What's the Best Move: Weaver Adams
By GM Larry Evans   
October 1, 2007

Apostle Of Aggression


Weaver Adams (1901-1963) won the 1948 U.S. Open and made the cover of Chess Review which dubbed him the “apostle of aggression.” His book, White to Play and Win (recently revised and reprinted by Ishi Press), was published in 1939. A year later in the 1940 U.S. Open he lost all his games as White (except for one draw) but won every game with Black! He championed the Vienna Game and I fondly remember him swaying back and forth in his chair for 20 minutes after 1. e4 e5 before uncorking his predictable 2. Nc3.

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1. White moves
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(a) Bf4 (b) Qb3 (c) Ng5

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2. White moves
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(a) Nxc6 (b) Bb5 (c) exd5

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3. Black moves
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(a) Qb7 (b) Qe7+ (c) Bd3

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4. Black moves
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(a) h1=Q (b) Rf6 (c) Rb8

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