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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993), London ENG, rd 14, Oct-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  InspiredByMorphy: 34. Qc6 looks playable. It threatens blacks knight and a6. It also may help advance the c pawn. Im not sure white has time for it though considering black has a protected passed pawn. Great game!
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  InspiredByMorphy: Kasparov's 22. ...Rfc8 is an interesting idea but is promptly shut down by Short's 23.Ba5 In the following game black plays 22. ...f5 yet it gets promptly shut down as well. Pachman vs Jedlicka Ales, 1995 What should black play on the 22nd move?
Nov-04-04  WMD: 22...f5 was first played in the game Christiansen vs L Spassov, 1982 but neither Kasparov or Short was aware of it.

The most interesting discussion after the game was Short's refusal to play the logical continuation 34.c5:

34...f4 35.c6 f3 36.g4 Nf6! 37.Qf5 Qf7 38.d7 Qxa2 39.dxe8=Q+ Nxe8 40.Qf8+ with a perpetual.

34....Re5 35.Qa8+ Kh7 36.c6 Rb5! 37.Qxa6 Rb2 38.Qf1 f4 39.cxd7 f3 40.g4 Qf6 41.Bb6!? Rxb6 42.d8Q Qxd8 43.Qc4 Rxd6 is level.

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  InspiredByMorphy: <WMD> Thanks for the input. Originally I too thought 34.c5 looked playable but only giving it a brief observation I overlooked that the knight isnt defended. Therefore 34.c5 Re5 35.Qc6 looks good for white. Strange Short picked the defensive 34.Qd2 instead.
Mar-07-09  rcs784: By the players' own analysis after the game, 34. c5 leads to a forced draw by perpetual check: 34. c5 Re5 35. Qa8+ Kh7 36. c6 Rb5! 37. Qa6 Rb2 38. Qf1 f4 39. cxd7 f3 40. g4 Qf6! 41. d8=Q f2+ 42. Kh2 Qf4+ 43. Kf3 Qf3+ 44. Kf2 Qxd1 45. Qf8!! Qxf1 46. Qf5+ Kg8 47. Qe6+. GM Raymond Keene says the players themselves concluded that this line represented best play by both sides.
Aug-05-11  ToTheDeath: Simply an amazing variation.

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