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Nigel Short vs William Hartston
BBC TV Master Game (1976)
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A32)  ·  0-1


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  fasting: 16.Ne5? must be the mistake, what to play instead? But besides that I think that this opening seems alot better for white - his development, and his white bishop before his 10th move.
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  Chessical: <16.Ne5> "SHORT: Now he's threatening my <e> pawn - I could defend it with my Rook but that pins my knight down again. I know, I'll put my knight on <e5> attacking the pawn, that looks good".

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  euripides: <this opening seems alot better for white> I think I remember Hartston on the Master Game saying 'he's playing this opening well' early on. Then things suddenly went wrong for the ten/eleven-year-old and I recall a disconsolate 'I'd better resign' from Short.
May-01-14  mcgee: 13 Nd2 looks oddly passive and seems to get White into unnecessary trouble early on as he wastes time regrouping his knights and gives Black the extra tempo in development. 13 Nc3 looks fine; if Black tries 13...Bb4 White should be able to deal with the threat of having his pawns doubled as Black would no longer have the two bishops.

16 Ne5 is the losing move. 16 a3 (or even 15 a3) looks riskier than it actually is I think. White chases the bishop away from the diagonal with the idea of several exchanges and Black probably has no more than equality in the endgame even if he wins the pawn back. For example 16 a3 Bc5 17 Nb3 Be3+ 17 Bxe3 Rxd1+ 18 Rxd1 Rxe3 19 Nc5 and White looks fine.

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