Chess: Lane foils Adams's regrouping plan

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THE first serious upset of the Lloyds Bank Masters tournament came with the defeat of the favourite, Michael Adams, by Gary Lane in the second round.

In the 6. Qe2 variation of the Ruy Lopez, with which Nigel Short roughed up Anatoly Karpov several times, Adams tried a new regrouping manoeuvre beginning with 12 . . . Nb8, freeing the way for the c-pawn's advance and preparing to redeploy the knight on d7.

Lane cut across that plan with 13. exd5 and 14. d4] emphasising White's better co-ordinated development and taking advantage of the pin on the e-file. Adams accepted the loss of a pawn, hoping that the chances to irritate White's queen, combined with the weakness of the white e- pawn, would be enough compensation, but 18. Ne4] and 19. Bxf7+] was a beautiful justification of White's play.

Adams must have seen it coming, because White had little choice after his 18 . . . Nc5, but he must have misjudged the consequences. Black had to give up his queen for three pieces, but the real sting came with 26. b4] Any move of the attacked knight is met by 27. Re4] when the threat of 28. Rh4+ Kg8 29. Qh7+ Kf7 30. Rf4 mate cannot be met.

After abandoning the knight, Adams made a good show of pretending that his two pieces were a match for the queen, but when White's f-pawn joined in the attack, all was lost.

White: Gary Lane

Black: Michael Adams

1 e4 e5

2 Nf3 Nc6

3 Bb5 a6

4 Ba4 Nf6

5 0-0 Be7

6 Qe2 b5

7 Bb3 0-0

8 c3 d5

9 d3 Bb7

10 Nbd2 Re8

11 a3 Bf8

12 Re1 Nb8

13 exd5 Nxd5

14 d4 Nc6

15 dxe5 Nf4

16 Qe4 Ne6

17 Qg4 Bc8

18 Ne4 Nc5

19 Bxf7+ Kxf7

20 Qh5+ Kg8

21 Nfg5 h6

22 Qf7+ Kh8

23 Qg6 hxg5

24 Nxg5 Qxg5

25 Bxg5 Be6

26 b4 Ne7

27 Qh5+ Kg8

28 bxc5 Nd5

29 Be3 Nxc3

30 Bd4 Nd5

31 Re4 Bf7

32 Qg4 Be6

33 Qg6 Bf7

34 Qg5 Re6

35 Rg4 Ne7

36 Re1 Rd8

37 h4 Nc6

38 Bc3 Rd5

39 h5 Rxc5

40 Rg3 Rc4

41 f4 Kh7

42 f5 Rh6

43 e6 1-0