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Luke McShane vs Nigel Short
London Chess Classic (2009), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-08
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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  Marmot PFL: <Kasputin> Even if he loses he is ahead of where he would be with 2 draws, because of the scoring (wins = 3, draws = 1, losses = 0).
Dec-08-09  zanshin: <keypusher: <zanshin: I see Luke finally won .. whew! What a game .. worth 1.5 points if you ask me.> He gets three.>

I see. Maybe that explains the prolonged fighting spirit. Hope he left something in the tank for Carlsen.

Dec-08-09  romison: was he teasing Short? I think that he prolong the game too much ;)
Dec-08-09  zanshin: <HeMateMe: A familiar theme, huh? The player with pawns on the same color as his Bishop runs out of moves. 146. K-d5 is the decisive breakthrough. Does anyone know (fritz, ribbie) if the draw can be held, despite Short being down a pawn?>

<HeMateMe> After <146.Kd5>, I think White wins. Rybka evals are very high.

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[+5.12] d=19 146...Nb6 147.Kxc5 (0:03.14) 7037kN
[+4.85] d=18 146...Nb6 147.Kxc5 Kc7 148.Bd8 Kxd8 149.Kxb6 Kd7 150.Ka6 Bf2 151.b6 Kc8 152.Kb5 Kb8 153.c5 Ka8 154.c6 (0:01.11) 2102kN

Dec-09-09  melianis: and the average lenght of a decisive game in this line was 45.5 moves. talk about avoiding a draw.
Dec-09-09  melianis: And the question is, is two doubled pawns always convertible to a full pawn ahead?
Dec-09-09  FHBradley: "Scotch, better drunk than played" is, I think, what Short said about the Scotch game a while ago.
Dec-09-09  MindBoggle: <melianis> wrote: <And the question is, is two doubled pawns always convertible to a full pawn ahead?>

I don't know you, melianis, but I guess you must intend this as a joke. If so, haha.
If not, the answer is no.

Dec-09-09  kackhander: this is the sort of game i find completely unfathomable. it seems like at least 100 of the moves are just shuffling pieces backwards and forwards to no discernable effect or purpose.
Dec-09-09  Ulhumbrus: The exchanging of the Queens by 8...Qg6 is mistaken, if we assume that the ending is difficult for Black to hold. The reason for that is that Black's a pawn is isolated and in the ending White's King threatens constantly to invade the Queen side. This is what in fact happens, and possibly in trying partly to avoid this invasion, Short steps into a lost ending.

In this way Black Queen side pawn majority becomes a target instead of a weapon.

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  Mateo: A funny point is that after 85...dxe4? Black loses a pawn.
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  Jim Bartle: "<Luke McShane>'s a great name for an actor, maybe for someone who plays tough guys, you know, a cowboy gunslinger, or mob dude."

And maybe we could find a nickname that fits him, something like, you know, "Cool Hand."

Dec-09-09  zanshin: I never expected to see this end position in a GM game:

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Dec-09-09  Cercatore: Lol, Nh6
Dec-09-09  WhiteRook48: 159...Ne8 looks like it can hold off the pawn longer
Dec-09-09  positionalgenius: 163 moves??
Dec-10-09  spin: Lol - after Nh6, McShane should have let Short take his queen. Hello Bishop+Knight ending - this game might have gone to 200 moves.
Dec-10-09  whatthefat: Black's pawn structure at move 14 is rather unique,

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and becomes quite artistic at move 23.

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Dec-11-09  davegras: Chess, like fishing, requires patience.
Dec-12-09  Dredge Rivers: Dontcha just hate these short ones?
Dec-17-09  Fanques Fair: What a boring and dull game !
The midle game was such a a pain in the ass. Both players should lose. Finally, when Luke opened the h file, something began to happen. Anyway, it should be a draw , but Short missed it when took the e pawn. Loss of time .
Jan-08-10  AnotherNN: "A long Short Game" would make a nice pun.
Apr-29-10  asianwarrior: Maybe Short thought that he can catch the queening pawn via N fork at h6 but failed to see the recapture 163.Bh6. Without the last move, it would be a K+B+N vs. K endgame and salvage a draw via 50 move rule.
Jun-01-11  kevins55555: That is an overwhelming force to mate. McShane truly shows he rocks in this game!
Aug-14-14  nanker: Like Nigel said in the some big supertournament a while ago. This is ridicilous way to win!

Many players at least in lower elo levels for example in use this @#$%* stupid SHUFFLING AROUND style to wear the opponent thin =)

No plan whatsoever!? Just shuffling and shuffling until opponent bores to death and makes an error and shuffler wins at the end. That is not chess in any category.

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