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Weaver Adams vs Lawrence S Greene
"Greene to Play and Win" (game of the day May-06-2021)
Manhattan CC Championship (1941), New York, NY USA
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10)  ·  0-1



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Apr-21-05  soberknight: "Greene Day"
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  Phony Benoni: Adams was notorious for his little book "White to Play and Win" advocating an opening line which was not uniformly successful. (Not this one, by the way.)

Now, enjoy the game.

May-06-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: More than just a double-name pun, because as <Phony Benoni> notes, it's actually about a specific person. Well done!
May-06-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: As for the game -- I liked it. Good attack.
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  perfidious: Adams goes from having a very good position in this passive line of the French to facing a crushing attack in the space of a few moves; f4 seems a loss of time and piece play might have been more in keeping with the position.

Black's 17th was a bolt from the blue and was followed up nicely, the play then all going one way.

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  FSR: Cute pun. Note that Mr. "White to Play and Win" scored a walloping 45.9% as White in the database. Repertoire Explorer: Weaver Adams (white) Then again, he did even worse as Black.

Crackpot though he was, Adams actually won the 49th US Open (1948) ahead of Isaac Kashdan, who Chessmetrics reckons was the strongest player in the world for almost two years between 1932 and 1934.

May-06-21  newzild: <FSR> He tore Kashdan a new one in this game: W Adams vs Kashdan, 1940
May-06-21  Brenin: <perfidious>: "... a bolt from the blue ..." is a great description of Black's 17th move, except for the colour chosen, and the fact that 18 Be8 leads to a draw after 18 ... Nxd1 22 Bf7+.
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  FSR: <newzild> Indeed. Quite a rout.
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  FSR: I was surprised to see that Adams had an even score against Kashdan - 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses.
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  Messiah: Terrible!
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  perfidious: <Brenin>, elegant coup, and we may style that another.
May-06-21  goodevans: <Brenin: [...] 18 Be8 leads to a draw after 18 ... Nxd1 22 Bf7+.>

Of course Black isn't obliged to play the materialistic <18...Nxd1> as the SF annotations (which appeared after your post) point out but can pursue his attack with <18...Nxa2+ 19.Kb1> (19.Kd7? Bb4+ -+) <19...Bf6 20.Kxa2 a4!> forcing White to return the piece with a big trade-off on f7. However that's still better than what happened to White.

It seems certain that White's <17.Bb5> was intended as a precursor to <18.Be8> and, if so, then abandoning that idea to capture the offered N can only mean that Adams thought Black's sac to be unsound. He obviously miscalculated somewhere along the line and my guess it's just three moves later, underestimating the very excellent <20...Ra6!>.

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If White captures <21.Bxa6> it's going to take three whole moves for Black to get his other R to the b-file but although this seems painfully slow, White can only prevent it by giving up his Q. Quite brilliant.

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  Phony Benoni: I think <goodevans> is essentially right that Adams saw the idea of 18.Be8. In my opinion, he may have rejected it as only leading to a draw. Adams was a hyper-aggressive player, willing to take enormous risks in pursuit of the win. I have no confirmation that this is why he rejected the move, but doing so would be quite in his style.

<FSR> Adams' original recommendation in "White to Play and Win" was the Bishop's Opening (2.Bc4). Digging into your Opening Repertoire link a bit, we discover he scored only 25% with this. Beginning in 1943, he switched over to the Vienna (2.Nc3), and scored a far more respectable 60%.

You may have laughed at Adams for his doctrinaire atitute, but you didn't tae him lightly.

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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> I was interested to see that Larry Evans, who mercilessly ridiculed Adams in the pages of Chess Life, lost both his games against Adams. But Evans was only about 14 and 16 at the time.
May-06-21  RandomVisitor: 16.g4! creates threats which likely would lead to a white advantage:

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40/61 03:58 +0.85 16...Bd7 17.gxf5 Be8 18.Qe2 a4 19.a3 cxd4 20.fxe6 Bxa3 21.bxa3 Qc3 22.Bh7+ Kxh7 23.Qe4+ Kg8 24.Rd3 Qc5 25.Qxd4 Qxd4 26.Rxd4 Bc6

...but as played, by move 18, 18.Be8 is needed to scrape out a draw.

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  Honza Cervenka: 17...Nc3 is lovely move but 17...a4 18.a3 Ra5 19.Be8 Bf6 was objectively better.

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