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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
London (1987)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov (1987)
The Hippodrome Discotheque in London, 1987

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Apr-07-05  aragorn69: Great combitional game ! Short finds beautiful defensive tactics with 35.Ka1, 37.Qd2!! (he had to anticipate the developements following 37.-Rc2!), 39.Rd8 and 40.Rf1.

I'm not sure Kaspy did not miss something at some point. But that cannot be 36.-Qc1+ since obviously 32.Qf4 was played <> as Ray Keene indicated on his page.

BTW What was the occasion : a tournament at London ? a match ?? (I don't recall a Kasparov-Short match before the 1993 WC...)

Apr-08-05  coffee monster: <aragorn69> It was a 6 game rapid match which Kasparov won 4-2. He talks about it here: (under the section 'TAKING ACTION ON ACTIVE CHESS')
There is a nice picture of them in there tuxedos here:
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  Orion Sphere: Just played chess today opposite the hippodrome at a rapid (blitz) event. [technically yesterday cos it's past midnight]
Feb-22-08  r1xze: I dont understand. Can't Garry force a draw? Where can the white king go?
Apr-13-08  littlefermat: <r1xze: I dont understand. Can't Garry force a draw? Where can the white king go?>

White's king is attacking both the rook and bishop. Kasparov will have to lose one of them.

May-11-08  sfairat: There is a pawn grab possible at move 15 or earlier. White can play Nf5, attacking the queen with the bishop and the g7 pawn with the knight. I can't be absolutely positive, but I think it's sound.
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  Catfriend: <sfairat> - 15.Nf5?? fails to 15..Bc5 and the exchange, Rg1 is under threat.
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  technical draw: Glad to see you back <Catfriend> or should I say Lt. Catfriend?
Nov-10-08  apexin: This is a good game.Garry was winning out of opening but made some intriguing decisions.18...b4 or Rc8 might have been better.25.b4! stops blacks attack
Aug-17-09  aazqua: A rare win for white against Kasparov Nadjorf. It's remarkable how many offered pieces Short declines in navigating to the win.
Aug-03-11  Mostolesdude: Well done Short; he does look like Harry Potter playing chess though
Sep-01-11  hedgeh0g: 33...Qc6? is just a blunder. Kasparov probably thought Rxb4+ was winning in case Nigel played Na5, but he missed that White doesn't have to take the rook.
Sep-23-11  Volen: i don't liked how they played
Apr-08-12  llauro: Here you can watch the full TV broadcasting of this game, with live commentaries:
Apr-19-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Disco Inferno


Sep-14-12  Conrad93: If Nd4 left his post, then 26.Bxb4 would work, so in order to make the sacrifice a reality we have to get rid of the knight through: [Event "London"] [Site "London"]
[Date "1987.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Nigel Short"]
[Black "Garry Kasparov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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"] [PlyCount "17"]
[EventDate "1987.??.??"]

26. Rd3 e5 27. Bg3 Qb7 28. Nf5 Bxf5 29. exf5 Bxb4 30. g6 fxg6 31. fxg6 Qb6 32. Re1 e4 33. Rxe4 Ba3 34. Re1 1-0

Now black has a big advantage.

Tell me what you think.

Sep-14-12  Conrad93: Edit: I found a better line:

[Event "London"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1987.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Nigel Short"]
[Black "Garry Kasparov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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"] [PlyCount "29"]
[EventDate "1987.??.??"]

26... e5 27. Bg3 Qb6 28. Bxe5 Bxb4 29. Re1 Rfe8 30. Nf3 Be6 31. Bd4 Qb7 32. Ka1 Be7 33. Qb1 b4 34. cxb4 Bxb4 35. Red1 Qe7 36. Re3 Red8 37. g6 fxg6 38. Rc1 Rxc1 39. Qxc1 g5 40. hxg5 h4 1-0

End Result:

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Oct-10-12  tivrfoa: Nice Sicilian until Kasp bluder with 33. ... Qc6
Oct-20-12  KingG: After the game, Kasparov said he could have won with 31...Bxb4, giving the variation 31...Bxb4 32.cxb4 Bxe4 33.Qxe4 Rxb4+.
Dec-02-12  fifthsymphony: Assuming Short didn't instead opt for Nxc6.
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  whiteshark: 25 min rapid game
Dec-14-15  cunctatorg: Who is the third person (except Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short) in the photo? He looks like Anatoly Karpov but I can't be sure...

Only positive answers please, not speculations! Thank you!

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  tamar: You can be positive it was not Anatoly!
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  john barleycorn: The presenter was Tony Bastable

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