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Alexander Morozevich vs Michael Adams
"Adams Family" (game of the day Oct-29-2017)
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Mieses Defense (C52)  ·  0-1



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Oct-23-09  SirChrislov: Nice game but I don't get the pun. why spidey sence? who's spiderman here?
Oct-23-09  Thrajin: <SirChrislov>, Michael Adams is known in chess circles as "The Spider" because of his precise and constricting play.
Oct-23-09  ComboKal: I did not like 11.cxd4. It doubles up the pawns and allows for ...Ng4 and eventually ...Nf6, with a triple attack on d5. I would have played the more aggressive 11.Qxd4, but as usual, I'm probably overlooking something!
Oct-23-09  ComboKal: I think the game was lost after 18.Na3 Bd6. Yet another white piece ends up way over on the queen-side. Was white trying to bait an exchange, overlooking the attack on the queen with ...Bd6? The queen is forced to retreat, opening the door for the king-side attack.
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  kevin86: White can stop the attack by taking the knight,but his queen is the price.
Jul-11-10  thickhead: < wetpaste: i was thinking about nh4 on move 21, then 22.f4 bg4 23. bd1, i'm not really sure where this line goes and I'm sure I'm missing somthing obvious. > Obviously 23....Re2 cuts off all defenses. No better would be 23.R(a1)e1 Bb4 and hellbreaks loose! Even 23.Rf2 does not help 23... Nf3+ 24.Rxf3 Bxf3 and how can you prevent 25... Re2? e.g. 25.Re1 RxR+ 26.QxR Qg2 # else 25 Bd1 Re2
Jul-11-10  thickhead: after analysing 21... Nh4 as above I feel white should have exchanged Evan's bishop by 22.Nxd6 and activate bishops by opening up the position prudently.Otherwise knight may play havoc.
Sep-30-11  xapablanca: Why isn't the Evan Gambit used in Modern chess?
Dec-04-11  sevenseaman: Tactically delayed arrival of the N on h4 is now devastating.
Nov-19-12  Cemoblanca: 17...Bb4!, 18...Bd6! & 19...Qh4! Simply delicious! :)
Apr-20-13  Conrad93: Props to Morozevich for choosing such a bold opening system.
Apr-20-13  Conrad93: The d4-d5 double pawn formation lead to white's demise in this game.
Aug-18-13  Prosperus: Couldn't Black play Nh4 already in the 21st move?

21. ... Nh4!? (treath 22. Qg2#)

22. gxh4 Qxh2#
22. Ne3 Nf3+ 23. Kh1 Qxh2#
22. f4 (it seems the only defence) Nf3+ forking the queen

Jan-28-14  moodini: <Prosperus: Couldn't Black play Nh4 already in the 21st move?>

You mentioned 22. f4 Nf3+ forking K and Q however white can take the knight with the rook.

Jan-28-14  anandrulez: Looks like a pre computer era game . No one plays this wild these days except in Rapids and Blitz - where its unlikley folks will find these ideas .
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  keypusher: <xapablanca: Why isn't the Evan Gambit used in Modern chess?>

Because it loses a pawn.

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  plang: <yasemin: ......

2) Why does white castle on move 7 instead of capturing the pawn? It's already a pawn down so doesn't the black pawn pose a threat? 3) As a mirror question, after white's castling, why doens't black capture the c3 white pawn? Isn't it a good opportunity to get even further ahead in terms of pawn attack?>

2} 7 Nxd4 is not consistent with White's strategy in this line - quick development and control of the center.

3) 7..dxc is one of the theoretical lines but 7..Nge7 is a bit more solid and less risky (and less greedy)

Through the first 9 moves Morozovich had used an hour despite the fact that they were following Short-Adams Sarajevo 2000 which ended in a draw. Morozovich may have been considering 9 Nxf7..Kxf7 10 exd..Ne5 11 Bb3..Nf5 12 cxd..Ng6 13 d6+..Kf8 when White does not appear to have enough compensation for the piece. Short had played 11 Nxh7; Morozovich varied with 11 cxd. 12 Qf3? had been played previously by Bronstein in 1994 in a short draw; the stronger 12 Ba3 had been played in Anderssen-Mieses Breslau 1867 won by Wgite. 21..Nh4 22 f4..Bg4 23 Ne5..Bxe5 24 dxe..Nf3+ 25 Rxf3..Bxf3 26 Rf1 would have won the exchange but White would have had excellent compensation. Black won quickly after 23 Rae1?; a stronger defense was 23 Nc6 though Black would still have had the advantage.

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  thegoodanarchist: What a horrible GOTD title
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  JointheArmy: Wasn't this pun already used?

Adams vs Akopian, 2004

Oct-29-17  offramp: <thegoodanarchist: What a horrible GOTD title>

Absolutely. As I have said before, it's like a word-association test.

You are given the names of the players and then you say the first thing that comes into your head.

I obviously don't mean <YOU> you.

For the last two months the GoTD titles have been DAMAGINGLY poor. Bad enough to cast a shadow on the entire community. They make us all look like nitwits.

I hate to say it, but the titles have been like a doctor leaning over a recently lobotomised psychopath, saying:

<DOCTOR>: Morozevich versus Adams?

<RECENTLY LOBOTOMISED PSYCHOPATH>: Gnn... hrrr mmm... fnrr Adams Family.

And so on for about fifty games.

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  FSR: Gotta agree on the criticism of the GOTD title. I had thought of <The Adams Family> myself, which might actually make sense if there was a game where two people named Adams played each other. There are no such games in the database, so I never submitted a game with that pun.
Oct-29-17  cormier: 1) -0.08 (28 ply) 11.Nxh7 Kxh7 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Qxe5 Nf5 14.cxd4 Re8 15.Qf4 Bb4 16.Ba3 a5 17.Bxb4 axb4 18.h3 Bd7 19.d6 Nxd6 20.Nd2 Ba4 21.Rae1 Qd7 22.d5 Qb5 23.Nc4 Rxe1 24.Rxe1 Bxb3 25.axb3 Qxd5 26.Nxd6 Qxd6

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Oct-29-17  cormier: 1) -0.40 (25 ply) 10.Qxd4 f6 11.Re1 Bb6 12.Qh4 fxg5 13.Bxg5 N5g6 14.Qh5 Bxf2+ 15.Kxf2 O-O+ 16.Kg1 Qd6 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.Qe5 Ng6 19.Qxd6 cxd6 20.Be2 b6 21.Na3 Nf4 22.Bf3 Nd3 23.Re3 Ba6 24.Be2 Rae8 25.Bxd3 Rxe3 26.Bxa6 Rxc3

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

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  Everett: I find it interesting that Adams managed to get Ruy Lopez Marshall Gambit type play out of this opening. Look at all those light squares around Moro's king after ...Qh4 and ..Qh3
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  kevin86: White can only stop mate by losing the queen.
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