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Kiril Georgiev vs Michael Adams
PCA Qualifiers (1993), Groningen NED, rd 3, Dec-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation (B17)  ·  0-1



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May-10-04  WMD: Georgiev walks into a prepared novelty, 12...Na4! (with threat of Qb6), and simply falls apart. Hodgson and Willie Watson had found this idea in 1988 and shared it with Adams.
May-10-04  WMD: In the final position, 30.Kd2 Nc3+ 31.Ke1 Rxd1+ 32.Qxd1 Nxd1 33.Kxd1 Qxg4+ 34.Kd2 Qxg2 wins easily.
Jan-31-05  Resignation Trap: Better yet, if 30. Kd2 Nb4+ 31. Ke3 (or 31. Ke1) Nc2#.
Jan-31-05  Knezh: How was Adams going to refute 15.Bxh6?
Jan-31-05  aw1988: 15. Bxh6 Qc6 16. Ne5 Qb6 17. Nc4 Qb5 18. Bf4 Rfd8 19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20. Be5 Bd4 21. c3 Nb6! 22. Nxb6 Qxe5 23. cxd4 Qf4+ 24. Qe3 Qc7+

Perhaps Adams did not see the entire line; he probably thought black got good attacking prospects.

Jan-31-05  aw1988: In fact, 21...Bxe5 wins, but nevertheless I would not like to play this as white.
Oct-12-05  Petrocephalon: <Knezh> "How was Adams going to refute 15.Bxh6?"

<aw1988> "15.Bxh6 Qc6 16.Ne5 Qb6…"

Interesting variation, but I think white can evade it with 16.Qe5. So instead, 15..Qc7, and now black can play the desparado ..Nc3 in reply to 16.Ne5 (a little simpler perhaps than the ..Qb6 line).

Oct-15-05  Petrocephalon: Is 13.Bb4 playable?
Nov-02-05  Petrocephalon: It was pointed out to me elsewhere that 13.Bb4 would be a blunder [13..Bxb4 14.Bh7+ Kxh7 15.Rxd8 Rxd8 16.Qb5 Nc3! and either 17.Qxb4 Nxa2+ or 17.bxc3 Ba3+]

But is 13.Bf4 Qb6 14.Be5 Bxf2 (..Ng4 15.Qe4) 15.Nh3 Be3+ 16.Nd2 playable?

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  tpstar: "Here are a few key variations:

a) 14. Bxa4 Bxa4 15. Bxh6 wins a pawn because of the discovered attack on the black queen. However after something like 15 ... Nd5 16. Bg5 Qb6 Black has excellent attacking chances against the white king.

b) 14. Bxh6 at once is also playable because after 14 ... gxh6 15. Bxa4 Black cannot recapture because of the pin on the d-file. Instead, he should counter-sacrifice with 14 ... Nxb2!

c) On 14. Ne5 Black has a choice between the complications of 14 ... Nxb2!? or simplifying with 14 ... Bxb5 15. Qxb5 Qe8! The latter position is about equal."

"And why not the obvious 15. Bxh6 here? Well, Black just calmly moves his queen (15 ... Qc7 or 15 ... Qc6) and then starts to create threats on the queenside. The white king does not have much protection. Georgiev prefers to get his kingside pieces out rather than wasting time taking a pawn but he ends up facing an attack without anything to show for it. 15. Ne5 Qc7 16. Nd3 is a better way to try and shore up his defences."

Joe Gallagher, "Starting Out: The Caro-Kann." Everyman Chess, London, 2002.

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