Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Michael Adams vs Colin McNab
Staunton Memorial (2007), rd 10, Aug-17
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  1-0



explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Adams/C McNab games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: The Olga viewer allows you to get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" link on the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: The critical position looks to be after 19....Bg4. I would expect something like 19...Nxg4 20. hxg4 Bxd4 21. Nxd4 Ng7. Instead Black plays 19....c5, after which there followed 20. Bxe5 Rxe5 (20....dxe5, to prevent White's 22nd move, looks better to me) 21. Bxh5 gxh5 22. Nf4, leaving Black's pawn on h5, and his kingside in general, looking indefensible. Would 19....Nxg4 have been better? Or was it already hopeless for Black?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: 19...Nxg4 20.fxg4 Bxd4 21.Nxd4 Ng7 22.h5 (with Qh4 following) seems hopeless for Black, as does 19...Nxg4 20.fxg4 c5 21.Bxg7 Nxg7 22.h5 gxh5 23.Qf6; Black's best try was probably 19...Nf6. This game shows clearly how easy it is to be blown off the board when playing the Robatsch on these levels, unless you're a real expert in handling it.

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Eyal> I was looking at 22. h5 Qe7; 23. hxg6 Qxg5 24. gxf7+ Rxf7 25. Rh8+ (25. Qh2 Rf6) 25....Kxh8 26. Qxf7 Qh6, or 23. Qf4 gxh5. Unfortunately 24. Qh2 instead of 24....gxf7+ looks absolutely killing: 24...fxg6 25. Qh8+ Kf7 26. Rdf1+ Nf5 27. Rh7#.

McNab is entitled to be considered an expert on the Robatch if anyone is, though, since he plays the Pirc/Robatsch constantly and wrote a book about it.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <keypusher: <Eyal> I was looking at 22. h5 Qe7; 23. hxg6 Qxg5 24. gxf7+ Rxf7 25. Rh8+ (25. Qh2 Rf6) 25....Kxh8 26. Qxf7 Qh6> Btw, this is also clearly winning for White after 27.Nf5! or even simply 27.Qxb7. And well, If McNab IS actually considered an expert on the Robatch, it didn't really show in this game...
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Aha, I didn't notice the rook was hanging after 27. Nf5 Nxf5...well, I post lines in the hope of being right, but also in the hope of being corrected if I am wrong, so thanks.
Aug-20-07  euripides: Could Black play Nh6 at around move 10 and castle queen's side ?

Black's setup here is like the Byrne system in the King's Indian, but there b5 attacks the pawn on c4 so Black gets some attack very quickly. Maybe that difference makes the whole opposite-side castling approach problematic.

Aug-20-07  euripides: ... on reflection if 10....Ngh6 then 11.e5 looks difficult to meet. 8.Ng5 can hardly be outright winning, but it seems to pose Black some difficult problems.
Aug-20-07  euripides: ... I find that 8.Ng5 has been played quite a few times followed by 9.a4, but then White isn't castling queen's side. Adams' approach here ressembles D Gormally vs J Cobb, 2006, where Gormally went queen's side and Robb also castled queen's side after protecting f7 with Qe7 and e6. He lost, but it looks a better option than McNab's plan.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
150A 7.Nh3 Modern Elongated Dbl Fio (B06) 1-0 open g-file pin
from Goering Gambit + Danish Gambit Bonus Fredthebear by fredthebear
98_B07-B09_150 Attack
by whiteshark
150A 7.Nh3 Modern Elongated Dbl Fio (B06) 1-0 open g-file pin
from f3 B & C taught Fredthebear how to ski by fredthebear
Pirc, 150 Attack
by KingG
White - Pirc
by gaborn
barb's favorite games
by barb
150A 7.Nh3 Modern Elongated Dbl Fio (B06) 1-0 open g-file pin
from Black Double Fianchettos In Process by Jersey Joe

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC