[video] The World’s Most Famous Chess Combinations #5: Adams v. Torre

In New Orleans Adams played what is probably the most beautiful overloading combination in the history of chess. Poor Torre was desperately trying to keep his pieces together but in the end could not manage against the well poised violence of white’s heavy pieces.

Some people think that the game was a sham, because of it’s beauty. What do you think?
On http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/adamstorre.html you can find more historical information about the two players and their game.

Anyway, check out the video, it’s well worth it!


  1. dave June 17, 2008

    what about after the first queen move by white black played rook takes e2?

  2. dave June 17, 2008

    oh never mind didnt see that knight there protecting e1

  3. Waldemar June 17, 2008

    Hi Dave,

    In that case white would take black’s queen on d7.
    If black would then take the rook on e1, white can recapture with the knight and would remain with a decisive material advantage of queen versus rook.



  4. michaeladams June 19, 2008

    Welke Adams was dat?

  5. Waldemar June 20, 2008

    Hi michaeladams.

    It was Edwin Ziegler Adams (1885-1944).
    If you like visit the URL in the above article for more information about him.

  6. Richard Sulikowski July 23, 2008

    Hi Waldemar, I thoroughly enjoyed your description of this great overlaoding combination. Keep them coming!

  7. Ronald Diaz August 22, 2009

    Thank you Waldemar this is a trully an amazing game. I have never seen a Queen chase like this before. Awesome !!!

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