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Michael Adams vs Miikka Maki-Uuro
European Club Cup (2004), Izmir TUR, rd 1, Oct-03
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen Variation Miles Line (B04)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-04  Knight13: 17. Bxh7+!; lots of people fall into this trap! But I think a 2740 beating a 2390 is no big deal with a quick defeat.
Oct-13-04  themindset: still, i can't believe that a 2390 would allow his pawn structure demolished like that. he was probably intimidated.
Oct-13-04  notyetagm: Mate threat: 18 ♕h5+ ♔g7 19 ♕g4+ ♔h6 20 ♖d3 and 21 ♖h3#
Dec-16-04  fgh: Another proof that 4. ... exd5 is bad.
Sep-02-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: The main line is

17 Bxh7+ Kxh7
18 Qh5+ Kg8/Kg7
19 Qg4+ Kh8/Kh7
20 Rd3

with the unstoppable threat of Rh3#.

If Black declines the sacrifice with ... Kh8, we could get

17 Bxh7+ Kh8
18 Qh5 Rg8
19 Bg6+ Kg7
20 Qh7+ Kf8
21 Qxf7#

and White wins easily.

Declining with 19 ... Kg7 just transposes into one of the other lines after 20 Qg4+.

Sep-02-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: It turns out that 12 ... c5 needed to be prepared, perhaps with ... h6. It's tough to see how Black could have dealt with the d-file pressure after that move, given that the game line failed spectacularly.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

The weakened black castle invites to play 17.Bxh7+, paving the way for the heavy pieces:

A) 17... Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg7 19.Qg4+

A.1) 19... Kh6 20.Rd3 Bxf2+ 21.Rxf2 Qc5 22.Rh3+ Qh5 23.Rxh5#.

A.2) 19... Kh7 20.Rd3 Be3 21.Rxe3 Qxe3 22.fxe3 Rg8 23.Qh4+ wins [Q+N+P vs R+B].

B) 17... Kh8 18.Qh5

B.1) 18... Rfd8 19.Bg6+ Kg7(8) 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Qxf7#.

B.2) 18... Kg7 19.Qg4+

B.2.a) 19... Kh6 20.Rd3 wins as in A.1.

B.2.b) 19... Kxh7 20.Rd3 transposes to A.

B.2.c) 19... Kh8 20.Rd3 Rg8 21.Bxg8 Rxg8 22.Rh3#.

C) 17... Kg7 18.Qg4+ transposes to B.2.

Sep-02-14  SamAtoms1980: Go Greek or go home.
Sep-02-14  diagonalley: easy squeezy
Sep-02-14  cocker: This combination started a move earlier with 16 Bxf6. It is vital for White to play 19 Qg4+ to trap the king on the h-file.
Sep-02-14  stacase: Old as the hills.
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  patzer2: Immediately sensed the solution to this Tuesday puzzle was 17. Bxh7+!, followed by a Queen check on h5 and a Rook lift to d3.

However it's a bit more complicated than that, especially if Black responds to 17. Bxh7+! with 17...Kh8.

For example after 17. Bxh7+ Kh8 18. Qh5 Kg7 (position below),

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19. Rd3? is a mistake, because 19. Rd3? Rh8! allows Black counter chances after 20. Rg3+ Kf8 21. Qh6+ Ke7 22. Rg7 Raf8 .

Instead White here (diagram above) should play 19. Qg4+!, and only then play the Rook lift after 19...Kxh7 (or 19...Kh8 20. Rd3! ) 20. Rd3! .

Also after 17...Kxh7 18. Qh5+ Kg7 (or 18...Kg8), a second Queen check (as in the game) with 19. Qg5+! is also required before the Rook lift.

If instead, after 17...Kxh7 18. Qh5+ Kg7, White goes for the immediate 19. Rd3? (position below),

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Black turns the tables and snatches victory from the jaws of defeat after 19...Rfd8! (or 19...Rfg8! ), as now 20. Rg3+ Kf8 leaves Black with a secure King and an extra piece.

The correct sequence is of course 17. Bxh7+ Kxh7 18. Qh5+ Kg7 19. Qg4+! (diagram below).

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Now after the King moves to the h-file with 19...Kh6 (or 19...Kh7 or 19...Kh8) 20. Rd3! creates decisive mate-threats.

Sep-02-14  morfishine: Didn't we have this same problem a few months back?

<17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg7 19.Qg4+> and White wins due to 19...King any 20.Rd3 and Black cannot prevent 21.Rh3 mate

<patzer2> Nice job covering <17...Kh8>; Using a PGN editor I found White wins with the same theme except the White Queen exploits the dark squares: 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.Qh5 Kg7 19.Qg4+ Kh8 20.Rd3 f5 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Qh5+ Kg7 23.Qg5+ Kh7 24.Rh3#


Sep-02-14  whiteshark: Uuro-rectal septum?
Sep-02-14  Sally Simpson: Rather obvious. Black should have played one more move. To see if the hasty 19.Rd3 was played which, as patzer2 points out would be a blunder.

Maybe it was this move he expected when he played his bluff move 15...Bc6.

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Thinking he won't play Bxf6 because I'll have an open g-file and an attack on g2.

There is no Ng5+ follow up which is usually needed when playing the Classical Bishop Sac. So go ahead and sac on h7. Rd3 does not work, all you have is a perpetual.

Only when the the postition appeared on the board did he realise White has Qg4+ and then indeed Rd3 mates. But he should have played on. I've seen them botched up though the chances of Adams screwing it up are practically zilch.

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  Penguincw: Damn. This is harder than the average Tuesday puzzle I remember solving. :(
Sep-02-14  rozzatu: Not so simple as it seems. It's a long, long agony.

17...Kh8 18.Rd3 Rfd8 19.Rg3 Qa5 20.Bf5 Bf3 21.Qxf3 Bxf2+ 22.Rxf2 Qxf5 23.Qxf5 exf5 24.Rxf5 Rd5 25.Nxd5 a5 26.Rh5#

Sep-02-14  Castleinthesky: This is more of a Friday puzzle (which I never get) than a Tuesday puzzle (which I usually get). The best I could figure out was a perpetual check draw or the threat of a mate. Too much rubber to burn for me to see the puzzle through to its conclusion.
Sep-02-14  rozzatu: The line I have posted is made by a computer, obviously.
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  kevin86: Easy: Bishop sac followed by queen check , and then the rook is brought up.

The king is hemmed in by the rook and his own pawns and mate is inescapable.

Sep-02-14  BOSTER: Playing the opening ,when the <tempo> is the most impotant element of the game , you should not afford to play like this: 5...c6 and then 12...c5, and 10...Be7 and 13...Bxc5.

And only imagine that black could save only one tempo. We would have the POTD pos. like this with move Rad8.

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And I don't know who would like to<Go Greek> even with the possibility Nd5 cutting the d file.

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  gawain: Helpful analysis, <patzer2>. Thanks.
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  Phony Benoni: It should probably be pointed out that in positions where the bishop is taken and White plays Rd3:

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Black does have a mate-delaying maneuver with...Be3 and ...Qxe3 after the bishop is taken. It's dead lost materially, of course.

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  patzer2: <gawain> You're welcome.
Sep-02-14  Mating Net: This puzzle is one of the reasons I refrain from playing a move such as h3 unless there is no other way to deal with a g4 Bishop. The Rook lift is not possible and you could miss out on some tactics.

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