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Sergei Movsesian vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-18
Italian Game: Deutz Gambit (C55)  ·  1-0



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Jan-24-09  njchess: Pretty easy puzzle for a Saturday; more like a Wednesday puzzle.

By move 15, Black is already playing in a difficult position. White has a slight, tangible advantage after 9. ... Be6. An alternative to the text move is 9. ... Bg4!? 10. Bxf7+ Kd7 11. Qe1 Nxc2 12. Qd2+ Nd4 13. Nc3 Kc8 leading to a wild, but essentially equal position.

Still, even though his text move yields little or no counterplay, it is hard to fault Adams. White still needed to play an accurate game in order to get the win.

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  whiteshark: <Deutz Gambit> Any idea where this name came from ? At least there is no player with such a name in the c.g.database.
Jan-24-09  johnlspouge: Saturday (Very Difficult)

Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 (36.?)

White to play and win.

Material: B for N. The Black Kh8 has 1 legal move. The Black K-position is in tatters, and White could play Qxh6#, if not for Qf8. The White Rd1 has an open file, ready to deflect or decoy Qf8 with Rd1-d8. The White Bf5 cramps Kh8 by taking away h7 and blockading Pf6. Only the White Re3 requires activation, but even now, it is lifted to the semi-open 3-rd rank and can remove Ne4 at will. The Black Rc6 is loose. The White Kh1 is secure.

Candidates (36.): Qxh6+, Rxe4, Rd8, Bh7, Qe4, Be4

36.Rd8 Qg7 [Qxd8 37.Qxh6#]

[<I went for 37.Rg3, giving the win of the Q on 37…Rxd8 too much weight. Some beginner habits die hard. Although I understood the importance of the line-up on the g-file, I spoiled the execution of the idea.>]

Jan-24-09  blacksburg: <whiteshark>

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  whiteshark: Muchas gracias, <blacksburg>

Lev Gutman wrote a long article in Kaissiber 23, Stefan Buecker wonderful magazine. He recommended 7 f4. He also called the variation from 5 d4 the <Max Lange Gambit>, as opposed to the Max Lange Attack.”

I managed to get hold of this edition and sure enough there is a big article on the subject. Gutman comes up with some new ideas to try and convince the reader to give it a go. The arguments for and against the opening is carried on in further magazines #24, #25, #26 and #27, which is impressive for a relative sideline.

Kaissiber, for those who don’t know, is a brilliant magazine for people intrigued by offbeat openings, usually with a historic view tracing back the evolution of the opening. A magazine packed with photos, it is published four times a year and is well worth investing in for all players who want to try something a bit different. (-->

At this point I am inclined to think that the line should be known as the <Max Lange Gambit>... Gambit, because the magazine has a good reputation for getting its fact straight....>

Jan-24-09  triangulation: I think I finally got a saturday after a long time.

36 Rd8 Qg7 37 Rxg8+ Kg8 38 Rg3 Ng6
39 Qe4 Rc8 40 h5 and game over I think

Time to check

Jan-24-09  brazil chess: Sneaky: I never try to solve Saturday or Sunday puzzles so it's not my place to say how hard it is or isn't, but when I looked at the final position I was confused at why Black resigned. "What's so bad with ...Ng6?" I wondered. Sure White can play h5, but then Black can play NxQ and what's that, chopped liver?

But then studying it I see the best continuation:

39 ...Ng6
40. Bxg6! fxg6

with the deadly twin threat of Rxg6 and Qxc6.

39.h5 wins it for white

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  Jimfromprovidence: I, too, liked this continuation order a little better. 36 Rd8 Qd7 37 Rxg8+ Kxg8 38 Rg3 Ng6 39 Bxg6 fxg6 40 Qe4.

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Not only as <utopian 2020> <sneaky> and <brazil chess> have pointed out are there the twin threats of Rxg6 and Qxc6, if black tries to save the rook or the queen for rook exchange with 40…Qd7?, then white has 41 Qxg6+, which is a forced mate in 5 more moves.

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Jan-24-09  Patriot: White to play: "Very Difficult"

36.Rd8 is the first candidate I considered, trying to remove the guard on h6: 36...Qxd8?? 37.Qxh6#.

36...Qg7 37.Rg3 Rxd8 38.Rxg7 Rd1+ 39.Kh2 Kxg7 looks about even.

36...Qg7 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 (37...Qxg8 38.Qxh6+ and mate next) 38.Rg3 Ng6 and perhaps 39.Qg4 next threatening h5 or 39.Qb8+ Qf8 40.Qxf8+ Kxf8 41.Bxg6 fxg6 42.Rxg6. Here I like 39.Qg4 better.

I don't expect to analyze this to completion so let's see if I'm even close.

Jan-24-09  Antonius Blok: Found it once again!

Jan-24-09  Wade Keller: I rate this a Tuesday.
Jan-24-09  SpoiltVictorianChild: Wow, calling this 'very difficult' seems a misnomer. I've never gotten a Saturday puzzle before, but I saw this one in a matter of a couple minutes. In fact, I just assumed I had overlooked something, and that it wouldn't have gone like this.
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  fm avari viraf: Thanks for wishing me Happy Birthday! I wish, you all were here to celebrate my Birthday Party. Now, to our puzzle, it seems that Micky is in great trouble as his King is in jeopardy & Sergie can any time exploit the weaknesses. The most obvious move would be 36.Rd8! since ...Qxd8? 37.Qxh6# Therefore, 36...Qg7 Here, White has to be careful & refrain from playing 37.Rg3 as Black would happily go for 37...Rxd8 38.Rxg7 Kxg7 Therefore, the logical continuation is 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 Black cannot play ...Qxg8 because of 38.Qxh6+ & mates next move. Now, the simple move is 38.Rg3 & wins as Black cannot cope with the multiple threats. Cheers on the rocks!
Jan-24-09  Fish55: I agree this does not seem 'very difficult'. My 10 year-old son found Rd8 in about 5 seconds and the followup move Rg3 in another few seconds. He's a good player, but usually isn't able to solve Saturday puzzles, especially not that quickly.
Jan-24-09  Patriot: <fm avari viraf> Happy Birthday! :-)
Jan-24-09  Lightboxes: Got this one in 3 minutes while watching house bunny.
Jan-24-09  mindmaster: The most interestting thing about the Weekend puzzles is that they have a number of variations at each move to blow the users.... But as of this one no variations, no thinking nothing....
Jan-24-09  PinnedPiece: If 38..Ng6 why not:

39. Qe4

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  LIFE Master AJ: I got this one quickly, I decided White was winning easily in just a few minutes.

Move order was important, in some lines, it really does make a difference.

35...a4? (Maybe - '??') was a really bad move, 35...Ng6 was "box" according to Fritz, although White was already clearly better.

Jan-25-09  notyetagm:

<Movsesian-Adams: Movsesian used a rare and generally unappreciated gambit in the Giuoco, and it worked out very well. White was able to use all his advantages, and even before his blunder on move 35 Adams had a poor position.>

<9.Bg5 Be6 [The immediate 9...Qe7 is also known and may be better. The point, or at least one main point, is the threat of ...Qc5.] <sets ups a DOUBLE ATTACK on the undefended White c4-bishop while creating a discovery chain Black c5-queen + Black d4-knight + White g1-king>, <A TACTICAL TARGET IS A PIECE, A SQUARE, OR <A TACTICAL MOTIF>>>


<38.Rg3 [38.Rg3 Ng6 39.Bxg6 fxg6 40.Qe4 forks c6 and g6.] 1-0 <forks undefended Black c6-rook and loose g6-pinning square>, <A SQUARE CAN BE A TACTICAL TARGET>>

Jan-25-09  notyetagm: Wonderful game by Movsesian, winning the Sokolov Prize for the Best Game of round 2 (

<Movsesian sprung a surprise in the form of an ancient gambit against Adams. The Slovak afterwards said that he was a bit worried about trying it out, since the database has a blitz game with this line attributed to him (even though it is not his!), and his opponent (who has experience in the variation as black anyways), would prepare for it. As it was, black was not expecting the line, and early on erred with 11...Nc6?!. White now had dominating pressure on the light squares and the compromised black kingside. Even returning the pawn and anchoring his knight on e5 did not help the Brit fend off the attack. With the inevitable loss of material (38...Ng6 39.h5) (see diagram 3), he had to acknowledge defeat.>

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  patzer2: White prepares a winning pin with 36. Rd8! to solve the Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 puzzle.
Apr-11-09  derek.mourad: <PinnedPiece: If 38..Ng6 why not: 39. Qe4>
because Qf3 is a double threat. on the rook and threatening h5
Jun-01-09  notyetagm: Those <KING PAWN GAMBITS> are nasty little beasties!

That's why at club level almost no one *dares* to play 1 ... e7-e5 against 1 e2-e4.

Dec-04-10  sevenseaman: I feel stupid when someone claims <my 10 year old son found the move in about 5 seconds> How come I've wasted 5 minutes on a juvenile hip-shoot!

Fun finding ways to overload the Black Q!

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