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I'm confused. After 1.Qg4 why doesn't black play Rxe2?
Never mind. The e1 rook is defended.
Tried to play a4 earlier but was not accepted.
So what's the verdict?? 2.a4! works just as well, right?
very nice positional play, at first sight black was in a good position and had no problems at all. That's wasn't the case!
I agree about the first page wanna bes...not very becoming.
IIRC, this game is almost always given with Adams as White, not Carlos Torre. However, the authenticity of the encounter has been many times disputed.
NM I'm not sure again.
very difficult queen deflection lesson and very instructive
A4 won't work because of 3. Rc1+ wins! 4. RxH+ or RxR+ (depending which piece white use to defend!!!
No, I think you're right. After 2.a4 Qxe2 3.Rxe2 Rc1+! (not 3...Rxe2?) 4.R or Ne1 and black mates on e1 next move. Nice. I guess Adams knew something about this game....
difficult......back rank mate
This is a classic game, Adams v. Torre, 1920. It is also noteworthy as an example of an amateur besting a master, though there is some question as to the authenticity of the game. The point of the moves is that black faces 8th rank mate from the 2nd white rook capturing on e8 (after exchange of the first 2 rooks). The black queen absolutely must retain her line along the a4-e8 diagonal to prevent the mate. If either the black rook on c8 or the black queen along a4-e8 strays from the defense of e8, black will be checkmated. White has flexibility because he only needs his rooks to attack e8, and so the white queen is free to try to dislodge the black queen from her defense. The white queen can either act as sacrificial bait, or move to control the squares along the a4-e8 diagonal. It would take too long to try to annotate each of the moves in the puzzle, but for expert commentary I recommend searching for the Adams v. Torre game.
couldent he just eat the queen withought being eaten?
Why not 2. a4 ???
Ok, and that threat doesn't work on 4. a4 because the white queen is now blocking the c-rook's path to c1. All right. Now what happens if black takes e2 at that point anyway?
Easy, since I had seen the game before in one of chess.com's articles :)
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