|Mar-20-11|| ||Garech: Not one of my best games! I had done prep in poisoned pawn variation, but alas it was not to be. I was happy enough to last over 40 moves, despite playing timidly... comments welcome!|
|Mar-20-11|| ||Garech: In analysis later I was very annoyed to have missed 9...Qa5, which won a pawn. I believe GM Short was allowing me to win this pawn so that he could gain kingside initiative - I.e. he was allowing the game to become interesing and double-edged, and I completely missed the opportunity because I wanted to keep things solid and make sure I didn't get mated!|
|Mar-20-11|| ||fab4: See nobody has commented ..so what the eck!
9..Bc6 was too slow and unnatural..Short played 10.Nh5 next move and you were in trouble. What i mean is.. putting the bishop on c6 was ugly enough anyway,but not being in touch with the tempo/thread of the game.. unforgiveable.. only jesting!
Alternatives? 9..g6 intending h5 and 0-0-0-.
After your 13...h6 you were lost. But by now things are looking grim .. he's threatening the primitive Ng7/h5 and all I can see as an answer is 13..Kf8.
Yes you did well in the later parts of the game. But you lost in the opening, and Short must've been on auto pilot after move 9.
|Mar-21-11|| ||Garech: I agree, 9.Bc6 was terrible. I wanted to shut up shop on the queenside and get castled out of danger - my plan was to follow up with Nd7, Qc7/a5, 0-0-0 and f6 but Short was too quick on the kingside. I hadn't foreseen 10.Nh5 and it proved very problematic!|
If I hadn't played 13...h6, there is no way to stop Bg5, and I can't get castled.
I agree though, it was not a well played Winawer - but I did learn a lot from it, so all is not lost.
|Mar-21-11|| ||fab4: 9..Bc6 was the culprit, but my alternative 9..g6 looks no better now (without the wine lol ) just too weakening on the dark squares.Maybe just 9..0-0 looking to play f6 ect..|
Anyway as you say main thing is you took lots from the game.
|Mar-21-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: I think the major mistake was playing 7...c4. Short quickly established an advantage after that.|
|Mar-21-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: btw, I have just looked up ECO and 7.Ne2 has not been played before. Maybe it is a little trick Nigel has picked up down the years given he is a noted devotee of the French!?|
I thought I would expand on my point too. Like Fab4, I didn't get the point of ...Bc8-d7-c6. It just isn't "French". 7...Nbc6, perhaps even 7...Qa5, looks more thematic -- developing the pieces to good squares and counter-attacking the centre, keeping the tension. As for castling, the king could aways go short. It just demands a little care against any quick shots with Qg4, Ne2-g3-h5 and h2-h4, etc
|Mar-21-11|| ||Domdaniel: <Garech> I played the Winawer against Nigel the following day in Cork. Different variation, same result: Short vs G McCarthy, 2011|
|Mar-22-11|| ||Garech: ...c4 at some stage can lead to strong play in the Winawer, with black castling queenside and pawnstorming. White of course has no matching pawn storm but the b file is strong. If black can return his bishop to c8 (after castling) he's in business. The closed structure naturally suits the knights and white's light squared bishop has a difficult time (his dark squared one, on the contrary, can become an assassain).|
Yeah 7.Ne2 threw me a little - I was praying for poisoned pawn variation as a I and and friend of mine had done hours of engine prep, but GM Short didn't play 7.Qg4 against either of us (against my friend he played 7.a4 - it had started to look a little suspicious as we were at adjacent boards and had identical games until that point!). What I had't realised is that Ne2 can transpose to some lines of the poisoned pawn later, so I could have stuck with my prep. I reckon GM Short had his eyes on g7 with it anyway - at least going by what Kingscrusher said on his youtube channel (I.e. Short commenting publicly on how g7 can become a serious weakness for black).
I was never going to castle short, I would have got mated =0)
<Domdaniel> - nice game! What was the final score in that simul? In Dublin I believe there were two draws and eighteen wins.
|Mar-22-11|| ||Domdaniel: <Garech> Much the same in Cork. Three draws out of 26, I think. And of course Nigel won the rest.|
Some people said to me (and to you) that it's foolish to play the Winawer against somebody who plays both sides so well. I can't think of anyone I'd rather play it against, for that very reason. We each had a top-level French lesson, after all.
|Jun-30-11|| ||hedgeh0g: I don't like 7...c4?! on principle. White gets a free hand on the kingside. With White's unchallenged pawn chain cutting off the Black pieces from the defence, I think the position is already difficult.|
|Jul-01-11|| ||SMCB1997: Interesting game Sean, unlucky though. I looked at Shorts Simuls and a lot of the time he goes out of theory, like in this game where he played Ne2 instead of the manline Qg4.
Good game though!|
|Jul-01-11|| ||FSR: I'm moderately tall and ungodly myself.|
|Dec-26-11|| ||scormus: <9 ... Qa5!>
I agree you can lot a lot from games like this.
I can easily imagine Nige intentionally setting up the interesting play that would have followed. But if I'd been you in that position I'd have smelt a rat, I mean a trap. Luring the Q and B over to the a-file when W's going to do the business on the g-file. Even so, I think its the way the game should have gone.
|Dec-26-11|| ||King Death: But White accepts that he's going to lose the a pawn once he plays a3-a4 anyway. In fact pushing a4 helps increase the scope of his dark squared bishop which really has nothing to do a lot of the time. I think the problem here was playing ...c5-c4 so early, because White never has to worry about ...cd and play on the c file. Playing ...Bd7-c6 seems to just waste two tempi.|
|Dec-27-11|| ||Rob Lob Law: Yawn, Short destroys a patzer...|
|Nov-19-12|| ||The Last Straw: <Garech>Maybe put <Rob Lob Law> on ignore?|
|Nov-19-12|| ||The Last Straw: P.S.Short has an account on this website too.|