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Yifan Hou vs Nigel Short
"Hou Wears Short's Shorts" (game of the day Sep-29-2009)
Corus Group B (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-14
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Zukertort Variation (C67)  ·  1-0


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Jan-14-08  chessmoron: Yifan capitalize on Short's strange opening and win.

Pretty much a free gift from Short.

Jan-14-08  slomarko: 12...f6? what the..
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  luzhin: I was even more surprised that Short played 15...Bg4, when 15...Bf5 would at least have prevented the immediate exf6.
Jan-14-08  Nezhmetdinov: g4/g5 is Short's favorite losing move...
Jan-14-08  Whitehat1963: What happens after 23...Kf8?
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  Eyal: <Whitehat1963: What happens after 23...Kf8?>

There are many good options for White - one of them is 24.Qh3 Bg7 (24...Qg6 25.Qf3) 25.Nxh7+ Kg8 26.Nxg5.

After 15...fxe5 16.N(either one)xg5 h6 Black's position isn't actually so bad. The losing mistake was 15...Bg4?? allowing 16.exf6, after which Black's position just falls to pieces.

Jan-14-08  cade: 24.Re1 & 25.Qf3

I would think.

Jan-14-08  Resignation Trap: This line of play lost vogue with the advent of World War I, although it was seen in Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 . Short is not likely to revive this opening variation. I especially dislike 12...f6 and 13...g5.

A good game by the prodigy vs. the former prodigy.

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  Eyal: 24.Re1 followed by 25.Qh3 or 25.Nxh7+, depending on Black's response, is probably the most deadly.
Jan-15-08  hitman84: Hou did she win so quick ?
Jan-15-08  percyblakeney: Kasparov said it would be short, but not hou short.
Jan-15-08  hitman84: It was just a matter of time as black's king was under hou's arrest.
Jan-15-08  TheBB: <percyblakeney: Kasparov said it would be short, but not hou short.>

<hitman84: Hou did she win so quick ?>

Have mercy.

Jan-15-08  percyblakeney: When a player that won a match against Karpov the previous decade gets a resignable position after 15 moves against a 2527 opponent it does show that something was missing in the preparation. I doubt that Short is too depressed about it, he probably just had too fun with the Evans and thought that other ancient things might work as well.
Jan-15-08  ianD: 10...Re8 is unusual here.

10...f6 is more normal.

Has Re8 been seen before?

Jan-15-08  mistreaver: yeah Nigel loses to 13 year old girl..
alas, i never seen a good game in Ruy Lopez from him
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  whiteshark: <mistreaver> but they are here, in the db, you only have to look harder. :D
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  keypusher: As <Resignation Trap> points out, this defense was in style a century ago. It was featured in <Common Sense in Chess>, and denounced in a funny essay called <Telling Off the World Champion> that was reprinted in one of my Chernev(?) books.

I've seen this variation in a number of old games, but I don't remember seeing 9. c4 before -- it just doesn't seem like a 19th-century kind of move. But 9. c4 was played in the 1860s: Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1868

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  keypusher: Winter, unsurprisingly, has written about Hecht's essay. See item 4982 in the link.

Jan-15-08  Paraconti: Former prodigies always seem to have trouble when they face later prodigies. Must be a psychological thing.
Jan-16-08  pink gorilla: chessmoron. please change back to your old icon. it is so much better than the pensive conan. i would have to say it was the best icon had
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  Eyal: <It was sort of a Berlin, only after the Allied bombing.> (Mig Greengard)
Jan-17-08  tldr3: <Eyal: <It was sort of a Berlin, only after the Allied bombing.>>great line
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  Jim Bartle: Very funny.
Jul-05-08  apexin: apparently after 13...g5 Hou pulled a face and said "what is this?" Is he joking?".That i think best describes short's opening.
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