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Michael Adams vs Ivan Sokolov
Hoogovens (1991), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-20
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  0-1



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May-21-04  ConLaMismaMano: Adams gets crushed with "his" opening.
May-22-04  Everett: A 40 move game is not a crush. 2nd, Adams played merely 4 games as black with the Marshall at this point, hardly "his" opening at the time, eh?
May-22-04  ConLaMismaMano: Why a 40 move game is not a crush?
Jun-03-04  Abdooss: This must be the moment Mickey is convinced of the potent of Marshall Attack. And the need to mix bar activities (drinking) and chess ideas swapping... instead of just focusing on the former. :-)..too bad he is just into chess, if he is into martial arts as well, surely he'll be a GrandMaster of the Drunken Kungfu!:-P
Jan-08-23  goodevans: Can't be a proper Sunday puzzle if I can get the main idea in under 20 seconds, look though the obvious responses in under a minute and tidy up all the loose ends in just a few minutes more. :o(
Jan-08-23  Brenin: After a few minutes, rejecting moves like Bxg3, I decided on 23 ... Rxf2, e.g. 24 Qxf2 Qxd1+, or 24 Nxf2 Bxg3, or 24 Kxf2 (as played) Qh2+ (24 ... Rf8+, winning the Q for 2R, didn't seem convincing) 25 Ke1 (25 Qg2 Bxg3+ 26 Nxg3 Rf8+ winning the Q) Bxg3+ 26 Nxg3 Qxg3+ with a strong attack.
Jan-08-23  jrredfield: I too was undecided between 23 ...Bxg3 and 23 ... Rxf2. I couldn't see a continuation deep enough to convince me of either of these moves. I suppose I could claim 1/2 credit.
Jan-08-23  mel gibson: I wasn't sure.

Stockfish 15 says:

23. .. Rxf2

(23. .. Rxf2 (♖f8xf2 ♕f1xf2 ♕h5xd1+ ♕f2-f1 ♕d1-g4 ♘e4xd6 ♕g4xg3+ ♕f1-g2 ♕g3xd6 ♗c1-d2 ♖a8-e8 ♔g1-h1 ♕d6-f6 ♕g2-g4 ♕f6-f7 ♗d2-g5 ♖e8-e6 ♖a1-g1 h7-h6 ♗g5-c1 ♘d5-f6 ♕g4-f5 ♘f6-e4 ♕f5xf7+ ♔g8xf7 ♔h1-h2 g7-g5 ♔h2-g2 ♘e4-f6 a2-a4 b5xa4 ♔g2-f3 ♔f7-g6 c3-c4 ♖e6-e4 ♗c1-e3 g5-g4+ ♔f3-e2 h6-h5 ♖g1-h1 ♖e4-e7 ♔e2-d3 ♖e7-b7 ♔d3-c2 ♖b7-b3 ♗e3-f4 ♖b3-f3 ♗f4-e5 ♖f3-f2+ ♔c2-b1 ♘f6-e4 ♔b1-a2 g4-g3 ♗e5xg3 ♘e4xg3 ♖h1-d1 ♖f2-f1 ♖d1xf1 ♘g3xf1 d4-d5 ♔g6-f7 d5xc6 ♔f7-e6 ♔a2-a3 ♘f1-d2) +6.09/43 288)

score for Black +6.09 depth 43.

Jan-08-23  Brenin: 25 Kg2 looks like a mistake, allowing 25 ... Rxf1 26 Rxf1 Qe2 with check, whereas 25 Kg1 means that 26 ... Qe2 is not with check, os White has 27 Nxd6. Instead Black has to try 26 ... Qg4 (or Qh3) 27 Nxd6 Qxg3+ 28 Kh1 Qxd6, with Q+P for 2R, giving White some chances of counterplay if he can develop his pieces quickly.
Jan-08-23  stacase: Got the first four moves on a Sunday (-: Didn't see that the position of White's King Rook & Knight at 28 was static.
Jan-08-23  Refused: 23...Rxf2 has to be the move.

a) 24.Nxf2 Bxg3 is just horrific. Black threatens 25...Qh2# White has two tries to deal with that neither is satisfactory. a1)25.Qg2 Bxf2+ leaves the Rook on d1 hanging and white might as well resign. a2) 25.Qe1 Bxf2+ 26.Kxf2 (Qxf2 once again drops d1) 26...Qh2+ is completely bust. Black could also start with 25...Qh2+ and that should work out just fine, too. On a second thought, it might even be more accurate. But I found one convincing line, that's good enough.

b)24.Qxf2 Qxd1+ at the very let's black regain his rook. With the extra pawn and white's storage of undeveloped pieces on the queen side this should be winning, too.

c) 24.Kxf2 Rf8+ 25.Kg2 Rxf1 26.Rf1 Qe2+ 27.Nf2 just looks awful. 27...Bxg3 once again this storage of useless white pieces on the queen side allows all kinda of shenanigans and I don't see a good way for white to solve this problem.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Eh bien, 5.5/7 for the week. Given that only 5 brain cells remain in me brain, have to say they outperformed.
Jan-08-23  outplayer: I only calculated 24.Nxf2. Adams moved 24.Kxf2 which is better even though he didn't escape and I don't know why.
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

White threatens Nxd6.

Black can attack the white king with all the pieces starting with 23... Rxf2:

A) 24.Qxf2 Qxd1+ 25.Qf1 (25.Kg2 Rf8 looks very good for Black) 25... Qg4 recovers the pawn and keeps the better position (26.Nxd6 Qxg3+ and 27... Qxd6 wins a pawn).

B) 24.Kxf2 Rf8+

B.1) 25.Bf4 Bxf4 looks winning (26.gxf4 Rxf4+).

B.2) 25.Kg2 Rxf1 26.Rxf1 (26.Kxf1 Qxd1+) 26... Qe2+ 27.Nf2 and White looks tied, unclear.

C) 24.Nxf2 Bxg3

C.1) 25.Qh3 Bxf2+ 26.Kg2 (26.Kxf2 Qxh3) 26... Qxd1 27.Kxf2 Rf8+ is winning.

C.2) 25.Qg2 Bxf2+ as above.

C.3) 25.Nh3 Rf8 looks winning.

C.4) 25.Qe1 Rf8 27.Rd2 Qh2+ 28.Kf1 Qh1+ 29.Ke2 Qf3+ 30.Kf1 Ne3+ wins.

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  agb2002: I would like to know why I missed the rather obvious 27... Bxg3 in my line B.2.
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  chrisowen: I c lair ok bud dimwit pegs Rxf2 abc claw its dad axiom jack aiight its sign Rxf2 eon :)
Jan-08-23  thegoodanarchist: Slipped Mickey

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