Adhiban's amazing attack

by Oliver Reeh
5/3/2019 – A standard position from the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation, with a quiet positional fight ahead? Well, not after White's stunning continuation from the diagram — it will soon be mate alert. Have fun!

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Mate alert!

One might argue it's kind of fair that White's attack from the diagram position eventually does not succeed (after all Black hasn't committed any opening sin), but it's sure close enough!

 

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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KevinC KevinC 5/4/2019 02:25
@malfra, I am with Brian. First, it is not a "slightly better endgame", or even close. It is really dead equal, and took all the life out of the position. White is better off looking for something with Nb3 h5 Qd2! Second, now that the defense, which now is published, it probably is not worth trying again.
malfa malfa 5/4/2019 10:31
@brian8871

In chess terms White uncorks a highly original manoeuvre which guarantees him at least a slightly better endgame against the best defence by Black, which is brilliant in its turn and by no means obvious. That such a spectacular conception is not enough to win it is quite in the logic of the game, since Black made no serious opening mistakes, and should not be blamed for lack of meaning: it just happens.
Offramp Offramp 5/3/2019 11:47
Very good. Very funny!
brian8871 brian8871 5/3/2019 09:39
So, White managed to use a Rube Goldberg move set to force an even exchange. It may be memorable, but in chess terms, it doesn't mean much.
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