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Michael Adams vs Nigel Short
London Chess Classic (2011)  ·  French Defense: Tarrasch Variation (C03)  ·  0-1
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Dec-06-11  brankat: <68...Bc8>?
Dec-06-11  Penguincw: It's all over for white. The extra time is worthless.
Dec-06-11
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  whiteshark: I like the smell of mate in the evening.
Dec-06-11
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  Gypsy: <brankat: <68...Bc8>?> A different type of elegance.
Dec-06-11  Penguincw: Two checkmates in a tournament with 4 2800s! Well, an upset by Nigel Short. Thanks for brodcasting <chessgames.com> and hope you do this in the future.
Dec-06-11
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  whiteshark: Thanks for the 2nd game, <chessgames.com>!
Dec-06-11
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  YouRang: English gentlemen, being jolly good sports and playing it out to mate for the spectators. :-)
Dec-06-11
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  scormus: Nice finale by Nige, the 2Qs. Played with a lot of style. A nice touch by Michael allowing the #
Dec-06-11
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  Domdaniel: Well done, Sir Nigel. Give that man a gong.

There's something about this event ... it's not just elite 2800s beating up British rabbits, though there *is* some of that. But the Brits sometimes play out of their skins, both against the top guys and one another, and the elite GMs play more interesting chess than in an all-elite event like Moscow.

Best tournament in the world, this.

Dec-06-11
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  FSR: I'm not sure I've ever seen 3.Nd2 h6 before. Good job by Short, avoiding the risk of getting swept in the tournament. Under the tournament's weird scoring system, his one win and two losses is as good as three draws.
Dec-06-11
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  Boomie: Mickey: "We will fight them on the beaches. We will fight them in the towns. We will fight them in the hills. We will never surrender."
Dec-06-11
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  whiteshark: <FSR> I think 3...h6 is a rare and late/'modern' approach against the Tarrasch


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Dec-06-11
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  Domdaniel: John Watson has a book chapter on 3.Nd2 h6 against the French Tarrasch, entitled "What can you do to me?"

I think it's meant to be Black defiantly posing the question, but after this maybe White players should think about it too.

Dec-06-11
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  Domdaniel: The Ukrainian GM Legky is the most consistent player of 3...h6. He also uses the line 3.Nc3 a6, with which I scored a win on the first try last week. Tricky little things, these wing pawns in the French.
Dec-06-11
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  Domdaniel: It may sound crazy, but the position reached here - with Short's unusual 6...Nc6!? - turns out to be a transposition into a line of the Colle System. Something like 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 e6 6.Bd3 Qc7 7.0-0 Be7 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.e4 h6 10.Qe2 gets us into the general vicinity.
Dec-06-11  hedgeh0g: It's quite unusual for Mickey to suffer a loss in his favourite French Tarrasch; this was a big win for Nigel.
Dec-07-11  Gogia: last 2 games by Short ended with a mate
Dec-07-11  WiseWizard: Looks like a masterpiece to me.
Dec-07-11
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  Colonel Mortimer: Great conceptual chess
Dec-07-11  GlennOliver: "scormus: Nice finale by Nige, the 2Qs. Played with a lot of style. A nice touch by Michael allowing the #"

Agreed.

It echoes Nigel's good manners in allowing Mastrovasilis to play his brilliancy through to mate at the recent ETCC -

D Mastrovasilis vs Short, 2011

Dec-07-11  Riverbeast: After Nigel's 51...Qd2! there was a cute forced win if white had played 52. c6

52...e2 53. Qxd2 exf1(N)+! 54. Kf4 Nxd2 54. c7 g5+

If 55 Ke5 f4 stops the pawn

If 55. Kg3, keeping an eye on the g4 bishop, 55...Ne4+ and Nd6 stops the pawn!

Dec-07-11
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  visayanbraindoctor: Short looks back in form. Adam's playing space steadily grew smaller, and Short finally maneuvered his rooks into White's first rank. Nothing fancy, but this is instructive positional play.
Dec-07-11  Riverbeast: I think this is why Short may stay a dangerous player, even in later middle age

He may have his share of oversights and bad games (like in the first two rounds)...But he still knows how to play inventively and creatively....And maybe that doesn't go away so fast with age

Dec-07-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 17 Be3?! is the centralization 17 Qe4! occupying the fourth rank which the black Queen has vacated by 16...Qh3 followed possibly by 18 Qg2 avoiding making any concession comparable to the pair of moves 18 fxe3 and 19 Bxg4 as in the game
Dec-07-11  Riverbeast: <An alternative to 17 Be3?! is the centralization 17 Qe4!>

On 17. Qe4, black would probably play the devilish 17...Bd7!

Threatening 18...Bc6. If white takes the Ne5, 18....Bc6 wins on the spot

So then 18. Qg2 looks forced

I guess black has to decide if he wants to trade on g2, play ...Bc6+ and force white to play f3, or keep the queens on with 18...Qf5, which allows 19. Nd4

Black still looks better in that line, but your move Qe4 may have been better for white anyway....Compared to the game continuation

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