Adams - Torre 

E.Z. Adams (2200) - Carlos Torre (2450) 
City Championship - New Orleans, LA,   1920 


[A.J.G. (+CB)]

A brilliant game of the first magnitude.  

Maybe  THE  game for exploiting a weakened back-rank. {A.J.G.} 

Chernev writes:   << "Wonderful!" is praise lightly bestowed today on chews and chips and Sealy-hams and cabin-chairs and kinks. 
                                  But what else can we say of this brilliancy which glistens with six Queen sacrifices in succession? >> 

(What the heck is a "KINK?" - A.J.G.) 


[ See the book, {The} "1000 Best Short Games of Chess,"  by Irving Chernev. Game # 944, pages 516-517. ] 

Played in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1920.

GM Andrew Soltis considers this game to be a fake, and for many years I vehemently disagreed with him. But it is quite possible that he is correct.

See GM Larry Evan's column in 'Chess Life,'  "Larry Evans on Chess." (Chess Life; December, 2002. Page # 63.) 

1. e4 e52. Nf3 d6;  
The Philidor's Defense. 

Most people assume this is inferior, but it is not. 

3. d4 exd4!?
Perhaps surrendering the center too soon. 

          [Book is: 3...Nd7!; ---> A.J. Goldsby I ]

4. Qxd4!
Probably the best. {A.J.G.} 

          [4.Nxd4!?= ] .

This has a slightly odd look to it. 
(It might have been better to preface this with ...a6 first.) 

          [ 4...a6; ---> Sznapik-Plachetka; 
; ---> Guez-Samama; 

            4...Nf6; 5.e5
(Or 5.Nc3 ---> Campora-Chiburdanidze
---> Sax-Tseshkovsky.)  5...Be7; 6.Nc3 ---> main line; 
5...Qe7; ---> Jansa-Ermenkov (5...dxe5; ---> Gufeld-Georgadze)  6.Be3 Ng4= ]

5. Bb5 Bd7!?
;  Hmmm.  
This is very stodgy and unnatural. {A.J.G.} 

          [ 5...Nf6; ---> Niedermayer-Speckner; 
; ---> Markovic-Nikolic (- '!'; {A.J.G.}) 
a6; 7.Qa4 Be6; 8.Be2 h6!?; 9.Rd1 Qc8!; 10.Nbd2 g6; 11.c3 Bg7
0-0; 13.a4, ("+/=") {A.J.G.} ]

6. Bxc6 Bxc6
7. Nc3!?,   
Hitting the center. (This is very logical, controlling key central squares, and developing a piece.) 

          [ 7.Bg5 f6; ---> Morphy-Harrwitz  (7...Nf6; --> Anderssen-Paulsen) 
, ---> A.J. Goldsby I]  

Black develops. 

          [ Black could play: 7...Qf6 ---> Tringov-Acimovic; 
            Or 7...Ne7!? , ---> LM A.J. Goldsby I; 
            Or 7...h6!? ; ---> A.J. Goldsby I] 

8. 0-0!?
Simple development, but maybe not the most precise. (Perhaps White needed to be a bit more aggressive here.) 

          [ 8. Bg5!,  ---> Gawliczek-Goebel.  8...Be7 ; 9.0-0-0 ].  

8...Be79. Nd5!?,   
Good, and very active. (But it is not clear if this is the absolute best.) 

          [ 9.e5; Or  9.Rd1.]  

Perhaps Black could have just castled instead. 

          [ 9...0-0!? ]   

10. exd5 0-011. Bg5 c6
; (!?) {Diagram?} 
It is not clear if this is the most accurate here for Black.

12. c4 cxd5
The most accurate. 

          [ Not  12...Nxd5?!; 13.cxd5 Bxg5; 14.Nxg5 Qxg5
bxc6; 16.Qxd6, ("+/=") {A.J.G.}

                                                                                          (See the {analysis} diagram just below.) 

  Analysis position of the Adams-Torre game. (After 16. Qxd6)


            12...h6!? ]

13. cxd5 Re8
14. Rfe1 a5!?15. Re2 Rc8?!; ('?')   
Natural looking. ( Grabbing an open file, but probably not the best. {A.J.G.} )

          [ 15...h6!; ("=") ]. 

16. Rae1, ("+/=")  16...Qd717. Bxf6! Bxf6
Black looks OK here ... but looks can be deceiving! 

White's next move is the first to receive an exclam from Chernev.
18. Qg4!
Offering the Queen, which Black cannot take. 

          [ 18. Rxe8+!? ("=") ]


Now White's next five moves get one exclamation point each from Chernev. 

          [ Chernev writes:  "If 18...Qxg4; 19.Rxe8+ Rxe8; 20.Rxe8#, mate.  Black's Queen 
             must stay on the diagonal leading to the King's Rook." ] 

Chernev only gives White's next move one exclamation point, but that is surely too stingy.
19. Qc4!! Qd7
Black cannot take. 

Chernev writes:  "Again he may not capture the Queen with either Queen or Rook." 

Once again, Chernev only gives White's next move a single exclam. 
  He could afford to be more generous for a move so brilliant.  
20.Qc7!! Qb5
; 21. a4!,   
Why this? (Because it's a nice move, trying to decoy the Black Queen.) 

          [ White could have fallen for: 21. Qxb7? Qxe2!; 22.Rxe2 Rc1+, ("-/+") 
             and it is White who will be mated on the back-rank. {A.J.G.} ]

22. Re4!!, (Maybe only - '!')  
Another nice decoy theme, hammering away at the fact that Black is tied to the defense of e8. 

Chernev writes: "This gives Black a choice of three different ways of capturing - none of them any good!"

23. Qxb7!1 - 0   {Diagram?} 
Black is out of moves, and it is time to resign.  

Soltis (and many others) have said this game must be a forgery. But until I see or hear of positive proof to this effect, I prefer to believe the game is real.

  1 - 0  

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