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Nigel Short vs Mohamed Saud
"Saud in Half" (game of the day May-23-2006)
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 1, May-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Goldman Variation (B12)  ·  1-0
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May-22-06  Stevens: i quite like this opening by Short. Anyone ever tried it? Did it work?
May-22-06  Jeb Boots: No, I just play the Two Knights Caro Kann with 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 ... . Its a very active system, Fischer used to play it.
May-22-06  refutor: <stevens> i've seen it irregularly, it's fabulous as a surprise weapon, but better for black if he has an idea how to play it. after 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 the queen on f3 is just in the way.
May-22-06  VanWellov: interesting game
May-23-06
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <Stevens>, 3.Qf3 is sometimes called the Spielmann Variation, although I'm not sure he ever played it. It contains a trap into which Black falls: 3...d4?; 4.Bc4! After <refutor's> siggestion, Black is already equal, but I always liked 4...Nf6, which is theoretically bad, but worked fine for me.

After 5.Nxf6+,gxf6, Black supposedly can't develop his vital QB, but after 6.Ne2,Qa5; 7.Ng3,h5!?; 8.h3,h4 always proved troublesome. Or 8.h4,Bg4. 6.Bc4,Qa5 followed by ...Qf5 was good for equality.

May-23-06  centercontrol: hi this is for anyone from mumbai,india
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May-23-06  Pawsome: Another stupid attempt at word play by chessgames.com. Presumably "Saud in Half" is a play on "sawed in half," (har har). Unfortunately Mohammed Saud's last name is pronounced Sah-ood <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front...; , which leaves the chessgame punsters looking bad because that knowledge was at their finger tips too.

May-23-06
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  xenophon: black was given short shrift
May-23-06  blackjacki2: Nothing gets by you <Pawsome>. Great job Sherlock.
May-23-06
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  offramp: <xenophon: black was given short shrift>

Good one, Dude.

May-23-06  Bare Beginner: Check the beautiful symmetry of the white pieces around move 31. And black is completely under control, with very few moves available. Lovely!
May-23-06  Stevens: thanks for the information <refutor> and <an englishman>. i'll have to investigate this opening furthur!
May-23-06
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  offramp: The opening looks like one of Alekhine's ideas.
May-23-06  sneaky pete: This opening was first played in Smyslov vs Flohr, 1950. The association of the line with Spielmann probably stems from a game (not in this database) Spielmann vs Josef Kolnhofer, Vienna 1933: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Qf3 .. (0-1, 40). Warren Goldman wrote a monograph on this line "New Ideas in Old Settings", published in the 1970ies by Baruch Wood/Chess Ltd, so some writers call this the <Goldman Variation>.
May-23-06  dakgootje: even though there is a 500 ELO point differance between the two of them, you cant say saud was totally slaughtered. He defended quite good until he ran in a somewhat cramped position, where he wasnt able to defend good enough. Well no shame as it would be a huge suprice if Saud HAD won or drawn the game. would be rather proud of myself if i would've defended this way versus short.

opening is quite interesting, and probably useful versus players who arent very good yet and dont know the opening and also not able to improvise the correct moves.

May-23-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Bare> I suppose you mean "move 11" not "move 31"?
May-23-06  JohnBoy: Personally, I like 17...Bf8 for black better than the knight retreat. It gets the irritating bishop off of the board and the knight (a better defensive piece) ends up at f8 anyhow. I don't think that the open d file presents black with any unmanageable issues (Rd2, for example).
May-23-06
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  Richard Taylor: Short certainly sawed his opponent in half! - That was a funny caption today!

Great game by Short.

May-23-06
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  kevin86: Isn't black's bishop the symbol of the BAD bishop? White squared bishop-8 other pieces on white squares,including six pawns.

Just an aside,as humorous as I can make it: Does a player who calls himself-Pawsome-think that the chessgames.com staff have the monopoly on bad puns? lol

May-23-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Black is resigning because he is going to lose his c-pawn, is that right?
May-23-06
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  Sneaky: Great game, even better pun.
May-23-06  JohnBoy: <kevin> - In a sense you are right that black's white-squared B on b7 is pawned in. But there several possible ways to free it up. For example, in many queen's gambit slav lines one sees a6 followed by c5 arising from such a q-side formation. As it turned out, white's dark squared bishop played a serious cramping role.
May-23-06  weary willy: Awesome, Pawsome

<Pawsome: Another stupid attempt at word play by chessgames.com. Presumably "Saud in Half" is a play on "sawed in half," (har har). Unfortunately Mohammed Saud's last name is pronounced Sah-ood>

Perhaps it should be "Saud-erly defeated by short measures"

... but I don't really support you on your:

<<http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front...; , which leaves the chessgame punsters looking bad because that knowledge was at their finger tips too.>

There's a whole internet at our fingertips if we knew but where to look. Have a Horlicks.

May-23-06  mynameisrandy: <Another stupid attempt at word play by chessgames.com. Presumably "Saud in Half" is a play on "sawed in half," (har har). Unfortunately Mohammed Saud's last name is pronounced Sah-ood <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front...; , which leaves the chessgame punsters looking bad because that knowledge was at their finger tips too.>>

The horror, the horror...

Nov-25-08  jeeky1996: For your info, Saud actually lost on time.

I like this opening variation. An effective way to collapse the rock- solid Caro-Kann defence. White gets very rapid development.

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