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John F Adams vs E Ott
"Otts and Ends" (game of the day May-07-2011)
Eberhardt Wilhelm Cup (1967), Correspondence
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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  TheTamale: Is White's final move really any good?
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  TheTamale: Oops, wait, maybe yes. Looks like he comes up a piece ahead.
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  Phony Benoni: Definitely an "Oh!" moment. You just flick through the first fifteen moves or so, probably all book, then Black gives a piece away and you think, "Why in the world is this a GOTD?"

Then <20.Qd6>. Oh!

Definitely a smile-inducer, but I think this might have worked better as an early week puzzle. The rest of the game is about as interesting as ... well, actually, anything resembling the rest if the game isn't interesting at all.

May-07-11  YoungEd: My reaction matched that of <TheTamale> (who should have called "first," by the way). It takes a minute to see that White remains up a piece. If 20...♕xd6, simply 21. ♘xd6. If either ♘d7, for example, White trades ♕s on b6 to release the ♘b5 from its pin and then moves the ♘ to safety. Gotta disagree with <PB> for a change--this seems harder than an early week puzzle! :)
May-07-11  lost in space: Seems that up to 16. Nxd4 it was all therry. The first own move from Ott was 16...Bc5...and this move is losing.

Theory is 16...Nc5 and 16...a6
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May-07-11  syracrophy: An ingenious resource! Indeed. I needed 120 seconds to understand what was going on in the booard. Or I expected an "0-1" down there. But NO! A thunderbolt! Great move!
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  Garech: I agree, this game isn't good enough to be GOTD - who is voting these in!!!???


May-07-11  sofouuk: <this game isn't good enough to be GOTD> well no. but if there was a 'move of the week' category then 20 ... Qd6 would be a pretty strong contender
May-07-11  hasany81: Hi everybody. Please explain the possible continuation of this game? What's after 20...Rxd6 21 Rxd6 21...Qxd6 22 Nxd6+ ?
May-07-11  psmith: <hasany81> After that White is up a piece for a pawn. So at that point, Black resigns again. Or 22... Kc7 23. Nxf7 escaping and then Black resigns a third time.
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  Penguincw: Wow. Nice combination. I would've never seen that.
May-07-11  meppi: very nice queen move, even more nice once you look at all the variations from it and understand more.

i think black should be more provocative in this typical caro-kann position and leave the king in the center, move it to d8 or move it Kf8 -Kg8 - Kh7, such speculative and "hot action" maneuvers will help to confuse the opponent (think Korchnoi, Petrosian or Tsun Zu's style of battle) and create cognitive dysfunction. This is much better than the routine and drab 0-0-0 or 0-0. In short the castling move is for beginners only, unless it gives or forces checkmate

May-07-11  meppi: sorry i apologies to the other kibbeters, my analysis in the above post is faulty i did not consider the implications of Ke7, please take this maneuver into consideration as an example of superior king development strategies.
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  kevin86: What a finish! white's queen remains en prise,while it is black who has lost!
May-07-11  SirChrislov: I love defending positions with pawns on c6 & e6. have not analyzed it yet but 14...c5 looks like a horrible mistake.
May-07-11  WhiteRook48: 20 Qd6!! is a rather excellent trap.
May-07-11  SirChrislov: His other game also features a final bang J F Adams vs P Pulieri, 1973
May-07-11  Lil Swine: heh heh... john adams ( - the "F")
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  wwall: This was a correspondence game between Adams of Britain and Ott of Hungary. Adams annotated this game and wrote, "19...Nxc5. Black must now have awaited my next move with some complacency. He appears to be certain to regain his piece straightaway, e.g., 20.Bd4 axb5 21.Qe3 bxc4+ 22.Kc2 Rd5 with full equality. Unhappily for his dreams I had prepared a move which he had obviously not anticipated. 20.Qd6! A shattering blow and poor Ott resigned at once! He cannot, after all, recover his piece and after 20...Rxd6 21.Rxd6 White traps the black queen and remains at least a piece up. If there is such a thing as bad luck in chess, this must be the prime example. White's 20th blockbuster must have been almost impossible to anticipate and I count myself fortunate that a stroke of inspiration led me to find a move which I rank as the finest I have ever made."
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