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Nick de Firmian vs Michael Adams
CITS New York (1996), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Mar-26
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Main Line (C89)  ·  0-1



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May-23-05  chess man: If 21.Rxc6 21...Be4 threatens mate and attacks the Rook at the same time. Great game by Adams.
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  sisyphus: GM John Fedorowicz relates that Nick used to go on for hours about how to refute the Marshall Attack, right up until this game where he gets demolished by Mickey Adams.
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  tpstar: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 0-0 8. c3 d5 <The Marshall Gambit gives Black such good play for the Pawn that many avoid it with anti-Marshall moves like 8. a4 or 8. h3> 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re2 <Compare 13. Re1 Opening Explorer vs 13. Re2 Opening Explorer > Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Nd2 Bf5 16. a4 <16. f3 Bd3 17. Bxd5 Bxe2 Smirin vs I Naumkin, 1988 > Rae8 17. Rxe8 Rxe8 18. Nf1 <18. axb5 Nf4! 19. gxf4 Bxf4 Kotronias vs Adams, 1992 > h5 19. axb5 <19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. ab ab 21. Ne3 Bg6 Sax vs Nunn, 1988 > axb5 20. Ra6 Nc7 21. Ra7 <21. Rxc6?? Be4 and the mate threat wins the Rook> h4 22. Ne3 <22. gh? Be4 mates> hxg3 23. fxg3 Bxg3 <[last book move]<>> <So Fritz can't help White up to here> 24. hxg3 Rxe3 <Peter suggests 24 ... Qxg3+ immediately: 25. Ng2 Bh3 26. Qf1 Re1!; 25. Kf1 Bh3+ 26. Ke2 Bg4+ like the game> 25. Bxe3 <[25. Rxc7?? Qxg3+ 26. Kh1 Be4+ mates]<>> Qxg3+ 26. Kf1 Bh3+ 27. Ke2 Bg4+ 28. Kd2 Bxd1 29. Bxd1 <29. Kxd1?! Qxe3 30. Rxc7? Qg1+ & 31 ... Qh2+> Nd5 <So Black has QN vs RBB but White's King is fatally exposed, plus Black has two Kingside Pawns> 30. Ra8+ Kh7 31. Re8 f5 32. Ke2 <[32. Bc2 Qg2+ 33. Kd1 Qf1+ 34. Kd2 ]<>> Qh2+ 33. Kd3 Qxb2 0-1 <34. Bd2 Qb1+ 35. Bc2 Qf1+ 36. Re2 Qf3+ 37. Be3 Nf4+ wins, or 35. Ke2 f4 intending 36 ... f3+! winning the Bd1>.

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Oct-20-12  parmetd: sisyphus, The Fed just related that story again today
Sep-21-15  SirRuthless:

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