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Viktor Korchnoi vs Nigel Short
London sm (1976), London ENG, Jan-17
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  0-1


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  lostemperor: Short was 11 here and it shouldn't be a mission impossible for someone who already knows he wants to be worlchesschampion by the age of 10, to beat the vice worldchampion giving a simul. And he would have become worlchampion if it were not for one person standing in his way.
Oct-02-04  Orbitkind: It's crazy that Short beat Petrosian and Korchnoi by the age of 12.
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  sergeidave: so this is the lost Korchnoi had against Short in 1976, which he's talking about right here, huh?
Aug-06-05  kozo: "Even now i cannot understand why Korchnoi ignored this threat(24. Naxb3). I trade two knights for a rook and two pawns and create a very strong passed a pan. As my light square blockade is preventing white from mounting any serious threats, despite my exposed king i am well placed for a push on the queen side." Short
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  offramp: <lostemperor: And he would have become worlchampion if it were not for one person standing in his way.> That's an interesting point; who would have been world champions if Kasparov had not existed?

I think Karpov might have continued up to 1993, then Short 1993-1995, then Anand 1995-2000, then Kramnik, using Occam's Razor.

Feb-01-06  apawnandafool: Kramnik using the razor on whom, Anand? He'd be bloody sure to become champion that way.
Apr-17-07  SBGiffy: White just seemed to be drifting in this game... as white I would of been fairly happy out the opening as it seems to be a favorable french advance since white has gotten in f4. I would of been thinking g3, h3, g4 then f5. Not sure why he was seemingly wasting time on the queenside.
Jan-21-10  laskereshevsky: .” Asked if he was satisfied with his half point against" ( Carlsen ) "the Norwegian boy wonder," ( in the Corus 2010 A groupe 4th round ) " Short reacted: <“Satisfied? Why should I be satisfied with a draw against a kid? I’m a grandmaster with 25 years of experience!”>

How much often we forget that one time in the life we too were child


( Brackets words are mine own.)

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  GrahamClayton: A photo of Short sitting at the board can be found at:

Oct-15-10  williscreek: That photo shows that Short's opponent is playing the black pieces.
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  Penguincw: Korchnoi has had some very surprising results.Just like when he lost to a cow : .
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  GrahamClayton: Korchnoi's only loss in a 30 board simul against a group of young players from London. Korchnoi finished with a score of +20, =9, -1.
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  roberts partner: Short's opponent in the photo submitted by Graham Clayton was not Korchnoi but Vasily Smyslov, giving a clock simultaneous at the Mary Ward Centre, London, in late September 1975 following Smyslov's second place in the Alexander Memorial at Teesside. Smyslov played eight or ten selected juniors and took Black on alternate boards. He won all or almost all the games. Short v Smyslov was a Neo-Grunfeld where Nigel was unfamiliar with the idea of Black's a pawn advancing to dislocate the white formation, and Smyslov won in about 25 moves.
Jun-20-17  Xonatron: @lostemperor, Short claims he was only 10 when he played in this game (simult), in his book, Nigel Short's Chess Skills.
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  perfidious: This game--along with many other early efforts--was also published in the collection authored in the early eighties.
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