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Tony Miles vs Andras Adorjan
Riga Interzonal (1979), Riga URS, rd 17, Sep-29
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  0-1



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Mar-07-07  Kriegspiel: I would have expected more commentary on a game of this caliber, given the players and the remarkable character of the tactics in the latter part of the game. Black went from 0 to 60 in four or five seconds here. I assume Black is threatening ...Bd4 followed by ...Rf2# and that this explains the resignation.

Mar-08-07  Broon Bottle: A smash and grab raid if ever there was one.
Mar-31-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Pretty good chessgame !!
Aug-31-13  Howard: Actually, this game has more historical significance than most people realize, for it took place in the last round of the Riga interzonal.

Adjoran needed a win--as Black--in order to have any chance to qualify for the Candidates, and this win over Miles thus secured him a playoff against Ribli. Ribli probably didn't feel very good about the playoff because he lost in the last round, when a draw would have given him clear third.

The playoff turned out to be rather dramatic. Ribli scored two wins and a draw in the first three games, and with only three games left to go, in the six-game playoff, he certainly looked to be in the drivers seat....

....but then the "reverse" took place, with Adjoran scoring two-wins-and-a-draw in the last three rounds !

Thus, the two were tied at 3-3, but Adjoran had the better S-Berger tiebreaks, and he thus made the Candidates.

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  perfidious: If my recollection does not fail me, Adorjan and Ribli had been close colleagues and friends, but events surrounding the playoff brought about a rift between them which was never satisfactorily resolved.
Sep-03-13  Howard: Your memory is correct. When Pal Benko covered the playoff for Chess Life, back in 1980, he said the two of them had some disagreements over certain matters concerning the playoff, and it developed to the point where they were no longer speaking to each other by the time it began. Don't know anything specific though.
May-10-15  SpiritedReposte: 22. ...g5 is a move I would not look at. Guaranteed I would have tried to improve my rooks or even ...Bf8

g5 is "reckless" opening up the kings castle for a bold pawn dash. Looks like Adorjan knows when to break those rules.

May-10-15  Howard: Adjoran, by the way, reeled off five straight wins near the end of the interzonal, and thus qualified for the playoff with Ribli.
Jul-16-15  fallen angel: 27.kg4 looks better...
May-23-17  Howard: Correction: Adjoran scored 4.5 out of five near the end of the interzonal.
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  Fusilli: <SpiritedReposte: 22. ...g5 is a move I would not look at. Guaranteed I would have tried to improve my rooks or even ...Bf8> <g5 is "reckless" opening up the kings castle for a bold pawn dash. Looks like Adorjan knows when to break those rules.>

It's a terrific move. And since Adorjan needed to win this game (see earlier posts), it makes total sense. Miles must have been startled, as he badly erred in his response.

Earlier on, Adorjan shows us how to handle the Hedgehog. It's masterful. Often one would play Qc7, Rac8, Qb8, but here Adorjan is in a position where the queen can go straight to b8, and the king-side rook, which normally goes to e8, goes to c8 instead. The two thematic pawn pushes for black are b5 and d5, and Adorjan makes b5 work forcefully.

He missed 20...Nd5, which the engine says is much better than 20...Qa7, but got the upper hand anyway.

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