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Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
"Short on Time" (game of the day Dec-05-2016)
Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993), London ENG, rd 1, Sep-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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Aug-21-10  echever7: I was in Russia at that time, and remember having read an interview with Karpov that was playing Timman in a paralel match. Karpov was asked his opinion about that Kasparov-Short match. His answer was (I remember hat answer literally, but my English is not very good): "According to how the Englishman was playing black, he's in catasthrophically bad shape. Besides in chess understanding he lags far behind Kasparov. Only in tactical game they seem to be equal". At the moment of that interview Kasparov and Short were playing something about the 12-th game in their match ( Their 'private' match called it Karpov)
Aug-21-10  Jim Bartle: Karpov was certainly well positioned to evaluate both Kasparov and Short, having played matches to both in the past three years. Both close, but both losses.
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  HeMateMe: Was this game a time forfeit?
Aug-21-10  Jim Bartle: Yes, it was.
Oct-30-10  Ulhumbrus: The move 13 Nf1?! invites 13...Bxc4 14 dxc4 Qe6 15 b3 Nd7 16 Be3 ( else 15...Nc5) 15...Nc5 ( anyway) 16 Bxc5 dxc5 17 Qd5 Rfd1 18 Qxe6 fxe6 followed by ...Bd6 or ...Bf6 and then ...Nd4 with equality at least for Black
Nov-12-10  Knight13: <djbl> Thank you for the explanation.
Nov-14-10  Tigranny: Didn't Short lose on time?
Nov-14-10  TheChessGuy: Yes, that's correct.
Dec-05-10  Tigranny: Thanks TheChessGuy.
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  shalgo: <"average GM" ,,,,Nigel was ranked number 4 in the world for a while. Hardly average.>

I agree, and he was actually even better than that: he reached number three in the world in the July 1988 rating list (behind Kasparov and Karpov) and remained number three throughout 1989. His rating slipped in 1990, but by January 1992 he was back to number 4. I suppose you could argue that by the time of the match in 1993, Short was already past his peak.

Incidentally, it shows the impressive longevity of some of today's top players when you look at the names at the top of the rating lists back then. For example, in July 1993, the top ten included Anand, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Shirov, Topalov, and Gelfand.

Mar-21-11  zev22407: Short had a winning position in 2 games but failed to produce the win, he also refused to a a few draws .
Aug-06-11  ToTheDeath: 32.g4!? was a very good move from a competitive standpoint, seizing the initiative in Short's time trouble. 36.Re7! wins for White.
Dec-16-12  leka: Kasparov offered a draw in this game.Short said no for draw.Kasparov missed a win many times a final mistake was 36.bishop g7???? my 32mgz computer moves 36.rook e7!!!!! after 7 minutes tought.Kasparov played badly against Short in 1993.Also Kasparov should had lost to Anand WC match.Kasparov played against deep blue computer so badly.1.d3??? and played black 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d6???? kasparov played knight h7??? against deep blue
Mar-21-13  humeanbeing: Short more than deserved his shot. Dominic Lawson's book The Inner Game is a superb account of his encounter with Gazza. I think it was game 16 that was one square away from being a masterpiece by Short. Will check...
Mar-21-13  IndigoViolet: Short's almost-masterpieces were games 8 and 10.
Sep-04-13  humilde artesano: Short defeated Karpov, true, but he was lucky to meet a Karpov in a very poor form. After this match the score between them is about 5-1 for Karpov (to be honest, at leasdt one win for karpov was a blitz game). Also in 1992 Karpov defeated Short in Linares (a tournament in which, by the way, Short was also defeated by Timman). So we got the most umbalanced world championship match in recent decades, in which the pretender was smashed by the reigning champion.

Jeff Sonas (chessmetrics) places Short between the 5-10 best players around 1992. The peak of the english player was in 1988-1990, when at times he was among the 5th playes in the world (there are minor divergences between FIDE and Sonas's systems). In fact, this match has been till now Short's major success. And I am almost sure it will remain so till the end of his days.

As we say in Spanish, "como el burro que tocó la flauta"

Jun-24-14  RookFile: Played over this tonight, with fresh eyes, and found that Short was making one excellent move after another in defending this game.
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  Phony Benoni: Kasparov's opponents were always short on time. They would have preferred a control of 40 moves in 2 weeks, not hours.
Dec-05-16  YuvalKenoll: According to kasparov 33 h:g4!would have been very good for white
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  offramp: Today's pun, "Short on Time", is a pun based on one of the players' names, Nigel Short. That player was in time trouble during this game.

I did not find this pun particularly enjoyable or amusing.

I entered it on the Harmison Index and it actually came up with a rating of "CRUEL", and I agree with that.

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  catlover: This is probably a silly question, but if the last recorded move is Short's, how was it possible that he lost because his flag fell? If he lost due to time, shouldn't Kasparov's move be the last move?
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  perfidious: <catlover>, if Short executed the move but failed to press his clock before the flag fell, the game score would include the final move.

For another angle on failure to complete the time check, see the notes to A Ivanov vs Yermolinsky, 1993.

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  catlover: Thanks, <perfidious>. My question flows out of my very limited tournament experience.
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  kevin86: TIME!!
Aug-04-18  Ulhumbrus: After 12...Qc8 White's KB ties a piece of much greater value- Black's queen - to the defence of the a6 pawn for a long time. This suggests that 12...Bxc4 is necessary.
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