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Nigel Short vs Boris Gelfand
Cm (1/4) (1991), Bruxelles, rd 3, Aug-??
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0


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  Jim Bartle: Pretty effective, that rook on a8.
Mar-01-05  Albertan: Hi Jim,you are right about the rook, he might as well have been playing a piece down.
Mar-01-05  Albertan: For some analysis of this game go to:

Mar-01-05  Albertan: GM James Plaskett suggested Gelfand made a mistake by playing 22...Nb4? Instead he should have tried 22...Rae8 after which play might have continued:

23.c3 dxc3 24.bxc3 Qxf2 25.Rxf2 Rb8 26.Rfe2 b5 27.axb5 Rxb5 28.Ba4 Rb2 and Black has counterplay.

Dec-05-05  subedai: 20. Bc3!! - pure genius gaining a tempo and forcing black to reassess how he is going to generate counterplay
Feb-21-09  Shams: video analysis of the position after 14...Bxf6 here:
Jun-30-10  vonKrolock: <24.f5>

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What if black accepts the piece sac !? 24...bxa4 25.fxg6! (a) axb3 26.gxh7+ ♔xh7 (or 26...♔h8 27.♘e5! etc wins) 27.♘g5+ ♗xg5 ▢ 28.♕xg5 ♖xf1+ other moves loses too 29.♖xf1 ♖f8 30.♕h6+ ♔g8 31.♕g6+ ♔h8 analysis diagram

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♗f4 or ♖f4 wins too, but 32.♖f6! is the fastest

after 25.fxg6

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so, try the intermezzo (b) 25...h5 !? Now 26.♘e5 looks very strong, for instance: 26...♕e7 27.♘xd7 ♕xd7 28.♗xa4! ♕xa4 29.♕c7 and wins

Jul-29-12  JCRchess: 23.) Qg3!! Amazing tempo move by Short.
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  tpstar: Another video after 14 ... Bxf6 - "Improving the Pieces"

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