qf5 ) 25. Be2 to .

The decisive error may have been <26. Qc1?>, allowing 26...Rxc4 to . Instead, 26. Qd3! would have held.

May-05-15  Bubo bubo: Black is already two pawns up. He trades down to an easily won pawn endgame with 64...Rxc4+ 65.Rxc4 d5+ and 66...dxc4.
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  patzer2: <whiteshark: White missed excellend resigning chances.> True because Black had this game decisively won many moves before White's resignation.

However, Black missed a chance to end it quicker with the strong tactical shot 42...Raxg2! (diagram below).

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Here, after 42... Raxg2! instead of <42...Bc6 >, Fritz indicates play might continue 43. Bxg2 Nf2+! 44. Qxf2 Rxg2! 45. Qxf5+ Rg6+ 46. Kh2 Qxd1 47. Re1 Qd2+ 48. Bf2 Qf4+ 49. Qxf4 Rg2+ 50. Kh1 exf4 51. Bh4 Kg6 52. Rf1 a4 (-14.32 @ 20 depth).

May-05-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this rook and pawn ending, white is two pawns down, but seems to have the position blockaded effectively, controlling both b5 and d5 with the c-pawn, while the black rook appears tied to defense of the b-pawn. That annoying c-pawn has to go!

64... Rxc4+ 65.Rxc4 d5+ and black converts to a won K&P ending.

May-05-15  TheaN: Tuesday 5 May 2015 <64....?>

Dutch liberation day. Black liberated himself from this endgame by trading rooks with <64....Rxc4! 65.Rxc4> else Rxb4 <65....d5+ 66.Kd3 dxc4+ 67.Kxc4> and now just about any move wins though I'm inclined to say <67....b5+!> is the easiest for a human. After <68.Kxb5 Kd5 > promotes quickly.

May-05-15  zb2cr: Simple endgame, with a side order of tactics. Black is already up by two Pawns, and finds a way to get White's Rook off the board: 64. ... Rxc4+; 65. Rxc4, d5+; 66. Kd3, dxc4+; 67. Kxc4 and Black has an easily won King and Pawns endgame.
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  Penguincw: Black's already up 2 pawns, so it shouldn't be too hard to win, just in general.

I got 64...Rxc4 65.Rxc4 d5+. I would've followed up with 66.Kd3 e4+, which isn't best, but still winning: ex. 67.Rxe4+ dxe4+ 68.Kxe4 b5 69.Kd4 Kf5 70.Kc5 Kg5 71.Kxb5 Kh4 72.Kc4 Kxh3 73.Kd3 Kg3 74.Ke3 h5 75.Kd4 h4 76.Ke5 h3 77.Kd4 h2 78.Ke5 h1=Q, and mate will likely followup with 79.Kd4 Qf3 80.Ke5 Qg4 81.Kd5 Qf4 82.Ke6 Qg5 83.Kd6 Qf5 84.Kc6 Qe5 85.Kb6 Qd5 86.Kc7 Qe6 87.Kb7 Qd6 88.Ka8 Qd7 89.Kb8 Kf3 90.Ka8 Ke4 91.Kb8 Kd5 92.Ka8 Kc6 93.Kb8 Qb7# 0-1. :)

May-05-15  PhilFeeley: <stst: Who is Alexey Dreev? A Londoner?>

You don't watch much chess do you? A quick search of the database here (he's in the drop-down list on the main page) would show you he's a Russian GM, who's been in a lot of tournaments in recent years.

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  kevin86: The perforce rook exchange leads to an easy pawn ending and white's resignation as a result.
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  thegoodanarchist: Why did White play 64. Ke4 in the first place? Short on time?
May-05-15  stst: <You don't watch much chess do you?>


Depends, I do, but like the pro-games, mostly attention to the 2750+ circle, like the 3K's, MC, MVL, other top 10's, and the young rising squads, like the Chinese winners in the recent WTCC...

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  Sally Simpson: "Who is Alexey Dreev? A Londoner?"

A good question and the wrong answer.

A Londoner is someone who plays the London System.

Also Alexey Dreev? is actually cockney rhyming slang for 'sleeve'.

Alexey Dreev = Sleeve.

'Eze the gezzer wot pulled a good moof out of his Alexey.'

Translates too:

'He is the gentleman who had a good move up his sleeve.'

Anyway, here is Adams 13 years later being involved in the same trick. (this time against him) and it's a draw.

Adams vs Mamedyarov, 2008

(This by the way is tomorrow's puzzle.)

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Black played 39...Rxg2+ 40.Rxg2 f3+ and then the Black King chased after and caught the b-pawn.

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  gawain: Instructive.
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