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Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin vs Nigel Short
"Unorthodox Defense" (game of the day Oct-11-2018)
Sigeman & Co Malmoe SWE (2002), rd 8, Jun-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  0-1


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  Sneaky: <The Queen's Gambit Declined is a solid opening with the black pieces to equalize and make draws. But English grandmaster Nigel Short has been turning this defense into a lethal weapon. Not many grandmasters won games from the black side as Short has done in his career. It helped him to win the 10-player Sigeman & Co. tournament in Malmo, Sweden, last week.

Employing the Queen's Gambit in a decisive game against Vladimir Epishin of Russia, the English grandmaster departed from positional play with a promising, but somewhat untested knight sacrifice early in the opening. After the white king tried to find refuge on the queen side, Short exploded with masterful tactical strokes.>

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Feb-24-03  actual: Was white's best choice to castle queen side?...
Jul-02-04  Cecil Brown: Chessbase has another 6 games in this line in it's database.

12.O-O-O is a novelty. 12.Be5 has been tried twice with black winning both games. 12.Bd3 [tried in Van Wely-Vaganian 2000, mentioned in the Kavalek article] and 12.Bg5 have been played, resulting in two black wins. Finally 12.Nd2 has been played twice, both games went 12.Nd2 d4 13.Ncb1 Ne4 then a game from the 2003 French team championships went 14.Qd3 and ended in a draw, whilst Sulypa-Heinis 1999 saw the interesting queen sac 14.Qxb4 axb4 15.Rxa8 and also ended in a draw.

I tried this line out as black in an email game, my opponent played the queen sacrifice and that game too ended in a draw.

Jul-13-05  Gowe: Weird game for me, but for sure. Great sacrifice of knight. I don't know if that is book or what but i was pretty surprise about it. And the 0-0-0 was atonishment.
Oct-11-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <<Cecil Brown; Jul-02-04> 12.O-O-O is a novelty. 12.Be5 has been tried twice with black winning both games.>

Castling Q-side on 12th move surely is dubious to say at least.

With the above mentioned 12.Be5 white holds equal position with castling K-side only 3 moves later (12...Nd7, 13.Bd4 Re8, 14.Be2 e5, 15.O-O) thus getting the king out of trouble zone:

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It seems like black gets initiative with attacking bishop, but after 15...exd4, 16.Nxd5 Nc5, 17.Qc2 d3, 18.Bxd3 (0.00, 24 ply)

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black's early knight sac is compensated, material equalised and white's position consolidated to an equal game.

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  Richard Taylor: Courageous attack by Short. And a good attacking game indeed! Of course no doubt White had a better defense but such is chess and life...
Oct-11-18  Ironmanth: Blammo! "Castling into it". Vicious attack by Nigel here.
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  thegoodanarchist: Nice, swashbuckling, sacrificial attacking play from a former WC challenger.
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  Louben: Castling towards the cemetery!
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = (0.14): 12.Be5 Nd7 13.Bd4 Re8 14.Bd3 e5 15.0-0 exd4 16.Nxd5 Nc5 17.Qc2 Nxd3 18.Qxd3 Bd6 19.Nxd4 a4 20.Nb5 Be5 21.Ra2 Bd7 22.Rb1 Bc6 23.Rd1 Bxd5 24.cxd5 Ra5 25.Rb1 Qd7 26.f4 Bd6 27.Nxd6 Qxd6 28.Rxb7 Rxd5

2. = (0.00): 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nd4 Bd7 15.Be2 dxc4 16.Qb2 e5 17.Nc2 Bxc3+ 18.Qxc3 b5 19.0-0 Bc6 20.Rfd1 Be4 21.Na3 Bc6 22.Nc2 Be4

<3. = (0.00): 12.0-0-0> Bd7 13.Ne5 Rc8 14.Kb1 dxc4 15.Bxc4 Bxc3 16.Qxc3 b5 17.Qd4 bxc4 18.Nxd7 Nxd7 19.Qxd7 Qb6+ 20.Ka1 Qb3 21.Qd2 Rcd8 22.Qxd8 Qa3+ 23.Kb1 Qb3+ 24.Ka1 Qa3+

4. = (-0.07): 12.Rc1 Ne4 13.Bd3 Bxc3+ 14.Rxc3 a4 15.Qa3 Nxc3 16.Qxc3 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Qa5 18.Qxa5 Rxa5 19.Bd6 Re8 20.Bb4 Ra8 21.Kd2 b6 22.Kc3 Ba6 23.Bxa6 Rxa6 24.Kb2 Raa8 25.Ne5 Rac8 26.Rd1 f6 27.Nd7 Rc4 28.Ka3 Rc2 29.Kxa4 Rxf2 30.h4 Rxg2 31.Nxb6 Rb8 32.Nd7 Rb7 33.Nc5

5. = (-0.13): 12.Be2 dxc4 13.Bxc4 b5 14.Bxb5 Qb6 15.Bc4 a4 16.Qc2 Ba6 17.0-0 Bxc4 18.Nxa4 Qa6 19.Nb6 Bxf1 20.Rxa6 Rxa6 21.Kxf1 Rxb6 22.Be5 Bd6 23.Bxf6 gxf6 24.g3 Rd8 25.Nd4 f5 26.Kg2 Ra8 27.h4 Kf8 28.e4 Rb4 29.Qd3 Be5

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Analysis by Houdini 4
12...Bd7 13.Ne5 Rc8 14.Kb1 Be8 15.Bd3 Nh5 16.Na2 Bd6 17.cxd5 a4 18.Qb2 exd5 19.Ka1 f6 20.Nf3 Bxf4 21.exf4 Nxf4 22.Bf5 Bd7 23.Bxd7 Qxd7 24.g3 Nh3 25.Rhe1 Rfd8 26.Rb1 d4 27.Qxb7 Nxf2 28.Re7 Qg4 29.Nb4 d3 30.Nc6 = (-0.23) Depth: 22 dpa

Oct-11-18  dumbgai: White's extra bishop and knight can't save his poor king.
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  OhioChessFan: 13. Ne5 putting the question to the LSB surely was better than Rd4. The eventual Bxb5 which tore open the c file was a disaster for White.
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