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Nigel Short vs Jan Timman
"A Long Walk Off a Short Peer" (game of the day May-26-2009)
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 4, Oct-21
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  1-0
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Sep-07-11  waustad: Sorry, that should be Leid not Leid's. It is many years since I spoke German regularly. Leider.
Oct-23-11  waustad: getan
Dec-22-11  Tigranny: <Kinghunt> 33.Nf4 is not possible in your line. After 31...Bc8, there is 32.g4!, which gives Black very beautiful variations to choose from. 32...Bxd7 loses to 33.gxh5 gxh5 34.Qg5+ Kh7 35.Qxh5+ Kg7 36.Rg4#. If Black does not play 33...gxh5 and chooses a different move, say 33...Qxa4, White has 34.h6, and there is no way to prevent 35.Qg7#. If White chooses 33.Ng5 after 32...hxg4, Black must counterattack with 33...g3+, which still loses to 34.Kxg3! Bxd7 35.Kh2!! Qxa4 36.h5! gxh5 37.Rh4, threatening either 38.Qh8# or 38.Rh8#. If 34...Bb7, there is 35.f3. If Black chooses 32...Bb7 after 32.g4!, the finish is simply 33.Rf4! Qxd7 34.gxh5 gxh5 35.Qg5+ Kh7 36.Qxh5+ Kg7 37.Rf4#. White can also choose in this variation 33.Rd3, which wins to 33...hxg4 34.h5! gxh5 35.Qg5+ Kh7 36.Qxh5+ Kg7 37.Qxg4+ Kh8 38.R3d4! Qxf3 39.Qh4+Kg7 40.Qg5+ Kh7 41.Rh4+ Qh5 42.Rxh5#.
Jan-13-12  Kinghunt: <Tigranny: <Kinghunt> 33.Nf4 is not possible in your line.>

Yes, that was a typo. I meant 33. Rf4.

However, upon a bit more analysis, I think my first idea (in a previous post, from 2009) was the best. 31...Bc8 32. Ng5 Bxd7 33. g4! seems cleanest. All black responses lead to an immediate white win:

A. 33...hxg4 34. h5 gxh5 (else 35. h6) 35. Qh6 and mate on h7 is unavoidable.

B. 33...Re7 34. gxh5 gxh5 35. Ne4 and black has to give up all his pieces to avoid being mater by 36. Qg5+ 37. Qh6+ 38. Nf6#.

While your lines seem to win too, it seems unnecessary to give black the bit of extra play from playing g4 before Ng5. It's just a little less clean, and over the board, leaves white more room to err.

Jan-20-12  Tigranny: <Kinghunt> Sorry for my longer variations. I watched them on a video of the game at Chess.com. Your variations are good too :).
Dec-22-12  Llawdogg: Thanks kingscrusher, nice video.
Sep-05-13  WiseWizard: The audacity..
Dec-18-13  ndg2: It's fantastic. To this day, Short's king march creates a "mental blockage" in chess engines. King safety seems to be paramount in middle games. They cannot figure out the plan even after 32. Kg3 (let alone 30. h4). Only after 32...Re8 the evaluation jumps up highly.
Feb-25-14  navneet4751: Short kings is brave and powerfull
Aug-08-14  SpiritedReposte: Angry king style! Don't see that often.
Aug-10-14  Chessinfinite: An absolutely crushing win by Short.
Aug-26-14
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  TheBish: A long walk for a Short king!
Dec-21-14  GoldenBird: I think Short had remembered what Steintiz once said 'The King is a fighting piece!'
Mar-30-15
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  Alex Schindler: Wow. It's so simple, but so painfully counterintuitive at the same time. To treat a board with all major pieces still on it like a king and pawn endgame and just waltz right up to the enemy lair to assist checkmate... That's a king who leads from the front!
Apr-27-15  ip0: King: I will do it my self.
Dec-03-15  Granny O Doul: Whatever may have been going on with the substitution of "peer" for "pier", the correct phrase is "long walk ON a short pier". To say "off" instead destroys the joke.
May-05-16
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  posoo: INCORECT Grannus. It is Tinman HIMSELF who is da short peer. GET IT?

A TRIPUL PUN.

Sadly, though this game is one of posoo's FAVORITES, i can NO LONGER agree with king marhces like dis because of da HORIFIC way Niggul Shoat treats his "friends." DISGRACEFUL.

May-08-16  The Kings Domain: :-) Funny and unique game.
May-08-16  The Kings Domain: Great time for Chess too; anyone who lived through the era will recall the excitement and relevance the game had to the world at large. That importance has yet to be recaptured and probably won't be so for a long time.
May-08-16  Howard: At least that game made it into Giddons' book 50 Essential Chess Lessons.

Inside Chess annotated it in full, too.

Personally, Tilburg 1991 left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth, due to Karpov's disappointing performance. The year 1991 was a very mediocre year for him, overall, and it was clear that Karpov was by now past his peak.

May-08-16
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  offramp: <Howard: At least that game made it into Giddons' book 50 Essential Chess Lessons. Inside Chess annotated it in full, too.

Personally, Tilburg 1991 left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth, due to Karpov's disappointing performance. The year 1991 was a very mediocre year for him, overall, and it was clear that Karpov was by now past his peak.>

I had a feeling that Karpov thought, "I could beat these Joe Shmoes if I tried hard. But do I <really> want to play Kasparov again?"

Would you?

May-08-16  Howard: No, I wouldn't.

By the way, Karpov did miss a likely win against Kasparov in the game in which Karpov had White (It was a double round-robin event.) And the game ended up reaching a position which was truly unique in chess !

May-08-16
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  OhioChessFan: I recall a tortured explanation of cg.c about why it's "peer", since the opponent was a "peer" of Short's. Much too strained and busy for a pun. Anyway, a great game.
May-09-16
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  offramp: <OhioChessFan: I recall a tortured explanation of cg.c about why it's "peer", since the opponent was a "peer" of Short's. Much too strained and busy for a pun. Anyway, a great game.>

I always thought it was rubbish as well. What a load of rubbish! Good game, though.

Jul-22-17
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnX....
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