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Chess Kit Training Classic Games Adams vs Torre

Here is a CLASSIC game played in New Orleans, USA in 1920. Adams is White. Torre is Black. Watch carefully.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6
Oh! New move BUT this is OK.

3.d4 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5
WIN an win.

5...Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3
Good moves. Both side develop their pieces REMEMBER, don't let your pieces GO TO SLEEP!

White has TWO possible plans. Have a look at the differences between both plans.

Plan 1
Play 8.Bg5 and castle queenside with 9.0-0-0

Plan 2
Castle kingside with 8.0-0 White has activated most of pieces and made his king SAFE.

8.0-0 Be7 9.Nd5
Why? White is trying to control the CENTRE.

9...Bxd5 10.exd5 0-0 11.Bg5

11...h6! Why is this GOOD? Well, the White bishop has to make a decision. Keep on the h4 to d8 diagonal or keep on the c1 to h6 diagonal. 12.Bh4 Re8.

12.c4 cxd5 13.cxd5 a5
Black wanted to play 13...Rc8. BUT his pawn on a7 was not defended. So, Torre pushes his pawn to a5.

14.Rfe1 Re8 15.Re2 Rc8 16.Rae1 Qd7 17. Bxf6 Bxf6

WOAH! Sensational move! White is giving up his queen. There must be a catch.

The queen needs to move and still defend his Rook on e8. This is the ONLY square. Black can't take this queen. 18...Qxg4?? 19Rxe8+! Rxe8 20.Rxe8+ BACK RANK MATE. Remember this sort of mate. It happens all the time. (Hey, remember back a few moves. Yep, if Black had played ...h6 then this move would be OK!)

19.Qc4 Qd7
Again, defending the rook on e8.

20.Qc7 Qb5 21.a4 Qxa4 22.Re4 Qb5 23.Qxb7
The final blow! Now Black queen has NO squares. a4, b5, d7 all out. Black threw in the towel and resigned.


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