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Wesley So vs Manuel Leon Hoyos
"So Clever" (game of the day Feb-03-2009)
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Feb-03-09  hscer: Wow... Black's king pawn never moved. How often does that happen?
Feb-03-09  Elrathia Kingi: I've looked at it a little bit, but without software, I don't know what to make of 32...Re4 or 34...Rxe3. What is black trying to accomplish? He tries three times to sacrifice the king's rook, but only succeeds in losing his queen.
Feb-03-09  vlaka: Black just loses it after 30...Rg4? 30...Ng6 is surely better here. The subsequent moves are equally a mystery to me.
Feb-03-09  timhortons: wesley game against 2500 plus master are superiorly strong just as 2 years ago his game of the day games are just against 2400 something master.
Feb-03-09  Ychromosome: Is the Adams attack named after Michael Adams??
Feb-03-09  MaxxLange: <YChromosome> I don't think so, because it is too old. Fischer played this rare line once, I think.
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  kevin86: Black was attacking until he suddenly figured out that all his pieces were under attack-at the same time.
Feb-03-09  BISHOP TAL: It doesnt matter who started playin it Max.They name it after the person who made it popular for reference reasons.It could be Micheal Adams he got alot of b90s under his belt but its called the english attack when he plays it.G4 makes me think of the Keres attack.
Feb-03-09  zanshin: Fwiw, wikipedia attributes the Adams attack to American chess master Weaver Adams (April 28, 1901 - January 6, 1963)

Feb-03-09  Ychromosome: Wow! Weaver Adams, who would've thought.

what a nutcase Adams sounds like

true, it could have gotten the name if M Adams had played it notably

Feb-03-09  OttawaChessFan: By never moving his dark squared bishop back to it's a1-h8 diagonal black deprived himself of e5.

I have no chess engine, but the first time through the game I immediately thought 29...Rg4

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  WannaBe: Oh, 'great'... Now when we post to <OCF> is it <OHIO> or <OTTAWA>?? =)
Feb-03-09  WhiteRook48: So clever to interpose the rook
Feb-03-09  MaxxLange: <...think of the Keres attack>

Shabalov's 6. Rg1 is another fun way to try to spike g4 on up there against the Najdorf, but I think it is neutralized by theory

Feb-03-09  SEMENELIN: 34. Rxd6 was a nice move! Nevertheless black will still loose a queen.
Feb-04-09  bartolome: aba nabuhay ka semenelin :P..

nice game by idol wes.. mabalasik talaga

Feb-06-09  sagahelten: This game is now available as "Guess the move". My par is kind of fake, because I knew the game, but it's great playing through it that way!
Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: 35 Rh6+ was not an ordinary So-so move. So clever for a fork
Mar-10-09  ChessEscudero: what would have happened if MANUEL played 34... exd6????
Mar-10-09  geniokov: Wesley will unleash a deadly fork with 35.Nf6 forking King,Queen and Rook.
Mar-10-09  Gilmoy: <hscer: Wow... Black's king pawn never moved.> In B Abramovic vs Nakamura, 2007, neither e-pawn moved in 54 moves.

<ChessEscudero: 34..exd6????> 36.Nf6+ (and Black's Re4 is still attacked, so he can't even recapture the Knight for free).

Mar-20-11  warhamster70: what will happen if black took c4 on move 27th?
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  Phony Benoni: <warhamster70> After <27...Bxc4>:

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White plays 28.Nxc4 Qxc4 29.Nxf5, with two threats: 30.Bd5 forking ♕/♖, and 30.Nxh6 Kxh6 31.f5+ winning the ♘g6.

Apr-30-15  JUPOL2015: 34. Rd6 was amazing i didn't see it coming Black couldn't react with exd6 because of the unevitable fork with Nf6. but the following move 35. Rh6+ is the best.
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