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Andras Adorjan vs Zoltan Ribli
"Pawn Storms Likely" (game of the day Sep-04-2014)
Budapest Interzonal Playoff (1979), Budapest HUN, rd 4, Oct-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Adorjan's attack was simple, quick and deadly. The threat 23.Qg7+ Bxg7 24.hxg7+ Kg8 25.Rh8# is unavoidable.
Feb-27-04  Whitehat1963: How quickly this game ends up looking like something Morphy or Tal played.
Feb-24-05  aw1988: No, simply a sharp Sicilian.
Mar-07-05  Giearth: Not really, Ribli was overconfident and got careless or... he was not familiar with the variation.
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  TheAlchemist: I don't want this to sound the wrong way, but I would really like someone to explain to me, what good comes of these Nc4 moves by Black in the English attack? The light square bishop is usually a problem piece for White (or at least it seems so), so Black just helps White get rid of it, while connecting rooks at the same time. Am I missing something? Thanks.
Jul-24-05  Giearth: I think the problem is Ribli allowed the move 15.g5. You should check the game between Chocenka,D-Zagorskis,D 2005(not yet in database). Zagorskis chose 13... h6 instead of 13... Nc4 above. I found this in
Jun-21-06  Xuorarch: I think one might argue that playing Nc4 is good because it trades a pair of minor pieces, and White loses the bishop pair. I do agree that Nc4 is bad, though.

About 13...h6, this seems to sort of open up Black's kingside. For instance, 13...h6 14.g5 hxg5 15.h6 gxh6 16.gxh6 Rxh6 exposes Black's king. Of course the players have many more options than this, but any pawn moves in front of the king's casted postion risk exposing him to attack, and the pawn can become a target for sacrifices and such.

Mar-31-12  Manofglory: How about 17...f5?
Mar-31-12  chesscoach1: chesscoach1: 17... f5 is refuted by 18. h6 and the king will be exposed. 16.. f5 would be better than 16..Qc7 A high quality analysis of this game can be found in

Also Kasparov has analysed this game in the "Revolution in the 70s" book.

Jan-28-13  shakman: 13. ... Nfd7 was played V Iordachescu vs V Neverov, 2005
Sep-04-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Why did White play his bishop to h6 instead of the h-pawn?
Sep-04-14  MarkFinan: <CheapoábyátheáDozen: Why did White play his bishop to h6 instead of the h-pawn>

To open up the g file basically. Black can't recapture the Bishop with the g pawn. ✌

Sep-04-14  MarkFinan: Btw.. Blacks in limbo from this position .If black takes the pawn then there's a forced mate but if he plays kf8 then white promotes the h pawn.

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  kevin86: White is aiming for a mate threat by Rh8! . This will win.
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  perfidious: The circumstances surrounding this game are worthy of mention.

On the eve of the game, Adorjan was down two points in Game Collection: Budapest Interzonal Playoff 1979, though having draw odds overall. Needing victory, he won the next game as well and secured a draw in the final game for a place in the Candidates, after finishing equal third with his compatriot at Riga Interzonal (1979).

Sep-04-14  Howard: Geez ! I was just about to post the same thing.

The "draw odds", by the way, was determined by their respective results in the 1979 interzonal although I don't know exactly what method was used. Bottom line: in the event of a 3-3 tie, Adorjan would get the third spot in the Candidates.

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  perfidious: <Howard> S-B, as noted in the link to Riga.
Sep-04-14  vsiva1: Actually for black if u see only one Dark Bishop is there for King's defense and all other forces are inactive, whereas for white two Rooks with few Pawns force Mate.
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  FSR: Black was <not> OK!
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  perfidious: <FSR> Then again, Adorjan <was> playing White.
Sep-04-14  MarkFinan: <FSR: Black was <not> OK> Lol. Nice little game though. This is another opening I seem to struggle with because of castling queenside and the pressure down the c file In fact there's not many I'm okay with, lol. Saying that, I do only play an engine nowadays so maybe I'm not as bad as I think.
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  catlover: Ribli must have missed the weather forecast.
Apr-15-17  clement41: Similar to M Vachier-Lagrave vs A David, 2004
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