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Michael Adams vs Robert Hurn
Ebbw Vale sim (1998) (exhibition), Feb-15
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: After an easy start, this queen and knight vs queen and knight middlegame became interesting. Black needed a third piece to finish the attack. Otherwise, 37...Qd1+, 38...Nf3+ and 39...Ne1+ lead to a perpetual check draw.
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  master8ch: Black missed a win: 36...Qb1+ 37.Ke2 Qc2+ 38.Ke1(or 38.Kf1 Qd1++) Ng2+ 39.Kf1 Nxf4, and White can't queen his pawn because of Black's Qc1+. If then 40.gxf4 Qd1+ 41.Kg2 Qd6 and wins.
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  fredthebear: <master8ch> Good work! More proof that the queen and knight work well together. The key is to play Qb1+ at the correct time as you point out.

Furthermore, if White promotes instead of recapturing the Black knight, it's an easy finish for Black 39.Kf1 NxQf4 40.d8=Q Qe2+ 41.Kg1 Qe1+ 42.Kh2 Qxf2+ 43.Kh1 Qg2# while the supporting knight remains en prise.

Also, recapturing the Black knight can be met with the Q+ and fork: 40.gxNf4 Qb1+ 41.Kg2 QxNb6 and the dark promotion square d8 is covered.

It's somewhat unusual that Black actually played "the winning move" (your 36...Qb1+) one move later and lost.

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