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Michael Adams vs Maxim Matlakov
European Club Cup (2015), Skopje MKD, rd 7, Oct-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov-Breyer-Zaitsev Hybrid (C93)  ·  1-0

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Oct-24-15  GlennOliver: After 29 Re3, this looks like Black's advantage, with White struggling to hold the draw.

Ten moves later, Black's position is demolished.

Marvellous play from Micky Adams, his third victory of the Cup against a 2700+ GM.

Oct-24-15
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  perfidious: It is possible that after 29.Re3 Rxe3, Matlakov expected the prosaic 30.Qxe3, rather than his opponent's recapture with pawn.

The remainder of the game illustrates the adage that in positions featuring opposite-coloured bishops, the attacking side plays virtually a piece up.

Oct-28-15  Everett: <perfidious: It is possible that after 29.Re3 Rxe3, Matlakov expected the prosaic 30.Qxe3, rather than his opponent's recapture with pawn.

The remainder of the game illustrates the adage that in positions featuring opposite-coloured bishops, the attacking side plays virtually a piece up.>

Agree on both counts. The open f-file opens up for extra pressure on f7. 29..Rxe3 looks terrible to me because of this. Anything wrong with 29..R3c7?

The more you look at this position, though, one notices just how bad Bf8 sits, and how free of a position Adam's has created. After <29..R3c7 30.Rf3 Qd8> White will still play Bd5, target both f7 and b5, and turn that screws with any move from the flexible Ra1. He created another amazing position.

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