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Nigel Short vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Reggio Emilia (2010), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 4, Dec-31
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1


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Dec-31-10  Ulhumbrus: 17...Qf8 pins indirectly the N on f3 to the B on f1 and so attacks indirectly the e5 pawn.
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  Eyal: After 18...fxe5 it's clear that White is in trouble - 19.fxe5 is met by 19...Nxe5! White didn't get anything which even resembles a K-side attack, so the h4-Rh3 idea failed completely. As in the game against Moro (there starting with 6.dxc5?!) Short experiments unsuccessfully against the French - but unlike Moro, Paco doesn't slip in tactical complications and confidently converts his advantage.
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  sbevan: OE after 8. c3

move games white wins - draws - black wins %

8...Qb6 48 43.8% 27.1% 29.2%
8...O-O 34 38.2% 29.4% 32.4%
8...f5 6 50% 33.3% 16.7
8...f6 5 60% 20% 20%
8...cxd4 Nakamura vs Stellwagen, 2000 1-0

so the variation seems to be


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  Eyal: A few games with 8...a5 (though not on the top level) actually appear in larger databases; but at any rate, this Q-side expansion is certainly not an unusual <idea> in this line, even if it's usually played a move or two later in response to a3 by White - e.g., it's a common move after 8...Qb6 9.a3 or 8...0-0 a3.
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  luzhin: 13...Qf8! is a fantastic move -- so good he played it twice (17...Qf8!)
Dec-31-10  Shams: At this point they'll be lining up to play the French against Nigel.
Dec-31-10  capanegra: <Shams> LOL, that was funny.

Happy New Year to everyone!

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  Domdaniel: I love it when the French central pawns charge onwards like this.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre.

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  HeMateMe: White woke up and saw 3 connected passed pawns bearing down on him. Ouch!
Jan-04-11  humpysanjose: vallejo-pons deserves to win the tournament! :D
Jan-04-11  Albertan: With the help of the programs Deep Junior 12x64, Hiarcs 13.2 MP, Chessbase 11, Chessbase Megadatabase 2012, the Chessbase online database and the book, "Nunn's Chess openings", I have analyzed the game and posted this analysis to my blog. This game was posted to my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe (the same program that is used here at to provide you the games in visual form). You can play through this analysis and my comments by clicking on the following link: I hope you drop by my blog and play through the analysis, especially if you like tactical play and closed games.

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  FSR: The following year, Vallejo again played the French against Short, who wimped out with the Exchange Variation, resulting in a 9-move draw. Short vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011
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