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Nigel Short vs Mikhael Mchedlishvili
4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009), rd 10, Sep-10
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  1-0


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  luzhin: Spectacular fireworks from Short; but the key move was the quiet 13.Bg2!! --the idea was that if Black played the intended hxg4 then the Bishop could breathe fire down the h1-a8 diagonal. Black got well and truly carbonised.
Sep-12-09  dabearsrock1010: I'll be the first to tell you that I don't know much about chess, but anyone can appreciate white's energetic play in this game. Well done Mr. Short.
Sep-12-09  mrandersson: great game by mr short his chess at the moment is at a very high standard am glad hes back in the 2700 club.
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  Domdaniel: Nigel is, after all, only a couple of years older than Anand. Some people think of him as yesterday's man because he achieved so much at a very young age -- I remember seeing him play in a 7-round weekender when he was 11, back in 1976. (For the record, Short made 3.5/7 in a strong top section, won by GM Tony Miles, and I scored 6.5/7 in the bottom section - the only time, I think, that I 'outscored' Nigel.)

And it's been 15 years now since that match vs Kasparov, and his subsequent slide, allowing Adams to take over as British no. 1. But on recent evidence, he's back -- and still young enough to have a serious impact. Botvinnik regained 'his' world title from Tal at the age of 50, and Korchnoi has gone on playing at an insanely high level for decades now.

World Champion Nigel Short still has a good ring to it.

Sep-13-09  mrandersson: indeed it does and it would be very fitting as well. Hes been a great player for years and with all that bad press over the hang shake thing last year glad his chess is back to his best.
Sep-14-09  kingfu: Total protonic reversal!
Sep-14-09  sfm: Terrific! But where does it go wrong for Black? Maybe 6.-,Bg4 is not a good idea? It gets hunted, and White has space advantage on the king's wing. I don't like Black's position after 11.Nf4 After 12.-,h5 it is clear that Black is in trouble. The knight on e7 is in the way, but if Black just moves it, NxB creates a disaster on g6. Black moves the bishop away, then the knight is free - but the game is already over.

Probably Black should swap on e2 before white plays f3, and then later try f7-f6. Hmm. Difficult position, Black looks cramped, with insuffient counterplay against White's centerpawns.

Jun-18-11  MWYOUNG: Black lost was due to the move 16..Nh4?. GM Short played 17.Bh1 a good move, but 17.Qb3!! is best.

I was watching Nigel Shorts video on this game with the computer running. The computer found the killer shot 17.Qb3!!. Short did not see this move in his analysis.

Short,N - Mchedlishvili,M, Kolkata op 4th 2009

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Analysis by Houdini 1.5a x64:

17.Qb3 Ra7 18.Bh1 Ng6 19.Ne2 a5 20.Nb6 Be7 21.Bxc6+ bxc6 22.Rxc6 0-0 23.Rc8 a4 24.Qb5 Bg5 25.Rxd8 Bxe3+ 26.Kh1 Rxd8 27.Nc4 Bg5 28.Nd6 Nf8 29.Kg2 Ng6 30.Qc5 Rad7 31.Qc4 Ra7 32.h3 Rdd7 33.Kh2 Rdc7 34.Qb5 (4.54) Depth: 22/69 00:06:06 2206mN

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