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Friday, October 9, 2009

How to Win a Chess Game by Activating the rooks – Creative Chess from Michael Adams

I came across this pretty interesting game, Bergsson – Adams, 2003. In the position on the diagram - Black has full compensation for the pawn, but how does he improve his pieces? Michael Adams saw a weakness in the h3 pawn, and decided to … attack it with rooks. Moral of the story – if you have a dominating position and are rated 700 points higher than your opponent, you can try all kinds of creative ideas!

image Black to move

30… Kh7 31. Nc4 Rh8 32. Ne5 Bf5 33. Re2 Kg8

image Nice – now the h3 pawn is under attack!

34. Rh2 Qe7 35. Rdd2 g6 36. b4 Rh5 37. Rdg2 But wait, he liked the idea, so he does it again, now bringing the d8 rook to the h file!

image Black to Move.

37… Kh7!! 38. Qe3 Rh8 39. Ng4 Bg7 40. a4 Ra8 41. Qb3
Be4 42. Re2 Bd5 43. Qc2 Qh4 44. Re3 Rf5 45. Rf2 Rh8 46. b5 Kg8
The king triangulated again, now both rooks are attacking the weak white pawns!

image 47. b6 Qxg4+ White collapses under the pressure 48.Kf1 Rxh3 49. Rxh3 Qxh3+ 50. Ke2 Qg4+ 51. Ke1 Rxf4 52. Rxf4 Qxf4 53. a5 Bxd4 54. a6 Qg3+ 55. Kd1 Qg1+ 56. Ke2 Qf2+ 57. Kd1 Bf3+ 58. Kc1 Qe1+ 0-1

Replay the game in the viewer:

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