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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Nigel Short
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 7, Nov-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  0-1
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Nov-20-08
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  Stonehenge: No monster on g7 but on f6 this time :) Good game by Short. All black pieces are active, even the knight on f8 does his work.
Nov-20-08
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  luzhin: I doubt that Mamadyarov will try Q side castling in this variation again. White has lots of moves in the final position, but they all lose. For example 26.ba3 Qa5 27.Rd3 Bxd4 wins. Perhaps the toughest variation is 26.b6 Qxb6 27.b3 Bxd4 28.exd4 Qb4 29.Qd3 Rc3 30.Qe4 Rxb3+ 31.Bxb3 Qxb3+ 32.Ka1 Qc3+ 33.Kb1 Rb8+ 34.Ka2 Rb2+ with mate in two more moves. This was the Short of fifteen years ago.
Nov-20-08  euripides: <the Short of fifteen years ago> Actually, he has a track record against Qside castling in the QGD and seems to have got better at it over the years:

Speelman vs Short, 1988

Epishin vs Short, 2002

Nov-20-08  notyetagm: This is a big problem with Mamedyarov: when he loses a game (yesterday against Akopian), he loses confidence and tends to go into a funk (today against Short).

Carlsen, on the other hand, just seems to bounce back as though nothing has happened.

Nov-20-08  THE pawn: Shak made a pawn sacrifice that led to nothing. I think he simply missed the simple 16.Nf8. It's too bad, he had a solid start.
Nov-20-08  shintaro go: Credit to Nigel, after handling Black against Kramnik and losing, he bounces back against Shark for a satisfying draw against Azerbaijan. The Azeris are dropping the pace quite a bit.
Nov-21-08  Wolfgang01: Nigel, this game was perfect!!
Nov-21-08  ahmadov: So, Nigel is not that old as he sometimes describes himself ;-)
Nov-21-08  ahmadov: <shintaro go> <The Azeris are dropping the pace quite a bit.> I would say the situation for the Azeri team has become much difficult...
Nov-21-08  ottohill: Well done, Nigel!
Jan-20-09  atropos: Alas for Mamedyarov, Short sometimes remembers who he used to be...

White's rapid demise in this game calls to mind Emanuel Lasker's quotation: "On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culminating in a checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite."

Feb-03-09  notyetagm: This game is the subject of one of Danny King's recent <"How Good Is Your Chess (HGIYC)?"> columns.
Mar-05-09  Eban: How can a 2730 player get destroyed like this so quickly with the white pieces?? Embarrassing
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